Friday, May 12, 2017

The Funk

While trying to tackle The Backlog seems like an insurmountable yet admirable task, it isn't without it's drawbacks. Mainly when nothing on that list seems interesting to play at the moment. Right now I am in a massive gaming funk. I remember reading a comment by someone when I was doing a bit of research on the backlog where they said it's game paralysis - a condition where there's too many games and you can't decide which to play.

Here's the problem - I had anticipated being wrapped up in Dawn of War 3 for quite some time. But that game has turned out to be a huge disappointment for me. Because of that I have little desire to play the game, which has left me in a state of trying to decide what to play next. The last few nights I've sat behind my computer watching videos or tv more than playing games.

The first step in over coming game paralysis (aside from not buying games) is to recognize that you are in a funk, which I have done. Now I think it's time to get refocused and re-energized by taking a bit of time off from games.

Every night after work I get home, I get my son situated doing homework, and then I sit behind the computer for the rest of the night. On the weekend it's not much different. I spend a lot of time playing games. I realized on Thursday that I was in the funk and that I'm just bored, and that's not fun. I will say that I am happy that I figured out that I'm in the funk now instead of realizing after sitting behind my computer for a week, or more, and then kicking myself for not taking that time to just play something.

I've said it before and I'll say it again - gaming is a hobby and should be fun and not feel like work. Unless your work is gaming, in which case I don't know what you do about that. So tonight I have a couple of Netflix movies that I can watch, including Blade Runner The Final Cut on Bluray which I'm excited to watch, and tomorrow I've got some things to do and a UFC fight to watch.

I love playing games, and as a gamer there's nothing worse then being bored with gaming.


Isey said...

I am with you 100%. Since I finished ME:A I have been struggling to want to log into a game to have fun, and have been actively searching for one to play. I reinstalled GW2, EQ2, LOTRO, Marvel Heroes... dip a toe in, remember why I left in the first place, and think what else I could be playing.

I just installed Dragon Age Inquisition, a game I barely played, to see if the single player angle works. I want to game. I want to have fun. It's just not happening right now, so instead of sitting in front of my computer I am sitting on my couch. Both are unsatisfying.

Jayedub said...

In the past MMO's were my go to games when I didn't have or feel like playing something else. I could play for a few hours, feel like I accomplished something and then eventually figure out what I was going to play next. Unfortunately I am not much of a MMO person these days.