Have you ever come home from work or school, fired up the game console or PC, and just stared at it blankly now knowing what to do? Well, this happens to my friends and I a lot. As avid gamers, who typically spent at least a couple of hours per day gaming, we usually know exactly what we want to play (and often have been anticipating it most of the day). But there are those moments when the freeze sets in and we simply cannot make a choice.
I feel this is largely due to an abundance of options. "Back in the day" we didn't have hundreds of games to choose from or nearly the amount of game platforms/handhelds that exist today. Our choices were more simple and it wasn't uncommon to play the same one or two games for several months before something new and interesting was released. In today's gaming world, though, new and exciting titles are released weekly and keeping up would require a full-time job (or more) worth of time. So that's what I think is a major contributor to the eventual moment when our brain shuts down and despite the overwhelming urge to play something, we just can't decide on what that something should be.
And then, out of this same conversation with friends was born the most impactful of phrases, and it would change our gaming lives forever.
To put it simply, "Play what's fun."
With so many hefty games consisting of 100+ hours of play, we can get wrapped up in finishing things quickly. We can also experience burnout and have a desire to mix it up a little bit, genre hop, refresh our gaming palette. So the next time you get stuck and you can't decide what you want to play, put aside all of the criteria going through your head. Don't worry about that weekly task you still need to accomplish, or the next level you need to attain, or even what your friends may be begging you to play at that moment. Simply let yourself decide what sounds like the most FUN at that given moment in time... and play it!
Following this simple mindset has been great for my group of friends. We find ourselves less frustrated and less stressed about progressing in the games we play. After all, gaming should be fun, not a chore. I guarantee this method can work for you, too. Just follow the doctor's orders and "Play what's fun."