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Am I getting bored of games?

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Over Christmas, My Uncle came over and he spotted my collection of videogames that I proudly display and his reaction was one of disbelief, even more so, when I showed him the boxes that hold some of my older games from yesteryear (Well the ones that aren’t stored in the roof) and his comment was priceless, “You know how to waste your life”. He and I have always had a weird relationship, but one thing that I have always appreciated is his ability to speak his mind.

 

The comment was timely, in that I have been questioning my addiction to videogames for some time, but each time I do, another blockbuster comes out.

 

Over the last few months I have purchased and received more videogames than any other time in my “adult” life.

 

I am finding that my kids are taking most of my leisure time and I am loving it.

 

It is a weird and confusing time for me.

 

Videogames have been a part of my life from an early age. I am about to turn 34 and I have been playing videogames for about 29 years. During my teens through to now videogames have always been a way for me to release some of the pressures that life can give you, but the enjoyment of seeing your own child laugh and smile from you acting like a complete knob or from nothing at all is so much more gratifying than killing some other person from across the world.

 

I still like playing videogames and I will continue playing them, but I think that the constant need to have a new game (With similar mechanics to previous games – but prettier) is starting to diminish.

 

So I ask you, have you ever felt like videogames are getting too repetitive and other factors are pushing you away?

 

Or are games just time wasters for what is the greatest game of all – LIFE ?

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There are things that can affect someones viewpoint of gaming as a hobby. Like, how old is your uncle? Does he watch/play sports? I find these things to be big factors when someone is dismissive of videogames. I choose to invest myself in knowing about videogames because i enjoy them, I couldn't name the AFL teams that won the last three premierships though. So where as some people choose to discuss the classic third quarter that turned the game around for some team in 1985 ad nauseam i'd rather discuss development philosophies and classic video games. It's just a matter of deciding how you want to spend your free time.

 

I can't speak personally but from what i've seen children cause a massive shift in a persons sense of priorities. Maybe it is time to take a break from games and spend time with your kids, but you've got the perfect excuse to come back to them as the kids grow older and if they get interested you can help them be more aware, educated and thoughtful gamers.

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I'm not enjoying games as much as I used to, some games come along and I like them, but there seems to be a lot of shit coming out these days too. But gone are the days I'd sit for hours playing, I tend to lose interest when I play for more than an hour a day.

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1. Games these days are repetitive. Just like Hollywood, games producers now think in terms of genres and formulas. In fact, I can only think of two games in the past three years which have been genuinely innovative. It's no wonder we all get sick of the next FPS or RTS when the best the developers can offer is some minor gameplay (or worse, minor graphic) enhancement.

 

2. Your time with your kids is limited, and they need you to spend time with them.

 

3. When you are old, you wont look back on your life and think "Gee I wish I had played more computer games".

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3. When you are old, you wont look back on your life and think "Gee I wish I had played more computer games".

That is one of the most accurate, poignant statements I have ever read.

 

Almost makes me decide to stop playing games - almost, but then again, I play for leisure, instead of watching TV or movies. Everyone needs an enjoyable outlet, its when it becomes a problem and you shun others or cancel dates/appointments to continue playing that you need to step back and say enough is enough.

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Gaming is a pastime. It's as valid as any other hobby. Yes, if games are taking over from genuinely important life stuff, you need to examine your priorities. But really, it's no different to spending your spare time watching telly, going to the pub, reading a book, doing a jigsaw puzzle and so on or so forth. Find a balance that works and fuck the haters.

 

Edit: As far as your uncle's comment - there's honest and there's dickish. Unless he's spent every spare minute of his spare time curing cancer or doing something equally productive, he's in no position to talk.

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It appears as though the old boy didn't have a childhood...

 

Don't forget that Uncles' opinion is the one that his father pushed into him.

So it's nothing to do with you and how you spend your time, money, life in pursuit of pleasure or leisure is your own affair.

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1. Games these days are repetitive.

Games have always been repetitive. You can't look at something like Pong, Super Mario Bros, Streets of Rage, Any vertical/horizontal shooter from the 80's/90's and tell me they're less repetitive than Bioshock or Burnout: Paradise.

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I find it sad when one person chooses to judge another's life based on unobjective perception.

 

I would have laughed at him and said... "Yeah, I really regret spending all this time having fun. I much rather would have been a miserable asshole."

 

You should do what you like doing, as long as that doesn't hurt other people. If it starts messing with your personal relationships then the balance in your life is wonky. Until then tell your uncle to STFU or GTFO. Heh.

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Games have always been repetitive.

You misunderstood what I was saying.

 

I was saying that almost all "new" games are now just rehashes of well-established genres and ideas.

 

Back in the 80s it wasn't that way. There were far more new ideas.

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it's no different to spending your spare time watching telly, going to the pub, reading a book, doing a jigsaw puzzle and so on or so forth. Find a balance that works

This.

 

If your uncle could display 'nights I went to the pub' or 'days I went to the golf course' in a bookshelf then that would be a large collection too.

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Yeah! Go be a man and waste your time drinking and getting in brawls.

 

Fuck your uncle. Everyone has a hobby, yours happens to be videogames.

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As has been said, gaming is just another hobby that people choose to spend time on. The fact that it *still* suffers from social stigma doesn't mean that you are wasting your life.

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I really didn’t intend to make my uncle into an anti gaming person, he is far from it. If you really need to know, currently - he has a Wii , he enjoys some of the more social games on his PS2 (Singstar, Buzz etc.) and also enjoys a few card games on the net. He was the one that actually purchased me my first console (The good old and still functioning Atari), back in the early Eighties.

 

What he meant by it was clear to me, but I didn’t really express it in the original post, as it wasn’t the real reason for my post. I mentioned his comment, as it was similar to my train of thought now and at the time.

 

Majority of you understood where I was coming from and I really appreciate the positive contributions.

 

The reason for the post is simple, I am at a crossroads in my gaming life and it’s weird. The children and family will always come first, everything else a distant last, but gaming itself was always an outlet and a leisure activity enjoyed with friends and by myself (A way to immerse myself in a world outside of ours) and without getting into things I have mentioned in the past, it served it’s purpose and I am sure it will again (Like it did late last night), when I feel the need to do so.

 

All I wanted to know is if any of you have had similar incidents, where you just don’t see the need to get the shiniest re branded games that publishers serve us these days and what were/are the reasons for it.

 

I provided my reason and some of my thoughts as a way of discussing it with you.

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Meh. I've never been one to go and buy the latest and greatest game. I try to find games that I enjoy- which could mean freeware, old school games from yesteryear, or a brand new one. So I guess you could say the reason I don't always get 'the shiniest re branded games that publishers serve us these days' is that I don't enjoy them. Simple as that.

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Games have always been repetitive.

You misunderstood what I was saying.

 

I was saying that almost all "new" games are now just rehashes of well-established genres and ideas.

 

Back in the 80s it wasn't that way. There were far more new ideas.

 

Yes, that is because computer games as a pass time were relatively new.

 

 

As to the original post. The only person who can decide if they are wasting their time is you. You can say that about anything though. If you are watching TV are you wasting your time? If you are having a beer with your mates is that wasting time? How about reading a book?

 

When I play games it is usually because the alternatives aren't as interesting as playing a game. That being said, I have never shirked off going to see friends, taking part in my other hobbies or let my profession suffer because I want to play more games.

 

As others have suggested; It comes down to priorities. If you are playing more games than spending time with your kids, or talking to your wife then maybe you should think about why that is... But if gaming is part of your "alone time" and it helps you zone out for a little while then I think that is perfectly healthy.

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Kids are just a phase you're going through, it will pass in around 18years ;-p

 

I wouldn't worry too much about a change in priorities, if you reach your mid 30's and your main priority in life is to play the latest games then you may need to reassess a few things.

 

For me games are a passion/hobby I feel I'll always have along with sports/fitness, live art, trashy sci-fi books, graphic novels (um that is comics with delusions of grandeur) and a bunch of other stuff. The obvious caveat is that relationships, family, friends and career all take precedence over any past time (unless you can make it your career) if you can keep to that then you can have as many hobbies (free time permitting) as you damn well please.

 

Without getting all too whimsical when you get older time becomes the most precious of commodities. I'm finding that the challenge in this whole 'getting older/maturer' stuff is using time as best I can and not reflect on what I could have done with that time if given the opportunity again....that never ends well. You ever get the feeling that you're just stating the bleeding obvious?....I did...just then :-/

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Meh. I've never been one to go and buy the latest and greatest game. I try to find games that I enjoy- which could mean freeware, old school games from yesteryear, or a brand new one. So I guess you could say the reason I don't always get 'the shiniest re branded games that publishers serve us these days' is that I don't enjoy them. Simple as that.

Actually the game I played last night was 1942 (The old Bomber game from the 80’s). I miss the old school stuff too … What a blast from the past that was … very good memories with that one … That too was just a remake of space invaders with the ability to move up and down … which was a good enhancement to the King of side scrollers.

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It's an escape...that's cool. Better you game than take drugs/alcohol abuse, which a lot of people do for the exact same reason.

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MuZ - you're not the only one.

 

I used to look forward to every opportunity to play games. For a while gaming was pretty much the most fun thing I could do with my time.

 

Nowadays I'm still spending plenty of time on games but it's nowhere near the obsessive level it was before. I'm more often watching a DVD, pottering around at home with chores and projects, or engaging in other hobbies - some new, some old (Warhammer 40K, dancing, reading, cooking etc).

 

And I don't even have any kids!

 

Kids change everything, and they're far more entertaining (especially young'uns) than any artificial game. The fact that you're not regretting giving up game-time for them just indicates that you're a normal, properly-socialised human being. Good onya, and make sure you teach the kids the value of moderation in all things!

 

EDIT: and yes, I do feel that many of the newer games are merely rehashes of old paradigms. But that's actually a good thing for me, as I never did play a dozen games at once. So when I finally get around to playing a turn-based roleplaying game it'll start with NwN and KOTOR; the last FPS I played through was Quake 4, and I have only just started HL2; I went straight from UT2k4 to TF2; SF2 to SF3:TS ...

 

So basically what I mean is that for obsessed gamers it would definitely get boring playing rehashes that are merely more refined as time goes on, for "casual enthusiasts" like myself it means that I can pick up a new game that feels familiar, but is so much more polished and better looking than the last time I played that it really feels like I'm playing something new.

Edited by thesorehead

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I wasted a couple of years of my life on WoW. Now I consider the investment I'm getting out of games from a time perspective (more than money actually, I spend more money now than when I was playing WoW). Fighters fit for me perfectly, because they make a great social activity and good fighters age very well.

 

In the long run I think it's a good thing, thinking about the OPs situation. I'd love to see kids running around one day, and I'd rather them play games as a social activity rather than a solo one.

Edited by Zanken

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@ MuZ_DyL

 

I'm what they call a "lapsed gamer", I'm still interested in console/game tech development, but no longer biting my nails to have the latest releases.

 

I used to have a large collection of games and machines back in the 8-16 bit days, but in more recent times I'm happy to wait for consoles to drop down to impulse-buy prices and buy a few of the classic titles, mess about in short bursts, then let them gather dust.

 

I actually find myself a bit disappointed with some of the current stuff Ive played. Some games feel a lot like old 2D games, just dressed up with ever improving 3D gfx. Gameplay generally hasn't come that far; GoW for example, reminds me an awful lot of some of the old 8-16bit flip-screen action/adventure games where there is the thinly veiled illusion of a large environment, but really you're restricted to self contained "rooms" and you cant backtrack or leave the path.

AI is still brain dead, most games with (supposed) physics only simulate a select few basic physical effects; objects still pass through solid walls, wind doesnt exist, water lacks waves, density or refraction etc. Meanwhile, control schemes and game mechanics seem to have become increasingly complicated and abstracted to the point where they are awkward or clumsy and prohibit a pick-up-and-play approach. There's still a few good thrills to be had here and there but most of it seems a bit, reheated and thin, (to me at least).

 

I'd be pissed if it was still my main pass time/hobby, but I just do a bit of retro gaming when the need hits and that seems to be enough.

Edited by coldfish

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