2. Higher standards. Even though the industry expects me to lower my standards to that of what the kids have nowadays I won't do it. Fallout 3 & New Vegas were awesome! I want something new, but nothing else can compare. Instead of settling with something lame like Rage I'll just play more Arkanoid on my NES.
3. Specialized. I used to play all genres, but not so much anymore. I like Tactics games like Advance Wars. I like arcade games like Popeye and I like elaborate open world games like Fallout 3. For the most part I've given up on rpg's and on-rails games like Dead Space.
4. Picky. If you read 1-3 you've probably already thought that of me. At this point I know what I like and I'm particular about what I want. For example I grew disgusted with Skyrim which is extremely similar to Fallout which I absolutely loved. Why? One simple reason; unkillable characters. Also the quests were designed to make you think you could make choices when really you had to do them a very specific way.
You made the right choice with Bioshock Infinite, it does not get any better as it goes on, and it has an incredibly stupid and nonsensical twist ending.
Though I do not think Rage was "lame" at all, I don't really see what kids have to do with anything, as most kids aren't going to be playing games like that(at least they shouldn't be).
I'm a bit specialized and picky myself, I was more well-rounded as a kid, but now I tend to focus a lot on shooters, but only ones that have some kind of campaign, if it's multiplayer only with no story like Shadowrun(360) or Planetside 2 then i'm not interested.
The Elder Scrolls series has never really appealed to me and Skyrim definitely did not live up to it's massive hype.
Maybe VR later this year will rekindle some interest, just depends but so far I don't see too many games on the horizon that's grabbing my interest.
I'm more into video games at the age of 33 than I've ever been at any point in my life.
When I was a kid, I just played what was out and enjoyed that. I never had any dates circled on my calendar like I do now. Heck, if I could find me a dancing scarecrow to fast forward time like there is in Majora's Mask, I'd make it March 31st so that I can play MLB 15: The Show.
I'm not as sober when I play games. Although it's been that way since I was 17.
Now that I'm married and am no longer chasing tail, I find that video games are more satisfying to play, and I don't feel as if I ought to be doing something else.
I get more nostalgic when I play Zelda. Always have been, but even moreso now. You know, your favorite stores close, others move in to take their place. That building you remember gets torn down. People grow up, people die, things change. But in Ocarina of Time, Lake Hylia will always be there. Castle Town will always be there. I can always see the running man in the field. Games are a refreshing constant in a life that's constantly changing.
I can also relate to the nostalgia Herschie is writing about. When I play my NES I feel like I'm back in the 80's. Another radical bonus of being a retro gamer
With some of the newer games for the Xbox One/PS4, I have to make sure I have at least an hour or more to sit down and really get into the game. Alien Isolation is like that. I just can't pop it in on a whim.