Like a big portion of the current gamer demographics, I'm in my 30s now when I began gaming seriously in the mid 90s with Doom 2, Quake, Warcraft, C&C, Baldur's Gate, Heroes of Might&Magic, etc etc. Played competitively, led clans in competitive FPS gaming, skipped classes, went days with little sleep, feel like we gamers are the revolutionaries of an increasingly online-centric world, all those fun nonsense etc etc
While FPS was my bread and butter and I'm still excited to see upcoming news about FPS games, RPG and the like, nowadays i'm only spending time and buying games that I feel can actually teach me something or those that actually resemble jobs.
My current haul from the latest steam fest, while i was hovering to buy the entire Shadow Warrior franchise, i ended up buying Car Mechanic Simulator and Farm Simulator 2019. I nearly bought the Total Edition of Total Warhammer II(or whatever it is called) but instead I got Thrones of Britannia coz I figured, hey maybe I learn something of history and feel like I did something worthwhile than just playing games.
Trust me, I'm excited to get the new Doom Eternal, i mean that game began my gaming history but all I can say is, my gears 5 remains 2 hours played ever since released but I've dozens of hours in Cooking Simulator and Fishing SImulator?
I wonder if its just that I've a wife now and an almost 2 year old daughter, is it really because of "maturity" (or something lame like that), or maybe just fatigue from visceral action games/meaningless loot-fest RPG or perhaps the guilt of still spending precious free time in front of my computer so subconsciously I played games that LOOK like work with a lot of numbers and stat menus when the wife was having a peek? LOL
I've to admit that I'm looking forward to sharing things with my child one day, so i'm trying to gain as much knowledge and skills as I could, sure I could read about them but why read when you can have fun too right? Games like Kerbal Space Program and Space Engine, titles that never interested me years ago suddenly became so enthralling ever since my child is born.