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Losing Touch With Gaming
by Nate Paolasso on 01/04/13 05:03:00 pm   Featured Blogs

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This blog was originally posted on N4G.

Let me start out by saying that this blog is sort of personal. It's really just me venting about things that have been on my mind lately. So yeah, read it anyway and stuff. 

I've been a gamer for a good thirteen years now, and I've done nothing but get more involved in video game culture. While I have many people in my life that I would consider a friend, I try to surround myself with people that are as interested in video games as I am, which is more difficult than it sounds. A lot of my friends are gamers, but none of them are as deeply invested in games as they once were. It seems that I am the only one out of my group of friends that is still in touch with why gaming is so special. I don't think it is just my group of friends that is losing sight of why gaming is so great either, but the majority of 'gamers' are also slowly fading from their origins. 
Super Mario World
Gamers all begin somewhere; whether their first game was Space Invaders or, like me, Super Mario World. As we get older, our minds develop further and we begin to play more elaborate and time consuming games. We become lost in the beautiful worlds that video games can transport us to. From there, we begin to take pride in solving the worlds puzzles and discovering its' mysteries. Then we get older and we get more responsibility in the real world, forcing us to make a decision. Do I continue to game at a sacrifice to other things? Or do I pursue other goals and give up my gaming habits? For most people, I think this decision is obvious: give up gaming. 

When I was younger (younger than I currently am) my friends and I would solely play video games. We were content with sitting around our bedrooms, picking up a controller, and gaming until 4 am. Countless nights were spent playing games like Super Smash Brothers and Halo. Summer afternoons were spent at the park or playing sports, however, most were occupied with sitting around a bench and discussing video game strategies concerning Pokemon and Final Fantasy. Now though, I can see my friends slipping away from our old gaming habits. No longer do they take joy in the simple pleasure of sitting down and playing a game. Now, it seems, that the only game they are able to play is Call of Duty or Battlefield. But while they're playing these games, they don't seem to enjoy them, they just rage at and troll other players. When they see a game like Dishonored, they cast it aside, deeming it boring and slow. To me, this seems as though they've forgotten why they play games; to have fun. 
Gaming Rage
It's such a shame that gamers have lost the love of games that they once started out with. It's an even bigger tragedy when it's some of my closest friends that have lost their gaming love. I am beginning to see though, that the people in my life right now will not be in it for much longer. My group of friends and I all have different ambitions, and it's becoming more clear that video games are not in most of theirs. I still plan to make video games an even bigger part of my life, and even though I'll lose some friends on the way, I'm sure I'll gain some new and interesting ones as well.

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Jon Bellini
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I agree.. I am one of those who has lost his way... I started gaming when I was 11 (1983) on Asteriods! Then later with PC games like Master of Orion, Baldurs Gate, Homeworld etc.. I became totally immersed in gaming. I loved the depth, strategy and rich worlds. But then I stopped buying PCs for gaming.. Bought an Xbox and pretty much just play FPSs like black ops..which are cool..but no where near as fun as MOO...

TC Weidner
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No longer do they take joy in the simple pleasure of sitting down and playing a game.

or much of anything else for that matter IMHO. The constant checking of the phones, and constant worry and fascination of everything else except what is right in front of them is a real concern IMHO( especially with the younger gens). People have to multi task their whole lives now it seems, it drives me nuts. ( Please dont get me started about the human brain ,because in reality it CAN'T concentrate on more than one task, its fact, but people act as if it isnt.)

Kevin Fishburne
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Maybe they just haven't discovered the indie game scene yet. I pretty much stopped playing games after the original PlayStation with the exception of the Gran Turismo series. At that point EVERYTHING was going 3D, as though any game which refused to would be doomed, and to hell with whether or not it made any sense otherwise.

I dabbled with Far Cry, Morrowind, and a handful of FPS's after which I subconsciously realized games just weren't the same anymore; that the excitement and wonder of my childhood and teenage years was gone forever. In 2012 the industry went full circle and was reborn to its wondrous infancy. AAA shader porn is still there, but that doesn't mean you have to look at it. I think 2013, with Ouya and Steambox leading the way, will recreate that feeling of sitting down with your new NES and playing SMB, Punch-Out and The Legend of Zelda for the first time. I think the magic's back, finally.

Luis Guimaraes
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I agree with this entirely.

k s
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Maybe they've lost interest cause the vast majority of big games just aren't that good anymore, plus what TC Weidner said.

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