Do you eat while you game? I must admit that I’m fascinated by people who can do both at the same time, because it’s something I’ve never been able to handle. At most, I can manage coffee or some sort or hot beverage, which is still usually coffee, one extra-large mug at a time. And sometimes even reaching for that during a long cut scene can be a challenge. So for me, if I get hungry while I’m playing, I have to pause or end the game, eat, and then go back to playing. (I used to fall in line with those who ignored food entirely while gaming. After marathon sessions, despite the fuzzy vision and slight headache, I’d suddenly realize that my stomach was trying to eat itself. Ah, those were the days.) But I’ve seen people who can readily multitask with food while gaming, from grabbing handfuls of chips or popcorn to eating full meals with silverware, which is quite a sight to behold.
As I already alluded to, my gaming versus eating mindset arose mostly from lack of coordination – I simply can’t throw dragon punches while I’m reaching for some pretzels. But I’m also not a fan of having my food meet my electronics. Sticky controllers and greasy keyboards don’t make for the best gaming apparatus. That said, I don’t go around cloroxing my controllers and such to death, and I don’t demand that guest players scrub up a la doctors getting ready for surgery prior to gaming, but a little bit of cleanliness goes a long way when it comes to having fun with your favorite games. That’s just how things are in my house. Yours may be completely different. So it’s out of curiosity and science that I’m posting a little poll here about gaming and eating habits.
Where do you fall on the eat-and-game spectrum? Are you in the “never the twain shall meet” camp when it comes to gaming and your meals/snacks? Do you keep a snack stash within reach every time you play? Or do you possess the magical ability to have your steak, mashed potatoes, and cake and play your games too? Vote in the poll below, and then offer up your favorite foods to have while gaming in the comments!
Let’s see just how many blogs Cary can put on her roster before going mad! While you’ll find her here on occasion, you’ll more likely to catch her over on United We Game or Geek Force Network; or better yet, working on her own blog about gaming and nostalgia and such, Recollections of Play.