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Sick of Gaming?
Posted 1/28/13
Allright, so before I went to college I was all about playing video games. I would check gaming websites all the time and save up money to get the newest releases. Well, after my first year of college that all changed. I don't even have any desire to play games anymore except on VERY rare occasions. Like once a month or something. I also watch loads more anime nowadays. So I guess I sort've switched anime for games I guess lol. But just to sum it all up, has anyone else ever just all of a sudden didn't like playing games anymore? I seriously don't know what happened. I just start playing now and I can only last like five minutes.
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Posted 1/28/13
Same thing happened to me around Sept-Oct last year. I was finding less and less time to game and instead picked up anime again after years away from it.

I can barely load up a game for 5min now without wanting to shut it off. I got into the new Sim City beta and barely made it through the tutorial and shut it off. I'm not really sure what changed but games do nothing for me now instead I read and watch anime with any spare time i get and it hasn't failed me so far. CR probably spoiled me since it offers so much enjoyment for such a small investment, now weigh that against a single $40-$60 game, depending on platform, where you may enjoy it for dozens of hours or barely get an hours worth of gameplay from it. My money is much better spent on other hobbies that don't carry that risk such as CR membership, Anime DVD/Blurays, or books/manga.
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Posted 1/29/13
That happens when I play them way too much and do nothing else. When I do other avocations and stay away from the gaming electronics for a while, I won't feel tired of them anymore.
Posted 1/29/13
Your priorities change as you age - picking one thing over the other is common. Perhaps you like what you study more or you'd much rather meet new people in person? Beating a hard game probably only feels like an accomplishment when you're naive.
Posted 1/29/13

LMNRIS wrote:

Your priorities change as you age - picking one thing over the other is common. Perhaps you like what you study more or you'd much rather meet new people in person? Beating a hard game probably only feels like an accomplishment when you're naive.


Yeah, i guess your right. It's almost like every game seems the same now too. Like when I play Call of Duty and Halo I feel like I'm doing the same thing either way. When i was younger they felt like totally two different games lol.


mystic17 wrote:

That happens when I play them way too much and do nothing else. When I do other avocations and stay away from the gaming electronics for a while, I won't feel tired of them anymore.


That's what I thought too! But i haven't sat down and played a game in a while and I tried to like yesterday and I detested it. I just wasn't entertained at all.


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Same thing happened to me around Sept-Oct last year. I was finding less and less time to game and instead picked up anime again after years away from it.

I can barely load up a game for 5min now without wanting to shut it off. I got into the new Sim City beta and barely made it through the tutorial and shut it off. I'm not really sure what changed but games do nothing for me now instead I read and watch anime with any spare time i get and it hasn't failed me so far. CR probably spoiled me since it offers so much enjoyment for such a small investment, now weigh that against a single $40-$60 game, depending on platform, where you may enjoy it for dozens of hours or barely get an hours worth of gameplay from it. My money is much better spent on other hobbies that don't carry that risk such as CR membership, Anime DVD/Blurays, or books/manga.



Holy frick this is EXACTLY like what I'm doing now! I always think about how a $6 investment brings me a lot more entertainment than spending $60 (may vary) on a video game that has a campaign usually lasting only on average 9 hrs. But forreal I just really cannot bring myself to play games even close to what I used to. I think anime just really satisfies my fantasy craving way more than any video game ever could. It's more relaxing too in a certain way if that makes sense?

Posted 1/29/13
Not since S.T.A.L.K.E.R. became a part of my library time ago.
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Posted 1/30/13
Sometimes i feel like playing a game but juz duno what to play...I cant bring myself to open up a game unless a friend actually asks me to play with them, something like dota. I'd rather watch animes been watching a lot lately haha.
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I felt the same way when I was in college. Well, games can be a bit of a distraction, so it is good to prioritize. I studied all of the time, so I didn't have much time for anything. My substitute for gaming in college was music. If I had some extra cash, I'd buy the next album that I was wanting.

The video games that I did play (when I had the time) were games that I knew that I liked; games I could also just pick up and play for a little bit. So I had a number of "collection" games; Sonic Mega Collection, Megaman Anniversary Collection, Zelda Collector's Edition, and a number of other Sega Classics Packs. That was all I really wanted to play.

Well, regardless, just keep up your studies in college. Be careful that something becomes too much of a distraction.
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Posted 1/30/13
Not me... everyday i come home from work I'm either on the computer or on the 360. It's like a ritual.
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Posted 1/30/13

LMNRIS wrote:

Your priorities change as you age - picking one thing over the other is common. Perhaps you like what you study more or you'd much rather meet new people in person? Beating a hard game probably only feels like an accomplishment when you're naive.


I wouldn't call it naive. Finishing a 2,000 piece puzzle, reading an entire book series, or being good at football or any other sport is the equivalent of being good at or beating more than a few games. If people find a sense of accomplishment in any of the above, then it's fine for them to find it in a video game. Some are seriously mind-bending. Braid, And Yet it Moves, and an endless amount of other indie games require a lot of thought to beat, far more thought than a lot of other brain-teasers I enjoy.

But many people (like myself) don't play games for a sense of accomplishment. I play games either to test my abstract thinking or to experience a story. video games are a great medium for either of these. So yeah, I still play games. I'll go weeks without playing them sometimes, but they are always around. I am addicted to puzzles, strategies, and story-telling, so a lot of games fit quite naturally into my lifestyle.
Posted 1/30/13

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Not me... everyday i come home from work I'm either on the computer or on the 360. It's like a ritual.


Back in the days of the PS2 that thing WAS my life. Such a good console.


jn3236 wrote:

Sometimes i feel like playing a game but juz duno what to play...I cant bring myself to open up a game unless a friend actually asks me to play with them, something like dota. I'd rather watch animes been watching a lot lately haha.


^ As I said this is the exact same thing I’ve done lol. I have completely substituted gaming for anime. Not too bad of a trade off really.


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I felt the same way when I was in college. Well, games can be a bit of a distraction, so it is good to prioritize. I studied all of the time, so I didn't have much time for anything. My substitute for gaming in college was music. If I had some extra cash, I'd buy the next album that I was wanting.

The video games that I did play (when I had the time) were games that I knew that I liked; games I could also just pick up and play for a little bit. So I had a number of "collection" games; Sonic Mega Collection, Megaman Anniversary Collection, Zelda Collector's Edition, and a number of other Sega Classics Packs. That was all I really wanted to play.

Well, regardless, just keep up your studies in college. Be careful that something becomes too much of a distraction.


Yeah, I guess it is better to not play anyways. I really am way better at knowing what's more important now than when i was in High School. In high school if a new game came out the night before a big test I would choose the game 100% of the time. Honestly, it didn't matter much because my high school gave out so much extra credit attempts it always balanced out even if I bombed the test. In college though that is never an option so I've had to adjust. Plus, I get so tired from studying mental I don't feel like having to think about what buttons to push or paying careful attention to a game if that makes sense? I think that's why anime was the substitute. Good stories and you can just sit there and relax when watching it. Really a good stress reliever in a way. :P


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LMNRIS wrote:

Your priorities change as you age - picking one thing over the other is common. Perhaps you like what you study more or you'd much rather meet new people in person? Beating a hard game probably only feels like an accomplishment when you're naive.


I wouldn't call it naive. Finishing a 2,000 piece puzzle, reading an entire book series, or being good at football or any other sport is the equivalent of being good at or beating more than a few games. If people find a sense of accomplishment in any of the above, then it's fine for them to find it in a video game. Some are seriously mind-bending. Braid, And Yet it Moves, and an endless amount of other indie games require a lot of thought to beat, far more thought than a lot of other brain-teasers I enjoy.

But many people (like myself) don't play games for a sense of accomplishment. I play games either to test my abstract thinking or to experience a story. video games are a great medium for either of these. So yeah, I still play games. I'll go weeks without playing them sometimes, but they are always around. I am addicted to puzzles, strategies, and story-telling, so a lot of games fit quite naturally into my lifestyle.


^ I agree. Video games for me were used just as pure entertainment. I'm not really into 'thinking' games. RPGs were always a fav of mine but I don't think that's counted as really tough thinking games? Sadly though story-telling in gaming isn't as good as it has been the past year or so. :/ i think that' why I like anime better too. Much better quality of stories for me.


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Nope. I'm just sick of hardcore posers and people telling me what I should be doing in my spare time. Go do one, you cunts.
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Posted 1/31/13

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^ I agree. Video games for me were used just as pure entertainment. I'm not really into 'thinking' games. RPGs were always a fav of mine but I don't think that's counted as really tough thinking games? Sadly though story-telling in gaming isn't as good as it has been the past year or so. :/ i think that' why I like anime better too. Much better quality of stories for me.




RPGs are great ways of telling a story or being allowed to discover a new world! Some can have their fair share of puzzles, so I wouldn't say "RPGs aren't thinking games". They're not like Braid or anything (obviously a puzzler), but laying out a strategy for an RPG can be quite tough to think through. Also, quite a few games have been out that have great a story and/or atmosphere! Ni no Kuni is the first one that comes to mind. Skyrim is great if you're a TeS fan, and then this one is a little older, but Amnesia is one of the best games out there I think ^__^ and yeah, some anime have great stories, I agree! I tend to alternate between the two.
Posted 1/31/13 , edited 1/31/13

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chase6565

^ I agree. Video games for me were used just as pure entertainment. I'm not really into 'thinking' games. RPGs were always a fav of mine but I don't think that's counted as really tough thinking games? Sadly though story-telling in gaming isn't as good as it has been the past year or so. :/ i think that' why I like anime better too. Much better quality of stories for me.




RPGs are great ways of telling a story or being allowed to discover a new world! Some can have their fair share of puzzles, so I wouldn't say "RPGs aren't thinking games". They're not like Braid or anything (obviously a puzzler), but laying out a strategy for an RPG can be quite tough to think through. Also, quite a few games have been out that have great a story and/or atmosphere! Ni no Kuni is the first one that comes to mind. Skyrim is great if you're a TeS fan, and then this one is a little older, but Amnesia is one of the best games out there I think ^__^ and yeah, some anime have great stories, I agree! I tend to alternate between the two.


I have been wanting to play Ni no Kuni ever since it released. It really seems like it mixes story and gameplay very well. Plus with studio Ghibli involved it's just even that much better lol. I was bummed after first hearing about it due to it being a PS3 exclusive and my PS3 disc reader busted. But I actually heard that you can digitally download it from PSN. So now I think I actually might give this game a try to get out of my slump.

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I have been wanting to play Ni no Kuni ever since it released. It really seems like it mixes story and gameplay very well. Plus with studio Ghibli involved it's just even that much better lol. I was bummed after first hearing about it due to it being a PS3 exclusive and my PS3 disc reader busted. But I actually heard that you can digitally download it from PSN. So now I think I actually might give this game a try to get out of my slump.



My friend loves it. And yeah, I've been following it because of Studio Ghibli and the fact that Level 5 is one of my favorite Japanese developers. I hope it's on the PSN for you, then! I don't own a PS3 right now (I tend to stick with the PC), but between Ni no Kuni and The Last Guardian, I'm slowly edging closer to buying one as the price drops hahaha. I play my PS2 all the time still. I wouldn't call your lack of interest in gaming a slump, but I hope you enjoy the game!
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