I think I’m done gaming. There just isn’t enough time for it anymore. There are way too many movies and TV shows to watch, comics and books to read, and other things to do. I got back into gaming with the Xbox, then I had the Xbox 360 and now the Xbox One, but I think I’m out now. I can’t see any reason in keeping up with the console race when Microsoft is already releasing the Xbox One X refresh. When consoles skip the 10 year cycle, you get into this rat race for power. Add to that, that so many games I liked have either ended (Fable – the studio was closed), are MIA (Where the hell is a new Ninja Gaiden???), or have been ran into the ground (Mass Effect Andromeda).
I put on Skyrim yesterday and I found myself just walking around aimlessly. I went into a dungeon and I just sort of got bored going through it. I recently played back through all of the Gears of War games and that was fun… but I have to say, the latest game isn’t enough to keep me coming back to consoles or even gaming. I’ve got Halo 5 but have yet to play through it. I don’t know, I just don’t get the thrill that I used to get from a good gaming session. I kind of feel like I’m just wasting my time with it, when I’m doing it. Obviously you could say the same thing about watching movies or reading books but for me, I actually feel like I get something out of that. Those offer up pure escapism for me in ways that gaming no longer does. The weird thing though, is that I find more enjoyment in watching a game on Twitch or something like that over actually playing it myself. So the Pop Culture aspect of gaming is still cool to me, and watching the story unfold is still interesting, just playing the game myself gets boring.
Maybe it will just be a temporary thing… Maybe not… Continue? YES or NO?