Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games is exploring the concept of walking away from video games.
I'm 27 and I've never been more excited about video games. I'm not obsessed with gaming though, I find my time to play games the same way I find time to work out, spend time with the wife and all the other activities, so even though I couldn't "walk away", I don't feel like I'm a "slave to the industry". You can still try to make the world a better place while playing games by yourself or owning n00bs on TLOU, lol. The person who wrote this article seems to have forgotten to take his depression pills, for him it's either black or white it seems.
You wouldn't be hostile and overly aggressive/defensive to exploring the concept would you? How many gamers instantly attack anything they don't like while claiming they are tolerant of diversity? Excellent response down there. :)
It depends on WHY you're trying to get people to explore the possibility. Some people try to get others to stop, because it's "immature" (which is an ironically immature thought). Playing games is a hobby, no different than watching movies, or reading books.
Was I hostile and overly aggressive? There are always fanboys who will defend their console (me included) but there are different types of fanboys too, you have the ones who can talk facts, and you have the idiotic ones who say "mine is bigger and better just because I say so". But guess what, that doesn't happen in video games only, it happens in sports, politics, at work, everywhere
I'm giving serious thought to (mostly) walking away from the industry. There just aren't many games that suit my interests, anymore. That doesn't mean I'll stop playing games. It just means I'll mostly be a retro gamer, that pops his head up every year or two, to play a new game.
@kalkano Two reasons - 1. Mental exercise. Something people do to explore a variety of different facets of life. It helps stretch the mind, and open up possibilities and concepts you would have previously never thought of. 2. Someone asked me this question: "What is your exit strategy?" My honest answer was uhhhhhhhhhhh. At that moment I realized I had never thought about it. Which made me wonder how many of my fellow gamers had. As far as maturity goes, I am not judging my fellow gamers. Their responses speak for themselves. :)
Why would you need an exit strategy for a hobby? It's not like you're occupying a foreign country or in a business where you may at some point have to decide to leave an area of revenue to focus on other parts of the business. If people become bored, or just don't find enjoyment from playing games anymore, they can simply stop playing, and their lives will likely continue. That's what happened to me with World of Warcraft. Just stopped playing one day. Life went on. Everyone is different, and everyone will handle the eventuality one day just like they do in all those other facets of life that you mention. I feel if people need to plan for every possible scenario in their life then life would be rather boring. Especially if it's planning around something as mundane as whether to play video games or not.
I agree with rainslacker. Why is an exit strategy necessary? I plan to play games until the day I die. Is there something wrong with that?
I can respect your decision completely. I get that being entrenched in the industry can lead to a great amount of burn out. (as with any JOB) It's hard for gamers that do this for a hobby to actually believe that some day they might actually get tired of it. I personally take frequent breaks from gaming (my backlog can prove this). As for your "exit strategy", I can understand what you are talking about in terms of setting up a life after this life you have been living. Kudos and enjoy your life...wherever it may lead you.
This is such an absurd concept. No one ever says "I'm walking away from watching movies" or "I'm walking away from listening music". This goes back to the belief that video games are for kids and are not art. Stupid idea, bad idea, no. Just no.
The Amish come to mind. :)
Yea but the Amish never had it to begin with. Electricity neither.
I guess you my friend are like me, you can watch tv for hours and nothing, but play some video games and all of the sudden you do it all the time and it's bad for you, lol
You can listen to music while you do other things. And people do say they are walking away from television. I haven't been a television watcher in a while now. Its just boring. I have gotten rid of my cable. I do have Netflix and watch it when I'm in the mood for something.
I've been bored for years. The only series that caught my attention this gen was Mass Effect. I haven't even finished 3 even though I put hundreds of hours in both part 1 and 2. My personal opinion is that the internet is sucking the fun out of gaming. During the ps2 and Xbox era I played so many great games. I had both magazines that came with demo discs. I bought so many games based off of the demos and not trolls on online forums (they weren't that popular back then). You could just enjoy gaming and think for yourself. You didn't have to come online and defend your purchases to anyone. You didn't have to come online and correct someones misconception about a product. You didn't have to come online and read blog after blog after blog as if it's actual journalism. You didn't have to go on forums and read idiots replying with idiotic statements. It's gotten sad. Look at COD. So f'n what they haven't upgraded their engine, apparently people are having a blast with the games. That is why they continue to sell. What's wrong with having fun? I know you dont have to go on the internet, it's a choice, but when that choice is the major factor in how you get information now you kind of have no choice. You are influenced by everything you read, hear, see. IMHO there is no fun, especially in console gaming, anymore. No game shown thus far, with the exception of maybe MAYBE The Division, has peeked my interest. Knack looks good. I might wait on my new console purchases and just buy games cheap for my ps3 and 360. I will forever keep playing on Steam so that isn't even up for discussion.
With the way the industry is going, I pretty much said after I buy the Wii U I'm done with video games. It's getting too mundane for my liking with its rabid obsession over "realism."
N4G is a community of gamers posting and discussing the latest game news. It’s part of NewsBoiler, a network of social news sites covering today’s pop culture.