How ‘Staying Home’ Has Made Me Rediscover My Love For Gaming
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2020 has definitely not been what I was expecting and if you had told me in January that I’d be spending my evenings and weekends gaming by the end of November, I’d have definitely laughed at you.
As a lover of getting out and exploring the world, I certainly found it hard when we were first locked down as a result of the pandemic. I felt as though I had lost both my career and something I was incredibly passionate about and to be honest, it made me feel a little lost. I jumped from hobby to hobby, struggling to find something that would fill the gap that travel had left.
That was until recently when my boyfriend suggested that I try a game that he was playing. I absolutely LOVED gaming when I was younger and can remember spending hours playing games like Crash Bandicoot and Rugrats: The Search For Reptar with my brother and sister and although I occasionally switched on the PS2 for an hour or so of gaming, it was never at the top of my list for things that I wanted to do.
My boyfriend, however, is a huge geek and absolutely loves to game. He’s usually found getting angry at his teammates on League of Legends or running around killing stalkers on The Last Of Us and so it only made sense that he’d want me to take an interest in something he enjoys too and while I’m not interested in LOL, I definitely enjoyed watching the storylines of TLOU games unfold.
So, that brings us to August and the release of Fall Guys. My boyfriend downloaded it on the day of release and after watching him playing it for a few days, I decided it was something I wanted to have a go at too. I’m not a confident gamer, so the simplicity of the game made me think I’d at least be able to have fun while playing it.
After a couple of rounds, I was hooked. I’d never really considered geek dating before, but honestly, we had so much fun gaming together and if you want to find a gamer for yourself you should consider trying the Gamers Dates gamer dating app.
I don’t know if it was the fun of competing against others or the fact that it helped me forget about everything else for a second, but honestly, it reminded me that I used to love losing myself in a game for a couple of hours.
As I started to practice more and more, I thought I’d start playing with friends. Both lockdowns have meant that I’ve been nowhere near as social as I usually am and so joining a party with a couple of friends made me feel as though I wasn’t missing out on the social interactions I would usually be having. While they weren’t in person anymore, it turns out a couple of hours talking to my friends and family is a great cure to loneliness.
Dating a gamer definitely has its perks because as soon as the PS5 was released, he ordered one, leaving his PS4 for taking. I’ve now filled it with all of the games I used to love playing, as well as a couple of new ones I want to try. From Spyro to Sims, I now have tonnes of games I want to get stuck into playing. It’s just a shame there are not more hours in the day, huh?