Re: So, it has come to this...
Games are there for when you *don't feel like* doing anything productive. Just like books, music, movies, etc. I often work 12 hour days, yet I still might spend 3-5 hours gaming with Aeinna before we head to bed. It's about what you want to do. Not all time is productive *uptime*. I don't really understand how some of you guys can't balance it against all other entertainment. When you've spent 12 hours of the day being productive your motivation to *keep being* productive is going to be zero. If that void isn't filled by video games, it will be filled with something else that will likely have less value and merit.
That wind down period at the end of the day is when you game. Everyone has that period outside of fitness nuts and other mentally unhealthy people. Taken as a period when you're either going to sit on your ass and do nothing, or do a passive activity anyways, gaming becomes one of the more rewarding things you could do with that time.
I'm forced to think and create all day. If I work 12 hours, that was 12 hours of creatively solving problems and devising clever code. I don't want to think when I'm done with all that; and about the only thing that can creatively recharge me so that I can stay motivated to work is good gaming time with friends, a great book, or copious amounts of copulation.
So, seeing as how you will not in spite of efforts spend 18 hours a day working, being creative, and doing "productive" things, how will you spend the 5-6 hours of unproductive time? Reading? How is that any better than gaming? Watching stuff? How is that any better than gaming? Wall staring?...
Ok, so you worked 9 hours, worked out an hour, wrote for 2, that's 6 hours more of being awake. Not sure what you guys are looking for in that time. Go out with friends for 2 hours? Ok, now you got 4...and then?
"Go to work, send your kids to school, follow fashion, act normal, walk on the pavement, watch TV, save for old age, obey the law. Repeat after me: I am free."