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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I get this with every fromsoft game lol

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Even though I have 2 their games I haven't play any.. Ok maybe I played ds for about 30 minutes - but playing with keyboard was such a torment that I decided to play it when I will buy controller... Um.. Yeah - have one for more than one year and still haven't touched it.
One more game waiting for me in huge backlog.

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i think the Remastered DS does not long suffer from this, but use the DS Mouse fix, it fixes the acceleration and allows you to remap the buttons including mouse 4 and 5, i beated DS 1 with it and i had a great experience, so much so that continued playing the DS games with KB+MS

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Yea, never played with M+KB, always controller when it came to souls games.

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yeah it happens to me constantly, rather that depression i think is the losing capability to be surprised or entertain by recursive things in a media, the classic i seen this before, inevitably all things in art are going to be inspired by the things that came in the past as you enter your adulthood, things really are shinier when you are young and well, that's why you see many positive reception to things that were considered mediocre in the past, because the people that are praising those things now, were children then, that's why in ten years you'll see youtube videos about how the new Star Wars sequels are actually great, when they are fairly divisive among fans these days.

Anyway, lol, just try genres of games that you either never tried before, or games in genres that you love that are considered the epitome of them, like i went years without beating a game until i tried Dark Souls, and even then, it was the second time i tried it, and then i couldn't put it down, the same happened before Breath of the Wild and again that game was all i had in my mind for months until i finish it.

Gaming has grow pretty diversely, the times where all gamers should enjoy every game considered good is long gone, for example i don't care much for the highly narrative games ala Days Gone or The Last of Us or Uncharted, but are lots of people that consider them some of the best games ever.

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I kind of worked up a pattern. Let's say I have tier AAA and A games (AAA being top tier or stuff I just really like and A being just something chill but not demanding - Stardew Valley for me at the moment). So when I finish a story heavy game, like Witcher, and feel empty inside I just jump into something light that I don't even have to finish. If it's multiplayer - even better.
Or if I feel burned out I just do something completely else like read a book, watch an anime.

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I know that feeling. Haven't played a game for almost 3 months, except the occasional "trying" to do so and givingup after a few hours, since I wasn't still in the mood. The same is happening to me with movies, haven't watched a movie since October. So since then, I'm just focusing on tv shows, animes, books and language learning.

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I am a game collecting addict, with my stash approaching 5000. Not bragging, just setting the stage. I have so many times just looked at the list of them all, ready to play, and just looked without choosing. Some very good titles, well known, and alot of bundle junk that has no business being published.

So, I distract myself with the oldest games I have or the smallest, or of a type that I am only mildly interested in. I jump around for a bit deleting and hiding the games if they are not interesting and working through a few different genres, until I find myself drawn to the kind of game I want to spend some time getting absorbed in, and then I find the best one I have, or a better one if it is on sale, and commence the next adventure...

Then repeat this over and over. Or, I go back to some brainless game that I have hundreds of hours in that is mildly engaging until that decision is reached.

My way is surely not the best way, but it how I cope with that hesitation...

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Happens to me all the time (finished Mankind Divided few days ago, so I'm in that stage right now actually), but I found a solution!

Binge-watch some UNFINISHED TV show while occasionally play some kind of relaxing driving sim (ETS 2, free roaming in FH4, or even Train Simulator). After day or two and you're good to go into a new adventure. It is important that show is unfinished, without conclusion (perfect if you need to wait whole year for next season), so you crave for something new. That new, it will be a next game.

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Niece that you found solution :) It's not for me though xD I hate to watch unfinished shows - especially that some shows are cancelled prematurely. I just hate to get into the story and then hear that there will be no continuation.
Might use that advice about relaxing game though.

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Give yourself time! This is kinda like withdrawals, heh.
One fun way to work through it is to watch Lets Play runs of the game you just came out of, so you can have the catharsis of seeing other peoples reactions going through the awesome (and not so awesome) events of the game, while also revisiting them and getting to appreciate them without having to make the gaming decisions associated with it. Then there is always fan material like cover songs, fanart, etc.

DDLC is pretty amazing though, especially given it is available for free. Was surprised how it was able to tug on the heartstrings as well as do the uh... the plot developments. Used one of my favourite antagonist archetypes too. It's hard not to love all the characters once you know their stories, and the credits song absolutely nails the upbeat bittersweet flavour as a perfect closing act. Yeah, that game took me a little while to come down from too, haha.

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I usually don't watch reactions. I used to think that they are pure waste of time. Although this time I really wanted to see how other people reacted to certain events :)
And amount of fan material is quite big too.
Definitely I'm not bored even though I don't play games for... 3 days in a row? That feels strange for someone who played games every day for last 20 years.

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Happened to me many times with particularly great books and movies when I was younger. I remember I was taking reeeeally long walks every day in such cases. Walking is a good method for processing emotional information I guess.

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Walking is a good method for processing emotional information I guess.

And it's good for health!
I should spend more time on fresh air - but it's too cold for me right now xD

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Just jumped into my mind, that I more often need a break after a bad game, because the feeling of playing a game gets connected to a bad experience. For that low-key messing around with games, helps, or doing connected things. Reading a book, watching series, listening to a podcast that is kind of game-related, and hoping that it will stoke my interests for strategy, history, stories, combat, sci-fi, etc.
But I get the feeling of finishing a good game and processing it for a few days, SOMA left a mark on me.

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I can understand that :) If I play couple of disappointing games in a row - I relly have to play a good one or I need to take a break too.

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I've never stopped playing because of a game being stuck in my head but I have had trouble sleeping for it. I remember when I finished the walking dead new frontier I had that stuck in my head for days that it felt like forever ago I played it when really it was it only like 3 days

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