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I'm starting to feel too old for games...

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  • rojoArcueidrojoArcueid Member EpicPosts: 10,443
    sagil said:

    Starting to think that I've reached the maturity level that games can not be that fun anymore. 

     

    Maturity has nothing to do with having fun. Sex is a great entertainment and nobody says, im too mature to enjoy it.




  • DistopiaDistopia Member EpicPosts: 21,182
    sagil said:

    I'm 26. I've gamed all my life aside from other things. Starting to think that I've reached the maturity level that games can not be that fun anymore. When I was immature (we all dont admit that we once were), you could feel like something is special even about the wind blowing in your face. Just those little things fade away after some time, and you feel later as if you understand more about your environment as you grow up. Both emotionally, and wisefully.

    Now, I know some people will say "well, hey, I'm 36 and I'm a gamer.". But where are the people that stopped playing? Are we really gaming because we have nothing else to do, or because it is fun?

    A game only lasts 1 hour to 3 days for me nowadays, and I'm starting to think that I am either finished with games (but the interest in reading news about them is still there for some reason) or I just need to refuel my gaming energy. Also, I have thought since the JRPG era on consoles and later WoW, that no interesting games have come up. I bought Call of Duty: Ghosts, I've not finished playing it and will probably play more since I spent money on it, but I can't get that hype coming back for more. Honestly, I bought it since I wanted to try out a popular FPS game since JRPG ended for me, and I went to MMO... which means that maybe I'll like FPS now? I know, weird analysis by me, but it was worth the try.

    I'm feeling like I need to set my priorities straight. So that I, and my family, can be happier (unconditional love ya know) about me than now. I want to find a loving woman that cares and knows me for who I am, settle down with her and bring up a family. But yeah, I have no life except my family and a few friends. So I need to travel thousands kilometers by air to my parents homeland and get to know someone from their contacts. I'm pretty much homestuck all the time, and thinking about moving over to my parents homeland and live there, where I have dozens of family and contacts. (And FYI, yes, I have had a wife before but no kids, from my parents home country. But it just didnt work out between us, she lost passion.).

    Are we old gamers really nolifers, immature or attention seekers? Or do we game for fun? Since I haven't had fun gaming for a long time now.

    Just my 2 cents. Letter from a worried gamer.

     

    Meh I was your age when I first got into gaming, came with Married life and being home more.

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  • alex8246alex8246 Member UncommonPosts: 2
    I would advise you to take a small break from gaming and to branch out and see if there are any other hobbies or activities that pique your interest; volunteer somewhere, take a class, learn something new.  I think if all you did was game, then I could see how your passion for it could start to fade.  I went through something similar during my later college years, where I just didn't get the same enjoyment out of gaming, and thought I was "getting over" videogames. 
    Shortly after finishing school and working my first real job, I found myself back to playing games after work (not every day, but 3-4 times a week).  Turns out that break was what I needed to get back into it, and I am extremely thankful that I did because if I hadn't, I may have missed out on titles such as The Last of Us and franchises such as Bioshock (which I personally would equate more as "experiences" versus just a "game").   Now I find myself on the opposite end of the spectrum with too many games to play and an ever-expanding backlog, which I guess is a good problem to have. 

  • WizardryWizardry Member LegendaryPosts: 18,007
    The thrill was there when gaming was advancing every year or two,now the games are like coming off an assembly line so yeah they are becoming extremely boring.I often login to a game,then 5 minutes later,don't feel like playing.

    It seems when younger when have more acceptance towards mind numbing,simple repetition but when we get older we want strategy and intrigue and new.I was in TwitchtV today ,i saw a new Famrville like game,i just shook my head.I watched for a bit to try and understand why anyone would play such a game and all i could figure was that it was super simple to play and learn and some people just need that.

    Older gamer' s are well beyond needing simple and level numbers,we want substance to our game and characters to have character and developers are not delivering.
    There is a reason why we remember Cloud and Yuna ,they had character,we see so little of that now a days,NPC's are just there so they can put a yellow marker over their head.

    Point is even older gamer's can find some enjoyment and thrill if the game can deliver it.Instead we get assembly line cheap looking games.

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  • observerobserver Member RarePosts: 3,685
    edited March 2016
    I probably would've stopped gaming if weren't for MMOs.  I stopped playing console games around 15 years ago, and FPS games on the PC around 10 years ago.  I don't have time for MMOs like i used to.  I have too many other hobbies and interests to fill the void besides gaming these days.  When i do play MMOs though, it's only for an hour or two before i end up logging out.
  • AlbatroesAlbatroes Member LegendaryPosts: 7,336
    Its all subjective. Personally, I find it hard to get attrached to games for multiple reasons after I quit FFXI a couple of years ago. Two main things are that not many games did the same thing FFXI did like with gear/class changing/continuously relevant content (to a point) and the second is that almost every game coming out recently feels like a cash grab to me. Of course devs/publishers have to make money, but in the past it seemed like there was actual effort and caring about the community versus how much money you can milk from them. From experience with Blizzard, I feel they kind of hold closer to that old standard than most companies now but to me WoW is the worse game on the market progression wise. All in all, I just dont think I have found the right game yet. Sure I could go back to XI but I left mainly because I didn't like the direction the game was going in after the leads changed. Pretty much after a while each patch just became scaled up old content and it didn't help that they had to take wow's ilvl system for no reason.
  • DeathengerDeathenger Member UncommonPosts: 880
    Sorry OP, but after I saw you say you were only 26 i stopped reading. 

    I hadn't realized games were supposed to only be for children.
    When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.

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  • SEANMCADSEANMCAD Member EpicPosts: 16,775
    sagil said:

    I'm 26. old...

     

    you just need to explore the non-AAA 'mainstream' games. 

    I am 48 and have more things I am wanting to do in my game collection then I will have time for in years.

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  • CastillleCastillle Member UncommonPosts: 2,679
    Im almost 27 and I still enjoy games.  I just started getting extremely particular about which type I wanna play at any given moment. 

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  • ErdaErda Member UncommonPosts: 211
    OP, I would put games on the backburner for now and not worry about them.  Jump into some other hobbies.   I've been gaming since the early 80's.   My hubby started before me with board games in high school and college.  We bonded over a game of Space Invaders in our Army training facility!  

    I don't think I will tire of them however my interest goes in waves.  I find that with MMOs in particular, they can get dull very quickly---especially when the shine is gone and you are left with repeatable content like dailies.  It is easy to fall into a rut and get bored.   That is why I stay away from time consuming activities like grinding or raiding.  Why make something into a job?  It is so easy to get bogged down without realizing it.


    A break will do you good.  May I suggest perhaps taking some classes, going to meet up groups, volunteering, etc.   I started taking language classes at my community college a year or so ago and have been super busy.  Nothing like homework and learning something new to take my mind off gaming.  Now I game if I have some quiet uninterrupted time to myself.   It isn't a consuming passion at this point for me.  In fact off to my class right now.  Good luck!
  • kjempffkjempff Member RarePosts: 1,657
    Winter depression
  • RadixMalorumRadixMalorum Member UncommonPosts: 143
    48 Here, and still game, but certainly not as often as I used to and I certainly don't feel the 'allegiance' to a game like I used to, the need to get in the game and progress. I can just up and walk away from a game and not feel nagged about it. I suspect OP is at that crossroads. It's actually quite liberating, making the hobby a voluntary thing and not an addiction anymore.

    no really. I can stop anytime I want... ;)
  • SEANMCADSEANMCAD Member EpicPosts: 16,775
    Erda said:
    OP, I would put games on the backburner for now and not worry about them.  Jump into some other hobbies.  
    hold on now lets not over react :) just joking



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  • Yoottos'HorgYoottos'Horg Member UncommonPosts: 297
    Hello, my name is Yottos'Horgon, and I'm a disinterested gamer. I've been a member of this site since 2004 and I've been playing games (Duke Nukem, Contra, etc) since I was a little on. I'm now all grown up and I can completely relate to where the OP is coming from.

    My decline started somewhere around Anarchy Online and Diablo II. I used to spend hours upon hours playing games online but eventually the feeling just...faded. I grew up, went to college, started a career, family, etc. Now? Well I don't think I've "finished" a game in decades. One will hold my interest for a month or so but eventually I just get bored and can't even find the motivation to log in and play. I still dabble in Planet Side 2 because you can easily jump in and jump out or Rift because I have an old account and it's F2P but honestly after 20 minutes I just lose interest. Follow a map marker to complete a trivial quest? No thank you. Kill 100 people to earn a trivial badge? No thank you. I'd much rather have friends over for a BBQ and beer, watch the kids play on the play set in my backyard, than meet strangers online and try to strike up a long distance "gaming" relationship. I guess you could say I just kind of grew out of it...

    I still visit this site to see what is out there. I read the reviews, watch the game play videos, and feel just as satisfied as I used to when I played for hours and hours. Part of the reason I still visit this site is because I've had the account for so long. <shrug>

    I'm actually thinking of brewing my own beer at home. You create something new every time (exploration), you can experiment with new ingredients (crafting), and I get to kill all the spiders in the garage (combat). Plus I get to actually, physically, truly partake in what I have created (leveling?).

    There are other things to do out there. You'll find something.
  • SEANMCADSEANMCAD Member EpicPosts: 16,775
    edited March 2016
    Hello, my name is Yottos'Horgon, and I'm a disinterested gamer. I've been a member of this site since 2004 and I've been playing games (Duke Nukem, Contra, etc) since I was a little on. I'm now all grown up and I can completely relate to where the OP is coming from.

    My decline started somewhere around Anarchy Online and Diablo II. I used to spend hours upon hours playing games online but eventually the feeling just...faded. I grew up, went to college, started a career, family, etc. Now? Well I don't think I've "finished" a game in decades. One will hold my interest for a month or so but eventually I just get bored and can't even find the motivation to log in and play. I still dabble in Planet Side 2 because you can easily jump in and jump out or Rift because I have an old account and it's F2P but honestly after 20 minutes I just lose interest. Follow a map marker to complete a trivial quest? No thank you. Kill 100 people to earn a trivial badge? No thank you. I'd much rather have friends over for a BBQ and beer, watch the kids play on the play set in my backyard, than meet strangers online and try to strike up a long distance "gaming" relationship. I guess you could say I just kind of grew out of it...

    I still visit this site to see what is out there. I read the reviews, watch the game play videos, and feel just as satisfied as I used to when I played for hours and hours. Part of the reason I still visit this site is because I've had the account for so long. <shrug>

    I'm actually thinking of brewing my own beer at home. You create something new every time (exploration), you can experiment with new ingredients (crafting), and I get to kill all the spiders in the garage (combat). Plus I get to actually, physically, truly partake in what I have created (leveling?).

    There are other things to do out there. You'll find something.
    My very strong advice is to look for games that DONT fit that mold.

    For the last 7 years I have been playing MMOs (not full game time but part game time) and I havent played a class, a level or for the majority of that time not a single quest.

    they are out there...you just have to look 

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  • ArChWindArChWind Member UncommonPosts: 1,328
    sagil said:

    I'm 26. I've gamed all my life aside from other things. Starting to think that I've reached the maturity level that games can not be that fun anymore. When I was immature (we all dont admit that we once were), you could feel like something is special even about the wind blowing in your face. Just those little things fade away after some time, and you feel later as if you understand more about your environment as you grow up. Both emotionally, and wisefully.

    Now, I know some people will say "well, hey, I'm 36 and I'm a gamer.". But where are the people that stopped playing? Are we really gaming because we have nothing else to do, or because it is fun?

    A game only lasts 1 hour to 3 days for me nowadays, and I'm starting to think that I am either finished with games (but the interest in reading news about them is still there for some reason) or I just need to refuel my gaming energy. Also, I have thought since the JRPG era on consoles and later WoW, that no interesting games have come up. I bought Call of Duty: Ghosts, I've not finished playing it and will probably play more since I spent money on it, but I can't get that hype coming back for more. Honestly, I bought it since I wanted to try out a popular FPS game since JRPG ended for me, and I went to MMO... which means that maybe I'll like FPS now? I know, weird analysis by me, but it was worth the try.

    I'm feeling like I need to set my priorities straight. So that I, and my family, can be happier (unconditional love ya know) about me than now. I want to find a loving woman that cares and knows me for who I am, settle down with her and bring up a family. But yeah, I have no life except my family and a few friends. So I need to travel thousands kilometers by air to my parents homeland and get to know someone from their contacts. I'm pretty much homestuck all the time, and thinking about moving over to my parents homeland and live there, where I have dozens of family and contacts. (And FYI, yes, I have had a wife before but no kids, from my parents home country. But it just didnt work out between us, she lost passion.).

    Are we old gamers really nolifers, immature or attention seekers? Or do we game for fun? Since I haven't had fun gaming for a long time now.

    Just my 2 cents. Letter from a worried gamer.

     

    I can see your point.

    Just the other day I told my Grandson (he's 28 btw) to stop playing video games and 'get a life and a job so you can play games all day while telling your grandson to do the same'.
    :)


  • SEANMCADSEANMCAD Member EpicPosts: 16,775
    ArChWind said:
    sagil said:


    I can see your point.

    Just the other day I told my Grandson (he's 28 btw) to stop playing video games and 'get a life and a job so you can play games all day while telling your grandson to do the same'.
    :)


    before getting a life which is something I personally would NOT suggest you do. 

    I would look at some indie games first. Not side scroller type indies but Wurm Online type indies

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  • ArChWindArChWind Member UncommonPosts: 1,328
    SEANMCAD said:
    ArChWind said:
    sagil said:


    I can see your point.

    Just the other day I told my Grandson (he's 28 btw) to stop playing video games and 'get a life and a job so you can play games all day while telling your grandson to do the same'.
    :)


    before getting a life which is something I personally would NOT suggest you do. 

    I would look at some indie games first. Not side scroller type indies but Wurm Online type indies

    Life  is a tough game and a JOB is a must to play it. Yeah it sucks
  • SEANMCADSEANMCAD Member EpicPosts: 16,775
    edited March 2016
    ArChWind said:


    Life  is a tough game and a JOB is a must to play it. Yeah it sucks
    agreed!

    and some of the natives to that game are kinda creepy. But in some cases I am creeped AND jealious at the same time. some people dont mind working which makes it unfair, we all have to work but some like it. I am not one of those people but I still have to do it

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  • ArChWindArChWind Member UncommonPosts: 1,328
    SEANMCAD said:
    ArChWind said:


    Life  is a tough game and a JOB is a must to play it. Yeah it sucks
    agreed!

    and some of the natives to that game are kinda creepy. But in some cases I am creeped AND jealious at the same time. some people dont mind working which makes it unfair, we all have to work but some like it. I am not one of those people but I still have to do it
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  • GitmixGitmix Member UncommonPosts: 603
    OP, our priorities change as we age, it's normal. Right now you're at an age where everything in your body is telling you it's time to reproduce (some claim only women go through this, I say BS, men go through the same thing). That is a new priority for you and it's getting in the way of your gaming enjoyment because you know perfectly well that you can't advance your new priority while you're playing a game.

    Your love of games is still there (otherwise you wouldn't be reading about them) but your desire to reproduce has taken over, it seems.
    So go for it, find a woman, have a baby if that's what you want. Games can wait, they're not going anywhere.

    Others might feel the same conflict when they're broke. They still love games but can't get the same enjoyment out of them because they know they should be out in the world looking for a job instead of sitting at their PC.
  • TheocritusTheocritus Member EpicPosts: 7,749
    26? Yeah you're totally done
  • etharnetharn Member UncommonPosts: 152
    Gotta remember games are exactly that. Extra "fun" entertainment. You are not required to play x amount of it in a mmo perspective. If you got freetime from busy life style go for it, maybe you just want out of real life and relax. Every person has their way of releasing stress or w/e you want to blame it on. Go to casino, go to a sports game, movie, or w/e. Fun, is all based on you and what you want to get out of it. So, if you think you're too old for games perhaps with how you are managing your life and how its progressing you are if that's the mindset you have. That's the mindset I had during college, lol. 

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  • BraindomeBraindome Member UncommonPosts: 959
    You still love games and have alot of passion for them, otherwise you wouldn't be on here sharing these feelings. Video Games are an awesome creative outlet and in many ways a great stress reliever from real world worries.

    When you've had enough of the real world I have no doubts you will be back, if for no other reason because you made this post.
  • TheWzrdTheWzrd Member UncommonPosts: 5
    And I think there's still plenty of gaming goodness out there. I get the sentiment, but I still find a few games a year that really fire up my imagination (plus, I make games, so I'm going to use this thread as a challenge...)
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