I'm a disabled veteran. I separated from the USAF in 2005 and spent 3 years in treatment. Then, I started back in university from 2008 and graduated in late 2011. During that time I finished the first novel in my trilogy and laid the ground work for the other 2.
Now, I'm actively searching for a good career outside of the gaming industry. I worked off and on as a creative content developer for several MMORPGs and standalone titles in the past... and I know that I don't really see that as a vehicle for a stable career. So, I'm trying to use my degree to get something more firm and dependable.
In the meantime, I play a lot of video games. Health wise, I'm still not 100% so I can't do a lot of physical activity yet (chronic fatigue and the like). I have a pension from the USAF so I can afford to hold out for a good job without being in fear of losing my house or something. Until I do find a full-time position, I spend hours playing various games and am working on my 2nd novel. The first novel will be going to hardcover print soon and I'll more than likely be doing book signings and trade conventions with that in the coming months.
RIFT Guide Writer
I am a stay at home caretaker, farmer, gardener, raise three kids, juggle 3 websites, juggle finances, and I feel as if I don't get to play much anymore. Getting my responsibilities done and testing out games that I really want to play, leaves me with so little time to actually play ANY of them.
So I suck at managing my time.
I'm 26 and work a 40 hour week. Typically get in at 5 and spend an hour doing dailies - IA, Expert run, DRR if ones going and then a small time fishing, questing whatever comes up. I go for a run with my spouse when she gets in at 6. Have dinner at 7 and on raid nights I raid from 8 till 11 ish. On non raid nights I run a badminton club or spend time with the misses.
On the weekend I play only 1-2 hours per day - usually when it doesn't conflict with other plans.
But when it's just me in the house an 18 hour marathon isn't unheard of.
Late 40s, same line of work for 22+ years, working 45ish hrs/week.
Rift playtime is quite variable for me. Some days I will not even play at all if real life interferes or if I'd rather read a book, etc. Other days I may spend an hour or four playing the game. When I play, it's about fleshing out alts. I have never been able to play just one character. (Back in my wow days, I had something like 10 or 11 level 85s.) Much of my time in Rift is solo unless my guildies have an actual guild run doing something. I'm not a fan of grinding dailies or making "speed runs" for in game currency over and over. I also long for the days when much of the game play was in the "real, open world" as opposed to waiting in "LFG".
For me Rift is all about the journey as opposed to the destination.