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« on: September 01, 2016, 07:43:30 PM »

I don't know what it is - every time I sit down to deliberately play a game, ANY game, I lose interest so quickly.

I'm just about ready to sell it all - this lull has lasted a while now.

This happen to anyone else?
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2016, 08:03:32 PM »

Not personally.  I tend to lose interest after 5-10 hours though.  Something about getting over that hump just seems like work.
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2016, 08:11:25 PM »

While I'm not to the "sell it all" point, I have been struggling lately to find a game that really "grabs" me.  Put at least an hour into over a dozen different games from multiple genres over the last two weeks, and nothing has really stuck.  I just don't have the patience or time to really learn how to play most games any more.  That's OK though, I still find there's fun to be had in putzing around with different things.
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2016, 08:11:44 PM »

I had a significant lull for a few months earlier this year where every new game I tried wouldn't keep my interest, but oddly I found myself back in the gaming groove with a bunch of old games:  Diablo 3, League of Legends and now WoW.  
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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2016, 08:12:24 PM »

Quote from: rittchard on September 01, 2016, 08:11:44 PM

I had a significant lull for a few months earlier this year where every new game I tried wouldn't keep my interest, but oddly I found myself back in the gaming groove with a bunch of old games:  Diablo 3, League of Legends and now WoW.  

I've been playing Icewind Dale on iPad and it's been far more fun than I remembered it to be.
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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2016, 08:15:12 PM »

When I get busy or am tired from the day, I rarely play.  I just veg out and pass out watching NetFlix or YouTube.  But during the weekend or days off I love my time gaming.
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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2016, 08:22:53 PM »

I'm going through this, too, right now.

I've only been playing small, quick hit games, but I'm not feeling inspired to do so.  I have big ones from last fall waiting to finish plowing through before sequels hit, and I just can't be bothered.
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« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2016, 08:31:38 PM »

I think part of it for me is there's just an overwhelming amount of choices.  I have every console out there, every portable, plus iOS and Android (on mobile and tablet).  It's just insane.  The "next big thing" is pretty much always happening and it's difficult to focus.  Pretty much any game, no matter how casual, requires some time investment for it to really feel like I'm getting into it, but with so many distractions I can never motivate myself to put the time in.  So maybe that's why going back to these old games offers more comfort value, I dunno.
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« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2016, 08:35:04 PM »

Quote from: rittchard on September 01, 2016, 08:31:38 PM

I think part of it for me is there's just an overwhelming amount of choices.  I have every console out there, every portable, plus iOS and Android (on mobile and tablet).  It's just insane.  The "next big thing" is pretty much always happening and it's difficult to focus.  Pretty much any game, no matter how casual, requires some time investment for it to really feel like I'm getting into it, but with so many distractions I can never motivate myself to put the time in.  So maybe that's why going back to these old games offers more comfort value, I dunno.

This is a huge problem for me too.  So many choices and backlog.  If I'm tired I usually go the RPG or single player route, and coop when my friends are online.
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« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2016, 09:21:44 PM »

I will add that I have found "Let's Play" videos to be great.  My job is rather dull often and I have dual monitors so I can keep one watching a Youtube playthrough pretty easily.  

I know in my heart that I will never play Dark Souls 3, Legend of Grimrock 2, or Valkyria Chronicles.  I know I would like to but I won't so I can at least see the game fully with Let's Plays.

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« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2016, 10:29:48 PM »

Quote from: Purge on September 01, 2016, 07:43:30 PM

I don't know what it is - every time I sit down to deliberately play a game, ANY game, I lose interest so quickly.

I'm just about ready to sell it all - this lull has lasted a while now.

This happen to anyone else?
This happened to me now and then over about the last six years. I call it Gaming Depression or Gaming Funk. Sometimes it lasted for several months, I think for a time in 2010 into 2011 I really wasn't playing much of anything at all. Part of that was sadness over my late cat Molly (Sept. 2010). Gaming just wasn't fun for a while after that.

Sometimes when I've had a gaming funk, I've just enjoyed my other entertainment/reading hobbies more -- movies, TV, books, comics etc.

What sometimes gets me out of it -- if I want to get out of it  icon_smile -- is to play a game that's not in a genre that I play much. Like I think in 2011 the game that got me out of my funk was the side-scroller Limbo. Then by late 2011 of course I was posting about 100 times a day here (so it seemed) about SWTOR.  icon_razz

Other times, it's to move to another platform. Like go back to playing games on Nintendo 3DS or Sony PSP at one point when I found no joy in PC gaming anymore, for a time.

If you feel burned out on a particular gaming genre, with me sometimes that just burns me out on gaming altogether. I'm probably almost at that point with twin-stick overhead shooters, which I've leaned on due to motion sickness tendencies.
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« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2016, 01:27:49 AM »

keep riding it out. it'll resolve itself one way or the other. personally, i just keep jumping from unplayed/barely-played game to game until i find something - it may take a dozen or three, you never know.
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« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2016, 04:01:18 PM »

I'm excited for ReCore, Crackdown 3 and Forza Horizon 3. We'll see if any of them snap me out of it.

I also need to just finish Rise of the Tomb Raider, and then work on another game. Maybe I'll finish the SP of Destiny, but that just doesn't seem like a lot of fun. :/
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« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2016, 04:29:23 PM »

I know someone said this earlier, but do try and find games you normally wouldn't find yourself playing. I'm more of a music and platformer guy myself, but I was surprised at Uncharted and I liked Metal Gear Rising when those two came out originally. My suggestion is to just go on a digital storefront and pick a random game that's under 5 bucks. If you like it, that's awesome! If you don't, then that's fine since you didn't spend too much on it. In times of gaming drought, I prefer smaller 2-4 hour games over the double digit playthroughs.

Speaking of which, I would recommend Reigns if you have a PC or smartphone, quirky little game that's only 3 bucks.
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« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2016, 02:35:32 AM »

Quote from: rittchard on September 01, 2016, 08:11:44 PM

I had a significant lull for a few months earlier this year where every new game I tried wouldn't keep my interest, but oddly I found myself back in the gaming groove with a bunch of old games:  Diablo 3, League of Legends and now WoW.  

My 7-year-old PC won't play most new games anymore so I'm more or less stuck with older ones, and that's getting kind of boring. It does run XCom2 well enough so I've been lost in that for a few months.

If this rig won't run Civ 6 I'm finally going to need to find the money to replace it somehow.
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« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2016, 08:45:24 PM »

Go take a look at my games played vs. games finished list for 2016.   crybaby

Needless to say, I have a similar issue with getting games to "click" these days.
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« Reply #16 on: September 08, 2016, 07:39:34 PM »

For me, it's not games, but movies. But more in particular, summer tentpoles. I've grown to have no interest in them. Didn't see a single movie this summer, and maybe only saw one last summer. I've found my tastes as of late cater more towards indie movies where better and often more rewarding stories can often be found.
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« Reply #17 on: September 08, 2016, 09:36:55 PM »

Quote from: Rumpy on September 08, 2016, 07:39:34 PM

For me, it's not games, but movies. But more in particular, summer tentpoles. I've grown to have no interest in them. Didn't see a single movie this summer, and maybe only saw one last summer. I've found my tastes as of late cater more towards indie movies where better and often more rewarding stories can often be found.

I have found that my tolerance for action movies has really gone downhill lately as well.  I'm not sure if it's because so many modern action movies are actually poorly made (regarding cinematic camera flow, overused CGI, etc) or what, but often times I find that once the action or fighting starts my mind just wanders away. 

I thought it was just me getting older and finding action too off putting or something, but once I saw Mad Max: Fury Road and realized that properly made action films can still be awesome and engaging then I knew it was the delivery method.
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« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2016, 07:17:13 PM »

Yeah, I'm sure it's a bit of both. I think a lot of it comes down to movies that try to dazzle in order to hide flaws in the movie. I like movies that I can discuss afterwards. But many of these movies tend to offer little reward and satisfaction. I like junk food as much as anyone, but I can't live on it.
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« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2016, 02:10:10 PM »

This happens to me all the time.  I just can't seem to find anything that gets me excited to play.  Usually what ends up happening is that I take a break and then stumble onto something that sounds exciting.  Usually this is a title that I played in the past and enjoyed but didn't get very far in due to something distracting me.

My latest re-energization is in the form of Mad Max.  I played it a bit when it came out, put it down due to who knows what, but remembered I loved it very much.  Rise of the Tomb Raider is actually another one I have to go back and finish.
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