At the ripe old age of 34, married with one amazing child, I feel that one of my main passions just doesn’t hold the same appeal for me anymore.
I’ve been playing video games all my life, from discovering the Atari 2600 that my sister had when I was maybe 6 or 7 right up until the latest systems that came out, I’ve been there following along. I even have a second blog dedicated to them – http://www.richongames.com!
The problem (if you can call it that) is that whenever I have free time to spend on games, I’d rather sit and watch a movie or catch up with a TV show on Netflix. Youtube has made watching other people playing games more fun than playing some games as the content creators on there can be really funny and bring an extra dimension to the games themselves.
I’m lucky to have a wife that put up with my gaming so much so that she enjoyed watching me play and helped me by looking out for things on screen that I missed.
This feeling has been brewing for many years but since my son came into the world the desire has nearly all but faded away. I found myself buying games on release day spending a few hours with them and selling them again. My large retro collection is nearly on on eBay at the minute as I just don’t have the attachment to it I once had. The big appeal of the retro stuff I think is nostalgia and for me there isn’t enough of that to keep hanging on this collection.
My plan now is to sell off all my gaming stuff, which will be handy for one reason, we are moving house so it means I don’t have to cart it all with me to the new house. There will be new consoles in a couple of years time so perhaps then will be the time to dip my toe back in the gaming water, untill then I think the rest from gaming will do me good!