It doesn't seem possible for me. At some point in my 20s I just stopped being able to enjoy games and anime for long. If I do finish a game it's because I continue on like it's a chore, racing to the end as fast as possible. I believe games are actually shitter than they used to be, as well; had more luck with older games, even if i'd played them before
Don´t play, find another hobbie that is more stimulating. Videogames have a main target range of teenagers and young adults, you pass that and it won´t have any novelty or the same effect in your dopamine response, specially if you consumed them nonstop.
Distract yourself with other things, eventually you´ll notice that once in a while you´ll enjoy replaying some classic that meant soething for you or some new release that catches your eye between the hundreds that come out.
Youll never enjoye videogames the same again as when you were just discovering, forget that idea alltogether, even on dope they won´t be quite the same.
Why do you even come to this board?
I'm in the same position OP
I think the conclusion might be to stop looking for a way to enjoy gaming.
It's time to move on
Really wish I knew. I just keep plugging away at it because I'm totally incapable of doing anything else. It's the only tool I have in the box, so, as much as the thought of loading up a game often nauseates me, I keep sitting my ass down to it over & over. An unsatisfying time killer that I constantly feel forced to engage in, simply so I can make yet another poor attempt at numbing myself & my agonizingly noxious thoughts for however long I can manage it. That's all it is for me these days. That's all it's been for years now. No relief. There's just no relief. Other than sleep that is, thank goodness.
Gaming at this point, by and large, makes me feel like total shit. I often can't help, but wish it were possible for me to do something else. Something else that makes me feel less worthless & not so profoundly empty, lonely & disgusted with myself. In a sense, at least for me, even doing nothing at all would be a better alternative. I wish I could just fully give into my idleness and not do a damn thing other than lay in my bed and daydream. Playing a video game, for a long time, has also almost been a way for me to thwart "wasting my time", as I feel almost obligated to work through my enormous backlog, all so I can stay "productive". Needless to say, but it's all utterly laughable. Just another way for me to needlessly torture myself, basically. In the end, it's really hard to escape just how much I hate myself. Why am I still alive? Why am I forced to endure such a pitiable existence? Why can't I just get cancer, or some other similar death sentence? These are the things I think about. Gaming, once a pleasing retreat from the misery, now only compounds the worst of it. What a stunted, pathetic cretin I've become.
This thread belongs on /dep/ yeah
Try to find something you actually like. Don't fall for the nostalgia.
Why would you even want to enjoy gaming? Video Games had caused me to sit on my chair for hours without rest and had destroyed my mind. There's far better and less painful hobbies than gaming like reading or doing something offline. I honestly wish I never enjoyed gaming so that I got to live a healthier and a less painful life.
I'm the same with games and anime. JRPGs are okay here and there but nothing is fun any more. It's time to find new hobbies.
You just have to find that game that re-ignites the spark. Most modern games have more in common with movies and as a result don't have satisfying gameplay, which can result in you thinking you don't like video games anymore when that is not the case. I had a similar problem but recently found One Finger Death Punch and Downwell to be absurdly fun. I can play both for hours and hours and not even realize it. Controls are simple and easy to understand, no story or opening cinematic to slow things down, very pick up and play. Keep searching and don't bother with AAA games anymore, they're a lost cause.
Downwell is great, I recommend you play Nuclear Throne. Its similar to downwell but more complicated, still pretty simple compared to most rogue lites though.
Old thread but I was in a similar position a while ago. Sorry for the blogpost I just wanted to share my thoughts.
I think video games were an important factor in my development. I had to deal with severe depression and anxiety from early childhood and these games gave me some sort of perspective (a purpose, something to look forward to), real social interactions and let me develop my creativity. It wasn't until my late teenage years that gaming really took a toll on me and changed to full blown escapism. But then again, better than doing hard drugs or crime imho. Sure I could've used all that time to learn an instrument, become fluent in a third language or whatever. But would I really have done these things instead of gaming? I don't think so.
The problem aren't the games it's you that have changed. Maybe your subconsciousness is urging you to change your behaviors find another hobby or purpose in your life? It sounds like you're looking for something that games can't give you anymore. The hard part is to find something else, something you truly want to do.
I hate these kinds of rogue-likes so fucking much. Enter The Gungeon would be another example of a similar type of rogue-like that I equally despise. Rogue-likes of that type are the absolute opposite version of fun. I'd rather play bland AAA open world game #322, than ever touch again the sorts of stupidly punishing, and simplistically arcadey shit that resemble the former.
For the record, I actually do enjoy the rogue-like genre, and even action-oriented ones to boot, but usually only those of the first-person variety. Duskers & FTL are great rogue-likes, which, to me anyway, are what I'd consider to be absurdly fun, and or addictive examples of the genre. By that same token, the Downwells & Spelunkys of the world can go rot in fucking hellfire and stay there, since that's exactly where they belong.
I would've saged this post, but I don't know how, so sorry about the needless un-thread related bump.
What’s so great about FTL but bad about downwell? I don’t get why you like some roguelites but hate others when they seem dialect similar.
Well, for one thing, FTL has more meaningful variety. Loads of different narrative events, being the major one which separates it from something like Downwell. FTL also has the ability to pause the action so, while highly twitch based in certain aspects, it gives the player a lot of breathing room as well, as opposed to something like Downwell. Largely however, FTL feels more like a strategy/management game whereas Downwell is just some weak as hell, repetitive piece of outdated arcade trash that, as far as I'm concerned, belongs in gaming's historical dustbin. Then again, I'm highly prejudiced & disliking of games that are highly one-dimensional & rote in a very Pacman-esque sense so, even outside of being a rogue-like, I really don't care for games like Downwell which choose to reduce themselves towards emulating that sort of thing.
Rogue-likes akin to Duskers are definitely what I'd consider to be my favorite & most preferred version of the genre. Duskers & Downwell are exact opposites to each other in terms of pacing & complexity so, aside from the fact that they're both rogues, they have almost nothing in common with each other whatsoever. Even having said that, I'd still vastly prefer it if FTL & Duskers were story-based games with long handcrafted campaigns, instead of rogue-likes, since rogue-likes are fundamentally limiting & forgettable in their very design alone, given the mostly unchanging "isolated single run by isolated single run, while perhaps unlocking some additional items to be fed back into another isolated single run" based gameplay loop they have.
On a whim 2 months ago I decided that I would play no video games at all for an entire year. I deleted every single game on my computer and haven't played one since. Sometimes I have an intense temptation to play a game but I am staying strong so far. I probably shouldn't watch gaming videos on youtube or watch twitch streams but I have much less to do right now so I find myself doing that a lot. I think after a year I am going to enjoy video games quite a bit more.
i watch gameplay videos mostly now, it's a lot faster than buying the games myself, and much easier than playing it myself. certain games i've never been good at like RTS and MOBA but i watch aoe2 videos every day, and the dota international tournament is something i watch every year.
so yeah i stopped enjoying playing the games myself but that transitioned into enjoying watching the games being played
i grew up having to watch my older brother play RTS games on the computer. we had to share the computer, so we'd get like an hour each every day, but i'd always give him my hour so he could continue playing. it's weird but i've transitioned back into this behavior of not playing the games but still enjoying watching others play it
I've been like that for about a week now. It's essentially the longest I've gone without playing a video game in what might be my entire life. I could probably keep it up for longer, but I'd imagine I'll end up playing something either today or tomorrow, since I honestly don't have anything else to do and I can only sleep or browse the internet so much. Even a minor break like this has been kinda nice, though. Like yourself, I expect to enjoy them a bit more than usual, even though it'll only last a little while.>>48133
I was thinking of playing Narcissu after seeing it in the VN thread and it's apparently very feels heavy. Only other VN I've ever experienced/finished was Saya No Uta, which I enjoyed.
Watching other people play games makes the most sense if your view is that games are just a distraction not worth energy expenditure. As an adult, energy becomes more precious because, compared to childhood, we must spend more of it to sustain ourselves and we have less of it due to physical decomposition. Games and toys function is really to help youngsters expend their excess energy in a safe way that society deems tolerable.
Don't force liking games. If you stop for a while you may find that in a month, year, or more you have the urge to jump back into a game with enthusiasm like a kid again. If not, it will fade to nothing and you may find some better way to make life tolerable.