Yes this topic pertains to games but I want to talk about more of the "life in general" aspect. I've been playing games nearly my entire life, and I've been a "hardcore gamer" for nearly 10 years. And now, it seems that games are just not as fun anymore. For example, Grand Theft Auto V is the greatest open world game I ever played but it didn't give me near the amount of excitement that San Andreas or even the heavily flawed GTA IV did.
Hell, I had more fun playing the average-at-best Red Steel in 2006 than I did with the practically flawless Grand Theft Auto V today! And no matter how many shooters come out, nothing will compare to playing Halo 2 online for the first time.
This could be for many reasons. The industry with high budget AAA requirements is getting safe and hasn't really innovated. Or it's just natural that most genres (like fighters or FPS have reached a plateau and the "law of diminishing returns" is kicking in). Perhaps it's end-of-the-gen crisis after a long generation, where people are sick of current gen games and waiting for the next step up.
But it may also be for personal reasons. Nothing wrong with being an older gamer, but being 22 is much different than say 14 or 15. As a kid, I and many others, didn't have much freedom, money or opportunity, so we escaped to game worlds. But now, after 7 years are hardcore gaming, it's starting to get dull.
I've always been a functional member of society, and it wasn't one game in particular that hooked me in, but rather, I tried to play any and every good game possible, which is no longer feasible for the amount of time I have. I'm so used to a life where gaming is #1 priority that I've lost touch with the average person. You know, someone who plays every now and then.
This is essentially what I want and plan to do for next gen: have gaming as a small thing to do on the side, but not my main passion. I do hope I get passion for games again, but at the same time be able to play less of them in smaller doses.
For the past year, I've been diving really heavily into games to perhaps try to recapture the past excitement, but it's not really working. The magic is just fading.
It's tough when you've had an identity for the past 7+ years (which made sense back then) and all of a sudden it's evident that you are no longer that. It just feels empty and confusing.
Can anyone else relate?