I have a backlog of games that I know I’ll never get through, yet I still obsessively check sales and purchase new titles that I want to play but perhaps never will. Hearing about a game’s 40 hours of gameplay no longer excites me, in fact it sometimes deters me from buying. I like to see through any story I start, but as an adult gamer, I just don’t have the time anymore.
Work, relationships, other hobbies, life — they all push me away from this hobby I love. And like you said, I know I’ll never “game” the way I used to, but I also don’t want to. These days, I take the time to play through a handful of things, and like you, I’ve accepted that there’s some things I just won’t ever play.
I think that’s part of the reason I love the games industry so much: I love reading about games, following gaming news, and watching gaming-related content. But I don’t spend a lot of time playing games anymore. And that’s okay.
Thank you for writing this.