I am currently working on my entry for the 2013 GWJ Call for Writers but could use some help from the community. My idea was initially inspired by the conference call with Shawn Elliott where he talked about finding time to be a highly competitive Planetside player despite working nearly round the clock on Bioshock Infinite. I then realized I know several highly successful people who somehow still find time to get world first boss kills in WOW or hit 10th prestige in Call of Duty.
I plan to write my article about these kind of gamers, and how I both admire but also feel jealous of their ability to balance it all. I'd therefore love to hear from any Goodjer who:
1 Has a high powered job but who is also highly accomplished as a gamer. Obviously you don't need to be at pro level, but if you're highly skilled and ranked at a particular game I'd love to hear how you find the work/life balance. I'd also be interested to hear how your real life success influences your play style, or vice versa.
2 Is an average working stiff gamer who personally knows someone who is amazing in real life and at games. Do you also feel a mixture of envy and admiration? Also, what have you learned playing alongside them?
Any help would be appreciated.