I don't know if I've just grown out of gaming or if I'm just on a temporary hiatus or what has happened but 2012 has been the year where I have put the least amount of time into gaming in quite a long long time.
Maybe it was just with everything else going on that I just kind of lost my desire to have fun and it started off as a self imposed exile from entertainment. I do not know the answer.
When playing games with others I still have a great time. I had a buddy visiting over the summer and in the 5 days he spent at my house I put in a TON of hours playing Gears of War 3 (finally beating the damned thing) and Borderlands 2 with him.
However, as soon as he left the gaming stopped.
Right now I basically only play when the ball and chain is visiting with her kid. I've got a subset of games that I know are age appropriate and we play some of those games together for an hour or so before and after dinner. When I am left to my own devices I have played less than 10 hours of games in the past few months.
I used to love gaming, I lived for it. I couldn't wait to get home so I could sink my teeth into the newest game that came out. Now I have a shelf (multiple shelves) full of all these games that I've played for less than a couple hours each (or are still sealed) and it's turned more into a collection than a hobby.
This year I have picked up some games when they became cheap and I've maybe only put one out of ten into my systems.
Something has to change.
I either need to find a way to recapture my passion for gaming or I just need to give it up and do something better with my money.
With that being said one of the things I wanted to do for 2013 is to beat one game per month. I know that this is going to be hard with my current work/social schedule but the reality is that I have to find time for what was (maybe still is) a passion of mine.
I have a large collection of Video Game Systems to go along with my Video Games themselves.
In fact, I have 2 of the last 3 systems to come out (only missing the Vita). My 3DS does not get used very much and I have yet to open my Xmas present - the Wii U.
I'm going to spend some time this week (hopefully) going through my collection of games and organizing them into games that I'm still interested in playing and games that I'm going to hide somewhere and just pretend that I currently don't have them. I figure with a smaller collection to look at it might not feel so daunting and like a chore to pick up and play.
There are only two games coming out early this year that I have already pre-ordered and both are because I absolutely love the series.
The first is Bioshock Infinite. The 1st Bioshock is one of my favorite games of all time and as such I'll continue to get the newest ones that come out because they have been great so far.
The second is God of War Omega (I think that's the title). The God of War series is probably my favorite gaming series out there right now and I have beaten every single title released (except the one released for mobile phones years ago that I just don't have access too). My eventual goal is to get the Platinum Trophy for every title as well. In December I started playing one of the PSP ports and just need to pick that up and continue my journey through it.
In fact, now that we are just a few months away from the newest in the series coming out I should go through and just re-beat all of the old ones in preparation.
I'm feeling a twinge of excitement. So, maybe tomorrow morning when I wake up I'll start on my journey and see if I still have that Gamer's Lust in me.