I like to follow where my natural interest pulls me. Firing up that intense shooter or competitive game doesn't always scratch the itch. I usually don't have the energy for the twitchy inputs even if I'm looking for PvP action. But I get the same enjoyment from playing sports which has more benefits so I've found myself gaming less overall. I think when we were younger, PC games offered an experience you couldn't get anywhere else. Now, it feels like it's mostly the same experience as a console but with more complex inputs.Well I'm 42 going on 43 in September. While I am single and have no family of my own I still game wherever and whenever I can but...it's a but harder to find time now. I just went through a family tragedy about 2.5 months ago now and had to help said family member through her trials as best as I could while she was alive. But I've also found my life outside of gaming to have grown to be busier and needing more of my time. Especially since the lockdown rules have subsided in my area I'm getting out more and playing disc golf (and trying to get back into billiards) and I also spend time with my friends a lot plus I am still writing an autobiographical project of my life and do enjoy blog writing. I built a new gaming rig as many of you might've expected with some of the posts I made in 2020 and 2021 concerning subject matter in said posts. However; this last rig I built for myself may be the last new one I build from scratch for myself period. These days while I try to find time on my PC to game, I spend most of the time on my Nintendo Switch OLED. Also, got myself an XBox Series X recently and will get a suitable TV for the room it is going in this weekend. With all this going on though, I have been gaming since Atari when I was like 5 years old. But as more and more time goes by, I've tended to understand there's more to life then just video gaming and as I get older? More and more of that time goes elsewhere away from gaming. I'm hoping soon to make more time to game again but we'll see. I feel like the last few years especially, I've let fate be the driver in my life and whatever directions it steers me in? That's where I go and what I do. Out!
Figured out last night i can murder my squad on Battlefield V and had a fantastic time griefing people for 3 hours, well past when i should have been asleep. Was 10 minutes late to doctors appointment this morning because of it, still worth it.
I strangely feel a lot of this!I can relate to the guilt. Gaming after all takes up a shitload of time. Checks Elden Ring clock... 150 hours and I still don't have the whole map unlocked. I think I feel the most guilt about sitting for ridiculously long periods of time. It's terribly unhealthy, especially considering that I work an office job where I also sit all day. Somehow my back is still holding up but I probably just jinxed myself by saying that.
What's worse is that time appears to be accelerating the older I get. And I just don't get the same joy out of things that I used to. We experience some incredible things in life but after a while those things become normalcy, even boring. I remember being absolutely blown away by VR the first time I tried it. And now that magic has completely worn off and it's just another video game console.
Yeah I feel like a need an entire day just to not feel like I fired up the game to only have to close it and go to bed 5 minutes later.What's worse is that time appears to be accelerating the older I get. And I just don't get the same joy out of things that I used to. We experience some incredible things in life but after a while those things become normalcy, even boring. I remember being absolutely blown away by VR the first time I tried it. And now that magic has completely worn off and it's just another video game console.
This is a good way to look at it. In my late teens through early 30s I was nearly entirely focused on study, work and work/sports so generally missed a whole decade and a half of gaming and basically anything else life had to offer. Time started freeing up around my mid-late 30s as I got situated in my career. And now in my early 40s, I'm focusing on the hobbies I love again, and starting new ones (although even without kids, home/car/boat ownership, family sucks time). I recall getting an Xbox One a few years after it was released and it was a marvel to me.Worst case scenario, you take a break and when you get back to it in a few years, there is a whole new generation of technology to explore with your kids. I seriously doubt your kids will have any complaints about too much gaming in the house. Your wife, that is another story!
Not sure if this is a good thing or not, but I am looking forward to a day where I can tank and my kid can heal. XD45 now. kids are now the age where they can play and actually be useful in coop. My PC gaming hours have gone up.
Prior to that, when kids were just time-sucks, i would retro handheld game on the toilet. So things are getting better!
Wont be long until you are the support role. My kids are already better than me at most fast reaction games.
I’m about to turn 38. I am having a harder and harder time finding games that give me enjoyment.
I used to love mmos but find them boring now. I think what I want isn’t out there. Last one I enjoyed was archeage. Building a house and farm and ships was awesome, but it was too pay to win to compete. Now I am spoiled by those mechanics and nothing comes close.
First person shooters have been a disappointment. I was a big fan of bad company 2 and bought battlefield 2042 to replay my favorite map Valparaiso. I got on the first time and had teary eyed nostalgia only to find they broke hit reg and aiming and I couldn’t even level up guns in portal.
I tried to play it yesterday and portal was so empty I had to settle for Atacama desert. Felt like I could hit people now, but the games dead.
I think they killed a lot of the magic by getting rid of dedicated servers and mods. I enjoyed modern warfare a couple of years ago, but it was missing the magic of the original with servers and mods.
Another thing is the map design they killed off all of the choke points. I used to love taking cover with my team and pushing up. Now everything has 3 ways to flank.
I have found the most enjoyment playing PlayStation exclusives on my ps5 like horizon forbidden west and demons souls. which is sad because I have a 3080 and a lg cx48 on the pc.
I actually have a theory about that. We are always looking at the time and expecting a day to come for something. We worried about nothing when younger since we had zero need to wait for something to happen. Life was just as is....What's worse is that time appears to be accelerating the older I get...
My partial twist on this is...What's worse is that time appears to be accelerating the older I get.
I am seriously starting to think my waning interest in the PC has more to do with 2022 being about the suckiest year for gaming in living memory and less to do with my advanced age.
Same. It felt games were getting better and better but now it feels like they've plateau for me.Turning 41 this year. Started PC gaming in 97. As of a few years ago I still played some of my older classic favorites but my gaming interest has tapered sharply the last year or so. I'm starting to wonder why I just dont start using low powered netbooks anymore because all I do now is low power stuff. Gone are the days of hardcore FPS/RTS gaming in long hours. Gone are the days of audio & video editing. Gone are the days of being young and having time to game. Rarely I'll get the desire to game, and even then it is VERY brief.
I just left my 40's and felt my waning interest was my age as well, but I'm starting to think it's the quality of the games that made me lose interest. I'm glad I'm not alone.I am seriously starting to think my waning interest in the PC has more to do with 2022 being about the suckiest year for gaming in living memory and less to do with my advanced age.