Something I've been seeing more and more whilst browsing Youtube or any social media with a "reels" video format are people saying that gaming isn't fun anymore.
I'm here to rant today. Is gaming really not fun anymore?
Highly subjective, most likely your problem.
That's how I can describe this epidemic.
For most of the people I know, gaming is still fun. They buy new games, they play older titles and they still have fun.
Most gamers aren't jaded to their hobby, if you feel like this applies to tons of people, it just means you're living in a bubble and it's time to close TikTok, and then do what? Play new games!
That last sentence should be enough to give you a hint as to what the problem really is here, but let me get further into it:
Once you're stuck playing the same game over and over again, specially multiplayer titles that do nothing but exist to suck up your time, money and soul.
Let's say your problem is that you boot up Minecraft and can't play for more than 10 minutes.
Maybe you're a Minecraft veteran like me? Playing since the alpha days.
Maybe you've just gotten enough of a Minecraft fix for a while.
Maybe your brain just can't handle more of that blocky goodness.
Go play something else!
Go as far away as you can from Minecraft. You don't have to necessarily play things you're not used to or dislike, just play something different enough.
Maybe your problem are FPS titles? Try something more strategic.
Maybe you can't handle another turn of Civ VI? Try something more linear.
Maybe you can't handle another story based game from Sony? Go and find a sandbox!
My point is that gaming has so many different genres and styles to play things that you might as well call it bloody infinite.
My Personal Story
I was getting extremely bored of all the online titles I was playing. CoD, CS, TF2, League, Minecraft with friends, etc.
That's when I decided to act upon it.
First I started playing Cyberpunk 2077, a completely offline single-player RPG that's huge and fun. I put 70 hours into that game as if it were nothing.
Then I followed my friend's recommendation and started playing the Yakuza/Like a Dragon titles, and if you've been following me for any amount of time, you know that I love those, A LOT.
Sony ain't half bad when it comes to story oriented titles.
Now I'm addicted to story oriented games with RPG elements.
Games with freedom but that are still linear enough, and I can't get enough of them.
Recently I also purchased Gran Turismo 7 to see if it could bring back the fun I had with Gran Turismo 4 as a kid, and guess what? After years and years of not playing a full fledged simcade racing game, I'm back and I'm having fun.
This is a simple post with a simple point: Variety is the spice of life.
I can't say that phrase is mine, I saw it as a reply to one of these "gaming isn't fun anymore" videos. But I agree so much with it that I'm here to spread the message.
Play different games, ask for suggestions from your friends, from strangers, from your mum, I dunno.
Just have fun out there and stop playing the same things.
I had this idea yesternight whilst talking to a friend of mine. I told him I really wanted a hamburger, he told me he couldn't handle anymore hamburgers because his old job would give them hamburgers whenever they stayed up late at work.
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That made me think, "Huh, I guess the same food every time would indeed get boring."
But even then, you might notice parallels between the games you play, somethings might be similar, I call those the beans of the games.
Why the hell beans? Because I've been eating beans in pretty much every "normal" meal since I was 7 and I still haven't gotten bored of them.
So there must be something akin to those beans that make me interested in certain types of games, but keeping the toppings the same only makes them repetitive.
Thanks for reading!