Some of my fondest memories are from when I was really into gaming. I was a hardcore game once….but then I took an arrow to the knee. Usually, I’d apologize for that awful joke and the resurrection of a dead meme, but I’m not even sorry! It reminds me of my glory days when I’d play games for hours a day after school, and weekends would be full of all-nighters having loads of fun with my friends.

Unfortunately, those days are behind me – and it really pains me to say that. I don’t game anywhere near as much as I used to, which is a shame. Do I miss it? Absolutely, especially all those nights spent LANing with friends in the same room playing the same game, it was awesome! I’ve been feeling very reminiscent lately, which is why I’ve written this blog post for you to read. Basically, I thought it would be interesting to explain what we-ex gamers miss most about kicking ass on games, and why we sometimes have to stop.

Why did I stop playing games?

Being a gamer was something I was truly passionate about. I’d have LAN parties with friends all the time, and we’d play so many great titles. It happened at a time of my life where I didn’t really have anything else to worry about. Sure, there was school – but I was young – and the chances of me caring about exams were about as high as the chances of me guessing the lucky lotto numbers every week!

Of course, as you get older, you get other responsibilities. There was university, and then the real world hits you. It’s hard to game when you have a full-time job and other things to think about. It’s sad, but this is why most gamers stop; we just grow out of it.

What do I miss the most?

I definitely miss the feeling of LANing with my friends more than anything else. It made gaming a social event, which meant we could stick our middle fingers up at our parents who always complained we were anti-social (metaphorically, I never had the guts to do that to my parents).

There was a real comradery about gaming and being a gamer – not to mention the banter as well! You constantly talked to people who enjoyed the same thing as you and had a laugh while doing so. Plus, it was just cool to be the best at something. When you’re a hardcore gamer, your skills are pretty much a level above the average person playing the game. So, every session was filled with me pwning noobs and loving life!

Oh, and the angry messages from other players that I continuously beat, I think I’ll miss their salty tears most of all.

I’d love to get back into gaming, but I doubt I’ll have the time to do it as much as I used to. Perhaps if I’m lucky enough to win the lottery or get a job as a full-time gamer, then I can spend as much time as I like destroying noobs!