I'm in a mixed marriage. I'm a gamer and my husband is not. Actually, that's putting it mildly. I'm a gamer married to a psychologist who has published articles on what he refers to as "Internet Dependence"... complete with a diagnostic test that suggests I am a computer junkie. (I have pointed out that if I replace the word "internet" with the words "car", "cell phone", and/or "watch" I am also unhealthily dependent on those things, but he insists it is somehow different.) And this week, just as LOTRO was going into general release, I managed to hit a major patch of "spouse aggro".
Almost every gamer married to a nongamer runs into this, and we usually know how many hours of gaming we can get away with in any given week before we get called on the carpet for it. I have less time than most - ten "visible" hours a week is enough to get me in trouble. So, just as LOTRO was going into commercial release, my time for this week ran out. And to make it worse, my husband is home with the flu, so there are no "invisible hours" available.
I'm wondering how other gamers deal with this. The truth is that my husband resents my gaming time in ways that he doesn't resent other sorts of singular activity. If I were watching TV, for instance, he wouldn't mention it. This confuses me. But I'm a relative newly wed... our first anniversary is still about two months off. So, fellow gamers, any advice for a newbie on how to avoid "spouse aggro"?