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I'm 25 now and I've basically stopped playing any games beyond mainstream eSports. Games that are kind of just play through experiences no longer interest me at all - it's all about the challenge of being better than other people at a game through sheer effort and ability. If games like SC2, CSGO, and Dota 2 weren't around I probably wouldn't be gaming anymore. There are very few single player games that I actually find interesting enough to complete at this point. I didn't even complete SC2: LotV's campaign before jumping onto its 1v1 ladder.
post #12 of 221
You just speak my mind man! It's like the older we get, and anything besides "having pure relaxing fun" is just a big no. Especially complex game combined with the OCD - that fear of missing something - what big nope. It really is tiresome and feels like a burden to play.
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To me the reason is age. I am 34 and although I still game it is not what it used to be.

I am not blaming games though as there are games out there I wish I was 14-15 or early 20s so I could enjoy the hell out of them

Married life
Kids
Life itself
Work

They all take so much time that gaming is no longer what it used to be for me.

Now off to Rocket League.
post #14 of 221
Take a break. I gave it up for years since the industry has stalled, big-time. Like between 2010 and beginning of 2015. I played like 2 games. Then I just felt like playing again, so I went through the popular games that came out in that period over these past 12 month.

Frankly, the "indie" games that have came out in that period are the best. I totally avoided the typical AAA yearly updated trash.
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I feel if something could make gaming immersive again would be awesome, perhaps it will be VR perhaps not.
post #16 of 221
I've somewhat started feeling like you for a while now as well. I don't play nearly as much anymore. I don't have any nostalgia streaks as many others do because I didn't really have games growing up due to being in a poor family and so I owe no attachments to the past. Hence, I only play modern or semi modern games that look good to me. Though, this is something I haven't done in a long time and haven't really started anything new. I feel like the few things I do play have shown that the industry has moved so far away from genuinely giving a damn about a player's enjoyment and are more entwined on using gimmicks and psychological tricks to get people to become addicted or to pay for something that is obviously not worth it. What satisfaction does anyone get for trophies and awards, especially ones like 'good job, you've successfully died 100 times, here's a nonsensical reward'. Everything from microtransactions to preorder bonuses to venue exclusives to bugs galore and rehashes, it's really taken my enthusiasm away. I'm sorry but this is the essentials to your question but I've rather lost the purpose to your feelings. Do you want someone to convince you otherwise? Do you want someone to get you back into gaming? Are you happier with the fact that you've left that world? Or is this purely a discussion of personal experiences?

If you are seeking suggestions, I would say maybe stay away from the core current ideas of gaming and not pick a path of physical engagement but maybe emotional and mental engagement. There are games out there whose sole purpose is to make you think. There are no points, no rewards except for the ones you keep with you when the game ends. Maybe have a look at something such as "That Dragon Cancer" if you haven't already heard of it. If you like mystery and beauty, maybe have a look at "The Vanishing of Ethan Carter". If you like macabre puzzle mystery, try an older game "The Cursed Forest", a fantastic ambiance game for headphone use at night by yourself. Maybe you don't have to step completely away from gaming but maybe it's time, at least for a while, to step away from the generic and the familiar. The games that I've suggested do not exercise your gaming skills but rather your mind and intrigue more than anything else. Hell, you don't even have to play them, there are full playthroughs on youtube and easy enough to consume the stories without even doing it yourself if that's your fancy.
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post #17 of 221
I am 42 and can't be bothered gaming anymore either.
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hey, im 30 years old my self, i played computer games since i where 6 years old smile.gif its like i can start up witcher 3 or some new triple AAA tittle, and i get bored INSTANT tongue.gif why? because im gettin older, tbh i realy only enjoy playing dota2 wiith my friends, but gaming is noot the same for me as for 10 years ago smile.gif and i beliive you get more greedy the more you play, not like we are easy to entertain smile.gif
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post #19 of 221
Every game (single player) I tried for the last 8 years ends up being a chore. Mainly because they are no longer made for my generation, or maybe because I've been playing them for too long and can smell the repetition of mediocrity from a mile away.



They feel like a chore because the stories are full of cliches, the characters are either transparent or behave like teenage tools.
They feel like a chore because they make a game around one or two good gameplay ideas (if they are lucky!) and fill the rest of the game with grinding to match the game time quota the reviewers expect.
Its as if games have gone back to the teenage faze and stopped there., and every-time I try to play one I feel I'm back in the nightmare in which I have to do high school again at the age 30.



Then why do I even try to play them? Pavlov effect perhaps. The community hype excitement and histeria surrounding each launch is as awesome today as it was 15 years ago. But 15 years ago the hype was followed by kick ass games, and that memory is preserved in my head. Today, I still feel the excitement. But this time we are rewarded with dumb teenage novellas in the same era that presented us with breaking bad, sopranos, the wire etc...


The full exception to this rule of late is the game Wolferstein: The new Order. Every second I played this game, my faith in gaming was renewed.
Half exceptions to the rule are Metal Gear solid V prologue, but I promptly quit after the open world grinding started. Far Cry blood Dragon and Far Cry 4 also deserve a mention.



And then, there is multiplayer. My holly grail of gaming.
Not every multiplayer game though. But one in particular: Battlefield 4. Anything can happen in this game. Anything. You can laugh non stop for 5 minutes straight, or cry for 5 minutes straight.
Sim-racing is a close second, but that is not a game. Its an experience.


argh. Games. Dice please...
Edited by spyshagg - 2/16/16 at 3:52am
post #20 of 221
I'm kind of right there with you OP. I'm turning 27 tomorrow and I got married 2 years ago... Job and family take up most of my time and gaming just isn't the same as what it used to be. Yea I still game a good bit, probably 4 hours a week but I don't have many aspirations for it as I once did as a kid. Bigger and more important things take over in life and that's OK. I still love overclocking and pursuing performance with pcs but I don't utilize it as much these days.
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