Being a person on the internet who visits video game forums, I see a lot of recurring stuff. Not quite the same as the things I mentioned in my article about arguments between Team Fortress 2 and Overwatch, but the idea is similar. No matter where you go, you see similar trails of complaints, criticisms, jokes, memes and more. You get tons of new people (hopefully) asking for tips and you have tons of veterans either giving them tips or complaining that there are too many newbies in the game and that they just want to play Sniper in peace. On the same note, you get people who are sick of whatever game they are playing and posting a rant on said forum complaining about that game and generally talking about uninstalling.
Well, I have some advice for you. Just uninstall.
Yeah, I said it.
Uninstall the game.
Whatever game it is, just uninstall it. Or alternatively, just don’t play it.
Alright, I probably seem like a heartless cow here, telling people to uninstall games they’re not happy with, but that’s the whole crux of the issue. These people are not happy. And not being happy just gets worse and worse and worse the more you push on.
Let’s take me and Team Fortress 2 for example. I got pissed off at TF2 in Scream Fortress 8. Because it was shit. It was literally a bunch of community maps (only one of which was genuinely alright) and a bunch of ugly as fuck cosmetics. There was an awesome community taunt with a staff that was completely overshadowed by the reused content that was the bumper cars. But rather than do what I did countless times in the past, ranting on a forum that the developers only read and never respond to, I decided to just not play Team Fortress 2. And perhaps leave a negative review. I don’t remember. One less person playing the game.
But when I stopped playing, I was happier. I tried new games. I found a game I like a lot. Yes, Warframe has a ton of faults and I need to cut down on it before I burn myself out, but you get what I mean. I found happiness elsewhere. Eventually, I will come back to Team Fortress 2 and will enjoy it.
My point is, you should do the same. If you’re burnt out with a game, if a game is making you upset, whether it’s from bad team mates, or development not going the way you like it, then simply stop playing. Nothing is going to happen to you. Worst case scenario, you get a little bit rusty and need some time to recover when you jump back in. You can always reinstall later. You can always come back when you feel better. And chances are, you’ll remember why you liked these games, you’ll feel refreshed and happy.
When you do come back though, there’s a chance you might not be happy still. You might think the game hasn’t changed and why did you bother coming back or anything? That’s perfectly fine. Just stop playing again. Come back when you feel better.
At the end of the day, all that matters is that YOU are happy. Forget everything else. Happiness is what matters most.
Oh, and happy 1500th article, everyone.