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Anyone experience gaming burnout?

  • 04-05-2019 7:39pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,672 ✭✭✭

    Been a gamer for the majority of my life, Commodore & Atari were my entry consoles and I feel my gaming life is coming to an end not because of family or work commitments but due to tiredness/burnout of the types of games that are available. It's not the first time it's happened and the game that pulled me back in was Demon Souls and the souls series.

    I've tried the big titles like RDR and Spiderman but it's a task to play them , the only one to give some thrill was God of War. I recently got the Sekiro guide book with the intention of getting the game also but why waste more money on something I won't play. At this point I'd rather turn on Netflix instead of looking through a catelog of games that once excited me at the prospect of playing them but instead they are collecting digital dust.

    Anyway that's my current state of mind when it comes to gaming.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,292 ✭✭✭madcabbage

    Think everybody goes through it in some shape or form, I nearly binned off my consoles a few years back I got so bored with all of it. Instead I switched to PC gaming, best decision I ever made. It's like anything really, take a step back from it for a short period and find something to do in the mean time, you'll come around again to it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,825 ✭✭✭IvoryTower

    People do grow out of it as well. I used to love many different types of games, 1000s of hours on strategy games, always had indie games on the go, these days if a game isn't competitive fps I get bored instantly. If I get bored of this I'll likely just play games with my son

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,825 ✭✭✭IvoryTower

    A good example would be we have a gaming thread on viber between all our friends, year by year they're dropping off

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 35,941 CMod ✭✭✭✭pixelburp

    I still game, but I honestly don't recognise the mainstream - the so-called AAA - industry anymore. The microtransactions, endless yearly iterations etc., not to mention the sh*tty work or business practises and rabid fans, just feels very alien and cynical to me and find it hard to feel an enthusiasm or support for it.

    Times another, more tangible, part of it; it's not my only distraction or hobby now so a weekend spent on Civilisation or Skyrim ain't an option anymore.

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,073 ✭✭✭✭RobbingBandit

    I've had a few bouts of frustration related burnout, two games Final Fantasy VII (Alexander Materia) and Ocarina of Time Water Temple drove me crazy.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,122 ✭✭✭killanena

    I go through periods where I don't play games at all, the longest being 2 years about 5 years ago. When a game starts agitating me I know its time to move on. If all games are I know it's time for a break :)

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,569 ✭✭✭EoinHef

    Burnout usually manifests itself with me in the sense i cant find games i like when im burnt out. Just cant get into games.

    I find if i really pair back my playing hours for a month or two and put more time into other hobbies i can come back to games more refreshed and enthusiastic.

    As an aside i thought RDR 2 wasnt great either and sigleplayer games like spiderman dont usually appeal to me. A gaming being super popular doesnt mean its gonna be for everyone.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,122 ✭✭✭killanena

    EoinHef wrote:
    As an aside i thought RDR 2 wasnt great either and sigleplayer games like spiderman dont usually appeal to me. A gaming being super popular doesnt mean its gonna be for everyone.

    Very true,I haven't played either myself and couldn't care less about them tbh.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 50,778 CMod ✭✭✭✭Retr0gamer

    I get this every so often. There's a quick fix. Stop playing games. Catch up on some movies or films. Do a hobby. You'll eventually get an urge to play games again.

    When you do go back playing games I'd avoid triple A open world busywork games as they aren't fun at all but give the illusion of fun through skinner nox psychology.

    Just don't be in a rush to play games again.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,122 ✭✭✭BeerWolf

    I quickly grow bored of Single Player games, has to be a multiplayer. :p

    That being said, as an MMORPG enthusiast I got burnt out with WoW:Legion... the direction Blizzard were taking then disgusted me and I had zero desire to continue on with BfA.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,611 ✭✭✭✭ERG89

    A lot modern games ask for a significant amount of investment of time so it's easy to get burnt out.
    I do feel there is a severe lack of good pick up and play games these days.
    I used to love replaying single player shooters, sports games (Madden, Tiger Woods, PES), stuff like Burnout or the PS2 era rockstar games. The modern contemporaries just don't seem as fun to play as most target online too much for my tastes.
    Something I finished last year was Chrono Trigger and I was surprised it only took me maybe 20 hours. I wondered how many modern JRPG's would be that tightly made but also that enjoyable.
    Indie games are nice to pick up and play but other than Stardew Valley I don't think I played that many beyond 20 hours, maybe Trials HD.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,893 ✭✭✭Canis Lupus

    I get it although I tend to rotate genre rather than a complete burnout. I tend to have regular fall back games so WoW, World of Tanks, Eve, Total War games, Civ, Overwatch.

    Been playing lots of Overwatch, getting bored/angry when playing comp lately so I pulled the joystick out of storage (not a euphemism) and am playing Elite Dangerous.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,672 ✭✭✭tonydude

    Wow didn't expect such a response, thanks guys. From reading your opinions I think I'll put it to one side for the time being and maybe dip into it now and again so I don't completely abandon it and wait for a title that'll pull me back in.

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,472 ✭✭✭✭Zero-Cool

    In my 31 years of gaming (since the C64), I never once felt burnout from it. I put it down to just not having a lot of time to play in the last few of years. Some days I have zero play time, some have 1 hour, some 2 and if I get lucky, a whole 3 hours. I read about people being able to play all day or all night and I get envious but maybe it's for the best as there is always something I want to play but if I had the luxury of free time, maybe I'd get burnt out too.

    So I'd say the length of your sessions would play a part as well

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,896 ✭✭✭penev10

    I've had several bouts of apathy towards games but I always come back. I think when youve played like 9 generations of games it's easy to feel like you've been there bought the tshirt when playing a modern game. I've given up on AAA games for this very reason.

  • Registered Users Posts: 252 ✭✭daheadonu

    Have that with open world's,as much as I liked the witcher 3 but I have this compulsion to do everything I can so I did every question mark on the map and couldn't stomach doing the dlc

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,409 ✭✭✭Icyseanfitz

    i find ive too many games to play which leads me to not completing or playing any. What i find really distracting though is jumping between multiplayer games with friends and singleplayer games, always seems like im under pressure to play certain games these days which is just making it into a chore.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 29,930 ✭✭✭✭TerrorFirmer

    I get it in waves. There was a period of a year or two where I barely touched a game at all apart from the odd bit of Halo with friends.

    At the moment I've lost all interest in single player games, and instead play nothing but competitive shooters. The amount of games I've started and failed to finish is staggering. Most recently Resident Evil 2 and Wolfenstein 2 - both completely short, to the point and decent campaigns, but can't stomach finishing them for some reason.

    The last game I finished was Far Cry 5, pretty enjoyable....last SP game I sunk a lot of time into was Fallout 4...which I didn't finish either despite doing about 200 hours.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,575 ✭✭✭✭Riesen_Meal

    I've held back a lot with games lately, I do get sporadic burnout from gaming and just don't touch games for a while, kind of in that phase at the moment, nowt grabbing my attention except for the odd bit of Mario on Switch of all things...

    I think it's a time of year thing also, I can never really game during the summer for some reason!

    I'm sure come August/September the consoles and PC will get busted out proper again :)

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,757 ✭✭✭Cordell

    I give a few days after I finish a game to let it sink in and I'm fresh after that:) But I only play SP games that have an ending.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,639 ✭✭✭Mr Crispy

    Fieldog wrote: »
    I think it's a time of year thing also, I can never really game during the summer for some reason!

    I'm sure come August/September the consoles and OC will get busted out proper again :)

    Generally speaking it's the same here. The long evenings make me feel like I should be out and about instead of in front of the monitor or TV! I'll be putting that to the test this summer though - building my first new PC in ages, so I'm sure I'll find excuses to not go out...

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,694 ✭✭✭✭K.O.Kiki

    I used to be all about fighting games, and now I only play Overwatch & am going through my Steam library.

    Fighters require so much dedication & practice that I just can't be bothered anymore. Plus all the losses have kinda taken its toll.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,198 ✭✭✭✭TheValeyard

    Yeah, definitely OP.

    I find changing category of game helps. Then after a period of time, I resume my quests and general debauchery.

    Fcuk Putin. Glory to Ukraine!

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 29,081 CMod ✭✭✭✭johnny_ultimate

    This won't work for everyone feeling a bit jaded with the state of the medium, but it worked for me: come to terms with the fact that most AAA, blockbuster games aren't really that interesting.

    Most big name games these days want your time. It doesn't matter how they get it: they just want your time. You see this most obviously in 'games as service' titles, that want to keep you hooked for as long as possible (preferably until the sequel shows up). But even many major single-player titles are time-consuming behemoths - open-worlds that offer up shiny trinkets to keep you 'occupied' for dozens of hours. Content is king. I mean, I think I'd enjoy having a wander around Assassin's Creeds' ancient Greece, but equally sure I'll be drowning in ****ty systems and busywork within an hour of booting the thing up.

    True, the occasional great game earns such commitment - for me, that's something like BotW, or a Fromsoft game. But really a lot of them are a bit **** - I mean, I trudged through RDR2 and felt a whole lot of that was just a turgid waste of time. Again, this'll differ from player - but the games do want a lot of your time, and personally I couldn't be bothered giving it to them.

    For me, keeping things varied is the most important thing. That's why I fall back to indie or smaller games when feeling slightly jaded. I'm playing Heaven's Vault at the moment, and that offers the proper thrill of experiencing something new and interesting. My time spent playing Obra Dinn last year was immense. Those sort of experiences are what make me excited about gaming - a medium that's still evolving in strange and fascinating directions.

    That's just my approach these days: avoid most of the mammoth AAA timesinks, and focus instead on shorter, more unusual experiences :)

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,878 ✭✭✭Robert ninja

    Definitely feeling burnout in general for a long time but the main symptom isn't just not playing anything... it's not sticking with anything. I rarely complete games anymore or if I do it's over a very long time like literally years sometimes. I hop to different games sort of like what Murray said. Changing it up a bit can help.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,297 ✭✭✭✭Skerries

    I have been sticking to only gaming on a Friday night and holidays
    I usually start at about 8 and finish up about 3 or 4 in the morning, so a 7 or 8 hour gaming session a week
    I also try to vary my games, so after playing an FPS I will try and play an RPG, action or RTS instead

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 35,941 CMod ✭✭✭✭pixelburp

    Speaking of RTS games, it's not so much burnout as it is the genre I played most fadó fadó doesn't really exist anymore either :D

  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 14,682 Mod ✭✭✭✭Dcully

    I very easily get burned out with mainstream games, its the main reason a PC is my weapon of choice.
    So much choice and diversity, loads of indie stuff aswell as early access and beta builds.
    Currently im playing Risk of rain 2 where every time you play its a totally different experience and Grim Dawn with its countless build possibilities where every build makes the game feel and play differently both non mainstream but with oceans of depth and gameplay.
    Im also playing two early access titles, Pagan online and Last Epoch.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 37,066 CMod ✭✭✭✭ancapailldorcha

    Interesting comment from johnny_ultimate above.

    For the past few years, I've rarely strayed from my chosen path of playing various strategy games, namely Total War and the rebooted XCOM series.

    There seems to have been something missing from AAA games and it's only this year that I found myself really able to articulate it. It took 2 games for me to do this, the Resident Evil 2 remake and Devil May Cry 5, both from Capcom. The last non-strategy game I played was Far Cry 4. I've yet to clear the main quest. The game has a huge map but it feels so empty and barren. Many of the sidequests feel like chores to say nothing of the pointless collectables. Last game I saw this bad was The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

    Playing Resident Evil 2 felt fresh and new. The game felt original and claustrophobic and packed to the brim with detail instead of the usual dreary, soulless and empty open world that never responds to anything the player does. We got tight action and great atmosphere instead. I did three run throughs of that game. Need to get back for a fourth.

    Devil May Cry 5 on the other hand, while being a great game comes with microtransactions. The player doesn't need to actually spend any real world cash due to a wide availability of revival items in the game. I don't know if Capcom were trying to offset outrage at the microtransactions. There was a challenging boss fight towards the end of the game. I didn't realise it as I was playing but I got through by reviving a few times mid fight. This killed any incentive I would have otherwise have had to learn the enemy's moves, attacks and vulnerabilities and improve at the game. Afterwards, it just felt a bit hollow.

    Even Total War feels quite hollowed out compared to the earlier titles in the series. Streamlining results in a less deep game which risks becoming boring. Total War: Rome II is a shuffling corpse compared to the classic Rome. I'm finding that more and more new games are resorting to tired old tropes like walking sections and QTE's. It feels... tiring. I'm sure there are plenty of Indie titles and such things but it's quite depressing to see so many iterations of franchises I used to love become little more than bland husks of their former selves.

    We sat again for an hour and a half discussing maps and figures and always getting back to that most damnable creation of the perverted ingenuity of man - the County of Tyrone.

    H. H. Asquith

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