QOTW: What's your biggest hobby aside from gaming?

Every week the hosts of TalkRadar present and answer a new "Question of the Week" - a personal inquiry which unearths some of our deepest, and sometimes most sinister, gaming memories. Everyone is encouraged to answer each week's question, so go ahead, tell us your most glorious, nostalgic, or shameful story!

This week's question:

What's your biggest hobby aside from gaming?

After 50 podcasts and 33 questions, it's safe to assume we all play a crapton of games. But what else do you do? What's next on the list for hobbies, interests or passions? What do you do when you finally bore of jumping on platforms and shooting locks?

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Questions can also be answered in the QOTW forum thread. Our favorite posts this week will be read next week on TalkRadar 51, and appear in the next edition of this article. Listen to TalkRadar 50 tomorrow for our answers!

Below are some of our favorite answers from last week's question...

Last week's question:

What was the first game you remember pre-ordering?

Atomicred wrote...
"I'm sad to say Star Wars Force Unleashed, and it was for my Wii. I am never not listening to you guys ever again."

"As the above pictures shows, the crappiness of Star Wars: Force Unleashed on the Wii lead me to getting a 360, so my first pre-order wasn't such a bad thing after all."

Grrsnort wrote...
"The first game I ever pre-ordered was Halo 2. That's not much of a story, but the story comes when I went to go pick it up. Earlier that day, I went by the Gamestop I pre-ordered at to pay the remaining amount. I saw some stereotypical nerd in a lawnchair, swilling Jolt soda, and telling everyone that went inside that Halo 2 was getting a midnight release. He also felt it prudent to mention that he had pre-ordered two copies of that limited edition, one that he could play and one that, presumably, he could **** the shrink wrap off of. That night, I arrive about a half-hour before midnight and this fuctard is blasting the Halo 1 soundtrack out of a boombox. The moment the doors open, this guy bolts inside to get his copies. In his moment of complete nerd breakdown, he comes out with his two copies, triumphantly fist pumping them in the air. Then, some dude walks up to him, punches him in the face and runs off like an Olypmic sprinter with his second copy. Moments like that remind me that I want to be socially accepted"

AntistaHungry4Love wrote...
"I remember standing in line for Street Fighter II when it came out for SNES, and this fat kid behind me (who was eating a taco 9 AM) who was clearly very sick vomited behind me on to the floor. I can still feel the coagulated cheese splashing on my calves."

Above: Imagine this, only more digested and on the back of your legs

"That was the first and only game I pre-ordered until Street Fighter IV with the Fight Sticks. I got the game but the Fight Sticks are nowhere to be found in this damn (fine) country (Canada)."

madeofspam wrote...
"The first one I remember preordering would have to be Mortal Kombat for the SNES. I think I was a freshman in high school and myself and many other of my friends were so pumped up by the Mortal Monday hype. I got the game home and forgot how boring and disappointing it is when your friends don't live close enough to play you. I still remember getting startled when I left the game on to get something to eat and I come back to see Reptile standing on the screen."

MacGyver1138 wrote...
"The first game I remember preordering was the Legen of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Up until that point, I didn't even realize that you could preorder. I had to do it with that game to get the classic gold cartridge. Luckily for me, I also got a t-shirt and a sample CD. The CD was actually pretty sweet, but I wasn't about to flaunt my nerdiness hard enough to wear that shirt in public."

IveMadeAHugeMistake wrote...
"The first and only game i ever pre-ordered was GTA IV, when the game came out i forgot i pre-ordered it & paid more for it at a different store.....awesome!"


"To quote both my name and Arrested Development, I made a huge mistake."

skyline19 wrote...
"My first pre-order is a disgrace, it was WWE RAW 2 on the original xbox, and it sucked crap. I remember lying to myself trying to convince myself it was amazing, I would rather eat my own defecation than play that game again."

TheWoolyMammoth wrote...
"First game I ever pre-ordered was Banjo-Tooie for my parents to pay for as a birthday present. I remember the game store phoning up to say there had been a mix up with the order and that I was unable to receive a copy."

"Upon my parents telling the guy on the phone it was for my birthday he apparently kept apologizing and took down our address. Later that evening a copy was hand delivered to my house... probably the weirdest experience ever for me."

CandiedJester wrote...
I've only pre-ordered two games so far. The first was mercenaries 2. Not because I HAD to have it or was super excited, but just because I kinda wanted it and I happened to be at gamestop like one day before it came out, so I pre-ordered it and had them ship it to me."


"The second was Fallout 3. That one was special. It was MY game. It was everything I could ever ask for..and more. I spent at least 8 months becoming more and more and more excited, obsessing, spending my web page design class basing all my projects on it, doodling BoS symbols in my notebooks, seeing two-headed cows in every pasture we passed in the car.. I had to have it. I pre-ordered it, special edition of course, a few months ahead. It came out on a tuesday, I think, and we had to drive an hour to go get it from the gamestop I ordered it from. I about exploded. Then I skipped school the next day so I could play it. (with my mothers approval. It was that important.) Go ahead. Call me crazy. I don't mind. Anyway, it didn't disappoint. Its still my favorite game of all time, if you can even call it a game. To me, it is much much more than just a game. I cannot express how much love I have for the world of Fallout. Two more days until Broken Steel! Woo!"

May 7, 2009

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  • PlatypusFan - June 16, 2009 10:36 p.m.

    my other hobbies would probably be watching movies fencing swimming reading
  • AB36 - May 15, 2009 1:48 a.m.

    let me change the music to metal and punk music to be specific
  • AB36 - May 15, 2009 1:41 a.m.

    watch House, AOTS(Attack of The Show) , play bass,and listen to music
  • skyline19 - May 13, 2009 2:06 p.m.

    Check me I'm famous on gamesrader... Biggest hobby aside from gaming would be music or film. How original... I use to be quite the footballer (soccer..) but all that went out of the window when I first got a ps2.
  • Starplatinum - May 12, 2009 10:14 p.m.

    I enjoy going through the internet to dig up nostalgic crap that reminds me of the better, younger days :( Also I like comics :)
  • darkaleks - May 12, 2009 2:15 p.m.

  • usmovers_02 - May 12, 2009 1:24 a.m.

    Wow. That's tough. I'll have to go with RCing (with paintball as a very close 2nd). I own multiple 1/10 scale and 1/8 scale trucks and a 1/10 scale Mazda RX7 drifter. I love to take my Remote Controlled trucks and rip up my backyard. I've set up a few nice ramps and one of my trucks (which reaches speeds of over 60 mph) can easily gap mine, my brothers, AND my Dads car and land fine. As a matter of fact, I'm so obsessed with RCing, I own several RC simulators for my PC as well as a PC RC controller.
  • killemall - May 11, 2009 7:10 p.m.

    Outside of gaming i dig; international movies, lovecraftian novels, and drinking with my friends. I also hit up the occasional metal show but my tastes in music have become mad picky over the years...
  • DeathByGamer - May 11, 2009 2:46 p.m.

    I play pool religiously.
  • curly_jefferson - May 11, 2009 12:03 p.m.

    Easily music, i'm a massive music snob
  • dukethepcdr - May 11, 2009 9:04 a.m.

    I have a lot of interests, but I'd say my biggest hobby after gaming is sword dueling and archery. I'm a member of a medieval reinactment society called The Adrian Empire. We do competitive, non-coreographed duels and wars with real steel swords, axes, daggers, polearms and shields. The weapons are all blunted the way they really were for tournaments back in the middle ages. We wear real metal and leather armour and make our garb (clothes) as accurate as we can. We put on renniasance fairs, invitational tournaments and demos for the public, schools, etc. Some of our members have even been extras in movies like King Arthur, Braveheart and Kingdom of Heaven. Dueling is fun and is our most well-known competition, but I enjoy archery with long bows even more because I'm much better at it than I am at hand to hand combat. I also do leather crafting, woodworking and bardic (singing and acting) in our group. I've met more people and made more friends since joining the empire than in just about any other thing I've done.
  • azstrathack - May 11, 2009 7:52 a.m.

    Trail riding on the dirt bike with my son. Hell of a workout.
  • venomkold822 - May 11, 2009 5:51 a.m.

    For me my biggest hobby that is aside form gaming is being an artist, Drawing is what my life is when i am not playing videogames, though when i am not drawing i try to go bike riding as much as possible and when winter hits it is snowboarding for me. as it seems i am not good with any sport that deals with a ball ( ie. basketball baseball)
  • LeetMachine - May 11, 2009 4:04 a.m.

    My favorite hobby besides gaming is trolling forums replying, "First 1!!!!!" to everything. Especaily those World of Warcraft forums, its fun to reply "QQ sum mor pl0x?" to people who complain about things. It equals win everytime. XD
  • natedog807 - May 11, 2009 12:13 a.m.

    sorry i posted that too many times i thought i typed the wrong two words to comfirm the comment
  • natedog807 - May 11, 2009 12:12 a.m.

    Mine would be playing the drums. I've been playing since i was nine.
  • natedog807 - May 11, 2009 12:10 a.m.

    Mine would be playing the drums. I've been playing since i was nine.
  • Orange - May 10, 2009 11:01 p.m.

    crapping. Oh schnap!
  • Blackbird - May 10, 2009 8:31 p.m.

    I like to walk around with my drum sticks and hit things to see(?) what they sound like. And i also do the W40k miniatures, sometimes. GO 'NIDS! reCAPTCHA: munications rinsed
  • PrinceNicy - May 10, 2009 8:12 p.m.

    I save the world as a Dark Hero.

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