What It Means to Be Able to Game Again After 7 Years

Hasan Masoor shares his true story about being forced to give up gaming and his journey back to being a gamer again

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mastershredder50d ago

Give up what you love so you can love it even more later. It's a circle and when you have that feeling of accomplishment and 'earned' it is sooo much sweeter. ;)

william_cade50d ago

Great read. I can relate. I went from PS1 to PS4 without gaming and didn't start gaming again until a few years ago. Tabletop RPGs got me back into gaming. UC4 was the first video game I played after that insane hiatus and Bloodborne solidified my return.

LucasRuinedChildhood50d ago

Do you play a lot of remasters to catch up on what you missed from previous gens?

LucasRuinedChildhood50d ago (Edited 50d ago )

I can really relate to this. I have chronic tendonitis in my both of my hands (started in late 2010 and didn't get treated because my former GP misdiagnosed me) and I almost gave up on games this gen despite being a programmer.

The first time I held a PS4 controller was really depressing because my thumbs just can't tolerate the ridges but I have no problem with convex sticks. In 2017, I got some custom PS3-style thumbsticks for my PS4 controller that made the controller much more comfortable. I still had long periods of time where I couldn't really get invested in games though because the sticks were just a band-aid and didn't really address the underlying issue.

Through physiotherapy, a TENS machine, a heater and some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Advil), I can now play games on a semi-regular basis. haha. I have so many games to catch up on that it's hard to know what to play. I look at long games like The Witcher 3 and RDR2 and I think, "2 hours of games everyday is only 60 hours in a month. God help me."

pwnmaster300050d ago

Wow that’s Crazy dude. I’m really happy for you.
I would of been really bummed out if I was in your position.
I hope you continue to get better to do the thing you love man.

LucasRuinedChildhood50d ago (Edited 50d ago )

Thanks, man. Well, I was very bummed out about it! Things aren't perfect but they're a lot better. I generally keep vibration disabled on gamepads because it can be painful as well but sometimes you forget how much it adds to a game. Spiderman PS4 is a different game without that feedback.

Yui_Suzumiya50d ago

I skipped the PS2 era but caught up with it in 2007 before getting a PS3 in 2008. The rest is history.