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As a "in my 40s" gamer I have seen some pretty big changes in what I play and how I play games over the years. There's bits I miss, bits I think I am better without but recently it's been something I have found an acceptance of. 20s me spent some many hours on a couch playing all sorts of multiplayer goodness, 40s me can't remember the last time anyone other than my partner played a game in the same room as me. 20s me would be all in on a AAA banner release and pick up any first person shooter that looked vaguely average or better. 40s me gets done in by the constant shooting in games but will happily while away hours tending to a digital farm, driving digital trailers across Europe or lose my mind trying to create dishes for demanding customers at my digital food truck.

Most of these changes came about naturally enough - peers get older and social time is spent out rather than in, people have kids, not having the most recent gen of consoles, the perpetual violence and horror on the news make some games leave a bad taste on the palette and such. I think my moving away from the mainstream a bit more has meant I've avoided a lots of the traps of monetisation and season passes etc. which is no bad thing.

I hope you find and settle into a gaming place that makes you feel better, it also sounds like work-wise and with the D&D stuff you've filled or are filling the gaps left by dropping off gaming nicely though. And if you can get overseas teaching that gets you away from the anxiety inducing shitstorm the UK seems to be thrusting upon itself go [clap] for [clap] it [clap]. As a teacher recently made redundant it's a nightmare in the adult learning sector. Were it not for commitments to supporting older members of the family here I'd be seriously looking to find a post further afield (although I have no idea where, everywhere seems up to their neck in it at the moment...)

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The pavement hogs of London really bust my swede sometimes. I have take to the stop walking trick - I think in my head it works like basketball, if I'm not moving it's their fault. Posh mummies with pushchairs seem to be among the worst offenders for not breaking the three abreast stroll. I think you in the right there - when me and my partner go out for a run, we will always break into single file as invariably we're the ones traveling at the speed out of sync to everyone else.

I once had a platform attendant howl 'leave me alone', spin on their heels and walk away tutting and waving their hands when I asked if the train at the platform was stopped at a specific station. The notice boards we off and I was as polite as a could be - might be one of the most extreme reactions I've had at me. Oh, and students who ask if the class is going to finish early before it's even started - they used to really get me off on the wrong foot.

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Outside of the major releases some of the things that have caught my eye for this year are Hokko Life (an Animal Crossing like on Steam), Maneater (a Shark rpg on Epic) Kerbal Space Program 2 (if it makes 2020) and Humankind (Sega's Civ like)

At my age there are so many games that were ultimately very disappointing but this is lessened now by the fact that I am generally not too taken in by the hype. Crackdown 2 stands out as a game, not necessarily bad, but so much of a let down after the time I had with the first. Recently Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey was one that I'd built my own hype around but found it to be really lacking after a few hours and terrible UI.

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@gpinskiy Thank you! Time sink is right - even if you throw yourself wholly into it these games take a good while to get through. The last thing anyone needs is to get 30 odd hours in to then be, "this isn't very good but I had to get this far in to find out". The curse of the drip-feed game!

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@manburger Thank you! much appreciated - currently working my way through the next farm so will see where this one takes me.

@derfwin Cheers duder, I have to monitor the tangential ramblings but a blog can be very cathartic. thanks for reading through it!

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@sparky_buzzsaw: Thanks, we'll get there! Hopefully they are all as cheery as this one, although I am doubting the Farming Simulator games will be as 'up' as this one is.

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Best of luck to Dan, he's been a great part of all the bomb stuff these last few years. Hope we get treated to a few guest appearances on some video and podcast content in the future!

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Good luck dude! Fellow UK teacher here, made redundant this year due to cuts in adult education and still job hunting. Very thankful for Giant Bomb's output and the sanity of the people on the forums otherwise I think I'd have lost the plot this month. Genuinely wishing you the best for the interview - get away from here for a bit if you can!

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6. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

7. Fire Emblem: Three Houses

8. Resident Evil 2 Remake