As a gaming lifestyle website and podcast, we have always highlighted the importance of acknowledging outside interests. Gaming may be a major part of all our lives, but it isn’t the only part. Especially as a woman in the industry, it sometimes feels like there is an underlying pressure to only talk about games or geeky topics in order to be taken seriously. If we discuss other interests, especially anything that errs on the side of feminine, we may be considered as casuals or fake gamer girls. In the very least, interest certainly drops. Frankly, it’s bullshit. Talking about health, beauty, and anything else we damn well please doesn’t make us any less worthy gamer status. Sometimes it’s important to get a little AFK time to bask in the world around us, not just the ones in our screens. So with that in mind I present to you what I hope will be the first in a series of AFK posts where we celebrate the other stuff we enjoy. This first one is all about me exploring my city.
Despite having moved to Sydney over 8 months ago, I don’t feel like I have indulged in it as much as I should have. Perhaps this is because I only ever lived two hours away and have spent a decent chunk of time here? Or maybe it’s because I felt like my long time Sydneysider friends wouldn’t be interested in seeing the sites that have long since faded into normality for them. Everyone has already done everything, been to every cool bar and eaten at every rad restaurant. I was feeling left behind and out of the loop, so I decided to take it upon myself to Single Player the shit out of Sydney.
There was an overabundance of options on how to spend my Sydney Sunday Times, but as someone with a love of nature and culture, I decided on a long walk in the Botanic Gardens with an Art Gallery of NSW chaser. A culmination of natural and man made beauty was just what I needed to revitalise me, as well as return to the world of gaming with a fresh appreciation of how it too is a form of art. Plus, it was super fun playing Hearthstone whilst surveying the grounds of Government House. Of course, despite my surroundings games were still not far from my mind – wandering around the gardens made me think of Pokemon GO and how it would be the perfect place for it, with a cheeky picnic of course.
You can follow my AFK adventures via photo in the slider above and I would love to hear what you guys like to do when you don’t have a controller in hand.