Are video games just not fun anymore?

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I go through phases like this, but I've found that it's more about the type of games I'm playing. If I'm not in the mood for high-stress, I'm not going to be playing Ninja Gaiden NES or Doom II on Ultra-Violence.

And as others have said, a lot of games aren't really meant to be fun anymore. They're just meant to trigger that "I'll play one more round" impulse to keep you playing the same damn thing for hours/days/weeks on end. So if this is your problem, try playing something that has an actual start and end.
 

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Retroarch, the PS5's PS1 emulator, and Nintendo Online, and some of the recent retro game collections have rewind support. I've been playing through some of the games that were too hard as a kid now. Playing a hard game with no penalty for losing is actually a pretty relaxing experiance.
 

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I think I'm not old enough to think that, or maybe it's because for different reasons I haven't entered the world of shooters, games with thousands of micropayments and DLC, EA, and Triple A games from different companies, the truth is I play anything As long as it's fun for me, I choose my games well because I don't have enough money to buy another if I didn't like the one I bought before or for microtransactions and DLC, there are several hidden gems out there, if you search well you will have fun, if you only stay with the Triple A I think that's why you think that.

If companies continue like this I think Indie games will be the only ones that innovate and are good, but that's fine, maybe companies need to learn the hard way.

The only company I trusted was Nintendo, but he also took the wrong path, if there is another main game of Mario or his star sagas, I will play it because I know that I will have something good.

And I also like to take risks, so I hope to try the next Sonic game, those games can be pure gold or garbage.

If you read this completely I give you my respects.
 

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I think I'm not old enough to think that, or maybe it's because for different reasons I haven't entered the world of shooters, games with thousands of micropayments and DLC, EA, and Triple A games from different companies, the truth is I play anything As long as it's fun for me, I choose my games well because I don't have enough money to buy another if I didn't like the one I bought before or for microtransactions and DLC, there are several hidden gems out there, if you search well you will have fun, if you only stay with the Triple A I think that's why you think that.

If companies continue like this I think Indie games will be the only ones that innovate and are good, but that's fine, maybe companies need to learn the hard way.

The only company I trusted was Nintendo, but he also took the wrong path, if there is another main game of Mario or his star sagas, I will play it because I know that I will have something good.

And I also like to take risks, so I hope to try the next Sonic game, those games can be pure gold or garbage.

If you read this completely I give you my respects.
the DLC And digital only stuff will in the end fail as people will get sick of paying for nothing .. it will be like what happened in the 80 -game company's - Crashed and burned
 

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If companies continue like this I think Indie games will be the only ones that innovate and are good, but that's fine, maybe companies need to learn the hard way.
It's already at this point for me. 90% of the games I buy and enjoy are indie. Five years ago it was only 50% at most.

But I grew up on 8 and 16-bit consoles, so a lot more indie stuff suits my tastes. I honestly don't think younger gamers will ever shift away from the overhyped AAA extravaganzas since advertising works so well on brainlets, and that's most people.
 

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It's already at this point for me. 90% of the games I buy and enjoy are indie. Five years ago it was only 50% at most.

But I grew up on 8 and 16-bit consoles, so a lot more indie stuff suits my tastes. I honestly don't think younger gamers will ever shift away from the overhyped AAA extravaganzas since advertising works so well on brainlets, and that's most people.
The thing with indies is that they do try new stuff, it may lead to nothing, it may lead to great things like cuphead or undertale.

Corporations don't take the risk, they deliver more of the same that gave them revenue in the past. That's why we have 10 From Software games that plays the same, we have a zillion of uncharteds, ubisoft-catch-the-tower-and-revel-map thing, a bunch of NEW super mario bros games, a ton of Forzas and Gran Turismos.

When a short circuit happens on corporations, and they do mess with a established formula, masterpieces happen. Sony did that when they messed with God of War formula, Nintendo did that when they messed up with Zelda formula. But those are rare exceptions.
 
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I think video games have become to complicated
the tutorials is often like 1 hour or longer. Games were better in the 1994-2000
 

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pc woke crt and the march of the Anti West anti White is what is killing films tv games and of cause our home lands
It is not as prevalent in games though. Apparently there is a "non-binary" character in World of Warcraft and I noticed that about 50% of normal units in Wargroove (fantasy setting) have dark skin. But I can´t of many more examples.

I do not agree with the negative sentiment regarding games themselves (though I do have less patience for games in which I do not know where to go or what to do next), but which way the industry went as a whole (business models and mobile games, rejection of Wiimote)
 

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Video games just don't feel fun anymore, it just feels stressful and like an extra step for me. I don't really know, I don't play games besides basic mobile games like Jetpack Joyride etc, anyone else feel the same?
I have been playing video games since I was very young, and they haven't lost touch with me.
 

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I used to play video games a lot but now I have no time for this. When I want to pass the time or just distract myself a little, I play Wordle. This simple game helps to train the brain, who plays it too? I found a great website https://word-finder.com/words-that-start-with/m/ - you can look for hints there (it especially helps when can't find the right word for a long time).
 
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I spent about 2 hours trying to get into The Sims 4, and found it boring, it couldn't keep my attention, I hated it. Then I went to try The Sims 2, and ended up playing it for about 10 hours straight, stumbling away from my monitor after not realizing I'd played it for so long. I hadn't enjoyed a game like that in a very long time.

And I have no nostalgia for TS2, either--it wasn't a game I grew up with. This one was just made purely better than the new one. So, not to sound like a boomer, but maybe find something more retro to experience?
 

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As kids, everything is new and exciting. As we grow older, we've experienced more things and it's harder to get excited about something than it used to be. It's the same with anything, it loses a lot of its novelty when you have done it 100 times. It's just part of growing up.
It's a good thing we die then. Life would be the same old boring life if we lived for a thousand years.
 
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I spent about 2 hours trying to get into The Sims 4, and found it boring, it couldn't keep my attention, I hated it. Then I went to try The Sims 2, and ended up playing it for about 10 hours straight, stumbling away from my monitor after not realizing I'd played it for so long. I hadn't enjoyed a game like that in a very long time.

And I have no nostalgia for TS2, either--it wasn't a game I grew up with. This one was just made purely better than the new one. So, not to sound like a boomer, but maybe find something more retro to experience?
Eh, it's just playing games in general feels boring
 

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Video games are more fun than ever! You have so much more choice than before nowadays, so many releases and so many ways to play. You can do that pretty much everywhere with a smartphone. Back then you had to dive into a pile of shovelware to even find a good one to play, and most of them costed a lot of money too. Now you can find exactly what you want to play in seconds.
 
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Since I jailbroke my system, I've cared more for keep them updated with the latest releases and learning how to get the most of every single console than actually playing. I guess what I'm really into is challenging myself with difficult stuff.
 
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