It has been building for a while but today I bring it out into the open, I realise this is dangerously close to a "move it to the blogs" situation but I am more after general discussion than anything else. It has occurred to me that I no longer really play games. My 360 has not been powered in months, I have not purchased a game that was not a present since Christmas (none of which I have played), I put away the front room gamecube, my PC is still http://gbatemp.net/threads/new-pc-time.42858/ save with 4 gigs of ram, different DVD drives, new hard drives added on from dead systems and it is now a single R5450 graphics card I got about a year ago to drop the power bill a bit, my PSP plays audiobooks or reads books and even my DS went unpowered for months as I was too bone idle/unconcerned to solder a single wire to get a charger working (now I have I played about 2 hours of tetris and ignored it ever since). Time is not an issue and money is equally a non issue in all this, I have never had pirate's fatigue/syndrome or anything resembling it. However, despite being laughably or even contemptibly underdeveloped in almost all regards, I find the business, science (as in game theory and design), technology (as in 3d hardware, general systems architecture, programming and such), politics and culture of games to be fascinating, I still pull apart games of all stripes, I still hack loads of systems and follow the hacking world as it applies to games more than anything else. To remove all that would leave a gaping hole in my free time. I realise most of my news comes from this site (USN types the signal to noise ratio is amazingly good so keep it up), occasionally floating around youtube channels, if something pops up on more general/tech news sites and going to gamasutra if I am in need of a laugh (ramshackle ivory tower would be how I probably describe that place). There is a phrase in skateboarding circles that runs an old skateboarder never dies, they just open up a skate shop. There are similar things for many other fields and I think I may have found myself in the gaming equivalent.