This topic is probably a strange one considering that I think most people would like to find more time to play more games, but there’s been something bugging me for a while about how I’ve been spending my time with games. And due to work and baby and other life goals the time I have to play is a lot less than what it used to be. In the past I think I’ve had a very maximalist and consumerist approach to playing games that has been detrimental to my enjoyment and the value of the time I spend playing games. It’s all been about completing the wishlist or backlog or making sure to play the “MOST IMPORTANT” game of the moment. There’s definitely some FOMO baked in to all of it.
So, I’m working on playing fewer games, and trying to make sure the time I spend with them feels rewarding. A couple of steps I’ve taken include:
- Deleting all wishlists.
- Tracking the games I play in a year and also writing a brief summary of my experience with it.
- Avoiding any attempt to force myself to play something I’m not enjoying in the moment (doesn’t mean I won’t go back, but just making sure I’m not pushing through something out of obligation.)
- Not being afraid to just straight up abandon a game if its not clicking with me, even if its very popular or a critical darling.
- Be more open to playing that random game whose steam page or description looks interesting. (Game Pass and PS Now are big helps with this since it doesn’t necessarily involve me dropping money on something that I might no find entertaining.)
I’m taking a similar approach with all media (movies, books, tv, etc.) and so far, so good… Anyone else tried a similar approach to playing games? Any other good tips out there for being more mindful of the way we engage and interact with media?