The gaming “slump” is part and parcel of being a gamer. Many gamers suffer some kind of burnout and some stage of their life, lasting a few weeks to a few months. The first step is accepting that it happens, and there’s no need to be ashamed. The question, then, is how does one get out of a slump? No doubt each person has a different way of getting back into the swing of things – a specific type of game, a break from certain games or games altogether, online only, offline only – there are lots of options.
I have been in a gaming slump for the longest time that I can recall in my life of being a gamer (which is now about 26 years). It’s not that I don’t play any games, it’s just that a lot of the time I can’t quite decide what I want to play, and end up not playing anything. Netflix doesn’t help, just for the record. It’s so much easier to lie on the couch and watch a show or five.
But it’s not just that. I have so many quality games to choose from. Games I have started (Pyre, RotTR, Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn and more) are all excellent, but there’s just something stopping me from long sessions of playing time as I feel like I tend to lose interest the longer I play. Historically, I play a lot of sports games, but even those aren’t drawing me in quite as much at the moment.
It’s a frustrating situation and one that I am desperately trying to get out of. In the past, a game like Uncharted or the Gears of War trilogy pulled me out. Sometimes it was the release of a new sports game that had me sitting for hours in front of the TV, remembering what keeps me attached to the screen. At the moment, I just don’t have THAT game. It’s not to say there aren’t good games, I mean 2017 was one of the best we have had for years. It’s more a matter of struggling to stay focused on any one game, mixed with too many options, and the distractions that come from other interests.
I have no doubt I will jump out of the slump before too long, whether it be with a new release, a game I finally try, or from one of the many that I have already started. Eventually, I will be back to normal with my gaming schedule and might even *shudders* play something online again.
But that’s just me. Have you experienced a significant gaming slump? How did you deal with it? Let us know.
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