Lately I have noticed that my desire to play video games has fallen to about nil. I don’t know why I don’t want to play anymore, I just seem to find other things to do when once I could not turn on the console fast enough. I end up reading rather than playing games when I have some free time. I am starting to think that the games themselves don’t appeal to me anymore. I spent days playing games like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Metroid. I would think about playing at school and I would spend hours acquiring the muscle memory needed to beat the old 8-bit games. I loved every repetitive minute of it.
The games today look better, sound better, and have better stories but I find that I am not as engaged as I was as a kid. Not only am I not as engaged, but generally I find the games to be easy. Nothing I have played in 20 years has compared to the challenge of Mega Man.
I suspect age plays a part here as well as time available to play. The games from the 80s often required you to play for hours on end because there was no such thing as a “save”. I think maybe just the time involved with playing the games burned them into my memory in a way that games I play today have not.
I don’t have much to say about it really. I just find it interesting. Things change. Some of those changes surprise me.