Sir Dave, a little history of me to start with:
Part 1. I am not a walkthrough person and can complete many games without ever even giving it a thought. I do like knowing that one is there though if I truly get stuck and I give it to my son who will look it up for me so I don't see the rest. I love the satisfaction of completing a game on my own.
Part 2. I work as an acountant 45-60 hours a week every week. I am here on the board moderating at least 14 hours a day 7 days a week. I have 2 teen boys still living at home who require plenty of intervention and parenting and a daughter in college. :eeksnoman: I have a husband, who, bless his heart, has the patience of a saint, but still likes me to pay attention to him on a daily basis. Then add in your daily household chores such as cleaning, laundry, running the dogs etc. and see how much time you have left? I get 5 hours a sleep a night in order to do all that I have to do.
All of this requires much multi-tasking on my part and taking into consideration the fact that I am a little highstrung <snicker> I have a very hard time finding downtime and when I do, it takes more time than I usually have left in my day to truly unwind.
I do not watch TV, although I listen to it while doing other things, and my real enjoyment and escape is playing my games. I have a stack of unplayed games here. I like Adventure, RPG, FPS's and Casual games so I have many to choose from. When I finally load a game at the end of the day, for me to be wandering the same ground I wandered the day before and the day before that is about as much fun as a making me watch a large pot of water till it boils.
You also missed my second post which I think summed it up well also:
I do not object to spending a few evenings taking notes and sorting through them to piece clues together to solve a puzzle. That is what adventure gaming is about to me. It is not wandering around pixel hunting or for that matter having an inventory the size of Texas and only using a few of them. It makes you needlessly utilize the "use everything with anything" mentality and I despise that.
I do not know what other folks reasons are for not having "time" but I do know for a fact that many others also juggle their days like I do even though it may be substituted with other duties.
I look forward to a time I can retire and my children will be grown into fine adults living on their own and I can at least be able to game a reasonable amount of time. Right now, I am doing the best I can with what I have, and loving every little precious minute of it.
Are you sorry you asked?