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I’m having problems dedicating to new games, even when I enjoy them.

Hello all. I stumbled upon this sub while looking for input on my issue, and this seems like a good place to ask it. I checked the retired topics, but none of them seem to match my issue.

I'm not tired of games. Far from it, I still actively seek them out. My problem seems to be that I have a huge problem dedicating to any new game I play. This isn't to say I don't enjoy them, as that makes it far easier to simply ditch it. What makes it infuriating is that I really like some of these games I try. But every time I attempt to delve into it, through random circumstances, I find myself sucked back out of it and playing the same small cluster of games I know too well. I can clearly see burnout is on the horizon for this tiny group of games that I've played to death, but I can't seem to get away from them.

For example, I've attempted to get into Deus Ex twice now. Both times I had to force myself to boot it up and really play, absolutely loved it, got obsessed for a few days, and then I miss maybe one day of playing it and suddenly I'm sucked back into hourdumps like Warframe, Team Fortress 2, Dark Souls, etc. I have over 40 hours in Deus Ex and I've never even gotten past the halfway point after quitting, coming back and restarting because I forgot the story. The closest I ever got to escaping this vicious cycle was Halo: Reach, but that also got killed due to the crippling audio issue that is just downright painful to try and play with.

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I enjoy these new games, love them even, but every time I try and dedicate to them I just get vacuumed back into my old "familiar" games. These are also the games my closest friends play, including my best friend of 8 years, and I can't just instantly cut them out of my life or I lose a critical link to playing with them. I'm truly stumped. I genuinely want to play, but just can't seem to.

I also suspect I may have some pretty intense game addiction, and I worry that if I try to "clean the slate" by just not playing anything for a while that I may end up a mess IRL. I'm aware that I'll have to deal with that beast someday, but I'd rather it not be now when I already have a lot of more pressing and more important things going on in my life.

Does anyone have any ideas? I really want to get out of this depressing slump.


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