While browsing through various subreddits I came across a post that piqued my interest. The post discussed the author’s waning interest in playing all types of video games as they began to feel like a burden instead of an enjoyable pastime. The author expressed feeling pressure to perform even while playing games purely for entertainment purposes.

Many people can relate to the feeling of FOMO (fear of missing out), particularly as games shift towards a ‘games as a service’ model, with season passes like those found in Fortnite and Destiny 2. This sentiment has become increasingly common in recent years, and may be linked to the rise in gaming as a form of escapism during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the world returns to normal, it’s essential to consider how we can renew our passion for gaming and continue to enjoy it as a form of self-care.

Let’s discuss some of the steps we can take to maintain a healthy enthusiasm for video games.

Just take a break!

Sometimes, the best thing you can do is to take a break from playing video games. This can help you recharge your batteries and regain your passion for gaming.

I recently completed Hogwarts Legacy which left me feeling more burnt out than any other video game I’ve played. Specifically, after spending considerable effort collecting all the in-game items, I discovered that there was one collectable I couldn’t obtain. This experience has left me feeling incredibly frustrated and disheartened to the point where I’ve had difficulty motivating myself to play other games. 

Try a new game or genre

Sometimes, playing the same type of game can lead to burnout. Try exploring different genres or games that you’ve never played before. This can help you discover new interests and reignite your love for gaming.

Time Limits

If you’ve been playing for hours on end, it might be time to set some limits. Set a specific amount of time each day or week that you’ll dedicate to gaming, and stick to it. This can help you avoid burnout and prevent gaming from taking over your life.

Look after yourself

Sometimes, burnout can be a sign that you’re not taking care of yourself properly. Ensure you get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise regularly. Taking care of your mental health by practicing self-care and mindfulness, and seeking support from loved ones or a mental health professional if needed is also essential.

Bring a friend!

Playing with friends can be a great way to help you feel more connected and engaged with the game, and provide a sense of community and social support.

Remember, burnout is a normal and common experience, and it’s important to take care of yourself when you’re feeling burnt out. By taking a break, trying new games, limiting your gaming time, taking care of your physical and mental health, and playing with friends, you can overcome video game burnout and get back to enjoying gaming again.

Written by Colin.

Edited by Alexx.