I don't have a wife but I do have a girlfriend of a reasonably long period of time and the only advice I can give is
1. No pause - she can rant while you play as long as you occasionally acknowledge that you're 'listening' through convincing head nods and eye contact during breaks in the game.
2. Book skimming- make sure to clue in when her tone changes as she speaks/when she uses big words/when she switches focus to one person or coworker during the story, it will save you come recap time.
3. False support- if you find yourself zoning out of story time throw in casual 'basic white' comments such as "Woah she did what?!" "Hang on, what was that again?" (With concerned tone as if you were caught off guard by the sheer audacity of whatever the fvck you weren't listening to her say)
Pro tip: if she's mad shut the game off, disregard all steps above and sit your ass through the BS brother, just visualize how great them titties be when she's happy again. Cheers.
@Somervillage, is it difficult being so intellectually superior to everyone around you?
@Somervillage, you have big d!ck energy and it's justified.
@Somervillage, most of the stories are kind of the same anyway, so you already got most of the details already. Only a few things change, so you just gotta pick up on the new details
Just tell her it's online and your internet friends you've never met mean more. I'm sure she'll get over it once you've left the room to get back to your game.
I just have my wife come sit by the pc and chat, as long as i can prove i was listening she's happy
@Joethedeath, I've tried that, then I realize I'm not actually listening and have to pause it anyway
@The Puppet Man, im weird, i got this problem where i cant focus without backround noise, usually its just the tv in the backround, but i can focus on both as long as its there. So i just mute the tv and listen to her. Its weird but helpful
I got priorities honey
@megamanx181x, Gondor calls for aid honey.
Give her head
@dj evolve fan club, Surprise head usually shuts people up/clears their minds. I would add that you should be prepared to receive your red wings, if this is your approach, though.
I just tell my wife cool story bro right at the start and she stops telling me her useless story. We've been together 11 years with 0 fights and our secret is just be up front and honest. Don't torture each other with stories no one wants to hear
@Chimon, This is rare shjt, right here, and I'm surprised it even worked once.
@Link Silverblade, I'm a lucky man. I'll never find another like her.