It happens to all of us. Sometimes you just don’t feel like taking part in your favorite hobby. Your heart tells you to sit down behind your console or PC to play some video games, but your brain says that you just don’t feel like it right now.
What are you to do? Turns out, you don’t need to sit around and sulk. You can actually fight off gaming fatigue and find your love for video games again. After all, your passion never really left, it just took a small break!
1. Get Outside Your Genre Comfort Zone
If you’re the type of gamer who enjoys playing a specific genre, you might not be experiencing fatigue from video games in general, but rather, you might just be getting tired of playing the same type of game.
If you’re a fan of shooters, try popping in a slower-paced JRPG. If you only play sports games, maybe it’s time to try a platform game. There are tons of different types of video games out there, and expanding your genre options can open up a whole new world.
2. Return to an Old Favorite
Going in the exact opposite direction is coming back to a game you know and love. Think of it as a comfort game. Sometimes, returning to a classic game that you love can spark the memories that got you into video games in the first place. You might only need to play the older game for a couple of hours to rekindle your passion!
Whether it’s the time you spent with a friend or family member playing the game, or just the feeling of a simpler time in your life, sitting down with an experience that’s already comfortable could be the solution to gaming fatigue that you’ve been looking for.
3. Watch Other People Play
I don’t know about you, but whenever I sit down to watch someone play a game on Twitch, I find myself wanting to shut the stream off and play the game myself after a few minutes. Taking in all the fun moments they’re having makes me wish I was enjoying them myself.
If there’s a particular game you want to get into, but you’re finding it hard, just jump on Twitch, Mixer, YouTube, or wherever you watch streams and find someone who entertains you. In the best-case scenario, you’ll rekindle your passion to play by wishing you were having the same experiences as them. In the worst-case scenario, you’ll enjoy watching them play. It’s a win-win!
4. Read Interesting Gaming-Related Articles
Sometimes, you need to think about video games differently. Approaching them with the same perspective as you always do can help create more fatigue. One of the best ways to refresh your gaming brain is by reading interesting content about the world of video games.
There are plenty of places to find deep articles and essays about video games. If you’re not sure, here are just a few places you can check:
Obviously, some of the content on those sites will just be your standard news and reviews, but there’s plenty of deeper content on each of those websites. Give them a read, and see if looking at video games from a different angle helps you find your passion again!
5. Try a New Hobby
So you’ve tried all of the video game-related tips above, and you still can’t find the love of video games? Well, it might be time to try out a new hobby and see if you can find your passion there. Now, I’m not saying to give up on gaming altogether. Instead, I’m just advising you to take a break and try something new.
Your new hobby could even be related to games. You can try pen-and-paper RPGs, board games, or even LARPing. These hobbies will expand your comfort zone while still sticking with something that’s fairly familiar.
Of course, you can also get crazy and do something that’s nothing like a video game. You can go hiking, take up climbing, sign up for a team sport, or even just sit down and read some books.
The point is, there’s plenty of rewarding things to do that doesn’t involve video games, and they can be just as rewarding. And when it’s time to come back to video games again, the break might just renew your passion. And in the meantime, you might just find a new hobby that brings you just as much joy as video games!