@the1truepatriot: I'm sorry to hear that. But at least you've found something that helps. And, having been (and currently being) there, I can tell you that it's great to have something to forget about depression.
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@hyperanium: It's sad, but I have to admit that I feel the same. It was rather terrifying when I first felt like I wasn't having "fun" anymore, like something had changed. I was shocked, because games had been my whole life, my whole experience for the previous 10 or more years. And now here I am, in the "grown-up" world, wishing that I wasn't here at all...
Oh man, you made me shed a tear there :'). But enough with my rant, glad that you were able to find another interesting hobby, my friend!
@james_w30: I don't even know, sir. I mean, the liberal me says "just let them do what they like", but then the conservative me says "we need to be caucious". I've written a couple of essays in college regarding this topic (rather, a similar topic, about violence and its influence on kids), and there are good arguments on both sides. So, one needs to thoroughly analyze all (or most) of these arguments and try to identify which side is stronger.
@darktower: You know, I picked up Dead Space when I was a kid, and I have to say: it was an exciting but terrible experience at the same time. It was really fun and had a decent story. The thing is, I was playing at my friend's place, at night. And then I get to get back home. Alone. AT NIGHT. And it was terrifying. Since then I've been avoiding horror games at all costs. In fact, I don't think I've tried to deliberately feel thrilled ever again. It is exciting to watch youtubers do it though (if it's not at night). The thing is that some horror games actually have pretty good storylines and I want to play these. But I just can't make myself get over the horror elements :(
@RSM-HQ: It's interesting, because, when I think about it, I've personally liked different games for different reasons at different times. When I was a kid, I prefered games with good stories. I mean, it wasn't just the story. I also loved the atmosphere, the scenery, etc, but storylines and interesting characters were the dealbreakers for me. And I can relate to @davillain- and I can definitely relate to @henrythefifth in that I used to LOVE games. They were my way of completely escaping reality and immersing myself in a new world.
However, recently I've become rather disinterested in most of the storylines that gaming offers. I mean, I'd rather read a book. Nowadays, I play games just to pass time, like @sukraj said. And very recently, I've started playing for some challange. I've been playing a MOBA (and little else) in the previous year and like @bush_dog said, I've just been looking for some fun. I was also looking for something that I can do while communicating with others, because singleplayer had become lonely and wasn't as immersive anymore, but I had no one I wanted to communicate with IRL.
I've been playing for a while now, and I have tried different genres, studios, playforms. But the reason I've played these games has constantly been changing. This is part of the reason I'm curious about what others think on the topic. I mean, I can only guess about what my future motivations to play, or whether I will play at all (and it would be quite said if I didn't).