Can You Grow Out of Video Games?

This essay displays how I’ve become increasingly less interested in video games over the years.

I don’t get as excited about video games as I used to when I was younger.  I don’t get the same level of awe with some games and I certainly don’t replay them as much as I did in the past.  Perhaps the tendency for deriving unadulterated excitement for the has passed as I’ve grown older, as I don’t feel the joy that I felt when I first played games like Tomb Raider or Super Mario 64 anymore.  I don’t buy the same number of games as I did in the past either, saving my money for only the very best games of the year.  Perhaps this trend hasn’t occurred as much with others as it has with me, but there definitely has been a decline in my interest towards videogames in recent times. 

The lasting impression created by stealth games like Metal Gear Solid or Tenchu has left to some extent.  There was a very cool aura about games like this that doesn’t compel me to replay them as much as it did in the past.  In fact I had played through the original Metal Gear Solid at least five times and haven’t even played Metal Gear Solid 4 more than once, even though the latest installment has made several improvements to the original.  Games like these and the aforementioned Tomb Raider, which had a greater impression upon me in the past due to mesmerizing environments, don’t make the same sort of impact as they did in the past.

There’s also been a loss in the need to replay games many times in order to achieve maximum enjoyment from them.  In the early days of Playstation and Playstation 2, for example, I would often play games multiple times before becoming bored by them.  These days, during the Playstation 3 era, I will often save up money for only the greatest games and only play them once before they start to sit there and collect dust.  The enticement of playing video games over and over again seems to have transferred to other activities like reading novels more frequently.  I’ve purchased excellent action/adventure games like Red Dead Redemption that haven’t given me the urge to replay them as I have with games of the past.

There’s certainly many upsides to video games, such as the large amount of interaction possibilities they give compared to movies, for example.  They offer an exciting diversion from every day life.  However, it seems that part of the charm has dissolved for myself as a gamer when there are other mediums like music and novels that occupy a lot more of my time instead.  There will always be a reason to play video games, even if you don’t find yourself coming back to them as frequently as in the past.   

For other video game related articles:

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  1. Posted November 22, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    simple answer for me: NO!

  2. Posted November 23, 2010 at 3:58 am

    I think for some people this will be a real problem.

  3. Posted February 3, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    I also give video games a rest but I replace them with online games so I guess I may have a problem. LOL Very nicely written article.

  4. Stephen
    Posted April 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Same here, I use my PS3 for everything BUT games (including this post). I only miss Aerith and Sephiroth, mabye Valkyria Chronicles. Sod the vast majority!

  5. Posted September 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    great post

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