I’m sure we’ve all had that same kind of feeling. Being so bored out of your mind, wanting to play a video game, but you absolutely have no idea what to play or you just feel like not playing at all. You want to play, but you don’t? You could own every single game in the world and you would just look at your collection thinking, “What do I want to play?”
Eventually, you’ll just stay on the computer or keep watching TV doing anything that isn’t video game related. We live in a time where our video games are on computers, where you don’t have to do anything if you’re already on the computer; just simply double-click, and you’ll be playing a game. There are applications dedicated to that like Steam and GOG, yet, it still feels like a bit of a hassle to play a video game.
Why is that? Is it something deep down, psychological? Or are we really just that lazy as gamers? I mean, I can get into a groove of playing something like Rome: Total War for hours and I mean, hours. I currently have about twenty or so games on my computer already; I’ve probably played about four or five of them for more than an hour. Everything else either struggles to play on my computer or I just don’t seem to have the time for it.
Something even worse is like when I started getting into Arkham City. I love Batman, I love adventure games, I love puzzles, and I loved Arkham Asylum. For whatever reason, it always felt like a chore to play the next quest, I just had no interest in it. I’m thinking maybe it has to do with work or it’s getting late, but I just can’t figure out why. I was thinking to myself that I had too much work to be doing than playing a game, but in reality, I had absolutely nothing to do, which was why I was playing in the first place.
Maybe I’m the minority here with this. I love video games more than anything, I’ve been playing since I was three years old, but now I just don’t seem to really care anymore. I still love to talk about video games, watch LPs [Ed. “Let’s Plays”] of games, and buy games, but I just struggle to get into that zone to play them. I seem to enjoy sports games more like Madden and NBA 2K, but I even have a hard time playing those; I can really only play about one or two matches before I’m tired of playing it. I fear that I’m losing my touch with video games. I could just be a really, really picky gamer I suppose?
I fear the idea that this means I’m getting too old for video games. I hope that isn’t the case. I hear stories about guys playing video games for two days straight and I’m struggling to complete a loading screen. Dreading all of this, maybe I just haven’t been looking or playing the right games, or maybe I’ve just been playing so many bad games. I can’t really see what makes a good game anymore.
Playing video games was my biggest hobby, but now my biggest hobby is watching people play video games and not actually playing video games. I don’t know if I’ve reached a new level of sad. I’m sure the next step is watching people play checkers at the park. I’ve already watched a documentary on people playing Scrabble…twice!
So, what does all this mean for me? If you’re a gamer, you should never give up on that, if you no longer feel the urge to play video games, just wait…you will…soon. You must never surrender, that’s what Corey Hart told me, so you must not either. If you feel the urge to play and yet at the same time, you don’t want to play, you must ignore that second feeling and play that game!
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