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Have I Lost My Gaming Mojo?

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the blame-dr.-evil dept.

Games 418

danabnormal writes "Increasingly I'm being frustrated in my attempts to find a game I want to play. In an effort to catch up, I've been using my bog standard Dell laptop to dig out treasures I have missed, such as American McGee's Alice, Grim Fandango and Syberia. I don't often get the time to play games, so I like to have the opportunity to dip in and out of a title without feeling like I'm losing something by not playing it for periods of time. But when I find a title I like, I make the time. Heavy Rain is the last game that gripped me, that truly engaged me and made me want to complete it in a single sitting. I'm tired of the GTA formulas, bored of CoDs and don't have the reaction time to think on my feet for AOE III. Is it about time I tossed in the controller and resigned myself to the fact that the games I want only come out once in a blue moon? Or have I just not found that one great title that will open me up to a brand new genre? Lords of Ultima is going OK at the moment — is there anything of that ilk I've missed? What are your thoughts? Do you stick to a particular genre? Are you finding it harder, as you get more mature, to find something you want to play?"

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Chess (0, Troll)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340248)

If you're still playing games even though you're an adult, at least play an adult's game.

Chess is the way to go.

Re:Chess (1)

binarylarry (1338699) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340316)

That's almost a good point, BadAnalogyGuy!

I find games with a human opponent are almost always more satisfying than against AI. The OP apparently isn't into multiplayer, why not?

It's like the crazy guy on the island said, man is the most dangerous game.

Re:Chess (0, Troll)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340338)

Oh just accept getting old. Accept how you change. Don't bother rest of the world with it, they don't care / it happens to everybody.

Re:Chess (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340356)

Yes, because getting older means that you can't have fun.

The older that I get, the more I realise that maturity isn't about being stiff, serious and trying to appear "adult", it's about having fun doing what you enjoy without caring about what anyone else might think of it. I might have thought the way you did ten years ago, but gradually I just stopped caring about appearances.

Re:Chess (1, Informative)

0olong (876791) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340390)

Dude, chess is child's play. Real men play go.

Re:Chess (3, Funny)

boticho (1750608) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340442)

I thought real men played WAR...

What's this I hear?
What wondrous thing?
Is this the Defcon klaxon's ring?

A flashing light...
Above the doooor! There's just one thing it could mean...

War!

Oh, what is it good for? (What is it good for?)
It's good for you, (Good for you!) It's good for me!

Ohh, War!
What is it good for? (What is it good for?) Oh, it strengthens the economy!
It shows the world that we've got stones! (We've got stones!)
And carriers... with fighter drones! (Vo doh dee oh!)

War! Oh, what is it good for? (What is it good for?)
It's good for you it's good for me!

(It's the cat's meow!)

(Vo doh dee oh!)

Heeeere we go!

(Hyah! Woo! Wooo-hoo! Yeah! Ohhh yeah!)

War!
Oh, what is it good for? (What is it good for?)
It's good for you! (Doo waka doo waka doo waka doo waka doo!) It's good for me!

Oh, war! Oh, what is it good for? (What is it good for?)
Ohhh, it strengthens the economy!

A lengthy battle's an incumbent's dream! (Ohhh ohhh ohhh ohhh!)
Because you can't change horses... In mid stream!

For bombs (Boom!)
And guns (Bang!)
And so much more (Napalm!)
We celebrate the joys of war war war!

For bombs and guns, and so much more...
We celebrate the joys of war!
From Sam & Max, Season 1, Episode 4 (a video game, you insensitive clod)

Re:Chess (1)

grikdog (697841) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340524)

Real men... like Yukari Umezawa or Rui Neiwei? That's two women driving off the men's tees.

Re:Chess (2, Informative)

0olong (876791) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340578)

Oh, I know, but I was trying to be motivational. If I was replying to BadAnalogyGal, I would have said: "Real women play go."

Re:Chess (1)

Hojima (1228978) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340668)

I hate it when people categorize video games as childish or immature. There are countless RTS games (and quite a few from other genres) that require a plethora of strategy and critical thinking. And how is 'go' so much better than chess? Just because computers can routinely beat chess champions and not go champions does not make it any less intellectually stimulating. In fact, 'go's impermeability to computerized victory is attributed more to a lack of computational power. Make a game small enough and min/max trees will make it impossible to win against the computer.

As to the OP's question, no, you are not losing your mojo. Yes, games may seem less novel over time, but what you're also experiencing is your inability to sift through all the crap and find a decent game. A good story with well executed game mechanics is always rare, but ignored when it is novel to you. It's sort of like movies losing appeal because of a crappy story and poor dialog/acting. You don't notice it as a child, but it eventually becomes more crucial to the enjoyment. It just feels like movies get crappier.

Re:Chess (1)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340710)

Eh Chess is okay, but doesn't have much depth. I prefer Shogi.

Overall in regards to gaming, most AAA titles out there these days are lackluster. They rely on graphics to drive the game, rather than the story. Which is sad, because when you didn't have graphics, you had to have story to drive the game.

Try Minecraft (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340262)

It's all kinds of fun. Kind of virtual lego with some friends. Mount and blade: Warband is fun a good bit different. I don't think I find it harder to like games, instead I suspect the new games are of poorer quality with a lot of dumbing down going on and the games being buggy and unfinished.

Heavy Rain? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340274)

Seriously, you could get more enjoyment by watching a DVD and having someone occasionally hit "pause," thereby forcing you to hit "play" to continue watching the DVD. Better yet, have the DVD player programmed to make you press a random button from time to time, or forcibly shake the remote in order to continue watching the film.

Re:Heavy Rain? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340322)

I found it entertaining, despite the lack of actual interactivity. Choose your own adventure and all. Not that it wasn't without its (sometimes very) weak points, but at least it's a step in the right direction. I'll take a decent story over the most polished FPS any day of the week.

In a word.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340276)

Yes. I'm finding it harder to find games worth playing, and I partially accredit that to the fact that the storylines aren't as important as they used to be. I'm spending more and more time playing older games, and that seems to be working out decently. Revisiting gems like the Mother series (Earthbound) and the Lucasfilm/Lucasarts games adventure games seems to be satiating my needs at the moment, but I wonder how long that's going to go on for until I run out of shit I enjoy playing. Bioware seems to consistently hold my interest, more than most current developers anyway. Other than that, it's pretty slim pickings these days.

Yeah.. (1, Interesting)

dontPanik (1296779) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340288)

As a college aged kid I'm also finding it harder to enjoy video games as I used to.
It is something that can be grown out of, people change yadda yadda...

All I know is that I can't be mesmorized by a video game experience anymore as I could when I was younger.

Re:Yeah.. (3, Insightful)

Barny (103770) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340408)

Yeah... yeah.

Well FUCK THAT, I will still be playing games as much when I am 60 as now that I am 30.

If you can't find something fun, look harder or GTFO.

Now get off my lawn.

Re:Yeah.. (1)

znerk (1162519) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340568)

Amen.

No, really, that is all.

Re:Yeah.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340816)

I don't play games as often as i used to thesedays, those that i do play are indie titles such as Aquaria and World of Goo, but one FPS that has really managed to hold my attention for several years now is Tremulous [tremulous.net] . The combination of team play with real humans, RTS style base building and a set of varied and interesting alien classes and human technology certainly help.

Playing by yourself? (1)

SpamSlapper (162584) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340296)

I've been playing Eve Online daily for 2 years now, and still haven't managed to complete it. Sandbox games are good like that.
In fact I don't think I've played anything else in that time, except to join the annual Nethack tournamement [devnull.net] for old times' sake.

Re:Playing by yourself? (1)

PhantomHarlock (189617) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340410)

How do you 'complete' an MMORPG that's designed to keep you paying the monthly fee for as long as possible?

Re:Playing by yourself? (1)

znerk (1162519) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340608)

How do you 'complete' an MMORPG that's designed to keep you paying the monthly fee for as long as possible?

How do you pay a monthly fee, when it's so easy to come up with the 300-350 million ISK for a PLEX?

Seriously, I played EVE Online for about 10 days, then I realized that it was possible to "win" the game by simply accumulating wealth at an absurd rate and play for free forever. To prove it, I made a brand-new character on a brand-new 14-day trial, bought him a speedy ship, and spent the next 48 hours literally adding digits to my ISK counter. It's actually pretty silly, how easy it is to acquire "money". I estimated that it would take me 5 days from "character creation" to "earning enough ISK to purchase a PLEX", and quit on the spot. Liquidated my 30,000,000 ISK and quit right there.

Yes, 30 million ISK on a 2-day-old character.

No, none of it was given to me; all was earned myself.

On a trial account.

With pitiful combat skills.

On a side note, EVE's in-game voice chat is pretty awesome, and their idea of using the middle mouse button for push-to-talk revolutionized my WoW experience.

Re:Playing by yourself? (1)

Cylix (55374) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340584)

2 years... you are just a wee little noob.

Re:Playing by yourself? (1)

Ganthor (1693614) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340786)

I used to play FPS heaps. My favourite style of game.

I have Dead Space and Bioshock 2 unfinished. I can't figure out why I just don't pull them out and finish them. By the time I do I usually have lost the muscle memory to survive the level of my last saved game.

I don't play FPS online any more, (too many trash talking 12 year olds with superior fast twitch muscles).

I friend of mine put me onto Eve online, and I've been at it for 6 months. I can play it for as long and short as I like and if Mrs or kids need me while I'm at it, usually I can just leave it where I am and attend to real life.

Auditorium (2, Interesting)

jonabbey (2498) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340298)

Have you checked out Auditorium [playauditorium.com] ? It just came out on the PlayStation store for PS3..

Quit whining (-1, Troll)

lyinhart (1352173) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340312)

If you thought Heavy Rain was gripping, then you're behind any help we can give you. Take up cards or something. Maybe join a local bridge or mahjong club. And give one of us your PS3 while you're at it. Seriously, in this day and age when information on video games is readily available and when there's tons of artsy fartsy so-called "indie" games to download, if you can't find anything you like, then you should probably stop playing video games altogether.

Re:Quit whining (1)

Barny (103770) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340372)

Take up cards or something.

So, Poker Night at the Inventory then?

http://store.steampowered.com/app/31280/ [steampowered.com]

Game suggestion: (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340314)

This is a game I learned at the local Linux User's Group from some grey beards. Not a computer game, but lots of fun. It's called "hide the salami". It works best with a large group, but you can do it with one other person. One person is "bottom". Everyone else sticks their dick in his ass and cum. Whoever has the best time is the new bottom in the next round. (The next round might be a couple hours later or even next week. Enjoy a few beers and pop some amyl nitrates while you wait).

Lots of fun and highly recommended.

team work (1)

Mordie (1943326) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340320)

when left4dead came out my freinds and i had MONTHS of fun just playing the campains. Then when we all got togeather and did the vs matches, we had MONTHS MORE fun, L4D2 is here and we are still having fun. I know i hear people whining and bitching about steam and the l4d games. but if you and people you like (eg freinds) play togeather, and can communicate well as a team (and im not talking about clans but friends) then your gaming exprence well be better, thus i give you .team work. it makes games betters

Re:team work (1)

znerk (1162519) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340652)

I must agree, teamwork makes things much more enjoyable. Some of my family and friends will gather at my house every once in a while, and we hook all our systems into the LAN to play WoW. Zero-lag voice communications (ie, leaning over and speaking directly to a person) makes for a truly enjoyable dungeoning experience, and having 6 to 8 people with which to run a 10-man raid (albeit not at full speed) makes for several hours of fun.

Similarly, running a classic raid (designed for 40 players at level 60) with a 5-man group of 80s is absurd fun... especially when someone drops the ball, and we wipe to a group of 35 or 40 "low-level" mobs.

Of course, these are the same people who will come over and whip out Diablo or Diablo2, make new toons, and kill several hours beating the game in the same fashion.

Occasionally, we will even whip out the old NES and have Contra or Zelda races.

Hmm... maybe my friends and I are just weird.

Reaction time for old age (1)

Rakshasa Taisab (244699) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340324)

I recently started playing SC2 after a long time of just playing EVE online or go.

Kinda suck at the multi-tasking and reaction time after so many years only training my strategical skills, but notice it improving little by little. So definitely would recommend trying out something that forces you to gain back some reaction skills.

Game Design (5, Informative)

Cidolfas (1358603) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340326)

As a student of game design, AAA console titles are generally designed to be conservative in gameplay and copy what's out there, polish it a bit, and sell it with new art. Now, that's not even close to being ALL of what's out there, but if GTA IV, CoD, and Mass Effect 2 aren't your cup of tea (and you do enjoy Heavy Rain) then the big-advertising-budget titles will likely never appeal to you in the way it sounds you want them to.

If you're willing to buy a game without a proven track record, look at the indie scene (Steam has a good starting selection) and some of the other great titles that have been passed over like Beyond Good and Evil or Psychonauts. They're usually more Grim Fandango or Alice than the bigger games, and you might like them more.

Re:Game Design (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340398)

I picked up Psychonauts on GoG during a sale and have to say...

It's the first game in a loooong time that made me feel like a kid again.

(I think it also made me realize that I wasn't changing, so much as recent games really are pretty shitty. I figured that was the less likely of the two, but going back and playing Psychonauts, Interstate '76, Dungeon Keeper, Baldur's Gate, Pirates!, and some of the others really made me wonder...)

Re:Game Design (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340508)

As a student of game design, AAA console titles...

AAA console titles are not a student of game design. You probably meant "As a student of game design, I've learned that AAA console titles..."

Re:Game Design (1)

Cidolfas (1358603) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340534)

Addendum: download and play Cave Story, or get it for WiiWare. Contends for "Greatest Video Game Ever", and the PC version is freeware. It can be hard at times, but the gameplay and story presentation just draws you in.

Re:Game Design (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340714)

Why are you only advertising new games?

What about good older stuff like Paradroid Metal Edition.

Re:Game Design (1)

donscarletti (569232) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340706)

Why does Beyond Good and Evil come up every time people are bitching about video games? That game had framerate issues, game killing bugs, mediocre combat and poorly thought out puzzles. I was sold ads with a lone girl in a dimly lit dystopia uncovering conspiracies with her camera. What I got was some anthropomorphic creatures, "wacky" comic relief and half-rate staff fights. The only saving grace is that it didn't sell well, meaning that not many people had to endure that.

Good games are rare (1)

mike.rimov (1148959) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340336)

I was starting to think the same thing for a while, until I thought about it and realized that of all the games I "had to have" growing up, there were only 1 in 10 that truly captivated me.

Same rule applied in the arcades -- there were 1-2 games out of the entire shop that got my attention, the rest I played once or twice, and walked away.

Age does have something to do with it because we see the formula a game is based on and instantly realize "nothing new here" -- but I don't think its as much of a factor as you might think at first.

Good games have always been a rarity in a sea of mediocrity -- just like any other story telling or entertainment medium.

Games these days... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340340)

I'd say i understand where you are coming from. I see a lot of companies jumping on the bandwagon, trying to make the games that are already making money. A lot of good games i've played recently have been independantly developed or hardly known. Amnesia has been the most recent that had captured my attention and make me sit on edge. I'm tired of the way companies have come, I miss the older days when they tried to pump as many, varied games as they could to hit the best sellers. I remember when sidescrolling duke nukem came out, i couldn't stop playing. Nowadays i see the old cookie cutter games, dressed in new graphics, but no really new gameplay. Except for the occasional instant classics. Good luck in your gaming, and there will be new games always coming out, so don't throw down the controller yet, just let it rest..

How about Riemann Hypothesis? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340346)

and other games... [claymath.org]

I was in a rut too... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340348)

...until I found Cave Story!

Have I Lost My Gaming Mojo? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340352)

Cave Story immediately comes to mind. It's worth a look, if you're into old-school platformers.

Yes your mojo is dead... long live your mojo.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340354)

having gone thru several cycles of "whoohoo!!!" to "ugh...", i can tell you that your mojo is indeed gone... if you believe in crap-religions, maybe it (your mojo) got reincarnated in some 12yo in kentucky...

but that is ok - you will (someday) find your mojo (or maybe reincarnate someone -elses-) again... and, in true black-white-fashion, you will either be mojo-full or mojo-free when you pass on from this mortal coil... lol...

naw - as we become adults, it means we start to see things less in black-white and more in grays (hence the hair-color-changes)... but thats ok...

as for specific recommendations ? i have no clue... im a console-gamer that gets 'into' the silly quest-type games... find another hobby - hell, make up your OWN games... life does not have to hand you entertainment - you can find/make it yourself... and resign yourself to the fact that blue-moons do occur on occasion and only blue-haired-folks are mature enough to wait for them... gl, h.

Your needs differ as you get older... (1)

PhantomHarlock (189617) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340360)

The most engaging game I've played recently is Portal. Unique, and fresh. Looking forward to Portal 2. I've gotten back into Left 4 Dead 2 as mindless entertainment. That's my one FPS vice at the moment. I bought Starcraft II but have not gotten into it as much as I thought I would, RTS games don't seem to hold my interest very long. I really enjoyed GTA: Vice City and San Andreas, so I was surprised when I was completely turned off by Liberty City. I think that was a change in myself more than the game's format.

A little game off steam I enjoyed very much was Machinarium, a delightful puzzle game written entirely in flash that can be had for $5 or less. There are a few more games by the same creator in a similar vein.

I think when you get older, you want care free, relaxing entertainment that can be had in small chunks. No time-sucking MMORPs, ultra-brain intense strategy, etc. Even Diablo you can enjoy very much in small chunks. A dungeon quest here, a little plot advance there. Looking forward to Diablo III.

MMORPs seem to be more addicting social habits than games. Single player games tend to run more like interactive movies, which I guess is what I prefer these days.

Re:Your needs differ as you get older... (1)

yerktoader (413167) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340506)

This should be modded up. There's a bunch of great cheap games on Steam and Impulse, though the latter is still catching on. At the very least it's a good way to find new games that can usually be purchased in another manner, a different platform or as a standalone for example.

After playing I fully recommend BIT.TRIP BEAT, Chime, Defense Grid, Geometry Wars, Lumines, Osmos, Portal, VVVVVV, World of Goo and Zombie Driver. I also saw a new game called Super Meat Boy that looks pretty awesome, but I haven't gotten a chance to play it.

While Steam has it's issues, and I'm a little pissed at them right now, there are some great games to be had. Their sales are often really good, enough to be worth it in spite of being tied into their system.

Age and other duties. (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340370)

At 34, I love playing games. The problem is that I have other responsibilities to adhere to and limited free time (if ever). No longer am I free to live with my parents and dick around in college. It's part of growing up. Who knows. Perhaps when I get old and retire I will have that free time again and start gaming like I did in my youth, minus the "twitch" genre such as FPSs. Who the hell knows what the technology will be then :)

Re:Age and other duties. (1)

wvmarle (1070040) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340466)

I'm a few years older than you, and over the last years I've started playing more games. But much different than 15 years ago, when I was playing Doom. Oh and the Settlers. And Civilisation. Could get you stuck there all night.

I'm playing bridge on line (a card game and a brain sport), and puzzle games on my phone.

While impressed by modern games graphics it tends to bore me quickly. Either it needs a lot of practice not to die immediately, or it needs a long time to actually get into it (like RPGs).

Puzzles you can pick up, play a bit while standing on the train, and leave it when no time. And bridge just gives me a nice challenge, especially when I find a seat at a good table. Good for a quiet evening, but always makes me go to sleep too late :)

Re:Age and other duties. (1)

ADRA (37398) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340476)

"minus the "twitch" genre such as FPSs"

Taking a look at diverging pieces of the FPS genre, there's totally a place to grow for people more engaged in the strategy aspect of the titles than the twitch action. I was in love with the play style of Natural Selection (and hoping the sequel can live up to the original). The fact that one can take control of a team RTS-style means that there's some room for an overview style control of a battle grid where some really interesting gameplay can occur.

How about text adventures? (4, Informative)

SteeldrivingJon (842919) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340374)

There are lots of them available. The 2010 IF competition just finished, so there are a bunch of (free!) games of varying quality levels, genres, etc available.

Re:How about text adventures? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340666)

http://www.medievia.com is the text game that will take over the genre. I have played it for years and it gets better and better.

Sounds Familiar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340382)

I could've written the OP, if I thought it would do any good. These days I play Minecraft, UT2004 and its mod “Frag.Ops” (because they run natively in Linux, not because I'm still excited about first person shooters), and Go (yeah, the ancient board game inaccurately portrayed in “A Beautiful Mind.” I recently thought about getting an XBox 360, but the only game that really interested me was UFC Undisputed (either year)...and instead I bought Fire Pro Wrestling Returns (it was only $10 new and has a surprisingly deep grappling system, as well as two MMA modes).

It is very late, I'm using too many parentheses, and that's why I'm not saying more or bothering to log in.

Make some kids (2, Insightful)

mark99 (459508) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340396)

Games are not so important for adults. The biggest use for games is learning how to learn fast. Maybe you have that down now and your subconsiously just not as interested.

Go make and raise some kids and let them learn some games. That is a fun, rewarding, and quite complex game. All stages of it.

Re:Make some kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340516)

Make kids???

Re:Make some kids (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340526)

How about go adopt a kid instead? There's a world full of children that need good parents.

Quite frankly, I think it's irresponsible to have children of your own with so many that need the love, protection, and guidance that a good parent could provide.

Re:Make some kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340636)

My same sex husband and i have been trying to make kids for 24 years so far without luck. I think he might be barren. >.

Re:Make some kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340730)

HOW BABBY FORMBED?

Re:Make some kids (1)

thegarbz (1787294) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340772)

Yes but the judge may frown on you saving the game and then shooting all the computer controlled avatars.

We're maturing faster than the industry (1)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340400)

The games industry is trying to get us into skinner boxes to maximize profit, rather than providing quality entertainment: IT is getting old, not just us.

More of the same (1)

boticho (1750608) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340402)

This is like Hollywood movies - after some time you keep seeing the same situations over and over and over again. In games, most of the games use a formula in order to minimize risks. If people are paying, then game makers are delivering. What also happens is that most companies try to focus on multiplayer - something that I am not particularly interested.
Sometimes, games drag for too long. You just get bored in between. I see you GTA4.

Please, do not try to find new genres. Have you tried a new genre in cinema these days? Dogma movies? Bollywood? The latest new genre I know of in video games has been the plastic guitar video games. Ok - I should also count motion controlled gimnastic "games".

FYI there is something called the indie scene, where you can see something fresh from time to time. World of Goo, Super Meat Boy, 'Splosion Man are nice games, easy to get into. Sure, they may not last 40 hours to you (50% of the gamers do not see the ending credits these days), but at least you will have a laugh.

Let me get back to my WH40k miniatures.

Yes you have (4, Funny)

dirkdodgers (1642627) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340412)

It's time to accept that the nearest you'll come to the thrill of a head shot, is a riveting game of cribbage with the ladies.

I'd ask you to be my bridge partner but it sounds like your reaction times are really sub par.

Be thankful for the cribbage nights. In another ten years when it takes all you can muster to punch A4 on the bingo card, you'll look back fondly on these times.

Gamer for LIFE! (1)

Mars_999 (1391703) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340414)

I still game daily. I am 34 and will never quit gaming on the PC. If you think you are going to get some completely new gameplay each game you buy, you are going to be disappointed. All I can say is if you are burned out try a different genre or better yet try some indie games vs. AAA titles. The indies may have some fresh blood for you if you are bored. I hear Minecraft is cool.... And of the thousands of game that have been release I can bet, you haven't tried half of them.... So get to trying out some games you never played, who knows you maybe missing something great!

different type of game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340418)

There is a text game I have been playing for a few years now at http://www.medievia.com that is a totally different experience. This is the deepest game world ever attempted but just with text, and mixed with all chat all the time. You chat to your formation, clan, town, bloodline, and on other channels as well while you have any of a thousand different adventures. They are now just a few months from opening and hope to create a living world where every English speaking person on Earth can own a home, spaceship, or even a whole planet. Imagine a Google sized living breathing text world open forever for everyone, for free.

I have played many games over the last few years as I continue to play Medievia and have the same opinion you do. The games are all the same formula and leave you wondering why bother. This text game is free and is about the most amazing game I have found because it is so deep. I just recently started learning how to captain a war ship on the ocean and killing giant sea serpents. I hired deckhands and order them around the ship, it is awesome. This games shipping feature is a tiny part of a massively deep game but it in itself is amazing because what they pay attention to are game variables. Other games spend all of their attention on graphics, shadows, deeper draw distances, frames per second, and leave you with a game with very few actual dynamic game variables that affect your player or the adventure you happen to be in. I have adventured with friends in over a hundred Medievia zones and every adventure is different.

Check it out but have an open mind. The game is way deep and takes a while to really get into. They say the upcoming pets feature will make it as easy to learn as World of Warcraft. I really wish them well.

Me too but I don't blame the games. (1)

Jeeeb (1141117) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340430)

I bought a PS3 recently thinking it would be nice to try some gaming in my down time. Despite a few attempts to sit down and enjoy them, no game has really caught my attention. I don't think it's a problem with the game titles. I don't think I found any of the games boring.. There was just nothing that made me want to dedicate my attention to them.

I guess a certain percentage of gamers grow out of it. Probably there's also a certain percentage of non-gamers who grow into it as well. That's life and if you're not into games anymore then who cares? Save your money / spend it elsewhere. Reading, traveling, eating out, gym/sports/other exercise .etc. are all fun ways to spend your down time.

You aren't alone. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340434)

I'm in my mid thirties. Used to be a heavy game player - Doom, Duke 3D, Command and Conquer, Red Alert, Warcraft, most of the Sierra games. Now? I walk through Electronics Boutique, look at what's on the shelves, and shrug my shoulders. There's not much that grabs me; it's too much of the same thing.

What I do enjoy is getting together with colleagues over lunch for a round of golf on the Xbox 360 (Tiger Woods '10.) I also enjoy going back to some of the classics - the Thief series; Deus Ex (and, to a lesser extent, Invisible War.) I grabbed Cogs when it was on special on Steam, and had fun playing through the levels; still go back to it occasionally, although I've completed them all.

What I'm looking forward to? Deus Ex Revolutions, and Portal 2, are about it. I find that I'm preferring to go out and spend time with people over board games: Ticket to Ride; Pandemic; Race for the Galaxy; things like that. It gives me the strategy fix I crave, but also gives me human contact, which is what I think is mostly missing from the computer games, at least for me.

Everybody is different. You grow, you change, you learn. If you're no longer into games, it's not a problem - it's an opportunity to go out and find something else you enjoy doing.

Borderlands (2, Interesting)

SpryGuy (206254) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340462)

I really got into Borderlands... great base game, with three out of four great DLCs (the third one being the high point). Great game play, LOTS of replayability (I've been playing it non-stop for a year), and a wicked sense of humor. And multiplayer is a blast if you have any friends to play it with.

I also really liked the original Fallout 3. Fallout New Vegas isn't really grabbing me though.

Gaming Mojo (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340482)

"Have I Lost My Gaming Mojo?"

Hopefully. You're a fucking adult. It's time to grow the fuck up and try dealing with shit in the real world.

Glut of money (1)

Rix (54095) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340484)

There are more people playing games, and thus more money to be made. There's still about as many good game designers, so there are a lot of really crappy games out there. It's just harder to find the gems.

League of Legends (1)

bsdhacker (1324585) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340492)

League of Legends is quite a captivating game. Each game lasts usually around 30 minutes. There is a bit of a learning curve though. Once you get over that small hump, the game is a blast to play.

What you've missed (5, Interesting)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340494)

Are you finding it harder, as you get more mature, to find something you want to play?

I have no problem finding interesting games, but I do find it harder to put up with bad ones. The more frustrating thing is that a lot of the games coming to PC now are actually designed and tested for consoles, which results in (at best) stupid UI design, and (at worst) major instability.

Lately I've been finding competitive games to be more fun if it involves more than just personal skill, so I've been gravitating toward co-op multiplayer games. Here are two free games on Steam that are great:

  • Alien Swarm: simple to get into, but requires a lot of teamwork and planning skills to master. Everyone has their own role to play and there are usually many ways to tackle problems, so this game makes for some fun speed running.
  • Moonbase Alpha: a NASA-published game that has you fixing a broken moon base (surprise). It's very simple and has some glaring performance issues, but again with some strategy it can be quite fun to speed run in. Even so, it's a very slow game with little going on while you're actually executing your plan, so it's not for everyone.

I've also been going back to play Neverwinter Nights, which has so many good 3rd party modules that I could be kept busy for years. It has multiplayer too, if you can find friends to play it with.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed had a good story and fantastic gameplay -- the spiritual successor to Jedi Academy.

Dark Void was fun but really short. The jet pack works for some great gameplay and the story is decent. If you can get it cheap, I highly recommend it. Also probably the best video game score I've ever heard, done by Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary.

Prototype is like GTA meets God of War -- most games start your character off weak at 1 and get you to 10 when you're 80% through the game. Prototype starts you at 11 and somehow keeps getting better, so you never feel short of awesome. The only game to let you glide down to a street, snatch someone up, and run up the side of a building to eat them like some sort of zombie king kong.

Borderlands is fun if you like to mix in a little RPG with your FPS. Get four friends and go at it. Requires some discipline to ensure you don't level past each-other when you don't play together.

Re:What you've missed (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340672)

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed had a good story and fantastic gameplay -- the spiritual successor to Jedi Academy.

The Force Unleashed has about as much in common with Jedi Academy as it does Tie Fighter. TFU is much more similar to Devil May Cry and God of War.

Re:What you've missed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340756)

Neverwinter Nights? Bleh. Having played Baldur's Gate I & II I just couldn't get into it. All the fun of those games is the NPC's you can bring to your party, their interactions, quests, etc. Neverwinter Nights 2 on the other hand was pretty decent. It finally allowed you to have multiple party members where things happened.

I'm 31 (5, Interesting)

holophrastic (221104) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340498)

I certainly don't play games the way that I used to -- I own and operate two businesses -- but I've managed to find many games to keep me playing an average of 10 hours per week, and it's fun.

Truth is, I dropped all of the games that simulate real work. Big surprise, I have a full-time job. It's unfortunatel because I really used to like the Master of Orion series, and number three was fantastic. But running a galactic empire easily plays 40 hours per week, and has you thinking about it all the time, and that's no longer entertainment for me.

But there are way more genres now than ever before, and some have evolved quite nicely. So here's what I've done.

Used to love the old Sierra adventure games. Now, it's the new Tales of Monkey Island -- the 5 episode thing from last year. Plays the same, but modern story and modern humour.

Never liked racing games. I bought a sports car last year. Played GRID. Had lots of fun. So much fun, that I took my car to a track -- Watkins Glen. Turns out that real-life race tracks are 100% reproduced in today's racing games. Right down to the advertisements. Really quite something. Felt awesome in the real thing in part because of the game thing.

Left4Dead, 1&2, do a great job as playing like a sports team. It's tough to organize a game of football in the park. Easy to organize a game of shooting zombies in steam. The tactics and communication work the same way, so it's fun in that way.

I'm looking forward to the new DeusEx in February. I loved the story in the first one.

In the end, the truth is that there are just so many many games these days, there's plainly going to me a huge number that you won't like. But you can bet that an industry that big is going to have something for you. It's just that big of an industry, and it's dedicated to giving you a good time. But you'll have to spend some time searching. Really. And if you're looking at anything first-person, you're going to have to get used to the modern-day controls of whatever platform you choose. They're different than they were ten years ago -- in every way.

But yeah, if you want to enjoy playing games, and you put in some effort to find those games, you will like them. Remember, some games take over 70 million dollars to create. I promise they do it all for you. But if you don't want to, then it'll be an acquired taste that you'll never acquire.

These days, I'm trying to acquire a taste for Scotch. Don't look up the game, I mean the drink. I've mixed in with amaretto -- something that I simply cannot live without (nor spell consistently) -- and Scotch is still tough to drink. But I want to like it, and I'm on my way. Last you it was french onion soup. This year, it's-a-gonna-be-Scotch.

Re:I'm 31 (1)

retchdog (1319261) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340658)

Amaretto?! With scotch?!

If you haven't already, try diluting it with a little water, maybe 1:5 at first.

You can also "practice" on American bourbons and rye whiskeys which are cheaper and still have a lot of character to discover (not the ones in plastic bottles). This is not to say bourbons are a second-tier drink; Rowan's Creek for example is magnificent. There's no sense buying the good stuff if it's a challenge to drink, and especially not if you are mixing it with amaretto.

It's weird how hard it is to find a good French onion soup.

Re:I'm 31 (1)

LRayZor (872596) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340738)

Truth is, I dropped all of the games that simulate real work. Big surprise, I have a full-time job. It's unfortunately because I really used to like the Master of Orion series, and number three was fantastic.

Ah... what?! I'm sure that must be a mistake. You mean MoM 2 not 3. Three was one of the very worst games I've ever bought. It was diabolically bad.

Re:I'm 31 (1)

LRayZor (872596) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340742)

I meant MOO not MoM :)

We're going through the same thing (1)

cablepokerface (718716) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340502)

I know exactly what you mean. I have a pretty busy life, I'm a parent now, I have my sports, my full-time job and my night-school. Always stuff to do. When I'm relaxing it's more and more with my family but I'm also a gamer, who sometimes, when the wife and son are not around, turns on the 360 to have an uncomplicated, immersive gaming experience.

And that's when the trouble begins. As of late I have found myself increasingly less (is that english?) engaged by most mainstream games. I thought about what had happened and I discovered that over the years (while thinking I had a broad gaming interest) my gaming interest had shrunk in scope and size. I can't be bothered anymore to play anything I don't want to play or thurougly enjoy to play. I used to be less complicated.

I have to charish my gaming needs, because it can actually deminish. The way to do that is to make it feel like work. Recently I played L4D2 which should be my kind of game (Zombies, FPS) but it dissapointed me very. (just my opinion, not starting a discussion about a particular game here). After that, I did't play for weeks because I 'did't feel like it'. I assure you, that never used to happen.

My advise to you is, and this has worked well for me: cherry-pick. This seems obvious but it isn't. Cherry-pick the hell out of it. This can mean that you need to invest into several consoles and a PC. These are the games that sparked my gaming mojo lately: Mass Effect2 (360), BioShock2 (360/PS3), Drake's Fortune2 (PS3), StarCraft II (PC).

Basically what I am saying is that there are allot of gems. Don't be afraid to invest in a console to get them. That's one time expendature. Never play a game because it's the next big thing but inform yourself well through site like gamerankings.com. If it scores 90%+ there and it has 30+ reviews, you can almost bet it's a good game. I love that site.

Re:We're going through the same thing (1)

sludgeman1 (1947134) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340598)

I got Starcraft 2, played for about and hour and thought... its the same thing as SC with better graphic and some upgrades. Dropped. Mafia 2. Started playing it. the story sound interesting, but after 2 times trying to complete a mission (the trade gas coupons) i got bored. Uninstalled I was watching that movie Centurion and remembered I had Rome Total War (dropped after a couple of hours). I played it, then the expansion, now Im playing Medieval Total War 2. What hooked me in? I think is because a love history and the what if's... Napoleon TW is waiting for me now. BTW I tried Civilization V but my i had installation problems in my XP 2 Gb Ram PC, worked fine in my brother's Windows 7 4 Gb Ram. Im not upgrading my PC or OS just because of a game. A good story doesnt need good graphics, I still cherish Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind (better plot than Oblivion) and Gabriel Knight 2, god! even Larry Quest 1

Minecraft FTW! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340512)

As a nearly 40 year old gamer now - I hear ya' man.

However - a couple of days ago my totally non-backed up home desktop went down - and frantically I thought - I've lost years of pictures of my kids! - my very next thought - was - oh crap - I've lost my f-ing CASTLE!!!

The other 100 Gigs of half played - will get back to later - games - never even registered.

Thankfully I got everything back - but I'm not gonna put my Minecraft saved worlds in that kind of danger ever again!

This bothers you? (1)

istartedi (132515) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340542)

I stopped caring about games when the arcade graphics got "cartoony". I briefly regained interest with Quake, then went back into remission.

It was an addiction. It was probably unhealthy at times. I spend more time in the big blue room with the bright light now. I'm probably much better off.

Maturity? Embrace it.

older games? (1)

netjiro (632132) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340546)

Many older games are still extremely good, despite dated graphics and more difficult game play compared to modern creations. I suggest checking out adventuregamers.com if you like Grim Fandango, Syberia, etc: http://www.adventuregamers.com/reviews.php [adventuregamers.com] reviews -> all -> sort by ratings Most of the highly rated games are very nice indeed. Some can be difficult to find. Ebay/amaazon/etc may have some, gog.com or such may have others, or your friendly neighbourhood p2p archive probably have most of the rest. Telltale games and some other companies do create good modern adventure games as well. Playing together with others also makes it more fun. My wife and I usually play together, and old adventure games are our staple fare. Coop games can be good, but much more difficult to find. Some old RPG games like Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights are good coop, as well as some more modern arcade games like shadowgrounds and alien swarm. Then there are the MMOs and regular multiplayer, but we have not found any that we both like yet. The good immersive games are few and far between, but looking through forums and fan sites can help find the true gems, whether it is an adventure game that carries you to another world for days, a simulator or fps that is good for a couple of hours, or an arcade that leeches 15min of focus every now and then. List the stuff you really liked then start searching using some of them as search terms.

Lack of interesting storyline (1)

dawgs72 (1025358) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340554)

As I've gotten older I notice myself picking games more for the story than the multiplayer aspect as I once did. I used to love gathering friends around a console to play Goldeneye or any number of popular games, but now I've began to realize most of these blockbuster games have the same basic premise where I know the outcome and the only selling point is "buy this game because everyone else will so you can play online together."

I now pick games on how well the gameplay is used to tell the story. The most recent game I played and I'm now playing through again because of the story is Fallout 3. It seems to me I could play through as several different personas and have a different outcome for the story. The game doesn't require lightning fast reflexes to just survive as the enemies are mostly used to advance the story. It should probably be noted I play most games on the easiest difficulty, unless it's a complete cakewalk, because I want the story to unfold and not get stuck in a spot with 5 bullets, a wrench, and a pack of wolves.

Re:Lack of interesting storyline (1)

dawgs72 (1025358) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340580)

I would also like to add that a sense of humor in a game is great to break up the monotony of go here, get item, get points.

Why new games at all? (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340564)

The games I enjoy most have usually been out for years - the most gripping strategy games I've ever played are SMAC (or Civ), Settlers (II - IV) (when I want less complexity) AoE II. On the roleplaying and adventure side, very little beats rogue-likes for depth, except maybe the Exile/Avernum series and Myst games. The only space-fighting sim I've ever really liked is Escape Velocity.

Old console games? (1)

longtailedhermit (1544819) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340594)

Games seem more fun when you're supposed to be doing something else, like working. Even mine sweeper and solitaire were fun at work.

Other than that, if you want somnething good to play at home, try some classic console games: NES, SNES, .... Atari 2600 ..., Commodore, Amiga, Sega, etc. Emulators are OK, but they are more fun to play on the original hardware.

Danabnormal is an Asshole (0, Flamebait)

darknb (1193867) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340602)

This question is flat out insulting to gamers. First of all he doesn't even like very good games. Alice, Syberia, and Heavy Rain are terrible. Alice I will just link to a fantastic review here: http://www.oldmanmurray.com/longreviews/56.html
  Heavy Rain is about as much a game as those old interactive laser disc games... or Dragon's Lair. So I guess if you are looking for games find yourself an emulator for a Panasonic Laser Active, or pick up Dragon's Lair which is on a ton of different systems. Now all of these games also happen to have in common that their are 'Art Games'. So if you want to get into a bunch more of those you can check out Metacritic as they do fairly well there.

However, the best course of action, if you really have your heart set on playing more games is to start developing better taste. Much as one can acquire better taste in wine, books, movies, and music, one can also acquire better taste in videogames. Videogames can be roughly divided into two types: Action / Strategy. Western developers are much more adept Strategy and Japanese developers are more adept at action.

Japanese: Shmups (shoot-em-ups): Dodonpachi(vertical), Battle Garegga(vertical), R-type (horizontal)
Run-N-Guns: Metal Slug 1,2,X
Action: Ninja Gaiden, Bayonetta, Devil May Cry
Fighting: King of Fighters XI, Street Fighter 3 Third Strike, Blaze Blue

Western: FPS(first-person-shooter): Half-Life 2, Gears of War 2(3rd), Halo 3
RTS(real time strategy): Starcraft 2, Dawn of War 1
Strategy: Civilization IV, Panzar General 2
RPGS: Fallout 1,2, Diablo 2, Planescape: Torment

Best of all these are all either freely or cheaply obtained at this point in time. THESE ARE THE TRUE ARTISTIC HEIGHTS OF GAMING and im sure others could list HUNDREDS more.

Lego-Style? (1)

t0rb3n (1820822) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340610)

Ever tried Minecraft? Works fine for me ^^

No (1)

cognoscentus (1628459) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340624)

You've just graduated to the biggest, and most challenging game of all... 'Outside'. I burnt out my 'gaming mojo' at the tender age of 18, testing my own Tetris clone. Then I started university and discovered women, music, and clubbing. Never got very far with the first, and I don't do much of the last any more 16 years later, but I never got my mojo back - nor wanted it. So much more to life out there than games. Am I alone in this aversion amongst tech-heads? It feels like I'm surrounded by the geek stereotype where I work.

City Of Heroes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340640)

Been there, felt exactly the way you described.
And then I discovered City Of Heroes. Don't let visions of WoW scare you away from it, just because it too is a MMORPG. It is actually a lot of fun, with (generally) very friendly players.

Keyword: indie (4, Interesting)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340644)

Game studios have become corporations. Middle managers are the people who decide upon form of their games nowadays. They are run-of-the-mill, with little variation. Finding something new and refreshing from big studios is an exercise in futility. Just don't. Wait 5 years and nowadays' games that are fondly remembered then will be the ones worth playing.

Meanwhile, load up Steam Shop and click the "Indie" tab. Not all of these games are worthwhile. But about half of them is. That's where real innovation is nowadays. Where new brave concepts are explored. Sure about half of these concepts is failed. But still, considering the prices, you're better off financially buying 3 Indie games (and enjoying one) than buying one blockbuster (and finding it boring).

Look for games made in Russia. Some amazing artistic enterprises have been undertaken. Some extremely ambitious projects - very realistic flight simulators for example. Ignore flashy commercials for EA, Ubisoft, Activision. Go for the little-known stuff and you'll find where the good games are at.

Vot iss this "mojo" of vich u spik? (4, Interesting)

grikdog (697841) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340648)

I turned 66 last Saturday, and I'm still addicted to small games from years ago. Any Zelda older than Minish Cap was fine with me, especially OoT, and I went on a Castlevania tear for while. My favorite is still Star Ocean: Blue Sphere, which requires a modicum of Japanese and a GBC. I confess to playing the Professor Layton series more than once -- lost mojo is an advantage here, because I don't remember the solutions to some of the harder puzzles from two years ago and have to work them out again the hard way. I'm not a fan of most of the Final Fantasy franchise, but still replay 1, 2, 9 and 12. FF13 was an excrutiating disappointment, but in the last chapter there are only three bosses -- the first is easy, the second is either beyond my frayed reflexes or requires more levelling up (a colossal bore at this stage). My current game of choice is GTA Chinatown Wars, which is kind of a mini-mayhem doodle machine (you don't have to follow the main story line), and sort of fun if you rinse out your abused sense of morals once in a while. I don't know about "good" games -- seems a bit subjective to me. But I have no doubt one of the big franchises will uncork a great game again sometime soon. We seem to be living in a magical moment in the development of the Arts -- like Toulouse Lautrec, or Van Gogh, when the great souls are among us, unnoticed by the mainstream.

Re:Vot iss this "mojo" of vich u spik? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340720)

66 and playing FF? Dear god, man, I gave FF up as a waste of my valuable days left on this earth when I was 26 (and that was over a decade ago). Pick and choose... currently I am into maximizing plot and minimizing aimless wandering...

Non-Mainstream Games (1)

Imperpetual (1463609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340678)

From reading your question you seem to be in one of the same ruts that I was in previously with games. Personally I have found tons of great games on Steam lately from non-mainstream publishers. Also as I have gotten older it has become harder for me to appreciate mediocre games and instead I look for games that don't stick to the norms.

Some great examples that I can think of off the top of my head are as follows, and broken down by category:

Unless otherwise stated, these games are all available on Steam.

Strategy:
Braid
Machinarium
Worms Reloaded
Zen Bound 2

Adventure:
Darksiders
Lost Planet 1 and 2

Action:
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Comes out Feb 2011)
Beat Hazard
Brink
Killing Floor
Smashball (Free!)
Trine
VVVVVV
League of Legends (www.leagueoflegends.com)

RPG:
Torchight
Freedom Force
Dragon Age Origins
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2
The Witcher 2: Assassins and Kings
DeathSpark
The Ball
Shank

Misc:
Garry's Mod

I hope this list helps you find some games that you can enjoy. Most all of them are more of a casual style that way you don't have to sit down to play it all at once, though you may be inclined to.

Tap the main vein.... (1)

Dexter Herbivore (1322345) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340692)

Install yourself a copy of World of Warcrack and welcome to my opium den.

Maybe you should do it the right way... (1)

Janvitos (653634) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340700)

And wait for a title worthy of your tastes.

I'm 27 and share the same opinion.

Most of my friends enjoy every single title they play on Xbox, PC or PS3. Every single blockbuster game that comes out, they buy it. A war game ? They dig it. I almost believe at times that there's something wrong with me for not enjoying most of these games. After all, IGN, Gamespot and Metacritic all give these games 8+ scores.

Well, I've never been a believer and never will be. I'm the kind of person who likes to experiment and judge after.

You see, I think overall, speculation has done the same thing to the gaming industry that it did to the economy. An 8 for a game today is most probably closer to a 6. A 10 is probably an 8 and a 12 simply doesn't exist. Inflation, anyone ? My other thought on this is also the fact that if you give a game a high rating, most people will buy it. Even if they don't like it, they will most probably say it was good because after spending some $60+ on something, nobody really wants to be ashamed of their purchase and admit they flushed $60 down the toilet. This is pure marketing people.

Now, keeping aside the business side of things, I think great games are still cooking and emerging. I think the reason why we feel there are less great titles being made is simply because there are more crappy games coming out than ever. The real problem lies within production. Following our economy's simple rules, any game that is bound to success will eventually fail into mass production. This process immediately kills any possible technological or intellectual breaktrhough since all resources are focused on production. It's a simple rule of thumb.

So if you want my opinion, be patient and wait for a good title. I don't think there's any gamer mojo involved, we simply need to wait for some great idea to be programmed into a game.

Heck, why not do it ourselves ?

Civilization (1)

eXlin (1634545) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340704)

Try civilization (IV is prob better than V and you can buy that by 10€), or some another turn-based strategy game. Other game witch addicted me is minecraft. I would encourage you to give a try for either one of them or both.

Play old(er) games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340764)

That's what I do. There's almost nothing in the current game era that interests me but I don't really care since there's enough older material to keep me interested for longer than I'll probably find time for. If you're a graphics whore, it might be a problem though, but if you're not, then certainly go check some older stuff. There are classics in many genres.

Plants vs zombies (1)

dokebi (624663) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340778)

I really got hooked on plants vs zombies recently. It's fun and challenging, with excellent graphics and one of the best game music ever written. It's replayability is also very high. It's only $20, downloadable, with five activations. Excellent deal.

Recommendations (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340788)

Phoenix Wright (Nintendo DS Adventure)
Team Fortress 2 (PC FPS)
Mass Effect (Multi WRPG)

don't stick to just 0 day releases. (4, Interesting)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 3 years ago | (#34340790)

try some "old" games you haven't yet finished. the lifespan of a game decides how timeless it really is.

in terms of gameplay, the games haven't really gone much further at all in the past decade, and graphics on artistic/functional level have stayed the same as well.

vampire the masquerade: bloodlines, morrowind, deus ex, X(and sequels) and so on, many of them have texture packs and mods available to make it a bit more fresh and also you can play them at high resolutions with antialiasing, modern look with many game studios is to just blur everything with fake focal blur(makes everything look like a cheap sitcom and not a movie.. if you catch my drift). you could even try ascending in nethack.

of course, you could look into making your own and replaying some old and new games with that in mind, you might be amazed with how little original thought or actual content variety some games that ship on two dvd's have. I've been playing mass effect 1 and 2 lately, they suck in many, many aspects(gameplay is VERY repetitive, controls were made worse in 2 etc etc), it's a bit boring when you can guess beforehand where/when enemies will be spawned(just noticing that they're spawned in waves to make it easier on the engine sucks enough, also there's no adventure in m.e, despite having a galaxy to explore, but whats the fun when the galaxy is smaller than your hometown.. and what fun is flying a space ship when it's just a menu. gameplaywise some bbs door games had as much galaxy exploring).

Truly great games are rare... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34340810)

but there are plenty to keep you busy. My top faves are in no particular order

* SMAC (Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri). I never played any of the other Civ games, but this one hooked me. High re-playability, excellent plot, challenging. May be hard to find this days. I hear the newest Civ is also amazing, but haven't played it.
* Oblivion (as well as expansions). This game is truly deep and rich. Great voice acting, good plot, many concurrent plots, and a huge world to explore. If you have not played it, it is pretty cheap now, and highly recommended.
* Knights of the Old Republic. A great Star Wars based RPG based on D&D mechanics. Great story with sort of a "Choose your own adventure" progression. Also available cheap, also highly recommended.
* Pikmin. I purchased my GC solely to lay this game.
* Katamari Damacy. PS2. I didn't enjoy the sequels as much, but I seem to be in the minority. Ridiculous, Fun, especially with a group of people.
* Super Mario Sunshine. The very best Super Mario game to date IMO. Silly. Warm welcoming scenery. Challenging and fairly expansive.
* Minecraft is an interesting experiment. Definitely a way to spend a few hours. Also cheep.
* Lego Starwars. Surprisingly enjoyable.
* Exile II: Crystal Souls. A shareware game from the 80s. I did not particularly like the others in the series, but this one was magic.

or...

* Nethack. "You're really going to have to play it for a year or two and see for yourself.". Ridiculously complex, savage, brutal, nearly impossible, endlessly clever. It can be damn frustrating and exhilarating.

In truth, I tend to buy games after they have been out for a while. I also tend to look at Penny Arcade for suggestions; they tend to be brutally honest.

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