I remember when I played the first Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo GameCube. There was something so magical about the game that made me play it for hours on end without ever getting bored. Maybe it was because I was younger, but when I tried coming back to it as an adult, the magic was no longer there.
In fact, the magic was no longer there for a lot of games I used to enjoy in my younger days. As I get older, I find myself trying to come back to games that I have felt a strong connection to only to log in and ask myself why I do not feel that same energy.
For me, that game was Skyrim. I remember booting it up for the Xbox 360 and being blown away (pun intended) by the sheer magnificence. It felt like an entire world I could explore with graphics that I thought, at the time, were so hyper realistic that I lost myself in every corner of Skyrim.
However, I do not think I ever truly finished it. I keep trying to go back with every new console release, and then eventually the PC, to at least finish the main story of the game, but I just cannot recapture that same feeling.
I talked about it with a friend of mine, and they told me it was depression. Yes, I understand I have been diagnosed with depression, but that should not mean I cannot escape into video games the way I used to. In fact, I used video games to help me escape from reality in my younger years, so why does it no longer feel like I can do that anymore?
Is there a game you keep trying to come back to but just do not feel that same magic as you did before?