Though I haven’t had as much time off as some folks this summer, I’ve still managed to get in some good old fashioned “Do Nothing” time.  As such, I took it upon myself to take a little time and complete the Stunt Jump challenge in ‘Grand Theft Auto V’, wherein I found fifty hidden jumps and used them to launch my car into outer space.  “How much time could this actually take?”, I foolishly asked myself, before spending most of an afternoon trying to land a taxicab on a lighthouse without exploding.  At 3:15 a.m., I suddenly looked up and realized that my Saturday was gone, and I was still only about halfway done with the challenge, leading to today’s time suck query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) may buy a new video game at some point, but at this point, there’s no need, asking: What show, book, movie or video game has been the biggest time suck for you, personally?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Back in the day, before computers, opening up a dictionary or encyclopedia was definitely a rabbit hole. Reading each entry would lead to another.
    Now days, reading a well written and drawn webcomic will suck down hours.

  2. It has to be some game, not even Seven Samurai, which is not a short film and I’ve seen it at least once a year last 20 years comes close. Metal Gear series, Yakuza series, Virtua Fighter, especially 4 and several other fighting games have taken hundreds of hours.

    • Did you get to play Ghost of Tsushima? It’s like getting to star in your own Kurosawa film – if Kurosawa made an Assassin’s Creed movie.

      That was my most recent time suck.

      • I did! Still on it actually. Easily one of the highlight games of recent years, only Yakuza 7 could top it in my favorite game of the year list later in the fall.

  3. I don’t know that I have a single answer to this question as my entertainment tends to come in binges. I get into something and fall down the rabbit hole, losing hours and days of my free time. As it’s a common occurrence, I couldn’t reliably say what calculated out to the most lost time.

    I suppose binge-ing through all 14 (at the time) seasons of Supernatural in about a month and a half last fall was a pretty big time-commitment, but I don’t know if I’d count that since most of the time it was only getting about 65% of my attention while I did other things.

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