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Losing touch with modern gaming - anyone in this boat?

Post by 3703 » Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:56 am

A few years ago I stopped paying attention to what was going on in the now. New platforms didn't amp me anymore and new releases didn't matter. I stopped visiting news sites and stopped buying anything. There was no thought process or sentiment that led to this. It just happened. The attraction to or anticipation of anything new died in the arse. And it hasn't come back since.

Edit: so I bought the PS4, Xbox One and Switch anyway.

The end.
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Post by mr gryzor » Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:25 am

Iv definitely noticed that i haven't the attention span for big games like rpg's anymore.
10 years ago id have speed played through something like Skyrim with no problems whatsoever.The sheer size of those games just puts me off playing them these days.
I have similar problems with any free roaming type games (GTA.Assassins Creed) etc. The lack of an A to B to C structure really throws me off.
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Post by psj3809 » Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:43 am

Must admit i was embarassed and felt like my dad when i was round my cousins on his X-Box and i didnt have a clue what to click on or what buttons to press etc !

I did buy a Playstation 2 back in 2003 or so just for Vice City as i was blown away when i saw that in action. After seeing the Last of Us i was tempted to get a console JUST for that game.

Reckon i'll get back into modern console gaming when my daughters old enough and no doubt wants one, but for now its so much easier playing games on a mobile device so i can have a quick go here and there and not set up a console only for her to moan that she cant watch Mr Tumble or Peppa Pig on the TV !

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Post by 3703 » Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:54 am

mr gryzor wrote:Iv definitely noticed that i haven't the attention span for big games like rpg's anymore.
10 years ago id have speed played through something like Skyrim with no problems whatsoever.The sheer size of those games just puts me off playing them these days.
I have similar problems with any free roaming type games (GTA.Assassins Creed) etc. The lack of an A to B to C structure really throws me off.
Empathise with this. The open slate structure of a lot of modern games doesn't appeal to me. The idea of no one playthrough being the same was exciting and intriguing to me when they were first talking about it, but it's not what I want most of the time.
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Post by Prof Mango B Coconut » Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:07 pm

I can certainly relate to this. I'd pretty much lost all interest in new games by about 2004 and had stopped reading the mainstream gaming press several years prior to that. With a few exceptions - Half-Life 2 being one, because some of my friends were into PC gaming - I didn't really play anything new until 2008 when I bought a 360.

I was actually going to skip the current generation entirely, until I saw what was going on with Live Arcade and felt a lot of the games there fit in with my expectations of what video games should be. Once I had the system, of course, I started looking around to see what else was available and found many, many games that I have enjoyed. I never did go back to reading the mainstream gaming press and I doubt I ever will.

I've pretty much gone full-circle again now. I don't have much enthusiasm for the next generation, mostly because what I've seen so far doesn't appeal. That could change in a couple of years when the new systems have more mature libraries of games, but I won't be a first day buyer. Until then, I have access to tens of thousands of games either via emulation, retro collecting or services like Steam and GOG. I don't think I'll be missing out.
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Post by snesfanboy » Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:27 pm

on one hand, at the moment i haven't seen a single game from Xbox One, PS4 or Wii U that makes me go "oh, wish i could play that one right NOW!"

on the other hand, counting in absolute hours, i've probably never gamed as much as i have as this generation!

a couple of reasons for feeling like the new generation doesn't excite anymore as hoped (and i give these only as thoughts) :

1) there is a difference of experiencing games when you are (let's say) 12y old and not having any exposure to them before or being 32y old (my age) and already have a lot of experience with them => it takes more and more to surprise and intrigue

2) because of striving for more realism, many games look the same => makes it less mystical (i remember seeing ads for the first time for Donkey Kong Country for SNES, not believing my eyes)

3) the pre-release element is stretched out too thin => i used to only have magazines and sometimes seeing only 1 single screenshot (this was the case for me with Diablo 1), now you almost can follow the whole creation process and already get too many details for multiple months/years, lessening the impact

4) the low prices of games these days and oversaturation (immense backlogs) => when i was young, i would be glad if i could afford a game every 2 months, immediately securing the value of the experience, nowadays i buy 2-3 games (or more) every month and while a lot of games are really good, it doesn't feel as 'special' anymore

again, just points that i throw up

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Post by mr gryzor » Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:34 pm

3703 wrote:
I -completely- empathise with this. The open slate structure of a lot of modern games has made it difficult/overwhelming to sink the teeth in. The idea of no one playthrough being the same was exciting and intriguing to me in its genesis, but as a common experience it has felt like too many steps, and has frustrated the core "get to the end and you're done" gamer in me. I'm definitely drawn to more linear, pick up and play experiences. Might have something to do with it.

I recall 3 or 4 years ago,my missus bought me Red Dead Redemption for a xmas present.

Xmas night i decided to start playing it.And,It literally was a case of,put disc in tray-Watched game intro-Played the initial tutorial-Let out a monumental sigh,and thought to myself "I really can't be arsed with this"

I knew there was a classic game there to be played,but i just hadn't the attention span or the time to invest in it.
The game never went in my console again.

I really do prefer games to be as linear as possible these days.
Its an attitude that may be frowned upon,but these 150 hour 'do whatever you want' type games just kill me.
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Post by Megamixer » Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:38 pm

Aside from the E3 launch details, I have to admit that I haven't kept up to date on the new Xbox or PS4. I have no idea what (if anything) is happening on the Wii-U or PS Vita and to some extent, I've even stopped keeping myself updated on the current gen despite owning a PS3, Wii and 3DS. Mostly it's because I already have so much to play that I don't really need to know about more new games.

Another small part is due to the fact that I'm not really interested in where modern gaming is heading (DLC, F2P, media stuff etc.). Fine for those who enjoy it but it does contribute to my modern gaming ignorance in the same way that my apathy towards social networking and apps keeps me away from bothering with new smartphones.

I tend to find that I buy modern games based on the genre (such as fighting games which I keep informed on by visiting specialist sites for the genre) or if it's a sequel to something I really enjoyed. I just don't have the time or interest to keep informed on everything that's coming out so I do miss a hell of a lot of mainstream games. Am I bothered though? Not particularly. The consoles and games in question will always be around to pick up down the line once I'm done with what I already own.
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Post by Morkin » Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:52 pm

I'm not losing touch, although I don't have a huge interest in the PS4, XBox One & WiiU just yet.

But I'm very happy with my PS3, 360, 3DSXL, iPad & Vita combo. There are so many games that I'm interested in & looking forward to playing & I'm having a blast with all my current gaming. In fact gaming has never been so good, in my opinion. :)

I do also enjoy playing Spectrum games on my DS, PS1 games on my PS3 & retro compilations on my PSP. It's all fun.

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Post by crusto » Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:18 pm

Great topic.

I'm still as in love with gaming as I was as a nipper but life gets in the way too much nowadays. I struggle to motivate myself to play through the 'big ones' and the nipper hogs both consoles anyway lol. But every now and then games like the last of us come along and blow that scenario sky high.
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Post by Joey » Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:28 pm

I like to keep up with everything new coming out especially with the resurgence in the indie scene the last few years.

If anything I play more current stuff than retro and stopped kidding myself a while back that I'd ever get through the huge pile of PS2/Dremcast games I had and got rid of most of it.
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Post by Vyothric » Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:48 pm

Usually seems like I'm the only one. Especially around here.

I lost interest in modern gaming in 2010. After being constantly disappointed with games and the direction gaming was going, I bought a CRT and dug out my N64 and didn't look back (or forward as the case may be). I didn't decide to give up on modern gaming forever, but I now have so many old gaming systems (almost all of which I didn't own back in the day so are new to me) that I have no reason to return to modern games. Nothing I've seen has inspired me to do so and I suspect it never will.

I did play Skyrim in 2011 thinking this would be one game that I could count on (being a fan of Morrowind & Oblivion) but was disappointed to find that it had been dumbed down. That was the last time I played a new game. Since then the newest game I've played has been on the Gamecube. I don't have a PS2, Xbox, 360, PS3, Wii, Wii-U, 3DS...I don't play games on a smartphone and I've no interest in the PS4 and new Xbox. Not interested in remakes either.
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Post by Megamixer » Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:48 pm

crusto wrote:I struggle to motivate myself to play through the 'big ones'
This is a good point. I was good way into Dragon's Dogma and really enjoying it but then I had a week or so when I couldn't get near it. Now I can't be bothered to go back to it :? . Strange how I was loving it once the game was powered on and I was in the 'zone' but right now I just really don't want to get back into it. I think these big open world games can be a bit overwhelming at times when there are stats and lots of quests to deal with. A shame really as Dragon's Dogma really is a brilliant game. I'll have to try and get back into it.
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Post by SexyWayne » Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:05 pm

mr gryzor wrote:I recall 3 or 4 years ago,my missus bought me Red Dead Redemption for a xmas present.

Xmas night i decided to start playing it.And,It literally was a case of,put disc in tray-Watched game intro-Played the initial tutorial-Let out a monumental sigh,and thought to myself "I really can't be arsed with this"

I knew there was a classic game there to be played,but i just hadn't the attention span or the time to invest in it.
The game never went in my console again.
I put about 5 or 6 hours into RDR before giving up.. it's a complete borefest, in fact I think I said on here that to me it just comes across as not the wild west but the mild west.

I too sometimes go through a phase of not wanting to play anything... recently I built myself a new PC so everything now is new and shiny and I'm enjoying gaming again, but I know sooner or later the novelty is going to wear off again :(

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Post by Hitman_HalStep » Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:11 pm

i go through phases of losing interest in gaming but they very rarely last a week before something takes my fancy,i'm not excited about the ps4 even though i have a pre-order but that is mainly because there is no release date yet.i'm only interested in one release date game so far but i don't have a problem with that because i know others will come out quickly enough.
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