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14 Apr 2015 4:17 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian14 Apr 2015 4:17 p.m. PST

Do you watch less television (and video entertainment on other devices) due to being a wargamer?

vtsaogames14 Apr 2015 4:33 p.m. PST

You bet. I mostly watch series when they have finished there regular season and I can binge watch when I want. I turned off my cable TV since I hardly watched it.

Not sure how much of that gets chalked up to being a wargamer.

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member14 Apr 2015 4:40 p.m. PST

I sure don't. I have the TV on while I paint. I do watch almost no TV on Thursdays. That's my gaming day.

Yesthatphil Inactive Member14 Apr 2015 5:05 p.m. PST

Bit like Rrobbyrobot … I have the TV on while I paint and work (most evenings at least) but not when wargaming. Mostly news and current affairs, though (very little entertainment telly as the world enjoys) …


Great War Ace Inactive Member14 Apr 2015 5:35 p.m. PST

I watch no TV because TV is lame. Gaming does fill up my time with greater facility, if I can get it going that is. This Thursday I will be playing, God willing. But more regular gaming would facilitate more interesting use of my time….

Personal logo Fergal Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Apr 2015 5:38 p.m. PST

Certainly. Used to paint next my wife while she watched HGTV every night. Killed the cable 9 years ago, now she crochets with music on and I paint while listening to podcasts and audiobooks. Very nice :)

Feet up now Inactive Member14 Apr 2015 5:44 p.m. PST

Yes .TV has taken a dip in our house nearly all together. The missus in one week will watch more telly than me and the kids put together.
Gaming and painting for me and the kids seem to play online games and watch almost everything else through YouTube ,which is scary because some of it has limited responsibility from the posters.

JSchutt14 Apr 2015 6:47 p.m. PST

I think the only TV shows I've watched in the last 15 years were 3 episodes of Gotham before I lost interest. Sporting events translate very well over the radio by subscription without interfering with the hobby. You would be amazed at what you are not missing and how much more rewarding time spent with your hobby and spouse can be.

If I recall correctly from scientific research the brain gets very lazy while watching TV and becomes susceptible to constant bombardment by advertising…..

Mute Bystander Inactive Member14 Apr 2015 7:03 p.m. PST

TV? We have one – for watching DVDs (me) and Netflix (ladies of the house.)

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2015 7:05 p.m. PST


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2015 7:19 p.m. PST

I definitely try to limit my TV time. THat is one reason I paint so quickly. I prefer to have music on.

Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2015 7:33 p.m. PST

Watching Tv means I'm not painting.

Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2015 7:53 p.m. PST

Our tv is all Netflix and amazon streaming. I never really watched much to begin with, mostly Doctor Who, anime shows and some old Star Trek.

I'd rather do something different most of the time.

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2015 8:26 p.m. PST

Cable killed TV for me, not wargaming.

I remember when cable first appeared and it cost 6$ a month. Now Time-Warner wants 120$ a month. I got priced out. Then ….I didn't miss it.

Binge watching seasons/series much better FOR wargaming and roleplaying ideas.

Parzival14 Apr 2015 9:16 p.m. PST

I watch less TV because so much of it is dreadful. Any shows I really want to see, I'll check out on DVD from my library and marathon without the obnoxious ads. But if the option were to wargame more, I'd gladly do that!

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2015 10:14 p.m. PST

I watch less TV. If figures were to get painted and scenery built, the time had to come from some other activity, and mostly it came from TV time.


Fat Wally14 Apr 2015 10:55 p.m. PST

Not TV per se but I watch BBCiplayer all day whilst I'm working.

Gonsalvo15 Apr 2015 2:26 a.m. PST

I watch almost no TV. Why bother?

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Apr 2015 3:34 a.m. PST

No impact. I don't watch a lot of TV other than sports. It can be on in the background when I paint/build, but I am usually not facing and always not looking at it. Nor do I really hear the sound.

OSchmidt Inactive Member15 Apr 2015 4:12 a.m. PST

Of course.

But not all of it is gaming. The offerings on television are so meager.


The only shows I watch are

Rizzoli and Isles (for the eye candy, I'd watch Emily Deschenell read the New York Phone Book for hours.

I don't even watch Big Bang any more. Uproarously funny watched it for years till I realized the Networks are making fun of me.

Wargaming takes care of the res of my time. Even when watching the above shows I'm editing, drawing, designing, converting, sanding, puttying, or carving or sculpting for games.

sharkbait Inactive Member15 Apr 2015 6:03 a.m. PST

I watch less TV now due to a lack of interesting shows on. The only thing I watch regularly is The Walking Dead.

Schlesien15 Apr 2015 6:44 a.m. PST

Yes, and that is a good thing.

45thdiv15 Apr 2015 6:52 a.m. PST

I love tv. It has never reduced my gaming time nor painting time. I record the shows I like and watch at night. My eyes are too tired then to paint and my gaming is on Saturday.

Texas Jack15 Apr 2015 7:19 a.m. PST

Most definitely.

In the spare moments I have during most evenings, I am usually doing something related to the hobby. I donīt think I watch more than an hour of tv a week, if that much. But that all changes during football season!

Xintao Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2015 7:26 a.m. PST

Free time is either painting/gaming/ or playing Call of Duty. If I lived alone, I'd never turn on the TV


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2015 10:44 a.m. PST

Certainly watch less TV but gaming has little to do with it – the mediocre quality of most TV shows has much more to do with it and the fact that with Netflicks I can watch the movies I want probably is more of a factor

Personal logo Lost Wolf Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2015 1:23 p.m. PST

I watch tv more now than I ever have. I watch Daredevil on netflix, Flash, Arrow, Agents of Shield, Vikings, and Gotham. And, I hear more are coming. It gets worth during football season. If not tv, then the web reading TMP and news. Getting little done in regards to the hobby.

stecal Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2015 5:00 p.m. PST

No TV for me. Sometimes netflix while I am painting, but usually music.

DS6151 Inactive Member15 Apr 2015 6:18 p.m. PST

Watching things online, youtube, netflix, on demand, on DVD, VHS, or anything related…is still "watching TV".
I know, it burst all the "I'm awesome and hip because I don't watch TV" bubbles, but it's still true.

I watch TV, though the shows I can stand are quite limited and normally involve reruns. Flash, Shield, Castle, Turn, and NCIS is really all the new ones I watch.
Also, I'm awesome, but that's just because I am. Has nothing to do with TV.

Kelly Armstrong Inactive Member16 Apr 2015 5:18 a.m. PST

TV shows are so tedious. It's like they are scripted or something. Other than Game of Thrones, you always know who will live or die. But Game of Thrones is tedious in that characters just bumble along waiting for something to drop on them, and you know something will drop on them.

Miniature wargaming has much more anticipation for me and is much more exciting to play.

Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2015 12:30 p.m. PST

Guilty as charged!

sumerandakkad Inactive Member19 Apr 2015 4:12 a.m. PST

JSCHUTT – You lost interest in Gotham? One of the few series I watch on (UK)TV.
You have to love the 'mummies boy' Penguin, very comical

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2015 10:43 a.m. PST

I still watch quite a bit of TV. But then again, I was never a very hip and cool person.

Gennorm20 Apr 2015 12:51 p.m. PST

I paint while my wife watches her rubbish. I watch football and rugby while she plays with the iPad. She refuses to br in the room while Top Gear is on. We both watch Big Bang Theory, Sherlock and Elementary.

christot Inactive Member21 Apr 2015 12:09 a.m. PST

if wargaming doesn't reduce your tv viewing time, what other activities being curtailed in orderto compensate?

MST3Klover21 Apr 2015 8:46 p.m. PST

I really don't watch TV other than NFL in the fall. But I do play a lot of video games. Most of my wargaming time is filled by painting and other modeling activities. If I'm lucky, I play a game about once a month.

Personal logo optional field Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2015 6:19 a.m. PST

I think I wargame because I don't watch much TV, not the other way around…

Joe Rocket Inactive Member09 May 2015 6:10 p.m. PST

I watch soccer (futball or football) and the American version both college and pro. Once in a great while I'll find a series like Boardwalk Empire that I really like, but the kids control the tv.

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