Exam Time, And The Games We Play To Procrastinate
This type of article has been done tonnes of time before, but one of the great things about it is, it’s still relevant. Furthermore, it can be done times of times again without losing its relevance. No matter how many times it is done, the fact remains that there will always be a select group of individuals who will be gearing up for exams, or in some situations, who are in the midst of exams, at this very point in time.
Likewise, around late October the ugly E-word will rear its unwanted head again, and the cycle will repeat itself.
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On the eGamer side of things, we have various schedules where for example, Dean and Azhar are now done with exams, where I have yet to begin (later today) whilst others are in the midst of things and attempting to survive it all. Pretty much everyone, at least all of the regulars besides Adam, is currently busy with exams of some sort. Adam, meanwhile, is busy on his next smash hit single featuring loads of autotune and dubstep.
Now while it’s quite easy to talk for a few hundred words about exams and the destruction is does to gaming time, where we will spend hours upon hours navigating the internet instead of either gaming or studying, I thought it pertinent to try something a little different. Sure, I could talk about how during exam time I play more games than I do at any other point in my semester, mostly because I am fully aware that procrastination will exist so I should not allow that to guilt me away from my gaming. Sure, I could even ask what you guys do when you’re procrastinating during exam times.
But then I thought of a rather different idea: What if I pose that question to the rest of the eGamer team? Specifically, regarding games. I mean, all of us have written exams, so what do we play while we’re in the midst of these trying periods? What do we play to relax, or indeed just procrastinate?
Here are some answers:
Azhar: “Batman: Arkham City, flying around to beat people up. Surgeon Simulator 2013, to harvest organs. Dota 2, keeps my sanity in check, love playing with friends on Mumble (my favourite MP experience) and gives something to look forward to every day after the studying is done, and it’s late at night, time to relax.”
Marko: “I don’t care too much for studying so I usually follow my routine gaming schedule like I always do. When it is crunch time, however, I like to unwind with some music apps on my phone or play a little bit of Rock Band and beat my frustrations out on my drumset. Often when things get really hectic, I tend to play some mindless games just to take my mind off things. Be it mindless shooters, a simple beat em up or just a poker game or two.”
AG: “I like to switch my mind off completely when taking a break from studying and this year that involved Arkham City, Just Cause 2 and GoW Ascension. All played in miniscule amounts because my real study breaker was series, movies and food. An anecdote: I blasted through an entire season of Sherlock in a day while studying for an exam so my methods are dubious at best.”
Alessandro: “I dived back into Arkham City as well, but I’ve found some games of DOTA 2 and LoL with friends, while skyping, is also super relaxing.”
Sherwin: “Magic 2013 … quick 30 minute duels with random strangers between study sessions. Also any shooter, Battlefield 3 or Borderlands 2 … let off steam by shooting things between study sessions.”
Rudolf: “Playing games in between tests and studying may prove to be a Herculean task for some. Therefore, in between all the tedious amounts of pondering over words you’re not very fond of, I recommend that you find a game that helps you to relax and kick back. Bad Piggies springs to mind. If that fails, I find a mindless and blood-flecked shooter to hit the proper notes. Call of Duty’s Nazi Zombies and Left 4 Dead 2 will provide the adequate targets for your bloodlust. Rather contrasting, I admit, but those are my choices. Or you know, sleep.”
Personally, I’ll play anything during study period. I often remark that I loved my matric final exam period because it was the time I played Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Crysis, and indeed during my November exams last year, I played Assassin’s Creed III. I used to also play DotA to destress, but having finally kicked that addiction, I have no intention of going back. I have been playing Dead Space 3 and GRiD 2 (for review purposes) so I expect these will be my exam games, this time around.
What about you? What do you play to procrastinate, when it’s obvious that no studying shall take place at this time? Share your own stories in the comments below. And good luck if you’re writing exams. Listen to our podcast if you want to pass… your supps.