What is Chubby Gamer? Chubby Gamer is You! It is me, it is a dedication to all the people out there living an awesome digital lifestyle. It is also dedicated to the 1/3 people you will run into who, while completely awesome, are suffering from
Obesity overexposure to ones own awesomeness. Yep, you gamed perhaps a tad too hard and you put on a little “love” weight. This is where you belong, this is your home. This is that place you can go and not be judged for being so awesome. This is Chubby Gamer, this is You!
So, on August 1, 2015 I decided to finally pull the trigger on making a website. A website where I could get my thoughts out. A place where I could vent frustrations about bad game design and why the number on my scale keeps going up. I also wanted a place where I could just be honest. If you are a “hardcore” gamer, it goes without saying your family doesn’t get you, I get you bro, I get you. So I came up with this website and then I never made it happen. I’ve had this idea floating around in my head for the better part of 8 years. Why didn’t I get around to it until now?
There is at least a million excuses as to why I didn’t do this sooner. I guess if I could narrow down the two most pressing reasons it would be Money and Time.
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Money: Things in the world cost money and if I were to spend the money I had on a website then I couldn’t spend it on other things. Other things include several years of World of Warcraft and Fully Loaded Nachos from T-Bell. OH. MY. GOD! T-Bell, why you so good? Sorry, trailed off there. Money takes us places we can’t go, lets us see things we can’t see and do things we can’t do. I used my money to kill dragons on the internet, ‘kay? Being honest with myself, and with you the reader, I’ve never made quite enough money to fully support my gamer habits. Typically spending my tax return to fund a new computer build; using my bi-weekly paychecks to scrape by until the next person calls my phone asking me to “fix” their computer. Ebay’ing old junk because I just didn’t feel like using Craigslist. Money was tight, tight enough that when everybody was getting the latest and greatest in console gaming, I was busy trying to convince people: “there is just too many games I haven’t beaten yet on PS2.” I was more of a PC gamer anyways, so I always made sure to have all of the best components that were 1-2 years old. You know, that “sweet spot” where they have “worked all the bugs out.” I also spent my money on getting in “shape.” I got a gym membership at my local LA Fitness, $60/month for a membership to a gym that is all over the country! I can work out anywhere I want! I kept this membership for 3 years, I used this membership about twice a year. I told myself I would go to the gym, tomorrow. Of course I also had all the normal expenses of an adult; bills, car maintenance, Netflix, school, entertaining a significant other, over priced cable internet, whatever else. Money will always factor into adult decisions somewhere along the line and you end up making certain choices, in my case I put off this website. If you want to know what changed with my money, I will say “basically nothing.” I still don’t make enough money to do all the things my heart desires but I am a bit better with my budget and as such this website has become a reality.
Time: Ever moving and you never seem to have enough of it. Time isn’t cool and it isn’t your friend. You get older with time and stuff happens to your body that makes you look odd and you start growing hair in weird places… WTF TIME? WTF? I never seemed to have quite enough time. I used to work 8-10 hours a day for a new defunct company that shall not be named. That meant the second I got home I had to figure out food and then log on. I would spend the next unaccounted for hours gaming so hard people wished I didn’t game so hard. I would follow this up with passing out and hopefully waking up to my alarm so I could start this process over. I had a standard two days off a week, during which I would binge game and utterly decimate whatever “sleep schedule” I had established. The next day I would have a mostly liquid lunch comprised of whatever energy drink I was into at the time. Eventually, I was so good at not sleeping I got promoted in the unmentioned company and got paid less money per hour to do more work. I went from around forty hours a week to seventy, this really cut into my gaming. To make up for it I took it upon myself to sleep less and game even harder than before. I typically slept about four hours a night several days in a row and then randomly pass out and sleep for around 12. I wouldn’t suggest it. As I mentioned earlier, I had a gym membership so sometimes when I wasn’t busy I would go and do gym stuff. Gym stuff was really hard because I was at work so much and had to game so often that I just couldn’t make it to the gym. Around this time is when I cut off my LA Fitness membership. It felt like a smart move in at the time, because I needed more money for doing whatever it was I wanted to do and I needed the time to do those things in. So eventually I got to the point of zero work/life balance and never really had time to do much of anything. at one point during all of this I even got kicked from my raiding guild in World of Warcraft. It was really depressing for a while there knowing how hard I was trying to do everything that I got nothing done. Eventually, along with some friends I had in my old guild, we made a new guild that was better and stuff. This allowed me some much needed flexibility. I was able to just not raid if I didn’t have the time and not worry about being /Gkicked for having to deal with real life. I was slightly happier for a time because we I was able to enjoy killing internet monsters and getting purple pixels splashed upon my screen almost at will. Of course all good things come to an end and our guild stopped raiding for various reasons. Time, being the cruel mistress that she was, seemed to open up to me at this point. Retracing my personal timeline; I lost my guild, I lost my job, I lost my somewhat of a girlfriend. I had lots and lots of time on my hands. This website should’ve been made right then but I felt depressed and didn’t want to do anything. I spent the next two weeks on my couch. I didn’t answer my phone for about a month. I didn’t want to have human interaction with anyone until my brother-in-law text me saying “are you OK?” When I finally came up for air I sent a mass text message to my family saying “Hey, I am alive. I am eating from time to time. I even sleep sometimes.” At that time I looked in the mirror and decided that I needed to get myself together and get at least some part of my life back. So, I joined a gym. I re-entered the society that I loathed so much. It was fortunate that I was able to join a gym that my family was going to and it helped me stay accountable. I had always been a “big guy” but I had ballooned up to about 280. I had done the whole “weight yo-yo” thing before and always came out on the losing end. This time in particular I was losing big. Double entendre, roll on snare, big laugh. I had gained all the weight I wasn’t looking out for and I needed a change. I had a new found commitment to losing weight and I lost a ton. I spent the time I was spending at work, in the gym. This borderline obsessive behavior was fueled by rage, because all the things that threw my life out of whack were gone and I wanted them back. Not because they were good for me but because I thought they made me normal. As a result I lost a pretty good amount of weight at a rapid pace. I started doing more and more IT work and I felt the pressure of not having enough time being lifted from my shoulders. I returned to gaming, finding a new love for the MOBA genre. I was social and happy. Eventually, I started a new relationship. It was difficult at first because it was long distance, but because of that luxury I also was able to keep my own hours. My freedom allowed me to move from my home and continue a relationship with a woman who eventually became my wife. Life was great, time didn’t exist. I gained a bit of weight back because I left my gym membership a few states over. At the time it wasn’t a big deal, the solution was easy, get a new gym membership. In an absolutely awesome turn of events, I injured my back. Back injuries are interesting because nobody knows exactly how much pain you are in daily. I ruled out going to the gym, I gained all my weight back. Time went full asshole mode on me.
Wow, that last bit was out right depressing.
Fast forward to today. My back is finally in a functioning state and I am energized. I’ve been married a year and I have my first child on the way. I looked at my wife one day while talking about baby stuff and I just said, “I want to run with my kids.” I haven’t wanted to run since before I hurt my back. Running
without a knife isn’t exactly a “gamer” thing. But the idea of wanting to be able to keep up with your kids isn’t exclusive to me. Lots of adults want this but don’t know where to begin. I want Chubby Gamer to be a starting place. Follow me on my journey. If you feel daring, join me. This is where you belong, maybe you’ve been looking for it all along. Welcome to Chubby Gamer.
TL;DR Watch me work out and play games and stuff.
– Arrogancy, Chubby Gamer