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Focus and Gaming
« on: July 12, 2017, 03:45:24 PM »
Prelude:  This is a serious discussion  :)

I'm coming up on 57yo and am having problems maintaining my focus while gaming.  Or maybe it's just boredom.  Back when WoW came out I had no problems putting 10-12 hours into a day's gaming if nothing else was going on.  Now, after 45 minutes to an hour, I tend to exit a game, do something else for awhile, maybe fire it back up, play for a bit more etc.  I'm talking about games I enjoy btw.

I'm starting to wonder if I'm just bored or this is just another sign of getting old. (Had hip replaced in March - doing very well).

Anyone else have this issue as we grow older?

Don't seem to be having this issue at work, so that's a good thing.

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Re: Focus and Gaming
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2017, 05:12:33 PM »
sometimes the games you enjoy you need a rest from. I've had long breaks from my favourites and it works out best, you come back only when the excitement is there ... quite different to human relationships ;)  I have lots of games form different genres to entertain me.  WoW has never been one for me.  I chose to avoid it

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Re: Focus and Gaming
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2017, 05:32:55 PM »
I do that a lot with games.  Sometimes I will be playing for a short while and then I will need to take a break for a bit and do some other non-screen activity.  I think it's boredom with me.  If there is something I am trying to accomplish in the game, or some end goal, then I tend to get bored less.  (I'm nearly 46 ;) )

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Re: Focus and Gaming
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2017, 06:08:28 PM »
Yep. This is me, at 45. I rarely play more than 30-45 minutes at a burst now. I also find myself losing interest in games much easier than I used to. I almost never manage to stay interested in one to completion any more (I know, I didn't do well in the past either but now it's worse). Even games I really like... I just fade out of it somewhere.

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Re: Focus and Gaming
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2017, 06:12:33 PM »
Good to hear I'm not alone, I guess :)

Thanks all!

BTW Tim, I used WoW as an example.  Could have very easily said D2 :P

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Re: Focus and Gaming
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2017, 03:14:54 PM »
People here tend to play very repetitive/grinding games.  That becomes tedious after a while.  Also as you mature it becomes less important to be 1337.

When I play games that are more engaging story wise my ability to keep going is increased.

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Re: Focus and Gaming
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2017, 07:27:54 PM »
When I play games that are more engaging story wise my ability to keep going is increased.

This is my experience also. I'm happy to grind or spend time without making "progress", and if I'm engaged in the story or motivated for a goal then I can sit down for a long session, but the goal has to be something that appeals to me - if it's an artificial goal set by the game developers then that's not enough. Age probably has something to do with it, I'm much less willing to waste my time on poorly written or designed games.
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Re: Focus and Gaming
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2017, 05:28:24 PM »
Yeah, the more I ponder the situation, the more I believe it's simple boredom.  Games are all becoming the same ol' thing with a different look.  Maybe I'll try to look for something completely different.  Thanks again.

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Re: Focus and Gaming
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2017, 10:17:54 PM »
I think the perfect example of this idea is a game called Heavy Rain.  Main people criticize it for the game mechanics.  But the story is amazing and engrossing.  It sports one of the highest completion percentages on the PlayStation platform.

I personally highly recommend playing it.

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Re: Focus and Gaming
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2017, 07:32:36 PM »
I'm 53 and for me it isn't focus (I am a stubborn bastard and once I've got my hooks into something I don't let go) but rather a combination of fixation/inattention and slowing reflexes the are impacting my gaming.  I don't know whether it is because the screen is so large or the tendency of modern game to fill the screen with sprites, but I find that I have to concentrate so hard on the action directly in front of me that I fail to notice things like debuffs, areas of effect, and I frequently don't even notice that I'm taking damage from sources other than the specific fight I am currently in.  To add to that, I have never had the fastest reflexes but now, even if I notice that I'm taking damage, I often don't have the time to fix it.  A common scenario when I'm playing PoE goes like this:
Shit, I'm taking DoT; Look up at the buff/debuff bar; recognise the type of damage I am taking; Which of my potions stops Bleeding damage ......"You have died!".....again?; Shit!!! 
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Re: Focus and Gaming
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2017, 07:54:29 PM »
57 here and ditto what TheNix said.

I have to play a character a lot to get enough done automatically so I can see other stuff.  There are many builds that I simply can't play at a decent level.

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Re: Focus and Gaming
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2017, 03:59:22 PM »
At 35 in FPS games I find I've never wanted to do competitive PVP, but it annoys me when younger fools think all the best new techniques MUST be in PVM too.  They don't get that they are at the height of their abilities and it won't maintain it.   If AI is broken .. BUT you can get around it with something stupid, its a bug to be fixed.

Also it grinds me when they say "OMG why do you play on easy!"  I can personally play on anything for now, but I enjoy a game that offers accessibility. I hope when I'm in my mid 50s I'm still going strong like you lot.  Or when I'm in my 60s like that old man Sssith!

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Re: Focus and Gaming
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2017, 03:31:29 PM »
Or when I'm in my 60s like that old man Sssith!

HEY!  Easy there!  I'm 49...haven't even hit the big 5-0.   I expect lots of presents on my doorstep in 316 days.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

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Re: Focus and Gaming
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2017, 03:40:39 PM »
Or when I'm in my 60s like that old man Sssith!

HEY!  Easy there!  I'm 49...haven't even hit the big 5-0.   I expect lots of presents on my doorstep in 316 days.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

I'll start with Reaper of Souls for Diablo3 :P

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Re: Focus and Gaming
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2017, 04:17:35 PM »
Well at 55, I am also finding the reflexes aren't there and I like to play HC which can get frustrating.   I play PoE as well and it is very unforgiving of mistakes.  Unfortunately, I've also recently started to notice that some games that never triggered motion sickness has started to do that.  Not bad but I imagine it is going to get worse.  There is a bit of the boredom, but I can put in a hour or two or more as long as I have some objective.