Well, guys. It's come to this. That decision we all have to make eventually in our lives. Do we keep the good run as gamers? Or is it time to pack it in? For me...that time's come.
I'm done with video games. I can't keep up with it anymore. The new consoles coming out, the slew of launch titles? I should be getting excited for the future possibilities. Instead, I don't even care. I just...don't. Have completely lost interest.
I mean, shit. New console's come out. PS4, Xbox One, new games, new franchises, new worlds to explore...And I could not give less of a shit.
You know what I've been playing on lately? As we get into the new gaming generation? A Super Nintendo. An almost 30 year old console. And you know what? I enjoy it. I almost prefer it.
I just don't have my heart in it anymore. Games are changing too much for me these days. I should not be enjoying Link to the Past more than The Last of Us, a radically more superior game with more story and gameplay that can't even be compared to a SNES title.. I should be losing my mind over how games have expanded in capabilities. But instead? I look at the PS4 and I think "No thank you. I am good with my PS1." I see the Xbox One and instead? All I care about is getting the N64 out of storage.
The only console that even remotely interests me nowadays in the Wii U. Why? Because it's familiar. I grew up on Nintendo. Three of my favorite franchises are made by Nintendo. I would honestly rather play a remake of the Wind Waker, or a game as clunky as Skyward Sword over anything else coming out next year.
That shouldn't happen. But it is.
I'm just...done. I've completely lost any enjoyment in gaming nowadays. I played Assassins Creed 4. I loved it. For a while. Now? CAn't bring myself to get it out. Don't even know where the hell it is. I'd rather play Super Mario World, for fuck's sake. I'm more interested in a game that came out in the 90's than a game that was released not even a month ago.
And what IS coming out that interests me? Metal Gear Solid: Phantom Pain, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. You notice anything about those two? That they're from franchises I've been into since childhood? That's about the only reason I'd bother getting a new title anymore. Dedication to a franchise I was raised on. Which is why Nintendo's so big with me.
I guess I'd rather play a game and feel nostalgic than buy the hot new thing.
The other problem is I have other priorities. New responsibilities in life. I can't blow all my money on a fucking $500 console when I have someone else in my life to care for who I would much rather spend that kind of money on.
Call me an idiot, call me a nostalgia whore. Call me someone stuck in the past. But you know what? The days before all...this? That's where my heart belongs. Before all the team based shooters, and the massive RPGs that take 2 frickin' years to beat.
I'd rather take the simpler days, when a game wasn't some overpriced movie, or a epic drama that you play inside. As we focus more on games being acclaimed for their stories and acting? I see even less reason to buy them and more to just watch them by played, ala Let's Play.
I used to play games to escape drama. To just...enjoy a bright world and things that didn't make any sense, but I didn't care. Now it's all gone super gritty and everything's about the world being screwed, or surviving some great threat or something. Where's the little escape to get away from my troubles? I have to leave my reality to go into a fictional world that also sucks?
I miss it. When a game just felt like a game. A fun little visual medium to escape to for a while. A fun way to pass the time. Nothing more. Nothing less. That's all I can take anymore.
Will I ever get back into it? Maybe. Maybe. Don't count on it happening though.