As I write this there are at least one hundred games at my reach. Whether it's my Xbox 360, Xbox One, or the massive number of Steam games on my computer, I have access to just about any kind of game that one could possibly want to play. Yet I have no desire to play them. I can put any game in and enjoy it for several minutes but I quickly become bored and want to do something else. Even times that I'm feeling nostalgic and want to go play a quick online game of Halo, I can barely make it through a match without wanting to quit.
It's odd though, I don't consider gaming to be a productive hobby anymore yet replace that with reading a book and I suddenly see it as having merit. For me, reading a book for four hours is more psychologically satisfying that playing a video game yet, what is their main difference? Both are forms of entertainment meant to invoke an emotional response. So why do I consider one to be a higher form of art than the other? I think that it's mostly due to age. Video games are looked down upon in society as being a youth-driven hobby and thus a time waster. Books on the other hand are for those wanting to put their imagination to the test and become more knowledgeable. But wait, can't each train of thought be applied to either?
Now this is not an entry stating the end of my relationship with video games. Not the case. I still quite enjoy them and when a good one comes along, I can lose hours in it. Any form of entertainment can be viewed as art and I'm more than willing to sit down and appreciate an artists hard work. But I also recognize that I am a grown man and maybe moreso than getting all of the achievements in Watch Dogs, I need to find a job that allows me to pay for a hefty mortgage, vacations, a nice car, and children. Priorities change, but that doesn't mean I need to entirely drop any form of my previous self. He liked video games as a stress reliever, so why can't I as well? Sometimes it's nice to go back and revisit.
Just remember that getting headshots may not be as easy now.
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