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I was pretty burned about a year ago due in part from gaming being part of my work for so long. Any time there was a new triple A title it was almost like taking a continuing ed course to stay up to date with the gaming community, and any time I logged into Steam there were always the constant updates from official groups, press and industry guys in my friends list, etc. I realized after a while that I was only playing games for work related reasons 99% of the time, and it was no longer my escape at the end of the hard day at the office.

What I also realized though is that every time I looked for something I might be interested in playing for fun, I was always looking for the same stuff. RPGs, RTS, and FPS were pretty much all I was into for as far back as I could think. I also played everything on normal/medium, and considered hard mode and optional challenges to be a luxury for people with more time. So of course I was getting burned out; I was playing the same stuff in a slightly different flavor over and over.

I'm back into gaming in a big way these days though and enjoying the hell out of it, and these are the main things that did it for me:

1) Try totally new genres. I hadn't played platformers, racing, sports or even action games since the N64 days. Then one day I looked at a flyer I still had laying around from SGC for Super Win the Game and decided why not, I'll give a shot. A few days later I'd 100 percented it and was looking for more. Turns out difficult platformers and metroidvania style games are the best thing ever and what looked frustrating and punishing watching others play was actually super addictive and rewarding. I also have Rocket League, a racing/sports game, for getting me back into online gaming to the point of having a regular team and going competitive on occasion.

2) If you like a game, don't just beat it, go for the 'chieves and do the challenges. 100 percenting most games is wicked difficult and no one really cares about the awards themselves, but damn does it feel nice when you finally pull off a tough accomplishment.

3) Hook up a TV and some controllers and get some extra players for a bit of couch gaming. Split/shared screen multiplayer is awesome for parties and you can get pretty much anyone into most games made for it. Beats the hell out of Netflix for family time too. After much trying I've found it's near impossible to get a LAN together these days, but in my experience almost anyone will join in on a game if you just hand them a controller.

So glad I got a bit of refreshment and got out of that rut. Turns out PC gaming is better now than it's ever been, really.
post #212 of 221
I started Gaming in 1981 or so and still enjoy playing I wont play a game unless its fun and at this age i don't feel peer pressure to perform in teams, missed a raid oh well... My ranking is not 1337 OK, that,s fine, didn't get that achievement, so what.

if you are getting bored perhaps its time to take a break and find other things to do as life takes over don't expect 100% commitment a teen would have to a game. Now i play with my kids although they tell me I need more practice...

I took a 2-3 year break from all gaming and even stopped building PC's, OMG purchased a gaming laptop (for editing videos) redface.gif ...

Now I'm refreshed and enjoying playing all sorts of games. including battlefield ( can't wait for battlefield 1), overwatch, SWOR, bit of WOW and anything interesting on steam.

another benefit of being 46 i can now afford to buy what i want (as long as the wife approves). biggrin.gif
I really needed 3440x1440 monitor and to run that I had to buy GTX 1080 and a i7 6700K so i don't run out of processing power.

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post #214 of 221
Gees man you must be married to a real ball buster...
post #215 of 221
Honestly I feel kinda same like you guys, I have a full Steam library, and there are games out there that really take me back to the good old days where everything was exciting, occasionally like the Witcher 3 or the last Deus Ex, but these kind of games seem to have become rare.

I still game, but not nearly as much as before/when I was younger (although I'm only in my early 20s).
If I'm playing competitive games like CS:GO, DotA 2 or LoL, I only play them with my irl friends (usually we are 3 or 4 guys).

There is some good advice in here though, like trying out different genres etc.
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(as long as the wife approves)(as long as the wife approves)(as long as the wife approves)(as long as the wife approves)(as long as the wife approves)(as long as the wife approves) another benefit of being 46 i can now afford to buy what i want (as long as the wife approves)(as long as the wife approves)(as long as the wife approves)(as long as the wife approves)(as long as the wife approves)(as long as the wife approves)(as long as the wife approves)(as long as the wife approves). biggrin.gif

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It's easier to get forgiveness than permission smile.gif
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It's easier to get forgiveness than permission smile.gif

This is definitely not the case in my household haha! biggrin.gif
post #218 of 221
I used to be a huge gamer as well. I played competitive CSS, TF2 when it was first released, and SC2 for a while (up top 14 hours a day of SC2). I got out of gaming about a year ago and now only play games from series that I'm really interested in such as The Metal Gear Series.

Now the only games I'm really interested in are strategy/tactical games and multiplayer fighting games that require strategy. I also prefer playing games on the console's (PS3 for now) over a PC.

It's nice to be able to relax after a long day and with a click of a button on my controller be able to kick back and play games while laying on my bed. Not to mention I have a preference for having physical copies of my games over digital copies.

I have to say it's much nicer and rewarding to actually be out DOING things in the real world instead of gaming 6+ hours a day.

we also have to keep in mind that games are not even close to what they used to be. Games are a dime a dozen anymore and perhaps less than 5 games a year are released that are really unique, original, and give you that complete experience.

Most of the games being released anymore are junk that hold your hand and appeal to the masses with stereotypical storylines that are predictable. Most games are not a challenge and are too easy.

With that being said I don't think quitting gaming 100% is necessary, just diversifying your life instead of being like the people I used to know that were only interested in gaming is much better as there are games that require critical thinking skills and can expand on who you are and how you think.
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The main problem I have with games now is they're too long, the never ending open world types. They are great games, no doubt, (skyrim, witcher 3, etc) but they are LIFE SUCKING. Most missions, even side missions, take HOURS, just for ONE. Exploring is the fun part,

I guess its good for kids who have a lot of time, but i'm kind of up there with the older guys group so time management is important when there are so many other things going on in life.
I remember playing splinter cell and thinking it was awesome, creeping around nice and slow. Now, I don't have time to do a lengthy, stealthy game. It's got to be something fairly fast pace and with as few cut scenes as possible. And yeah, the slow grinding games I just cant do anymore. I cant even finish alien isolation, its taking too long creeping around while the game is already much, much longer than it should be.

Sorry, that turned out to be a rant more than anything else biggrin.gif


Heh, Alien Isolation is just too long period. Honestly, there came a point where I was honestly thinking "ok enough is enough, now." Generally yeah, it can be frustrating with some of these big greats like Witcher 3, as you just want to explore everything, and there isn't enough time in the world for most folks. If there is, then you end up missing out on other great games. Time management is a big factor to how much of a gamer you are these days, hence why casual is the new groove.

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You read it so often: "cant game because of wife/kids"

Why ?

I have no problem spending hours and hours everyday of the week on games if i wanted to.
Whats is it these other epople have to do ?
There kids never sleep ? they have to sit down with the wife in front of the TV ?

I work, got wife and kids and still get bored with gaming at times because i do it so much.

Do you all work 7 days a week, 16hours a day or something ?


I dunno, your other half must be extremely understanding. You sure she's not thinking of leaving you? lol
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post #220 of 221
I think it's just an age thing. Your hobbies and interests change as you grow older and it happens to everyone. It doesn't help that gaming has become very stale and greedy either I'm the same way now and I'll be 29 in October. There's really only a handful of games that hold my interest and they're mostly remakes and such. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that gaming has spread to a much wider audience than it was even 10 years ago, let alone 15 or 20. Kids these days have short attention spans, games cost a lot to make, and the major game developers have all consolidated into a handful of companies so they just reskin the same crap and churn it out once a year because they know it'll sell.

There's a lot of older games I'd like to go back to but most of them are dead and have no servers or the online services for them flat out don't exist anymore.
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