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Analysis Paralysis and Gaming Burnout as an Adult

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Not sure if anyone else is in the same boat as me but recently I've found myself not gaming as much as I used to. I've been gaming since I was a kid and I'm 26 now. Now, I still play everyday, but for way less time than usual. I can usually play games for a while when I play with friends. But when I find myself solo, I find it hard to start a game and play it for hours like in the past.

One of the contributing factors, that I've observed, is the situation of "analysis paralysis". If you've been gaming for a long time, it's inevitable that your game library has kept growing and getting bigger. Eventually, you end up having so many options on which game to sink your time into that you can never really decide. Even if I pick a game to play, I find myself hesitating during the loading screen asking myself "do I really wanna be playing this? Or is there another game I could be playing right now that would be more fun/rewarding?"

I remember when my current gaming PC shat out on me not too long ago and I had to resort to using a crappy laptop in the meantime for about 2 weeks. That crappy laptop limited my gaming library to just a few games. League of Legends, Minecraft, etc. The games you don't really need a good computer to run. During this time I could NOT STOP playing LoL and Minecraft. Everytime I got home from work, I was logging on to either game and just going at it until I had to go to bed. I didn't have a choice of playing other games like Gears 5, Modern Warfare, GTA 5, Battlefield, etc. This gave me a clear cut vision of what to play.

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Fast forward to when my PC is fixed. I redownloaded all the games I used to have on Steam, Epic Games launcher, Origin, battlenet, etc. Those days where I would queue into League all day were gone. As I stare and scroll through all the games I have, deciding what to play, I end up just not playing anything and resorting to watching YouTube. Then I get bored of Youtube and try to find something to play and now I'm stuck in the same loop. Rinse repeat. Say I decided to launch Minecraft. It's only a matter of time that I realize that my next vision is gonna take me a while to make, and so I only end up playing for 10 mins and then exiting.

Another reason that I think I'm getting burnt out on gaming is the responsibility of being an adult. Many times we turn to gaming as an escape from the real world and it ends up doing a great job at that. But in situations like these where I can’t even begin to immerse myself in a game, it doesn’t. There’s a difference between avoiding responsibilities and having fun, and trying to avoid responsibilities without having fun. Just an unproductive loophole until I realize that I’ve just been indecisive on what to play and watching YouTube all day. I find that this time isn't such a waste if I did something productive during the day, which is most cases, I do end up wasting the day.

So how do we go about solving this problem? Well, one thing is to not have so many games!!! Haha but I would like to see what you guys come with. What have you guys done to help yourself with burnout solo gaming?

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