Forgive me if this topic gets a bit introspective and blog-y. But I'm three weeks on from turning 37. Been gaming pretty much as far back as I can remember - Atari 2600 - and I've been watching Developer streams, videos, and what have you about the upcoming Paradox game, Crusader Kings 3.
And, truth be told? I'm not digging the changes made.
Which got me thinking. So far, nothing this year has grabbed my attention in the gaming industry. I was hyped for DOOM Eternal, but they did away with the formula I fell in love with in 2016 and I never bothered to pick it up. I was hyped for Mount and Blade: Bannerlord, but shelling out for Early Access made me realize I was buying a prettier version of Warband with some new minigames.
This isn't a new phenomenon for me. Civilization and StarCraft - large, large parts of my childhood and teenage years respectively - just failed to wow me and I wandered about from Civ6 and StarCraft 2 (The latter before Legacy of the Void, even). Diablo 3 felt soulless. It took me nine years just to push myself to beat Skyrim's main quest. I railed against the game Stellaris for constantly reinventing the wheel of its core gameplay mechanics and have shelved it.
In short, I've become an old man in terms of gaming. I look at the games coming out and the games I currently have available, and I don't see anything really crying out for purchase. To take it back to Crusader Kings 3....why would I invest hundreds of dollars eventually (It's a Paradox Game and their last game - Imperator - locked 75% of the soundtrack behind Day One DLC as well as a season pass. If you don't buy it, you don't get music for ANY DLC. They love to nickel and dime), when Crusader Kings 2 is still a fresh and fun experience and I haven't even given regions outside Western Europe a fair shake after 500+ hours? I don't need nor really want 3D full body portraits of my characters when the game's "story" is told through their traits and inter-personal relationships. 3D serves no purpose.
It's a strange experience to having been a lifelong gamer and hitting a point where there's part of me going "You know what? I'm good. I'm content with the experiences I already have." Am I weird? Or is this something other older gamers are contending with?