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Old 08-04-2009, 02:39 PM   #1
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Yesterday started out pretty good. I did my workout, was feeling pumped and I needed to run to the store. I thought we'd take the kids to the park and spend some family time together. DH had been up as he'd had a dr's appt. He got back and made us brunch (DH's days off are our "weekend") and seemed to be in a good mood. So when I go to ask him to come along with the kids and I, I find he's already glued his butt to his XBOX.
Now, in my house we both have XBOX's. I don't play frequently anymore as it has addictive qualities that I am pretty sure helped lead me further into the weight abyss I'm working on climbing out of. He constantly plays his. Its been the source of major arguments in this house cause he'll stay up till 5am playing then want to sleep all day. He skips out on chores in order to play as well (its like pulling teeth getting the yard mowed and its a little yard). Point being he takes his gaming so seriously and spends TONS of time playing.
He ended up going (after yet another argument) and actually enjoyed spending time with the kids. So when we got home, you can accurately guess he ran straight back to the XBOX. Except this time, he got an error message. He was on my XBOX and it errored out on him. Hardware failure. Now, for those not familiar, Microsoft XBOX is notorious for its hardware issues and has had to extend their warranties to cover it. I was a little upset initally that it happened to MINE, especially since its the least used of the two. So while I'm dealing with warranty crap he runs to his own xbox, gets on and... RED RING of DEATH. In the XBOX community that is the most well known hardware failure. The chance of it happening to both XBOX's on the same day is remote!
Now, both XBOX's are scheduled to go out for repairs Friday and it's going to take at least two weeks till we get them back!! Which means no fighting over him sitting in front of the TV till 5 in the morning hunting zombies or whatever he's doing!! Nope, instead he's been at his computer all day instead :P
I just had to share!
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Old 08-04-2009, 03:12 PM   #2
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haha congratulations! My fiance also looooveess playing his xbox. he'll do other things, but he'd usually rather be playing his video games. he says it's relaxing for him.
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Old 08-04-2009, 03:24 PM   #3
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I would agree that's a blessing indeed! Get him addicted to family time quick!
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Old 08-04-2009, 03:27 PM   #4
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haha congratulations! My fiance also looooveess playing his xbox. he'll do other things, but he'd usually rather be playing his video games. he says it's relaxing for him.
Yeah, it started off that way. Then it moved to its his "me time" than it became more of a full time thing. It just depends on the person, I think. DH works strange hours (he's on call 24 hours a day for 6 days then 2 days off) so hobbies maybe harder for him to schedule with real life friends I guess. But if I had heard the phrase "I could be at home playing XBOX" one more time... one of us wasn't going to make it home. And don't get me wrong, I love my XBOX. I like that it is (or was before DH touched it) there to play whenever I get some down time but thats it.
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Old 08-04-2009, 03:28 PM   #5
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My fiance doesn't play video games, but good luck trying to get his attention away from the TV. He's always watching "How it's Made" or "Monster Machines" So annoying! lol
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That's a cute story TARA -- but too bad the Xbox has become such a source of angst for your family. And, it's also a shame that your DH couldn't set himself a flexible schedule for the use of his xbox and PC. I set a self-imposed schedule with the #1 rule that I cannot go on my pc until all my daily chores are done; and any other obligations I have to family, etc.

For instance, I usually do my chores in the AM's so that I can have the afternoon or evenings free to go on my pc. The only exception is this: if DH and I want to go visiting, shopping, out for a walk, or preplanned activities, appointments, work, etc ... these must come first!

Maybe you could mark the activities on a calendar on the wall for your DH so he could check it before going on each day, ie Tuesday afternoon: the park; Sunday morning: swimming at the beach; Friday night: date night; Monday morning: yard chores ... and so forth. You'd have to work them in around his harried schedule, but it might be worth a try ...
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Xbox was mentioned in my divorce proceedings.
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Xbox was mentioned in my divorce proceedings.
It will probably be mentioned in mine, along with the PS3, and the Wii. Or possibly it will be mentioned as justifiable homicide if I'm ever arested for murder.
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Old 08-04-2009, 04:34 PM   #9
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It will probably be mentioned in mine, along with the PS3, and the Wii. Or possibly it will be mentioned as justifiable homicide if I'm ever arested for murder.


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Yes, do take advantage of that down time. I'm a World of Warcraft widow!!!! Though he cancelled his account for the summer. What I don't get is that they play at the most inconvenient times. But Hubby can say the same thing about my reading or board(here and other places) time.
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I say sell it when it comes back- you guys don't need it right? You can still get a good price for it. Or set a schedule, he plays 2 hours a day and that's it!

My husband and I have an xbox 360 and it rarely gets used. And yup ours got the red ring of death like a few months after we bought it and we were sent a new one. We also use it for netflix maybe once a week but other than that it just sits around- my husband probably plays 1x a week at the most...

I'd make these next two weeks as enjoyable as possible and when it gets back and if he starts to get glued again tell him that him being online all day isn't going to work!

How can he play till 5 am then sleep all day? Doesn't he work?
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That's a cute story TARA -- but too bad the Xbox has become such a source of angst for your family. And, it's also a shame that your DH couldn't set himself a flexible schedule for the use of his xbox and PC. I set a self-imposed schedule with the #1 rule that I cannot go on my pc until all my daily chores are done; and any other obligations I have to family, etc.
I think that's a great idea. I'm working toward something like that.
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Old 08-04-2009, 05:50 PM   #13
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Ohhhh, BOY do I feel your pain!!!
At our house, it's a PC games addiction, Halo, World of Warcraft, zombie games, tons of first person shooters. I didn't know there were so many of us! (Techno widows!)

I'm seriously not surprised that it's mentioned in divorce proceedings. Although, I do prefer a gaming *issue* over a porn one...we don't struggle with that one anymore because I'm out..if it resumes.

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my bf plays a lot of xbox, but I Dont mind, I usually occupy myself in some other way while he's doing it (like being on here.)

I play, though rarely. We each have our own things I guess.
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.... Parental controls. Set a password! Okay that's not dealing like the situation like 2 mature and reasonable adults but it's a fall back plan right? I have a family timer set on mine to remind me not to just play for 4 hours straight and I made an investment in family friendly multiplayer games so I can play with my nephew and we can both have fun!
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