Sunday, February 2, 2014

Cheer Me Up, Video Games

I am trying my hardest to get out of the funk that I am currently in but nothing seems to be working. It's hard to even boot up a game these days and when that actually happens, I don't enjoy them as I used to. At the risk of sounding seemingly ungrateful, apparently having access to these many video games at my fingertips didn't secure a steady level of happiness in my gaming life. What is going on with me? Maybe I need to see a shrink but I am just hoping that this thing will run its course soon, without taking too much away from me. I can at least say one thing though, DanceMasters on the X-Box 360 did make me smile:

Was I just oblivious in the past? Has the ignorance been washed away?


overscan68000 said...

I found your post interesting and relevant. It reminds me of one of my own - sorry to link, but have a read and see what you think?

its scary. Gaming has always been my hobby and the idea that it bored me scares me. I cant be bothered with retro too much alone, and i don't feel that I have the time to get engrossed in a game or give something unusual a try. I don't want to waste my little free time with a game that doesn't instantly grab me! I think my taste is just evolving.

overscan68000 said...

I do apologise for the poor punctuation in that post- typing on a Windows Phone is a little bit of a chore.

Loner Gamer said...

Thanks for sharing. It's good that you see a lot of value in PC gaming as well. The problem I am having with the enjoyment level of my gaming has a lot to do with my current state of loneliness instead of a question of an evolving or changing taste. For some reason, I care too much about having a close gaming friend when I have none. I suspect that this is some kind of a mid-life crisis that seems to appear earlier than expected because I have never felt such a strong urge in regards to something so banal before. My approach right now is to make that fact something that I can live with but apparently, it still requires a lot of hard work to get that idea lodged inside my head.

overscan68000 said...

I see what you mean. Excuse poor typing again, on my phone..

gaming is almost inherently an independent activity by nature, but it is heightened to new levels of enjoyment by sharing the fun. Some of my fondest gaming memories are of sharing the game. Completing Spyro 2 with my sister, nightly Mario Kart battles. striving to win grand prix with my mate in Wipeout Fusion.. And also playing single.plauer games with a watcher, or me doing the watching.

multiplayer has shifted to online and the distinct social benefits of local are forgotten, but in addition, we all have jobs now and may also live apart.

i love and adore retro but with new games to play, it feels like an inefficient hse of my time. The value I find in retro partly comes from sharing the experience and nostalgia. I would love to settle down in the sofa and really enjoy plugging at away at a difficult NES game with someone. Alas, with no one around to do that with, it doesn't appeal as much. I feel like ai should be doing adult.things or being more social. Its difficult.

I've been keenly aware that games I may have enjoyed as a kid or teenager, I cant really be bothered with now. Anything drawn out just annoys me. I need instant fun, otherwise it feels a waste of time..

Loner Gamer said...

It's rare that games are designed around instant fun these days that is why I find something like League of Legends and DOTA 2 endlessly appealing. I can sit down, play them, and get a full experience that involves a progressive level of excitement leading towards a climactic end in each sitting. It's like those old games that lasted half an hour to an hour that you just want to play over and over again.