Finally after such a long time I'm starting to feel like playing games again. I mean really playing them. A couple of months ago, around October, I started feeling really down and video games weren't helping me like they used to. Before then I was able to just pick up a game, have fun with it, and beat it all the way through, but for some reason when that month rolled by I just couldn't do it anymore. I thought I had finally burned myself out on gaming, but I think there was more to it than that.
1) I was buying too many games.
That's as flat out as it can get. I would be playing a game, find another game in a store that I might have an interest in, start that up and repeat. This became such a habit that I used to not be able to walk into GameStop without spending money on a new game I may never touch or look at again. I even knew that was what was going to happen with it, but I did it anyway. Really, I think the whole idea of having an awesome huge collection of video games got the best of me and I bought games not because I wanted something else to play, but to say that I own it if someone were to ask.
2) I wasn't looking for the right games to keep me motivated.
Lets say you start a game that you're excited to play. Maybe you've played it before, but you never finished it and now you're really determined to get it done. This is going to be awesome, you think to yourself, as you slowly start to lose interest from the opening dialogue or even 14 hours into the game. I'm so very, very guilty of this. Earlier this year I started up Dark Cloud again just so I could beat it this time. I never did the first time I started playing, so I really wanted to just destroy it and say I finally did it. I finally beat Dark Cloud. That didn't happen. I got to about a fourth away from beating the game and just quit. I haven't touched it since. The same thing occured with Ocarina of Time. I shelled out $30 for the GameCube remake with Master Quest and what happened? I quit. I'm not even very far in it, either! I just couldn't seem to keep myself motivated enough to go through with finishing the titles. Now I'm playing Final Fantasy IV Advanced and I'm 100% positive I WILL beat this game! This is what I've been looking for! A game that pushes me to keep going forward and keep me interested.
3) I gave up too easily.
Again, touching with #2, I just would give up for no apparent reason. The game wasn't exceedingly difficult, it didn't get very boring to where I was just at the point where I needed to put it down and not look back. I just figured I'm not losing anything by not finishing it, when really, I think I was. By giving up so easily, so many times, it just made it easier and easier to do. I'm not proud of it and I don't want to get that way again, but that's how I was.
So now that I've started FFIV and I'm really getting into it, I can't wait to just make games a big part of my life again. It's exciting, it's fulfilling and it feels like I'm getting something done. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has gone through this kind of phase, but I hope to never go through it again. Just gotta keep on going until you reach the very end.