Published on August 4th, 2016 | by Scot Mackay


Can’t Stop the Funk

As all of you lovely readers can imagine, the guys and gals here at HGR are big lovers of videogames of all sorts.  We play as many as we can in the few short hours we get free from our hectic lives and talk about them any chance that we get with fellow nerd/geeks/norms and pretty much live our lives online one Tweet at a time.

But what happens when we hit a funk?

What happens, when we sit down to our console, turn it on and simply cannot find the will to go any further?

I have been hit by such a funk over the past week and it’s been driving me crazy.  Like an American looking for a McDonalds or Miley Cyrus looking for attention, I have found myself alone and without my lifeline.  You see, as I have said many times before, my life is a mix of a production line of nappies, work, commuting and more even nappies, so gaming has always been my escape.  This escape is what keeps me (pretty much) sane and able to cope with the stresses of daily life.  It’s my tap out, my ‘phone a friend’, my methadone.

For the past week I have sat and stared at the games loaded onto my Xbox One.  I have approximately 150 different titles ready to go ranging from 10min arcade games too full blown 200hrs+ open world extravaganzas.  So why, when I look at all these incredible titles, do I feel nothing?  Not a twitch of excitement, not a flurry of joy, not even a cloud of sadness.  Have I become desensitised to the virtual experience? Have I burnt out? …or have I simply just played far too much and need to give it a break.

If my diet is anything to go by, giving things up is not in my nature.  I have that addictive personality that needs to be appeased and like any addict, the next ‘hit’ has to be bigger, stronger and more euphoric.  Each time I revisit a game, as amazing as that title may be, the initial buzz has come, gone and left me feeling a bit empty.

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Looking at Gears of War in particular as a series of games that I loved. I mean, who the Hell couldn’t love running about curb stomping everything that moved and firing off guns so chunky that you felt like doing the ‘truffle shuffle’.  By the peak of the second game, my expectations had been filled and the buzz was beginning to wane.  The third instalment brought the saga to an end but it still continues to be the weakest of the trio in my opinion.

Disclaimer: I’m not picking on GOW but merely using it as an example.  I could say the same about Mass Effect, Street Fighter, Sonic, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, Call of Duty, Mortal Kombat, Battlefield and many, many more.

My point is, could I be alone in this feeling of unfeeling towards gaming or could I be part of a bigger collective of players having the same problem?  Could the hardcore crowd be starting to wane and that’s why there has been a push from both Sony and Microsoft to get some new hardware announced to keep the wasteful consumerism machines cogs turning? Are we going to be switching consoles every two years like we do with mobile phones?  If not, why not? It seems to work pretty well for £800 phones so why not for £2-300 consoles?

Now, I know this blog post has asked more questions than answered but if you’re coming here for answers, you have more problems than I do.

Just because I’m the same shape as Buddha, it doesn’t mean I inherited his wisdom.  By that logic, the fact that I am loud and have a beard should get everyone calling me Brian Blessed.





About the Author

A 33 year old father of three from Inverness who has a deep rooted passion for the noble profession of gaming. As a child he explored dungeons, defeated Dr. Robotnik, explored space and even managed to help Mickey and Donald escape the World of Illusion. He is currently the Charlie Sheen of Titanfall and Is looking forward to The Division. He is known to obey Wheaton's Law 60% of the time. GT: RayzingKane

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