So I just finished Doki Doki.
This is not going to be thread about Doki Doki though.
Just Monika

Anyway I had it in the past. When I finished Witcher 3 - I couldn't play anything else for almost one month. Some parts of plot/game elements were still in my head.
Same with first Mass Effect.
When I finished recently Door Kickers: Action Squad I also was too focused on it even after beating the crap out of it. No plot this time, but pure fun was the factor that kept me from playing other games (can't explain it in understandable way because I don't get it myself).
And now I have the same thing that I had with Everlasting Summer. One song from soundtrack can't get out of my head.. Actually I'm watching some youtube videos with piano transcription and I'll probably look for old keyboard on the attic and try to learn it (just like did with 2 songs from ES before). So yeah I'm watching reactions and listen to one song almost all my free time and I'm waiting to feel the urge to play games again.
not to mention some guilt from not playing games that wait for me in backlog, are unfinished, won here and so on

How do you deal with it? If that happens to you that is?

Here have something as compensation for reading that amount of letters.

Update: Now it's whole 7 days without playing games at all. Tbh I thought It would wear off earlier ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Just take a break. It can happen with anything, anytime. Human nature. Focus on something else, follow an another passion of yours or discover something new. When the time comes, you can play again. It's not about the game you play, it's just a psychological event in your peak of life.

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So... You suggest that it's more about games in general and not just particular game? Haven't thought about that to be honest.

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Sometimes you don't even want to do a thing that is your passion. It may be depression, it may be just boredom. Either the case you'll know this when you talk to someone. Focusing on different things helps. If you're able to do, travelling will certainly discharge your blurry thoughts. Changing your location and doing different things is the key.

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I would love to travel somewhere! And I need that as I'm exhausted xD That's kind out of my reach for now however xD You know job, 2 small kids and so on.

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I understand. In that case even a small walk helps, especially if there is a river or a lake nearby. Skip some stones, lay down on the grass, those kind of things. Also you don't have to do these alone, it can be a family walk, even a picnic. Well, it's probably cold now for such activities but I hope you get the idea. :)

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I think I do :) And you gave me idea.. But again xD It will have to wait xD

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Good luck with the idea then. :)
I hope it'll be worthy.

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I've had the same after reading a book, or finishing a TV series, when it ends I just need some time to think about it and don't feel like starting something new.

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It's not just me then! On the other hand - book gave that kind of feeling maybe 2 times in my life. And it's not like not reading :) TV series/movie - never. I wonder why games affects me in that way and not other media.

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Exactly this, thank you!

Some books / movies / theatrical plays have an effect on you which would take some time to fade away. At least for me and some friends i know for sure.

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Don't "push" yourself to do something like "playing games" in a fix "way".
Play when you want and what you want.

I know the "feeling guilty because not played enough won games" but when you feel guilty it will not help to have fun in your life from/with the wins.
As long as you know you will play them earlier or later it is ok.

And besides that, games aren't the most important thing in a life.

Feelings, as you have it from a good story, from a impressive song and all such things are more valuable and will be longer in your life, far after you are done with the game itself special by games that haven't something from that stuff giggling ^^

Take the pleasure, avoid negative feelings and you are happy and reached "the sense of life" ;o)

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You might be right about that part with pushing myself :) Well - actually your whole response is right in but that part struck me when I saw it - I'm indeed forcing myself to play games. At least lately.
Guess I need a small break and time to think about my habits :)

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It's like breaking up with someone you've spent a long time with: you don't wanna rush into something new and trivialize either the new relationship or the old one. You also can't enjoy the new relationship if you're still reminiscing about the old one. You just need a little you time to get your thoughts and feelings in order, and once you're ready, you can begin again.

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Guess I need more time :)

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Take as long as you need. You'll know when you're ready again.

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In my experience it's the best if you're aware of this feeling, and you're okay with doing something else instead of playing. I had such a dry season in 2019 November/December, and now in January I finished 14 games of varied length ( 1 hour to 15 hours) because I was in the mood for them. Just be patient with yourself :)

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it's the best if you're aware of this feeling

I'm shocked that so many people encountered the same thing tbh. And some responses (your included) helped me to identified source of my problem and solution... Guess I need a break from gaming :) I'll just wait for the right mood :)

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Great, now you made me think about Monika again :(

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I'm having a hard time playing any game at all, for quite a while now. I want a great fantasy MMORPG - nothing else seems interesting.
And the titles I'm curious about are years away from release.

So Netflix it is

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It happens with me sometimes.
MGSV Ground Zeroes was the longest.. I couldn't touch a game after it for about 2-3 weeks, shit in the cassette tapes related to Chico & Paz really got to me.
Hell it still affects me as I can't bring my self yet to 100% The Phantom Pain (won it here, PA group)

Just give it time to sink in, no one is chasing you so don't force yourself to start another game if you are not feeling it yet.

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When this happens to me i just jump to another medium for a while. Go catch up on your tv/movie/comic/book backlog until the urge to play a new game comes back!

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book backlog

You just reminded me about book that I started reading half year ago... And dropped it after first page. Maybe it's time to continue?

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Mayhaps it is! I also can get the spark to play a new game again if I go after something that I know is small. Play life is strange after youre done with the witcher 3 for example.

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Funny that you mentioned that game because I'm quite sure it was one of the games I Played directly after beating w3. Maybe even first one after beating w3. And now I wonder if i hated it so much because it was actually bad or because w3 gave me some impossible standards xD

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I get like this after a good book series. I find it hard to get into something else, even if that something else is potentially fantastic. I just find that I want to be back in the world of the other book. The best way, I find, to get out of that is to get away from reading and do something else, then come back a week later and read something pretty small. I've even read some older children's books at times just for some light and sillier reading in between. XD.

The same principle can be applied to games. If you're after completing some really good game that had you immersed in it's world, the best thing to do is get away from games for about a week, do something different like watch a series, or read a short book. When you come back, don't try to start something else big. Play some small games from your library, ones that you can finish in a day or two and that aren't particularly immersive.

I've honestly been on this massive block myself. Mine's been more a case of being kept away from gaming for the best part of a year due to being too sick to play. Up until about August of 2019, I was in bits physically lol. I still haven't been able to get back into gaming in the way that I used to, but I don't force it because then I'll just get more fed up. And you shouldn't feel guilty either. You will play them when you get around to playing them. That's how I look at it.

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I get the same feeling after reading a book series I particularly enjoy also:

I've even read some older children's books at times just for some light and sillier reading in between. XD.

Some teenager or young adult book are can be quite good. I read at night with my sons, one chapter every night, and when I read with my 12 year old I sometime get taken in the story as much as he is.

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They can indeed. I still have a bunch of books from my own childhood in a box. I held onto some of the better ones. Sometimes nice to take a trip back every once in a while. =)

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don't force it because then I'll just get more fed up. And you shouldn't feel guilty either. You will play them when you get around to playing them

More fun, less quilt. Sounds like good advice - I will try to use it :)

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Bump!

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You may find after a bit of a look-see experience inside yourself that you're just gaming to just game; you're playing because you still remember all those times you had a great experience, and already you've built these experiences up to such an expectation. You're playing because you hope that out of all the progress you've made, you can have at least one moment to indulge in the nostalgia.

Does that sound like you?

For me, I find myself appreciating games better in general after taking up a new weekly activity. For me, it's work and school.
For anyone else, it could be a new hobby - travel, culinary, or learning in general.

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Does that sound like you?

I'm not sure what to answer. On one hand I like to try new stuff - like new genres I haven't tried and see what are they like. I used to play only fps/tps in the past and when I opened myself for new genres - whoah. I didn't expect that there was so many different games with different mechanics and with the same amount of fun.
On the other hand in past days I feel more like play something old. Like really old. Max Payne or Serious Sam or Quake xD That's probably nostalgia.

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Seems like everything that I wanted to say has been said. Variety is the spice of life thing, it's not just games.

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And the spice must flow.

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Not sure why, but when I hear about "mind cleansing" I think about this band

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a tad too Elfish try Dwarven

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If they were not dwarfs (clearly) I would say that it sounds Elfish xD Maybe they try something new because all their songs were about work or gold previously (like famous: "gold, gold, gold, gold" or everlasting hit: "work, work, work").

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I get what you mean and don't worry, with time it will pass. This has also happened to me not only in games but also with other medias. E.g.: after watching Band of Brothers I couldn't watch another war movie for quite some time (and I quite like them, but it was a lot to absorb). Heck, even nowadays when I watch war movies it's not the same anymore. It's like Band of Brothers raised the standards and thus ruined a lot of (weaker) war movies for me.

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I added it to my "must watch" list so long ago that I forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me.

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I find the best way to beat such obsessions is to just give into them, enjoy it while it lasts. It usually sorts itself out in the end.
Backlog guilt?! Welcome to the club buddy, welcome to the club.... Oh maaan, look how many there are....

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just give into them, enjoy it while it lasts

Good advice :) Will focus on having fun / resting and not on feeling guilty. I mean - I will play all those games one day...

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one day...
That's my plan too.....

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Most of us have the same plan...

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Well, I can't bring myself to play anything for some time now. Tried to finally finish Dark Souls recently, but turned it off after 30 minutes or something. Games aren't fun anymore, even though I want to play them.

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Games aren't fun anymore, even though I want to play them.

Same here. At least temporary I hope so

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For me it's different but when I get that similar feeling I go searching on HLTB through my library for what games are very short, 30min - 1 hour, it won't feel super nice finishing but it will make you feel like "okay I completed something on my list" but with a taste of "that didn't feel rewarding or satisfying at all" which then leads me to playing a AAA game XD.

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+1. I played "Escape This" yesterday. Horrible, horrible game, possibly the worst I ever played. Took me 20 minutes, which I will never get back in my life (even if I got a foiled card out of it).

So last night I got back to play "Valkyria Chronicles" with renewed interest. :D

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If that game plays like it looks in the trailer, it's a miracle the engine didn't implode on itself.

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Ugh - I remember that game. Piece of garbage xD Still had to play to get 100% as I was achievement wh*re at that time.

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Tried to do similar thing and picked up "Alpha prime" hltb told me it's 5-6h long (so it would be good for 2-3 days) and steam reviews told me it's mediocre or even bad. Ended up having fun xD

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play longer games. or f2p games,

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I'm scared of longer games tbh. I have so little time, that don't even try to start longer games.. And if I accidentally start good game - I play when I should be sleeping - and I feel like shit next day xD

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like I don't want to watch a movie again after I've watched the movie, because I think I don't want to see what I've seen and only see the reality or that i have never known, unless they make a sequel and I forget the story only if I want to watch it again

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That makes sense.

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I usually dont think about it couple of days later when I have finished a great game. Like both Doki Doki and Everlasting Summer that you mentioned.

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I tend to do one of two things: throw myself into a similar game that's supposed to have a great story, to get as close as I can to more of the same, or play something completely different so that I'm not comparing the two experiences.

I also like to browse and edit the game/book/whatever's TV Tropes page and search for fan content! Good fanfic, fanart and analysis are a great way to gently feed an obsession without requiring more of the source material.

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I also like to browse and edit the game/book/whatever's TV Tropes page and search for fan content! Good fanfic, fanart and analysis are a great way to gently feed an obsession without requiring more of the source material.

Ugh.. That's what I'm doing now xD I guess I just have to wait to that obsession wears off.

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play wow & forget about that

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I can't. I have a life :(

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Happens to me all the time. I usually end up playing Eurotruck until I'm over it

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Haven't tried Eurotruck yet. What is so special in that game for you? How it helps?

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It's really relaxing. There's no story line, just driving goods from one city to another and expanding your trucking company. The driving part is pretty simple, just follow some traffic laws and don't roll your truck. For me, if I just finished a lore heavy game, something simple and relaxing helps me clear my head for another heavy game

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That's nice recommendation :) Somehow reminds me about The Sims series.

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