Do You Suffer From Gamer Fatigue?
Like most of the writers on eGamer and those reading my articles I can assume most of us have been gamers for the majority of our lives. After reading this article on Kotaku I was happy to know that I was not the only one who suffered from gaming fatigue. On the 25th of July I turned 33, and somehow these past 3 months I have been feeling somewhat disconnected with gaming and the culture that surrounds it, and I really cannot give you a proper explanation as to why I am feeling like this but I am assuming I am not the only one who suffers from this. And to be honest this was not the first time this has happened to me.
Back in the day when I was younger I used to play away my whole weekends without blinking an eye, I would buy enough snacks for the weekend and lock myself away in my man cave. I used to be able to play games for ridiculous numbers of hours at a time, and I wouldn’t put a game down until I finished it from start to finish. It has become pretty evident if you look at how my gaming score has slowed down in the past 8 months or so. It has deteriorated so much over the last couple of months, to the point where I can only play 8 hours a week and 2 hours maximum before I get tired and switch off my console.
And sometimes during the evenings (that is predominately the time I do my gaming) I find myself just staring at my massive Xbox Live game list trying to choose a game I might actually play. And when I get the urge to actually start up a game and play it, 10 or 20 minutes into said game I would totally lose my enthusiasm and interest in what I was playing. And since my laptop is sitting next to me I would usually stop what I was playing and switch over to my laptop and go browse the internet out of pure frustration or just a lack of interest and enthusiasm. This was not the first time this has happened to me.
Back in 2010 I took a sabbatical from gaming and its culture for almost a year, sold my Xbox and moved on. I really don’t want to be one of those ex gamers that have “grown out of gaming”, I definitely know that (hopefully) this is not the case. I absolutely love my hobby as a gamer and like many readers of eGamer it has become a part of me as a person and has infiltrated every aspect of my life. The last games I played the entire way through with loads of enthusiasm were Skyrim and The Witcher 2 back in April. Now you could say that great game releases have slowed down over the last couple of months but I don’t think that is the case.
So to make a long story short I wanted to know if any of you experience the same “Gamer Fatigue” that I am currently experiencing, is it something unique to only a few gamers? Or has it affected you during the course of your gaming “career”. So I thought what better place to ask then here, because I want to see if I am not the only one suffering from this. So give me your thoughts and opinions, and let me know.