Gaming Depression

>Turning 30 soon, getting married soon, starting my master's, getting back to the gym
>Get really nostalgic, watched some old movies and fired up some old video games
>Damn, the first Ninja Turtles movie was pretty good after all these years. Batman Returns was great as well. Huh, some of the old LJN games on the NES were not as bad as I recall.
>Check out some retro youtubers I was into in my teens... Holy shit the depression kicks in.
>AVGN is now a husk of a man fixated on nostalgia, PBC productions is no more, Doug Walker is oddly bullet proof but in a haze of denial, Brad Jones is still based, Classic Game Room Mark is still based telling his fans to fuck off and make cryptic videos.
>Brother got a switch, we play, depression hits. Realize we wasted our youth on amusement. I had some good memories but I know I can't go back.

Video games are essentially numbing and a fun time killer, I am growing tired of nostalgia and know it's time to move on. Has anyone felt this way? What exactly am I going through right now?

  1. 4 weeks ago

    >What exactly am I going through right now?
    You are finally becoming an adult (at fucking 30 LMAO).
    Video games (specially pre-n64 games) are just virtual toys, and just like real toys they become meaningless once you age.

    • 4 weeks ago

      >and just like real toys they become meaningless once you age.
      Oh jesus christ, whatever. They have exactly the same meaning regardless of your age

      >we wasted our youth on amusement
      What else is youth meant to be spent on?

      >What else is youth meant to be spent on?
      Getting fit, working on yourself, becoming a high value child, etc..

      • 4 weeks ago

        >becoming a high value child
        this fucking dude lol lmao
        high value to who? the teachers?

        • 4 weeks ago

          >high value to who? the teachers?
          To yourself, duh. Just like high value men don't try to get fit and wealthy to attract women, they do it for themselves, right?

          But yeah I'm just making fun of the retards who talk that way. No one spends every second of every day trying to "improve themselves," and time spent on entertainment is no more of a waste than anything else

    • 4 weeks ago

      >pre-n64 games
      >Implying Earthbund, Snatcher or Shadow Shadowrun are meaningless toys


    • 4 weeks ago

      I loved every moment of playing vidya, watching movies and listening to music from the era of CDs, and will be loving it for my entire life. You have no idea how much I would hate being around normies and having normalfag hobbies instead. I'd MUCH, MUCH rather talk vidya with my buddies than fucking groceries, and who fucked who. Because one has value and good memories associated with it, the other doesn't. You just don't realize how much you're missing.

      Your car is a toy, boomer gay.

  2. 4 weeks ago

    Consider yourself enlightened, brother.

    We live in a very interesting time where we are absolutely fucking *inundated* with distraction. I cannot stress enough the amount of useless bullshit we can fixate ourselves upon in this day and age. From the torrent of video games that gets released daily on Steam, to Twitch streaming, more "content" gets spun up every minute -- more than we could possibly consume. The enlightened individual would realize this, and knows he should orient himself for maximum fulfillment, rather than entertainment.

    That is something a lot of people in this generation are going to fuck up with -- confusing being entertained with being fulfilled. There is going to be an unprecedented amount of people with little to no hobbies or skills all because they never understood the value of delayed gratification and instead whiled away their time conversing with their waifus in their thousandth hour on Genshin Impact. People are going to get consumed by their consumption.

    Sorry for the schizo rant. Just something I've head on my mind for a while and this was tangentially related.

    • 4 weeks ago

      very insightful, thanks for sharing.

    • 4 weeks ago

      You should rant more, this is good. I agree very much.

  3. 4 weeks ago

    >we wasted our youth on amusement
    What else is youth meant to be spent on?

    • 4 weeks ago

      Making friends, having experiences, learning new things mainly. Soaking up as much of the world as you can, so you can make well informed choices about your future and guide yourself where you want to go with the help of those around you.

      Is what I would say in a perfect world.

      Videogaming away your formative years from 90-2007 was different from videogaming away your formative years now.

      Videogames have become more socially accepted in some aspects but also more predatory. It's a whole different world to navigate now than it was.

      I could sit and play harvest moon 64 in my basement alone as a child for weeks and be happy. Maybe a friend or two would come over and join, we'd start a farm and have that memory.

      Now it's like "bro get on overwatch/valorant/apex/fortnite and bring your best skin!" discord vc all night. Maybe some DnD.

      There are no places to go but corporate hellholes like starbucks to hang out. When was the last time you've seen a bowling alley? Or any recreational place that wasn't catered toward taking instagram pics?

      There's hardly anywhere for kids to loiter except online or on campus.

      Of course there's sports and hobbies you could gather for. Paintball in a field or something.

      I don't know man maybe I'm just old.

      • 4 weeks ago

        Fellow oldfag here, and I agree. Discord VC isn't the same as bringing over a friend to chill out and play games. Not saying that doesn't happen anymore, but I wouldn't be surprised that it happens far less now given the comforts of Discord VC over the real thing (being able to log off whenever you want, mute, etc).

  4. 4 weeks ago

    >youtubers a source of nostalgia
    you aren't old enough to be nostalgic

  5. 4 weeks ago

    >retro youtubers
    and there's your first problem. why are you watching grown men talk about mario and gameboys dude? that's fucking gay no matter what way you slice it. stop that. more importantly, you wouldn't be feeling this way if you had more responsibilities in life. i never think "maaan i spend too much time playing games, what happened to my wasted youth?", because i became a father at 22 and spent my 20s raising children -- i fucking relish those few hours at the end of the night where i get to sit down and not deal with life's stresses. most importantly though, some games are for kids, some games are for adults. if you're sitting around playing sonic and carnival games, yeah, you're probably a fat depressed gay. at the same time, there's nothing wrong with playing adult-oriented stuff. i suggest enemy territory quake wars or starcraft. in a nutshell, get a life and stop playing nintendo shit.

    • 4 weeks ago

      Because getting kids @~20 automatically makes you an epic human, ye dumb fag.

    • 4 weeks ago

      >because i became a father at 22 and spent my 20s raising children
      Lol dumbass, you could've enjoyed life instead

  6. 4 weeks ago

    I do not regret a second of the time I spent playing video games (except Valheim.) It’s just a modern form of art that surpasses all the old forms…

  7. 4 weeks ago

    You are just getting red-pilled, people need games in their life, look at sports and puzzles. For centuries, people needed games to regain enchantment in their lives. You can learn a lot about someone by playing Risk with them. Video games are a novelty, but so is gambling and darts to an extent. Yet unlike most art forms or athletics, video games are tethered to a web of capitalism, just look at the minor technological leap from the PS4 to PS5. Do I regret playing Street Fighter 2 for hours as a kid? No, those were good memories. But those were memories, I still love Street Fighter, but I refuse to buy any games that require micro-transactions. Video games are a distraction from reality, but if you never let nostalgia or Nintendo own you, you're free. Play Donkey Kong until that screen says "game over" then stop. Keep the games around for guests or family moments, but don't invest money into them. It's a time killer and nothing less.

    • 4 weeks ago

      >Yet unlike most art forms or athletics, video games are tethered to a web of capitalism
      >unlike most art forms or athletics
      >tethered to a web of capitalism
      Ahahahahahaha. WHAT?! You think art and athletics aren't affected by capitalism? ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?!

      >but I refuse to buy any games that require micro-transactions
      There's games that require micro-transactions?

      >Play Donkey Kong until that screen says "game over" then stop
      How about no? How about I play until I beat it?

      >Keep the games around for guests or family moments, but don't invest money into them
      How the fuck do you acquire them if you don't invest money into them?

      • 4 weeks ago

        Aspergers syndrome

  8. 4 weeks ago

    Gaming just isn't that rewarding to you anymore. You know that compared to going to the gym or working on a master's degree, that gaming is not a worthwhile investment. Sure, it might be rewarding, but compared to the other rewarding things in your life, it is relatively less. When you were a kid it was THE rewarding activity. You have nostalgia for the time in your life when your life was simpler and you could enjoy that sime pleasure. You still can enjoy it, but not without knowing you could be doing something more rewarding, which takes you out of the present enjoyment. You can either pursue the rewarding activities OR pursue a more simple life that allows you to enjoy simple pleasures regardless of optimizing reward. I hope that made sense.

  9. 4 weeks ago

    40 yo and still playing. Nostalgia gaming has diminishing returns, dont collect old consoles and physical copies. Wife and I play Elden Ring together, we turned entertainment into bonding.
    Utilize your time better.

  10. 4 weeks ago

    Problem :
    Failure to have values you can work towards
    Have values and work towards them

  11. 4 weeks ago

    I felt that way for a while in the last year but most of it came from the realization that I could be doing something else instead. Playing video games is okay, in fact I like it a lot more than I did in the past year, but I also don't burn myself on one type of game or series like I was before. I also have other things going on now. If that is how you want to relax, then you should go for it.
    Also video games are great to play with other people. Not just watching along, but actually playing multiplayer games. Some of the best multiplayer games unfortunately in this day and age are online multiplayer games that don't even support LAN, but you can still play a ton of games that were released that have good couch co-op or general multiplayer.
    Of course I am also not going to sit here and tell you that you should continue despite being burnt out- it is perfectly normal after 20 years or so to get burned out of a hobby and there are a bunch of other things that you can be doing. In that aforementioned year, I found this site that helped me:
    When you are a gamer your entire life, you can't fathom the idea that there are other things to do other than playing games- but there's an entire world out there. Last thing to keep in mind: you enjoyed the time you spent, so you didn't waste any of it. If you are 30, you still have plenty of time to learn something new. People that say that the brain stops developing after 24 don't realize that this is development, not function. The human brain is supposed to learn and make new connections, that's function and not development.

  12. 4 weeks ago

    see you never played games that imporved your mind. I ++ my IQ and learning from games

    >would be a gentleman Mac SE 30 era, taught how devious people were and how the face value of money or a share or instrument of value is delinked to the actual value of the assets and the exchange value (this helped me have a frame work to understand the fiat vs BTC paradigm decades in advance)

    >net hack, how to plan and think also L is scary

    >arcades, muscle menpry reflexes, eg shumps and perserverance 1 credit heavy barrel and shinobi are quests I am proud of to this day

    >quake III areana sheer bliss

    >starcraft strat plus story was based

    >axis an allies board game based

    >solo whist cards - strat

    and so on

    almost all the games I played offered me massive benefits that let help me every day

  13. 4 weeks ago

    sounds like you're a 30 y/o child that still wants to play around. condolences to your future wife, it's gona be a bitch and half just being around you.

  14. 4 weeks ago

    I cured myself of mindlessly gaming by learning a single game and that's all I've allowed myself to play. I've been practicing Tetris for two years now. Haven't played anything else.

  15. 4 weeks ago

    JRPGs, mostly Final fantasy, taught me the joy of grinding mindlessly to achieve anything. God I spent over 500 hours maxing the money on FFXII good shit.

  16. 4 weeks ago

    You can solve this one of two ways.

    >Get rid of all your memorabillia, preferably by passing it to either your children or some good hands you know will appreciate it. Even if it's other nostalgiafags. Keep only 1-2 small items with the most sentimental value around.

    This will help you make room for more important stuff and memories in your life. The games are still there on $latestnintendoconsole and you have money to pay for them now. If you don't, just emulate.

    >Stay stuck in the nostalgia bubble, getting emotionally wrecked every time you hear a single note from a vidya song or see some hard hitting vidya art depicting your favorite chars in some stylized situation that happened in the game.

    This keeps you a manchild for the rest of your life. Always reliving the glory days, never moving on and eternally within the bubble of the 90s.

    Exploited by nostalgia re-releases at full price of your favorite games.

    Attached to youtubers and communites who can't (or won't) let go and eventually watching those personalities of your youth turn into sad cries for help clawing at content.

    So what'll it be? Make some new memories, play some new games and appreciate the changes of it all with your brother? Live a more fulfilling life going forward?

    Or fall into the nostalgia abyss which has been weaponized to pull cash out of your wallet repeatedly every 5 years. Time for your next contribution with the latest console release!

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