The Daily Grind: Do you eat while playing MMORPGs?


Back in May, Newzoo came out with a report that asserts something like four in five gamers across the world are also busy stuffing their faces while playing games. Kotaku’s piece on the whole thing is pretty funny as the writer is horrified at the idea that people are getting their chips grease all over their mice.

Of course, silverware exists, and that’s what I use when I am busy being one of the four in five sneaking in some munchies while playing murderhobo MMOs. I need to multitask like that a lot. (And seriously, I can’t be alone in eating pretty much all snacks with a spoon to avoid touching my food, right guys? Guys??)

How about you – do you eat and drink while gaming? Is it a once in a while thing or all the time? Meals or snacks? And do you, also, own silverware?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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Jeromai _

I used to, in my first year of university in a dorm situation. Grease and pizza crumbs all over the laptop and peripherals. Then one day, I woke up to an ant invasion all over the desk and crawling all over the keys, about two feet away from the bed. That took a while to decontaminate.

I was a lot more careful after that, only the odd bowl of bite-sized snacks while living away from home. Never at home, no food crossed the borders into sacred PC territory after that.

Water was fine… until a sneezing incident blew water into the keys of a membrane keyboard and shorted it out faster than you could say “Bless you.” One keyboard replacement later, and water is now in a different partition of the room from the PC.

You could say I learned these things the hard way.


If I’m gaming, one hand is on the keyboard, the other’s on the mouse. How on earth would I eat? Even if I could, it doesn’t strike me as a very good habit.

Oleg Chebeneev

I only eat at my computer tbh. So the answer is ofc.
In fact I eat this exact moment holding a sandwitch while typing with my right hand

Bruno Brito

Yes. I also draw on the same desk, and my cats love to sleep on the top of my PC or my Scanner.

It’s a mess.


Drinking all the time but eating is a rarely. If I do eat, it’s almost always something small and non messy. If my mouse/keyboard get any kind of food residue I’ll freak out a bit.

Mia DeSanzo

I am eating leftover fried rice as I read this. I have been working to get out of the habit of eating in front of a screen.


Use to be Coke and Doritos. But their comes a time when you need to stop because you know your health cant take it anymore.

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Paragon Lost

I drink things but no, I don’t eat at the keyboard. I don’t like my gear sticky and nasty. I also track my caloric intake, including saturated fat, sugar, sodium etc, eating while distracted by an activity on the computer is for me a bad habit that I want to avoid.


No. That’s an almost 100% no.

A few, very rare occasions, maybe twice during EQ2 i actually had a full blown dinner, EQ2 04-08 rip, had some long raids as in 12 hours. Then a couple times during SWL i snacked when we were on an unstoppable roll, and it’d be like licorice, or m&m peanut, anything that doesn’t grease up and leave crumbs on my keyboard.

Outside that, never, nothing, no coffee, no drinks, food, snacks, water on occasion, that’s it.

Now binging out shows i wish i could show such restraints, it’s snack city usually grrrr. Finished binging Project Blue Book and now recently discovered Animal Kingdom omg i could not be more hooked.


I often feast whilst enjoying the pleasure of playing electronic entertainment.