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I've been gaming since SEGA Mega Drive when I was a kid, never really took a looong break..I kinda moved from console to PC then back to console then back to PC and MMO etc. etc.
Lately I've been thinking...
I played some Super Mario Bros on a website and I was wondering...Where did all that excitement go ?
I mean, personally I can't even enjoy a game without thinking "achievements" or "gearing up"....
Did gaming somehow become a 2nd job ?
I don't even feel stress relief when I play, more like stressed out!
So I played Mario and I was thinking "why am I collecting coins ? I can't buy anything with these... there isn't even an achievement!"
That thought *really* made me sad for a moment! What did I become ?
And then I logged on to WoW...Felt that I had nothing to do there, logged out. Went on Diablo 3 and thought "this is really boring, killing mobs for gold and items?". I do have Rift and Guild Wars 2 on my PC and they have been teasing me but Rift is probably very close to WoW so I'm guesing the same feelings will be replicated...
Before you say "maybe it's time to quit gaming", just don't. I won't completely quit. I am not going to throw away 20 years of my hobby and let's not even count the money spent which cannot be retrieved (no I won't ebay anything).
I just need to sort it out, find the old flame...
So back to basics ? How do we go back and start getting HEALTHY interest in games, enjoying them for what they are...
How do you change your approach and how you see things ?
I need a plan and who better to contribute from the posters here!
(I kinda had an idea of spending a few days with NES/Mega Drive and move forward to more modern games in hope of reliving the progress :P Not sure if it's gonna help)