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Hitting a rough stretch of gaming malaise

Here’s something I really, really didn’t expect to be writing right now: I don’t feel like gaming much these days.

It’s nothing to do with MMORPGs or any specific title. I just look at games lately and go… eh. We’ve all been there, that feeling of games not doing it for us. I can boot up, say, LOTRO and have an agreeable time, but I don’t feel an excitement propelling me into the game or a thrilling time calling me back afterward.

I didn’t expect this because I spent a good chunk of fall specifically waiting for November and a trio of big releases (LOTRO’s Before the Shadow, New World’s patch and fresh start servers, WoW Dragonflight). But it could’ve been that I got too much into a waiting pattern that I started to decouple from gaming entirely… or at least for a time. So now I look at releases I know should be exciting to me, and I’m largely ambivalent about them. Some nights I end up watching movies or reading books instead of going online at all.

Maybe I don’t know exactly what caused this, but I’m not freaked out so much as slightly confused. Hey, it’s happened before, and it’s not the end of the world if I don’t want to play video games. I always think it’s important to listen to your psyche when it’s telling you that it’s time to take a break — or take it easy. Perhaps it’s even a good thing to be a reactionary check on my sometimes-propensity to get too caught up in the hype cycle.

I do consider it a possibility that a fall without any serious gaming goals or long stretches of time building connections with guilds is a cause, and a solution might simply to nudge myself into a regular play pattern until those goals and connections reassert themselves. But I’m certainly not going to force it.

After all, even if I’m only creeping forward in these games rather than sprinting or jogging, there’s never any rush. It’ll be a long winter, and there’s not much else that’s on the immediate horizon. If I get my gaming wind back this month or January or even February, then hey, that’s groovy. If not, I’ll find my downtime elsewhere and be OK with that.

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4 thoughts on “Hitting a rough stretch of gaming malaise

  1. I found that hitting max level in Dragonflight has caused a deep rooted rift in my desire to play it. Back on board the old gear grind treadmill with dungeons. And for what? To do more dungeons. I don’t even really enjoy the dungeons anymore. I’ve been looking at All the Things as a giant list of stuff I managed to miss doing and hope that will cure my disinterest.

    It does not help my social group is too big for dungeons, some people get left out in the cold harsh pugs. Ive started to think this might be my last hurrah with Warcraft.

  2. I tried something completely new to me (No Man’s Sky) and am really loving the break from the fantasy gaming world for a while

  3. I take breaks all the time. But I play a few regularly that I enjoy Monday night is Fortnite with friends. I play it more for the fun with friends than the game. I keep up with season passes in DRG. And I don’t know why, really, but moving Midnight Suns right now. And he’ll, Dwarf Fortress may finally be playable by “normal” people!

    I can go months without gaming otherwise, but there are a lot of gems out there if you explore a bit.

    Or just read books for a while, that’s fun too 😉

  4. I had a similar experience in 2022 where, despite being hugely excited to play games like Horizon Forbidden West, I just lost motivation. It’s only around now that I’m starting to get back into consistent gaming – and I think that’s fine. It’s natural to get weary of certain things sometimes, and it doesn’t make you any less of a fan to take time away from it. 🙂

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