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#1 MariosX

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 21:03

Hello.
I would like somebody's opinion on this matter.
I've been playing video games since I was 6 years old, now I'm 24. I stopped playing exactly two years ago because I was at college and I had to work as well. I was waking up every day at 7:30 a.m. and had to be at college right away. College lessons were ending at 12:30 pm and at 1:00 pm I had to be at work for an 8 hour shift.

Because I hadn't enough time I gave priority to other things.
Please note, that until I entered college I was playing like a maniac, I had spent 2000$ just to get a gaming pc with high specs
(Intel Core i7 920, 3x2GB RAM, Sapphire HD4870 1GB, 1xSSD Intel M25 80GB, 2x1TB WDD Caviar Black, Z-5500 Speakers, G110 Keyboard, G500 Gaming Mouse etc.)
and also had all consoles, (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii) just to not miss any great game.
I was avoiding human contact, rarely involved into sports and sometimes I was pretending to be sick just to have more time to spent on video-gaming, you could call me an addict.

College and work made want to be involved in human relationships, to have friends but they also made me tired, decrease my self-esteem and lose my interest in video-gaming

Today, I don't have a job neither I'm into college which means I have enough free time to do anything.
I also tried playing a few video games like Skyrim, Dishonored, Diablo 3, Syndicate and some more which I cannot remember at the momment.
My interest lasts until I clear a level (for example: Dishonored) or gain a level. After that I say "IT'S GREAT!'' and right after ALT+F4 and never, ever touch it again.

I do not why it happens, maybe I have lost all my interest & excitement in video gaming or because I was playing them maniacally since I was child.
However, If I had these games when I was interested I would certainly would never ever step outside of my room for any reason.

Now my interests are other things, like reading a book, watching a movie, listening to music, going outside and have fun and I'm still trying to find new ones

My questions are these:
1) Is this normal? More specifically, losing your interest entirely to a point you don't want to spend another minute to that.
2) Has anything similar happened to you?


#2 Nerd Rage

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 21:06

I have an addict-type personality with games and it goes in waves for me. I go non-stop gamer for months until I reach the point where I burn myself out, then I take a couple months to do other things. Gaming always comes back though because I inevitably get the "itch" again when a great game comes out.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 21:10

I personally go in spurts. I love to game. But there are times I don't want anything to do with them. Or I load up a game save, play for a few minutes, then exit and watch a movie or veg out with a book and some music.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 21:10

Well, I would say that now you have "better" interests. But I think gaming would come back for you. This may just be a phase in your life. All you need is a lot of free time, so that you get bored, and your gaming spirit would come back. :)

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 21:12

i could write lots here - but tbh it all ends into the same:

you do just fine - dont worry mate. interests do float, that part of growing up.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 21:28

My questions are these:
1) Is this normal? More specifically, losing your interest entirely to a point you don't want to spend another minute to that.
2) Has anything similar happened to you?


Yes, and I've never got over it. I've been gaming since 1982 and now I play a game for 5 minutes and lose interest. The problem is I still think I'm a gamer, have to buy the latest games and need a decent rig but I think it's just habit, so deep inside me that I can't turn it off. A lot of games just seem really naff as well as if they were targeted at 12 year olds, I've not been able to get past 30 minutes of Mass Effect 3 because the writing is so juvenile it makes me cringe.

I did play the hell out of Skyrim though, nothing since then has kept me interested,

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 21:30

I used to be quite a gamer, spending my entire evenings and weekends doing nothing but gaming in my free time.

I essentially quit cold turkey somewhere in my early 30s. I'm now 40 and can't bring myself to play a game for more than 10-15 minutes--it all feels like an effort these days.

The only exception, really, is GTA4, which I've played through, but also haven't gone back to since I finished it (despite finding plenty of replayability in previous games). In fact I'm withdrawn from any gaming to the point where I've repurposed what used to be my gaming machine (i7 with 32GB RAM) into a host for virtual machines. My primary machine is a 7+ year old Athlon with 4GB of RAM. The i7 is basically running from a closet.

I wouldn't suggest it's a phase. You could be simply done with gaming. Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. Depends what you're now doing with your free time.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 21:54

I just feel weird...
I was what you can call, an addict. A man who would do anything just to get his over-dose.

And no, I don't want to return back to gaming. I just don't need it anymore.
All these consoles I had (which I gratefully sold) and this gaming rig cost me money.
I would sell my gaming rig as well but no, since it use it to do other things as well and it does them with amazing performance in comparison with other rigs.

I like the way I live. I might be a little behind than others in some normal things but that's just me.
Thinking back the way I lived I would dare to say I was also misanthropic and when it came to bullies/trolls I didn't know how to fight back.

Now I just bully/troll them back more than they do (now) until to the point they want to hit me and I'm having lots of fun of doing that.
(Note: I bully/troll back, I am not a bully/troll)

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 03:29

I feel ya, I have a PS3 sitting in my living room with tons of awesome games that I love, but I can't bring myself to actually pick up a controller and play, it's serving as more of a media center now than anything. I'm not sure what happened. I think moving back to Kentucky where I have things to do other than play games contributed to that. I set up my CB radio base station in the house and I'd be just as happy sitting here talking to people on the radio as I would be playing one of my games. I have even picked up Assassins' Creed 3 and Resident Evil 6, and I've played each of those about 30 minutes and haven't picked them back up since.

I guess people grow, and they change.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 03:45

I would say I have felt the same way you feel about 3 or 4 times over the past 10 or so years. I actually feel it right now.
In fact, I just posted this in the Halo 4 thread yesterday, and meant every word of it...

Started the SP campaign earlier today, just did the opening sequence, and it actually seems to be very well done.
I have felt this way for awhile, but I think I may just be getting really, really bored of First Person Shooters.
I purchased it outright so going to keep playing it, but I don't know, I am finding it really hard to play an FPS this day.
Weird, as for awhile, it was my favorite genre. But I much prefer either a 3rd person shooter or even a classic 2D platformer.
I am sure I may eventually really get into it. As I said, seems really well done.
Honestly too, I just went through 9 days of no power. Today was the first day I was back in my house in pretty much 5 days. So think, well actually know, I am mentally drained for sure. So may have just not been in the mood to play.

So yes, I did just go through a pretty crap experience that made me realize there are more important things in life, but as I said, I have also probably wondered the same thing at least 3 or 4 times over the past 10 years, and I somehow make it back to gaming.


I actually have a WiiU Deluxe preordered already, and I am really looking forward to it actually. Reading some of the previews on Kotaku about being able to play Super Mario Bros on the controller has me pretty damn psyched actually. I am also looking forward to ZombiU, despite being bored with First Person Shooters as I said above from the Halo thread.

I do no doubt think a huge part of it has to do with how games are created these days. To really enjoy a lot of games, you have to dedicate a lot of time to them. Get into a flow so to speak. That is why some of the games I have enjoyed lately are ones I can pick up and play for 10-15 minutes, and put down again. Like the new Need For Speed game. I am quite enjoying it, as it serves my schedule very well.


So it may just be you are bored by games right now. That happens, and you will eventually not be bored with them again.
It may be you never get back into them. And that is cool too.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 03:55

Same here OP. I want to do more to make my real life better. It feels better to me. Also I've played so many games to death a few years ago that I can predict what will happen... and know what will happen and it's not fun anymore. Most games are not creative enough for me. I would rather spend the 50-60 on other things like networking stuff, more storage for music,movies,pics, cat videos,etc... and less on high end GPUs, games, etc...

I am going to be getting a new system shortly and it will be my last for a while... next system is gonna be a surface pro or whatever full windows 8 tablets that come out... and mabye a new phone soon. but not gonna really invest in gamer hardware anymore.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 04:59

I know the feeling people, I used to play DOA2 so much that the PS2 had stopped reading properly. Also, same thing with PC games was always pumped to play Sims 2...Now it's just boring so i uninstalled it and put S3 instead. But anymore I get burned out easily on games, on console I would fall asleep and only be 20 mins into it. Rock band was fun for a while then it became boring...except for Metal Gear series minus SOL(hate that f-ing game) I have been just listening to music a lot more and getting poked and prodded by doctors for the last few years or visiting with friends bull****tin' yeah life just seems to take over more then people expect.

I still have PS1 games I haven't even gotten through all the way, Wild Arms 2, Lunar 2, Megaman X5 and all GP modes of Parasite Eve 2. Before that I was working on CV Symphony of the night and that was about 2½ years ago and the others almost 10 years!!! I'm going to have to start over with Wild Arms and Lunar 2 because I don't remember any of it.

I haven't even turned on the tv for almost 4 months now, idk why bc I always watch Flash Point on ion...Might have to do with my recent purchase of GITS: SAC 1-2 and Solid State Society. Plus I have hip joint problems, So I just move the pc to floor level and lay down on my mat and do my thang.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:46

I think it's absolutely normal.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:56

Maybe you got ***** and found it is better :)

Since I got a girl. Ive abandonded my PC basically....

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:20

It's called growing up. Welcome to adulthood.