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This happened to me as in my mid 20s. I honestly stopped playing for a while. I did however start playing games again. My time is valuable, between family, friends, career, etc, I can't waste countless hours on just any game. I've become very particular about what I buy at this point. The fact is, you change as you get older, and your priorities change. That doesn't mean you can't kick back, relax, and play on, you just have to change your mindset when it comes to gaming.

I realized I had burnt myself out. In my 20s I had a ton of disposable income, so I literally bought any game that was on sale or 'looked' interesting, yet I would rarely beat any of them. When I was a child, it took me a while to be able to save up for a game, or wait until Christmas for a couple. So I valued them more and took my time exploring and enjoying each individual experience. I've applied this mindset to how I approach games now, and this is why I've become so picky. I no longer just buy a game because it's on sale. I have to have an actual interest in it. Not only that, I just don't have the time at this point to waste on a mediocre experience.

My kids are finally at the age where they are starting to play games, such as the lego games, and games like Mario Kart. That honestly has given me more fun than my solo experiences.

That being said, I've invested a lot of time into The Witcher 3 and Diablo 3. W3 has satisfied my need for a solo adventure that has true depth and is a joy to play. D3 allows me to drop in and out as I see fit, no story to worry about, just loot hunting thumb.gif

Find games that fit you now, not that fit you 5 or 10 years ago. If you need to stop for a while, do so. If you come back later, great! If not, there's obviously far more important things in life than games.
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I'll probably always play games, I'm just giving it a good deal less time than I used to. Real life is much more important. That said, obviously a good game is good entertainment. What else are you going to do when you want some fun/entertainment for several hours, when you've got several hours to burn?
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I feel like there's no forms of "entertainment" that I actually view as "entertainment". Nothing is fun anymore. Anyone else feel like this?

Likes and dislikes change over time. What are you currently passionate about? Make it your hobby. Problem solved thumb.gif
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I'm 28 and completely understand, OP. The last game I both played and enjoyed was Fallout 4. Despite all of Bethesda's critism using an an outdated engine, I sunk over a 100 hours into it, and planning on eventually revisiting it with mods (I intentionally didn't complete the story for that reason, heh). Before that, I got plenty of enjoyment playing the 'renewed' D3 on console. It was actually more fun playing it on a TV, nice and relaxed on a couch, vs playing it cramped at a desk on a measly 27" monitor. Pumped a few hundred hours into it on hardcore and had a thousand times more fun than I did with that game at launch (hope Blizzard is still considering bringing seasons to consoles).

And now, a few months later, I sold my graphics card in light of the new ones releasing and have been tempted to pull the trigger on a new card once again and an ultrawide to go with it... almost in hope of it restoring my lost love for PC gaming... But since I need to keep asking myself if it'll be worth it, will it? In all honesty, it probably won't... I'd probably be better off getting a PS4 and revisiting all of the exclusive titles I missed, which is the direction I'm leaning in now. That route won't break the bank either so I can also pick up an RX 480 to play games like DS3, F4, Skyrim, etc. on my TV with a controller, but maxed out with glorious mods, at a decent framerate.

It's funny, the more you're not around games, the more you want to play them. So giving it a break for awhile is probably the best advice you'll get. Maybe after not being immersed in the environment, you'll see a trailer for TES VI and be pulled back in again smile.gif
Edited by Eorzean - 6/19/16 at 2:42am
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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.

I find that amusing personally, as gaming is really adept at giving people a false sense of achievement in life. I implore anyone who is good at something to make a living out of it, but if I'm sat there sweating my nuts off only for the reason of 'the challenge' then personally I think that's a sad way to live through life. Same goes for people who go through life not enjoying their line of work.

Gaming is all about the experience, and it always will be.

I still game (30), and enjoy a lot of the mainstream stuff. I think it boils down to being too familiar with it all and seeing it all before. It helps to take a year out from these things to freshen it up. It's not uncommon for people to change interests as they age however, just like tastes in music.

[EDIT] I see the post above me gave similar advice! It's sound, take it tongue.gif
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Walk outside, and screw computer.

I sold my GTX 980, leaving me with no ability to play anything until I get the hands on 1080, which will be after August. I was jonesing for gaming for good 2 weeks, but the longer I do not play...the less I want to.


Just makes me realize more and more, how little gaming means in my life.


I'm also 29, and let's keep it real...there are plenty of better things to do. Because gaming...is...well.....POINTLESS. Fun, but POINTLESS
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I use to play hours a day and never get bored, but I'm 29 years old now and it's rare for me to enjoy games anymore. I honestly blame WoW, which gave me a bad mindset for gaming due to playing it extremely hardcore for many years. I haven't played it in about a year, and my gaming appeal just never returned.

There's very few exceptions. I'll play something like D3 when a new season comes out because it's an extremely forgiving game that doesn't really any thought process. I played Witcher 3, and enjoyed it, but that's mainly because I played TW1 so much when I was younger. I still treated it more as a "chore" than a game though, and getting all those treasure locations in the ocean really sucked for me. The only game I really actively play and enjoy is heavily modded Minecraft. Which again, is more like a chore than a game. I'll fire up a emulatior and play like Zelda OOT and have a blast, probably because it's something I played a lot as a young child. Then I'll try something like Zelda Wind Waker or Majora's Mask, and be bored out of my mind because I have no previous connection to them, when they are more or less the same type of game.

I'm extremely OCD when it comes to min/maxing and 100% completion, so complex games become a nightmare for me. I regularly stop playing games if I feel I missed any content, I have to search every inch to get any possible enjoyment (which is tedious). I've never beat a bioware-type game in my life due to this, despite trying to play them dozens of times. I've tried to break this mindset, but it's just not possible. It's not as simple as "just don't do that", because if I don't I will lose interest in the game within minutes and if I do it, then I burn myself out well before completing it.

Game's like Skyrim and Fallout seem extremely interesting to me, infact I beat Skyrim the first week of release and enjoyed it but now that there's so many mods it's far too overwhelming to try to get back into any Bethesda game. I've tried many times. My mind refuses to play without mods, I keep telling myself "I'm missing so much stuff", and end up burning myself out. On the other hand, playing with mods is overwhelming to setup, and generally leads to something breaking, so I end up quitting.

Divinity Origin Sin is a game that is given so much praise, and I've tried playing it 3 times. I just find myself overwhelmed because I try to perfectly min/max every character and it's literally impossible. Still have never gotten past the first act in this game, despite it seeming very interesting. All typical party-RPG type games do this too me. Pillar of Eternity, Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, etc. I feel like they are all extremely good games, but I constantly am in a mental battle with myself while playing them.. so I end up giving up. Most of them I won't even make it past character creation.

Multiplayer quick-match type games (Counter Strike, Hearthstone, etc) simply don't appeal to me because it seems completely pointless. You do a bunch of repetitive matches against other people. It's not fun at all for me.

I've google for ages for games that might peak my interest, i've tried mostly all of them, and very few of them hold my interest for very long. I've even tried going back to the early days of 90s gaming, but I'm always bored out of my mind because I just don't seem to enjoy it anymore. My free time generally consist of sitting at home watching movies or TV shows, which again feel more like a task than entertainment. This is basically how I feel about everything anymore...

I feel like there's no forms of "entertainment" that I actually view as "entertainment". Nothing is fun anymore. Anyone else feel like this?
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Gotta have that balance in life.
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Walk outside, and screw computer.

I sold my GTX 980, leaving me with no ability to play anything until I get the hands on 1080, which will be after August. I was jonesing for gaming for good 2 weeks, but the longer I do not play...the less I want to.


Just makes me realize more and more, how little gaming means in my life.


I'm also 29, and let's keep it real...there are plenty of better things to do. Because gaming...is...well.....POINTLESS. Fun, but POINTLESS
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I don't think there's a need to explain anyone if a hobby is not what it used to be - it happens. I've completely turned down many things lately because completely lack of time (a toddler in the house): watching TV, cycling, fishing etc. The only things I HAVE time and motivation to do late in the night, is running and gaming. But there are times when I want to burn my running shoes in the fire which happens every now and then with every hobby; I need a break.

There are many things that are kind of pointless in life besides gaming. My dad used to keep telling me since I was 10 that gaming is completely waste of time. He insisted that everything needs to be of some benefit. He never understood that there are things than can also be fun and make someone happy. Too bad he didn't make it so far to enjoy retirement like he was probably planning. I say enjoy the ride (your life) as you please and don't think too bad about "wasting" your time on some things a little bit. wink.gif
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You mentioned all the mods got overwhelming for some games to get back into them. Understandable but I'm glad I have the patience or persistence to keep up with them for Fallout 4, Witcher 3, Skyrim and others. Yeah the user mods can be a hassle with a new learning curve to deal with for many of them.
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