Have you ever sat down to play some video games, looked through your library and found that nothing appeals to you? You want to play games, just not any of the hundreds of games currently sitting in your Steam library.
Well, you might be suffering from gaming burnout.
We’re going to review in detail how to overcome your gaming burnout, but here are the basic steps to take:
- Play a new genre
- Switch up your Multiplayer or Single player experience
- Take a step back
These steps will help you overcome your gaming burnout. Let’s discuss in more detail how.
What is Gaming Burnout
Simply put, gaming burnout is a loss of desire and enthusiasm to play video games. When a gamer experiences gaming burnout, the idea of playing video games they previously enjoyed causes them to feel bored.
Before concluding that you are suffering from gaming burnout, consider the following questions;
- What is currently happening in your life?
- What is your work, home life and health like
- Are these where they need to be?
- Are you working on improving them?
- Are they causing you stress?
These things might be causing you to feel burnt out overall. If this is the case, do what you need to do to put your life in proper balance. Seek out a mental health professional, talk to someone, and make the changes necessary to improve your well being.
If after reviewing these questions you feel your burnout is specific to gaming, then you probably are indeed suffering from gaming burnout.
I myself, along with countless others have suffered from gaming burnout. It’s an incredibly frustrating time, as something you used to enjoy, no longer seems enjoyable.
Here are 3 solutions I’ve utilized to personally overcome gaming burnout.
Play Something Else
We live in an age when game developers have mastered getting you to play their game continuously, day after day, night after night, for months, or even years.
MMO’s, perpetual online games with an intense grind, competitive shooters, games with battle passes, games with an online ladder system and even intense platformers are some examples of games that, over time, can mentally exhaust and overwhelm you.
If these games are causing you to experience gaming burnout then play something else. I’ve found that what works best for me is to play games that are easy to relax to.
Minecraft, Animal Crossing, arcade racers, and even games like Elite Dangerous (being alone in space is VERY relaxing) are all examples of games I’ve used to relax.
The idea is to pick a game in a different genre then you usually play. Something you can slow down with. Games with little to no competition. Games where you can put your mind in auto pilot and relax.
This is what has most often helped me out of my gaming burnout. I just needed to relax, and I needed to switch to a game that allowed me to do that.
Multiplayer vs Single Player
Sometimes I feel burnout because I’m playing with others way too much. This can be taxing both mentally and emotionally.
Maybe you’re burnt out of a competitive shooter like COD or Battlefield. Maybe you’re burnt out of the intensity that is the Battle Royale genre.
Maybe you’ve been climbing ladders in Starcraft, or trying to up your standing in Madden Online Ranked Mode.
Regardless of what you’ve been playing the answer here again is to simply switch it up.
If you primarily play multiplayer games, sit down and try to lose yourself in a single player campaign. Get lost in the world and story and refresh your palate.
The reverse is true here as well. Perhaps you’ve been grinding a huge single player experience like a Witcher 3, GTA or Red Dead Redemption. You’ve locked yourself away from any human contact and the isolation of these games has you burnt out.
Switch it up, try playing some games with your friends. Whether on a team or against each other, enjoy the thrill and fun that can be had in gaming with others.
Switching up how you play and who you play with is sometimes all we need to restore and rejuvenate our passion for games. Sometimes it’s all we need to overcome our gaming burnout.
Take a Step Back
Sometimes none of these things work. No matter what we try our desire for gaming just doesn’t seem to be returning.
In this case the best thing to do is to take a break. Step back, turn it off and do something else for a while.
Finish the book you’ve been meaning to finish, take up a new hobby or spend time with family and friends. Sometimes the only way to overcome gaming burnout is to not game.
Taking a step back may last a week, a month, or even longer, but with time your passion for games will return.
I have personally experienced this type of gaming burnout. I took off a couple weeks and when I came back I found my passion for games had not only returned but had increased. I just needed some time away to reset and recharge.
You’re Not Alone
Gaming burnout is frustrating. It robs from us the enthusiasm we have about the hobby we love and it’s easy to feel alone in experiencing this.
You aren’t. Everyone will experience a degree of gaming burnout at some point in their life.
Acknowledging what it is and making the necessary adjustment will enable you to get back in the game as quickly as possible and ultimately help you have a more healthy relationship with gaming.