Do you recall a time when you played so many games at a time and still consistently kept up with new games coming out? A time when games were such a vital part of your life that they came to surface in most of your conversations? I remember those days too. Somewhere along the way, I was greeted with a phase that most older gamers loathe about – the gamer’s life crisis, or a gaming drought. It’s similar to a mid-life crisis just with video games being the focal point.
This phase involves getting tired of playing the games that once made you smile. It also brings with it that looming feeling that every game looks and plays the same. Perhaps this is just one of the many phases one is fated to endure at least once in their gaming career. Could it be that I’m outgrowing games? Maybe I’m just outgrowing that stage where games effect my emotions. Whatever the case may be, going through a gaming depression is never an enjoyable experience – especially if a majority of your social life revolves around it.
Unfortunately, there is no definite answer or solution on how to snap out of it. In my opinion, you just have to ride it out until you are able to embrace the gaming aspect of your life again. At the very least, you can wait until your favorite types of games resurface.
In my personal experience, I find myself gathering games that give me a rush or keep me occupied in a fantasy world. Lately, games seem to focus on graphics rather than fantastical stories like they did in the past. I believe that if games thought more outside of the box, it might help some of us old school gamers get out of our droughts. It’s sad to say, but for now, I’m stuck.
Hopefully, when your inevitable gamer life crisis hits, you’ll be more prepared for it than I am. I think a Final Fantasy 7 remake or me reuniting with an old classic story would rekindle the flame I once had with gaming.
Have you endured a gaming drought or gone through a gamer life crisis? What helped you get on your feet? Do you think this happens more often than not?
Share your tips in the comments.