I’m starting to cut back on the time I spend on video games. For practical reasons, I’m 30 years old and starting a new career soon. I also have a baby on the way who will take up most of my free time. But I’m also getting tired because the quality of video games is not worth the cost and the time spent playing.
Video game consoles and graphic cards are consistently improving, but video games are starting to be a hit or miss with quality. Many video games are releasing with surmountable bugs that make the game nearly unplayable and a waste of money like the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 that I preordered and spent about three hours total playing since it’s release date in November 2020.
A lot gamers are into Battle Royales like Call of Duty and Apex Legends. I’m starting to find these games boring because they just feel repetitive. How many Warzone wins can you win before you start to feel like you’re running in a circle? I was playing Black Ops Cold War and I just thought to myself that I keep buying these Season passes to unlock gear that will be irrelevant once the next season comes out and I’m grinding rank and K/D that has no real life value.
A popular question about video games is whether video games is a waste of time. If you must ask, then you’re most likely wasting time on video games. Nobody ever ask if reading books is a waste of time. Being able to say that you read like 20 books in a year is more impressive than your 5.0 k/d on Call of Duty or bragging about your 100,000 gamerscore on Xbox.
I’m not quitting video games. Games have their purpose in my life. But I’m going to focus on more important things like reading books, my blog, photography, writing fiction, developing my career, and preparing for my first child.