Like many of you, I've been gaming probably...my whole life. I got an NES and Mega Man 3 when I was 5, back in '94. I kinda played games all day, every day. Infact, thinking back, I was allowed 30 minutes a day right up until I got an PS2, when the limit was kinda lifted. Over my decades of gaming, I've played...a lot of different games. My favourites growing up were Final Fantasy games on the SNES/PS1. I played a LOT of JRPG's over my years, but I spread my gaming net VERY wide, to the extent where at any one time, I could be playing Goldeneye/Ocarina/Beetle Adventure Racing/Body Harvest at a time.
I think my absolute gaming pinnacle was around the days of WoW: Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King. I was playing...easily for 12 hours a day, every day. I actually failed my first year of university because I did NOTHING but play Burning Crusade (?) all day. The one with Shattrath.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I'm 31 now, and I feel that in the next...5 years (?), I'm gonna quite games ENTIRELY. I just cannot find any joy in anything I play these days. I think it boils down to 2 main points:
My life has changed, and I don't need to use gaming as an escape anymore
So, growing up, I played a lot of games to escape from real life. I had a good life, sure, and I had a very fortunate upbringing. But being able to come home from school on a Friday night, and just play FF7 in secret till 2am was a really fond memory. Nowadays, I just don't need that anymore. I have things going on in my life. I have friends that I chat with on discord every night. I have a great job that I'm passionate about and that keeps me really busy most of the time (By the time I finish work, I kinda flop, watch Youtube/Twitch for an hour or so, eat, then go to bed). I've also got pretty heavy into D&D (Why didn't I get into D&D as a kid, I'll never know). I'm also applying for a job teaching overseas now, as I'm entirely done with teaching in the UK. When I think of that, and what adventures my future can hold, I forsee absolutely no desire to play games. I guess when I'm over there, public transport might be a thing, and playing some Switch on the go is a very real possibility- but at the moment, I walk 2 miles each way to work and back, and I've filled that time with MBMBAM and Audiobooks (After getting so bored with the Bomb/Beastcasts that after 8 years of religious listening I've stopped ENTIRELY unless Mike is on an episode.)
I don't really like what the modern gaming space has turned into
If you grew up playing games in the '90s, you'll almost definitely know what I'm talking about. I know it's deffo nostalgia talking, but it feels like, when I was playing N64/PC games in the 90s/00s, I would sit down, play a pretty refined game for 20 hours, and I'd be done with it. Nowadays, games have changed into something pretty unrecognizable. Every game is political, in some way or another. I'm not trying to spark a debate, or get into an argument, but it feels like most modern games have a "message" to show, and I guess I just don't need that in my leisure time. It doesn't help that social media/gaming websites have almost entirely ruined any surprise or thrill to games nowadays. I used to go to a store, look at the front cover, or read a magazine, get a sliver of info, and I'd make my decision that way. Nowadays, everything has trailers, and previews, and walkthroughs, and lets plays, and Youtube walkthroughs for the slighest hint of a puzzle. I know that, objectively, it's never been a better time to play and be into games, but everything is so in your face, the entire time that it's overwhelming.
I think Vinny said recently somewhere that "Every game nowadays is trying to monopolize your time", and that's true. Every game has a battle pass, or a season pass, or a DLC roadmap for the next THREE years- who is playing a game for THREE years?! Either that, or every game is over 50 hours. I'm currently slogging through "Pathfinder: Kingmaker" in tandem with a friend. He has over 110 hours and he's still not at the end. I've put 33 hours in, and I feel like I've almost entirely got EVERYTHING I can out of that game. It's good, but...I don't need games to take me 2 months to beat. I'm an adult, I have responsibilities! I can't commit over 120 hours to a SINGLE GAME just to eek out every little thing. When I see reviews say "Well this game has 50 hours of content, so you'll really get your money out of it!" I groan, because there's no way on earth I can commit to playing a game that long.
I'm sorry, this has turned into one big rant. I like games, I really do. They've objectively never been better, and it's a great time to be playing games. I just don't think at my age, they're for me anymore. Have any other older gamers had this experience?
tl:dr: Ok Boomer