Who’s got the funk?

I’m in a bit of a gaming funk right now. A lack of time and desire have combined to ensure that I just can’t find the motivation to start anything new or to finish off one of my existing half-played titles at the moment. I’m around 20 hours into Horizon: Forbidden West and somehow it still hasn’t grabbed me. Gran Turismo 7 is great from what I’ve played so far, but I haven’t touched it in over two weeks now. And now I’ve mentioned that, I’ve just remembered that I’ve still barely scratched the surface of Forza Horizon 5, a game I’d been looking forward to for a long, long time before its release. It’s the same with Halo Infinite and a handful of others.

I imagine most gamers will be familiar with this feeling, and it’s far from the first time that my desire to play has deserted me. The biggest one for me was back in the mid-to-late 2000’s, when a seemingly endless wave of drab, grey, shooters and cookie-cutter open-world collectathons threatened to kill my love for gaming altogether.

Back then, it was Mario Galaxy that saved me. A game bursting at the seams with creativity and polish on a scale few but Nintendo at their best can come close to. It reminded me of how I used to play games as a child; without a care in the world. It reminded me that there were still games that could exist for no other reason than to be FUN. It happened again a few years later, when the first Dark Souls was the game to pull me back in. An experience that completely consumed me in a way I assumed would never happen again in my adult life. I feel as though Elden Ring is the obvious ready-made solution to my problem, but I simply don’t have the necessary time to devote to it at the moment.

So I’m not playing anything at the moment, but my love for the hobby in general thankfully hasn’t waned. I still read about and talk about games as much as I always have, and I am writing about them more than ever before. But it all just feels a little odd when I’m not actually playing anything. I have a PS5, an Xbox and a Switch — complete with all manner of subscription services packed with games both old and new — and I can’t think of a single game I want to play right now.

I know I’ll snap out of it at some point — I always do — but gaming funk isn’t very nice when you’re in the middle of it.

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