I'm actually thinking about letting go of most if not all AAA gaming.
So there has been a ton of hardware news that I have actually been following, and while it still excites me as a technology geek, I just don't see any reason to build a new PC or buy a PS5 just for me. The last truly fantastic AAA game I played was the PS4 Spider Man, which I had to dumb down to the lowest difficulty to get through it. I enjoyed the heck out of it and I have about a half dozen games on my shelf that I have invested in that I just don't feel like getting around to. I find myself more interested in just playing some music in the evening and reading a bit...
Has anyone else kind of hit the middle age gaming burnout? I still enjoy casual games. I have a Pac Man and Galaga Arcade 1up Machine and I still enjoy fooling around on those a bit. I do occasionally fire up Street Fighter V on the PS4 but what I'm actually starting to wonder is if my life would be more fulfilling if I just let it go, treat it as sort of a past identity.
It's a crazy thing we do, we all have our "backlogs of shame" and they kind of nag at you, like man, I bought that, I should like really play it... And it's not just that you lack the time, you just mentally have kind of gotten to the point where expelling the extra grey matter to play a complex 3D game just isn't that appealing anymore.
It's a weird thing, I almost want to go to gamestop, drop off all the crap I don't play anymore, get a gift card, give it to my kid who still plays a tiny bit, sell my gaming PC, buy a friggin mac or something and just let it go. It's so hard to do though. Like, it feels like a huge commitment to just say, okay, this is me now, accept it. That cool game is coming out, it looks amazing, but honestly, I'm not going to play it, why hold onto it any further.