I have been thinking a long time about my gaming habits and how they’ve changed over the years, and while one of the things that has kept back my gaming time is the presence of a real, actual life is the fact that I just get tired of imbibing the same kind of media over and over again. Let me explain. By media, I mean the different forms that entertainment can take, ie movies, music, TV, books, etc. I find that there are cycles in my life in which I gravitate towards a certain media more often than the others.
For example right now I’m in a near total gaming rut. My last gaming addiction was oblivion, and I never did quite get to finish it because I loved going on all the side quests. It’s not that I don’t have time or don’t have other games to play. In fact there’s a stack of unplayed PS2 games wistfully calling out to me every night before I go to sleep. But the fact of the matter is that games take a lot of effort. You’re forced to learn things as opposed to simply absorbing them, as you would a movie or book. There is no game over in movies, and you don’t have to force yourself to learn a new skillset just to advance to the next chapter of a book. It just keeps going at whatever pace you choose.
Especially now that my job requires a lot of mental exercise instead of just rote and routine pixel pushing, I find that at the end of the workday I’m exhausted and can’t be bothered to pick something up that insists that I fire up my neurons. Old school RPGs are a third option, and right now I’m thinking of playing Star Ocean on the PS2, but the problem with old school RPGs is that there’s still a lot of grinding involved, which takes up more time than I really have to spare.
Eventually, I know I’ll pick up that controller or mouse and keyboard again. I know I’ll get into that groove of playing 2-3 hours a day. But right now, I’d rather watch “No Country for Old Men”.