I played games a lot while unemployed back in the late 90’s & early 2000’s — Red Alert and the like. I guess it was an escape, and not feeling useful enough for work (I had recently finished a diploma but had trouble finding work relating to it). Since finding employment (though not in my chosen area/field) I've been gainfully employed since 2003 (and then only a break of 3 months in 2010 due to moving country) At that time I played games less, but still without detriment to an effective and consistent job search. I play games less now due to lifestyle changes and marriage. I always prefer gaming to “dull” TV like reality-TV shows — comedy, movies, science, nature interest me more.