I've lost my appetite for games

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by Kohno, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. Kohno

    Kohno Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    Jul 30, 2009
    I don't know why, but I haven't played anything in about a year. It used to be one of my favorite pastimes to argue about RPG's, and there are a number of games that should be right up my alley, but I've no interest in anything anymore. I've had pretty steep desires for an ideal RPG (that I still hold onto in case I ever engage in developement myself), and to no-ones' surprise, iit hasn't happened.

    Perhaps it's a sign of age, I am 36 afterall. Perhaps I've just burned myself out of the loop as all games today seem pretty much like repetition of a pattern and nothing actually new happens. I don't know. But I haven't had an urge to play or even discuss anything game related in about a long time, nor do I have any now.

    Has anyone else noticed something like that in themselves?
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  2. R.Graves

    R.Graves Confirmed Retard

    Apr 21, 2016
    Yeah I went through that about 5 years ago an experienced a sudden resurgence in interest around late 2017/ early 2018.

    Didn't start looking forward to new shit until late 2018 tho.
  3. Kohno

    Kohno Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    Jul 30, 2009
    I was ready to give up already in 2013, but the 2014 "renaissance" caught me off guard and sparked some new itnerest. Now, though... There doesn't seem to be anything in horizon that would actually feel interesting to try out. ISO/TB games and some narrative branching abound, yeah, sure, but I've kinda seen that already. FPS games with narrative branching, the same thing.

    Perhaps it's time to give this particular hobby a longer pause and see if anything happens in the future. I'm not holding my breath, but you never know.
  4. Squadcar

    Squadcar Literal Vampire Potbelly Goblin

    Jun 1, 2018
    I don't know shit about making games (so I might just be an ass stating this) but it seems to me we're using more resources on graphic fidelity rather than expanding on what you can do in a game. Smaller games have to look good enough to attract people who care enough about graphic fidelity. I could play 8 bit games as long as the art is right. I don't care how realistic it looks. Is it cool? Yeah. Does it matter? Not so much.

    Isn't the Final Fantasy 7 remake having issues being so graphically impressive while being essentially the same game rewritten? Why is that such a challenge? If we just used the same graphics from then and redid the code would it be easier? If yes, then that means there should be more focus on making the interactivity and mechanics and features of games and less so on their realistic look. I've felt immersed with or without realistic graphics. It's not about the look as much as it is pulling the player into the world.

    So when we're just making the same type of games but upping the audio and visual oopmh, I can start to see why you're less interested. I'm less interested in titles that I would have been enamored for as a teen or kid. I'd probably be more into them if they didn't look nearly the same in terms of what you're doing. I'm not sure what next technological leap in interactivity would be for games but I kinda wanna see it.

    Wasn't Wasteland impressive for letting you drop items and they stayed on the ground no matter how long you had played the game? I wasn't alive then but I read that wasn't really a common thing in games then. That changes a lot in a game. I wonder if we could ever see something so mundane sounding (years later) be so groundbreaking again.
  5. R.Graves

    R.Graves Confirmed Retard

    Apr 21, 2016

    Seriously FFVII looks fucking gross. VIII and IX look far better and all they did was change the art direction.
  6. Hulk'O'Saurus

    Hulk'O'Saurus Still Mildly Glowing

    Jul 10, 2018
    I think that might be a good thing. There definitely are good hobbies other than gaming out there.

    I'ts completely understandable that newer games can't hold your attention. There's little there in the way of substance.

    Maybe, just maybe, check out Underrail or ADOM, and see if that sparks any interests? If not - happy days. How bad can that be?

    Sign of it's age rather than it's art direction, to be honest. Compare how late PS games look to older ones, and you will notice the same thing.
  7. R.Graves

    R.Graves Confirmed Retard

    Apr 21, 2016
    Not really. The models themselves look shit because of how they decided to make them look. Iirc VIII came out like literally the year after VIII and it looks stupidly better because they dropped the cartoon dumbbell arms.
  8. Proletären

    Proletären A Smooth-Skin

    Mar 15, 2012
    I feel the same! I can't be bothered by video games any more.
  9. Earth

    Earth Vault Senior Citizen

    Apr 7, 2013
    I've started playing a lot of older games that I've been hearing about for years but never played. I actually finished Final Fantasy VII for the first time recently. The blocky people are fine, I don't need a remake (though they could fix up the controls and speed up the battle intros I guess) Also been playing King's Quest, Metal Gear, Resident Evil and stuff like that. But even this is sparingly. I spend more time reading and writing about games than I do playing them.
  10. Mr Fish

    Mr Fish ...The pain of being dead...

    Sep 11, 2010
    Right now I'm trying to get through my backlog on Steam (way way too many damn games bought on sales) and I tried Devil May Cry (DmC Reboot) and I was surprised to see how much I was enjoying it and I can't think of a time when I've tried a hack and slasher game like this before so it opened up the idea of branching out into this genre of games for the future when I get done with my backlog.

    If the games/genre's you usually play doesn't do it for you then maybe it is time to take a break from those and try something different, something new.

    There was a time when I felt like I had grown apart from gaming too and it was when I was overly cynical and practically looked for any issue I could find and once I found an issue it was like pandoras box and I could never unsee it. Eventually I realized that maybe I'm being too critical and maybe I should just tone it down and it helped. I give games a fair chance now (but still criticize them if I do find issues) and if something bothers me I try not to let it get to me. You say you used to love RPG's and you have an ideal for an RPG. Maybe that's the problem, your expectation isn't met so you grow disillusioned with the genre as it feels like it never takes the appropriate steps forward to reach the potential you can see for it.

    It's important to take a break when you're at this point and recharge your batteries but when you come back to gaming don't go down the same path. Fuck what's on the horizon, it's been a landfill for years and the closer we get the more repugnant it becomes. Look backwards instead. Look at things you missed or wrote off or things you have some unfounded dislike for and give it a chance.

    Have you tried Little Inferno? It's about burning everything you own in a fireplace. Is good. :]
  11. Octavian

    Octavian It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Jun 16, 2018
    I don’t think this is anything unexpected. A game you like hasn’t been released for a while. And if you predominantly do one form of entertainment for a while it can kinda get old if nothing good comes out for a while. I’ve taken hiatus from reading, TV, gaming before out of boredom and came back when I discovered something interesting.
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  12. RangerBoo

    RangerBoo Literal Vampire Potbelly Goblin

    Jun 15, 2015
    I found that I haven't really played any games coming out of the West in years. The only game that I am probably going to buy from a Western developer this year is Total War: Three Kingdoms but that is only if the game is good. I may consider Days Gone down the road when it goes on sale. Most of the games I have bought recently are either from Japan or Eastern Europe. Between Epic Games wanting to bring the console wars to PC gaming, Tim Sweeney insane obsession with wanting to shut down Steam and other competitors for good and the political activism of Western game developers and publishers I just have been turned off with Western gaming. I am considering getting a Switch sometime in the future but I sadly can't really hold on to my money when it comes to getting my hands on a new book or two. Or three. Or four. I may need to curb my bibliophile habits.
  13. zegh8578

    zegh8578 Keeper of the trout Orderite

    Mar 11, 2012
    Lately, several games I waited for, I've lost all interest in. I played about 45 minutes of Red Dead, then stopped giving a shit. That's not even a reflection on the game, since I've had similar experiences with most other games as of late. For example, I went and got EU4 and CK II, with DLCs - I figured they are the ultimate immersive strategy games (in particular the latter), and I had tons and tons of fun with HOII back in the day: Not once man, I have played EU4 and CKII zero, nothing, none, money out the window, the games are just sitting there.
    I'm still waiting for M&BII - but now I'm more and more certain I simply won't play it, even if I buy it...

    I think it's the same, I'm 37, I'm writing a lot lately, and drawing, and I'm putting a lot of effort and focus into that, so not to half-ass my projects - this leaves very little time for games. The few times I play, I just go and get some comfy replay shit, like New Vegas for the n-th time, or just dick around some in GTA Online, or something else of zero consequence
  14. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    I have been experiencing the same these last couple of years as the OP, gaming starting to loose its appeal to me and I have been talking with this with TorontRayne and Hassknecht from time to time.

    Having been mostly alone my entire life as I do not have much friends gaming was always my biggest source of escape and I had the fortune in growing up in a period in which some of the most memorable genres, titles, and franchises were created.

    But I have been growing increasingly uninterested in gaming in general, barely even knowing any more which new titles are being developed as so many of the current day games does not appeal to me any more.
    My mental situation does come into play though.

    I barely play my old favorites any more or have stopped playing them at all as when I do play them I feel that I am just going through the motions and am in general just wasting my time.
    Rather I keep thinking "Damn if I could make games I would have done x with this game title or continued on that series".

    I have also been trying to branch out into other hobbies but have difficulty in finding something that can really hold my interest.
    If anything it makes me feel that I have wasted a great part of my life :(
  15. mobucks

    mobucks As a goof Orderite

    May 22, 2010
    Same here. If I wasn't so addicted to gaming growing up I know for a fact I'd be married by now and probably a lot happier in life.
    I still play some shit here and there but mostly I just watch random shit on YouTube or listen to podcasts. If anything, I watch other people play video games more than I actually play them.
    The worst is that I keep buying games and never end up playing them. There are probably 20 games in my steam library that have less than 1 hour played. I keep trying to reignite the passion but it's not working.
  16. Squadcar

    Squadcar Literal Vampire Potbelly Goblin

    Jun 1, 2018
    Damn. 20? I have probably over a hundred on Steam I have no interest of. Because right before graduating high school I was making money and living at home, of course and I just got into PC games. I would buy the weekly or bi-weekly Humble Bundles every time they came out for at least a dollar. I figured why not just spend a dollar and get free games? If there's something I want in the higher tiers I'll pay up to that if I want to. I ended up with a fuckton of Steam keys for games I don't care for.

    I never bought many games on digital sales that I wasn't actually interested in but those bundles are what got me. A single buck or two seemed like a good deal for my feeble teenage mind. Sure it's not a lot of money but it was just silly to spend money like that without having any want in the games.
  17. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    Just like with a drug habit, take tolerance breakes in between, I have come to only play games on Saturday and I have found myself enjoying games I had gotten burned out on (JRPGs) again. Also avoid most AAA games as a general rule (altho I think you already do this?).
  18. Valdetiosi

    Valdetiosi Valde

    Jul 14, 2017
    I started to notice that I'm in burn off with games, namely ones that are openworld/sandbox ones, but I have huge interest to keep playing on much smaller focused games. It's namely having to do with the menial tasks that are as simple as killing X amount of enemies or collecting X amount of stuff which makes me think the game is more like a tasklist for things that one would do in real life, the difference being I do nothing productive with it.

    So when there's simple game like Crimzon Clover: World Ignition, there's nothing too hard to aim than 1CC:ing the whole game. It is quite big contrast in terms of how much I get amusement from it than, going in open world RPG to do a quest about 20 bear pelts.
  19. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    It is not that I hate all the gaming in my youth but I wish it would it had not consumed so much of my time, energy, and concentration at a later age. Especially at a time perhaps in which I should have expanded my interests in other areas.
    As I mentioned before I wonder if this could have led some of the lack of focus issues I have today but I have also been unemployed and mostly been sitting at home for many years so that probably also plays a role.

    And yes, that is what I also do most of the time. Hanging around on Youtube despite that I know that I should be doing better things.

    I also own many games that I never played at all or have stopped playing while I am perhaps halfway to the ending.
    When that realization started to set in I started to rethink a lot on what non necessities/luxuries I spend money and if these are really worth it.
    Recently I was thinking a lot about buying a bunch of old games that I used to enjoy as a kid just so that I could own them again, but they are very expensive and it made me wonder if I really wanted them or if this was just another distraction to prevent seeing an underlying problem.
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  20. R.Graves

    R.Graves Confirmed Retard

    Apr 21, 2016

    Yeah hey if you could not describe my life in such specific details that'd be cool
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