Gamer Problems 101 – Having all of these fantastic games, and not enough time to play them.

*cue sad music*

If you’re on this website, it must be because you like video games, if not love them. We here at Unbound Gamer love our video games as well. But as a gamer, have you ever been in a ‘gaming rut’ so to speak?

Let’s take me for example. I’ve been a gamer since I was about 7 years old. It all started with my SEGA Master System, and I’ve never looked back since then. I remember the good ol’ days of being able to stay up all night and complete a game, I for one did that with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the N64. It was great! But during this point in my life, there are way too many responsibilities for me to even begin to stay up till even midnight playing a game. It’s understandable though, we grow up, and must do more ‘adult-like’ things, but still that is no reason to give up gaming, something we all hold dear. We all need our hobbies, and gaming IS a hobby, I don’t care what anyone says.

But, what if life is just so over-whelming to the point that you can’t even bring yourself to so much as turn on a game to play for a few minutes? What does one do? I’ve had this conversation with many people, most of which said the same thing to me – “Perhaps you are growing out of it“… Pfft… no, no I’m not. I still look forward to E3 every year like it’s my Christmas time, and all I ever want to do is waste my hard-earned monies on video games… So no, I don’t believe that is the case. I for one can say that life just becomes so busy, we don’t have time, and when we do have time, either another responsibility pops up, or we’d rather take this free time to catch up on some zzz’s (which is usually my case). But in the end, all I want to do is sit and enjoy playing a game. And not so much a new game, but one from my past, one that I know will give me joy and not let me down.

There really is no main point to this post, except for a means to let others know that life does get in the way at times, but just because you can’t game like you used to DOES NOT mean you are no longer a gamer… you still are. And the best advice I can give you is to try and make time to at least play your favorite game for at least one hour at a time if not longer – it’ll make you feel much better, trust me. I managed to sit down with Okami HD on my PS3 the other day, and even though I only played for maybe 30-40 minutes, it did make me feel better. Remember, hobbies are a way for stress-relief, and if gaming is your hobby, it may be something you need to do to keep yourself sane. I’ve made a promise to myself to try to game at least three times a week just to help with my stress management. What will you do when it comes to making time for gaming in your life?