I wonder if anyone here has made similar experiences as I have.
Sorry if this gets a little longer and if my English sucks (I'm not a native speaker)... but here we go.
Has anyone else here lost interest in gaming completely?
I have to admit I'm not a gamer for a long time now. Maybe it's a paradox, but I just like to talk about the technical aspects of it from time to time, so I'm here.
Maybe even when I was still playing video games, yeah I enjoyed gaming a lot, but maybe I was even more interested in the technical side and hardware than into the games themselves.
But oh boy, was I into games at that time, nonetheless!
We were playing on anything we could get our hands on (which was not easy at that time, especially if you lived in a small mountain village in my country). We read all the magazines, we traded games between each other, there was almost nothing else on my mind.
I built up quite a hard- and software collection, I was especially proud of the many special things like rare import hardware, special editions of games, many exclusive items and stuff. (At least my collection surely was quite cool at that time... today not so impressive for sure, but then again, if I had continued like that, it may be a different story now lol.)
Due to my interest in the technical side, my attention shifted towards the PC eventually, where I could play around with tons of hardware, water cooling, software-configurations like different anti-aliasing-patterns and stuff.
Eventually, my appartement was basically one huge PC (copper pipes for the water everywhere, it was connected to two aquariums, huge radiators and stuff) and it was all connected to a huge home theater setup with mighty 7.1 receiver/speaker system, beamer with 4.50 meters wide image, the walls were coated black... gaming was really jaw-dropping like this!
It was crazy and I never knew if the women I led into my appartement were admiring it and having fun, or if they thought it was silly. : D
I have to admit, today I merely think the latter myself, even about other grown-up people who are still into gaming, sitting in their game-chairs with their headsets on, with all the anime in the background and stuff... sorry, I can't help it, but that's kinda how I feel, even if I know the other side myself.
Well... I still remember one day, I was playing Garou - Mark of the Wolves on the Neo Geo AES.
I spent a FORTUNE on that game and it was great! The fierce animations, the sound effects... it was quite a treat, but all of a sudden I realized: I just don't have any fun with this anymore. Nor with any other game.
And I was asking myself: What am I doing here?
From that moment on, I rarely played any games (if at all), I just did not feel I wanted to, it seemed more like wasted time, and I just did not feel I wanted to turn on a game system anymore.
Dreamcast was the last console I bought (I LOVED it when I was still playing games, perhaps my favorite system next to the Saturn and the Neo Geo)... I ignored the systems from the PS2 and on completely, and today, I could not care less about PS5 or the new Xbox and the like.
So I sold all that stuff one after the other whenever I needed money, and I can't say I really miss it.
It's more like I don't feel like possessing many things or collecting items and all that crap really makes me happy, it merely felt like a burden sometimes. It was just lying in the drawer and collecting dust.
The only games I played from time to time were Super Mario Bros 3 (only on cold winter evenings) and Open Red Alert (where I was among the top players at one time and was contributing a lot of coding and graphical work for the project, which you can still find in it), but even those I haven't touched in years now. I might climb into a Ridge Racer arcade-cabinet, if I ever found one again...
And one day, I might get back to Chrono Trigger, which was my favorite game of all time.
I can't really explain why I stopped caring about games all of a sudden.
Perhaps it's got something to do with some of the reasons I was into gaming in the first place.
Maybe as a gamer, you won't really admit it, but gaming can be something like an escape-fantasy or at least it kinda represents some of your dreams and desires. But if you are lucky to fulfill some of those dreams in real life, maybe gaming will lose some of it's appeal.
I'll give one example.
I very much enjoyed arcade racing games back then, since it can give you some of that holiday-kind of-feeling: Driving in a car, listening to cool music, sun is shining and you drive by the coast and look at the sea (maybe some of you know what I mean). Kinda what I wanted from life!
Today, I am glad to literally look at the sea right now, living at the coast and building up my own company little by little, as you perhaps would in an economy simulation video-game.
It's as fun as it would be in a game (only no safe-points) and maybe one can transfer some of the way of thinking as would you do in a game into real life as well... it sure worked for me.
So maybe not all of it was wasted time.
And of course, I am glad to have experienced Chrono Trigger.
So... what's your story?
Anyone else had similar experiences, can you relate to what I'm writing here?