After a life of gaming as my favorite past time, I quit for good.
Here’s how and why.
Life of gaming
I was a gamer since I was seven years old. Back in the day I got started with a C64 by commodore. I saw one of those at the house of a family friend and was immediately hooked, when I was just six years old. A year later, it was my birthday gift and I officially was a nerd.
The graphics and sound effects, compared to today’s standards, were slightly above Gameboy levels of polish and clarity. They were garbage, really. But back in the day, lacking the comparison and not knowing any better, it just felt as “high tech” as an iMac Pro does today.
I did enjoy my life as a gamer tremendously and I owned many systems, including:
- Commodore C64
- Nintendo SNES
- Nintendo 64
- Nintendo Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance
- Sega Game Gear
- Nintendo Gamecube
- Nintendo Wii
- several gaming PCs
- several gaming notebooks
- Microsoft Xbox and Xbox 360
- Sony Playstation 3 and 4
- Nintendo Switch
In recent years I struggled finding any good games I still had interest in. This had not only to do with diversifying my interests and growing demands of my “adult life”, but also with a subjective decline in creativity in the games on offer. But more on that in a bit.
The age old discussion: Is it bad to play videogames?
As the saying goes: “Everything in moderation.”
Humans have the ability to develop bad habits quite easily. We’re joy-driven. So if something is relaxing, pleasant and joyful, we tend to do it over and over again. This mechanism ensured that we reproduced in big enough numbers to populate the planet for thousands of years.