We are home from a two-week vacation. Fortunately, we came back with enough time to relax before going back to work, because vacation is something that demands recovery time.
A fair amount of folks’ talking past one another is because of the differing goals that they bring to the table. Some people are at a restaurant for the dining experience rather than the food. Some people are playing the same game as you but not for the purpose of having fun. If you’re an anti-social teetotaler who just happens to like sitting on stools at bars, you are going to be a very lonely voice in a discussion about what makes a good tavern.
The title suggests the big distinction I am thinking about. After work, some people like to chill while others want to do something. I don’t know how much of this is a factor of personality or type of work, although the two are hardly independent, and of course it can vary by the day. Some people are not going to have a good time going out to “have a good time.” Even within narrower frames, some people tend towards more challenging entertainments, say marathons instead of going for a walk or George Martin versus JK Rowling. Baseball is America’s favorite pastime — it is mostly downtime, punctuated by brief potential activity, less occasionally by actual action.
I do not have far to run with this idea today. I am just reflecting on how this covers many differing reactions. I am very insistent that a game be a good game, repeatedly arguing that if I just want something to do while hanging out with my friends, we have lots of options that do not involve monthly fees, level barriers, and a dedicated server with maintenance windows. Other people, eh, they’re not here for the game; if they have fun, bonus, but they’re just looking for something to mess around with after work.