stop finding games boring

Three steps to help you rediscover your love for gaming.

It is not uncommon to find yourself losing interest in a hobby, and this can happen with gaming too. After many years of play, gamers can start to find games boring and eventually feel like it’s not worth playing them at all.

There’s lots of reasons why this can occur, and some gamers might be able to pinpoint the specific causes of their problems and address these head on. For others, it can be harder to understand why they now find games boring, and what to do about it. 

You can stop finding games boring in just three simple steps.

3 steps to take

Three steps to stop finding gaming boring

Two guys not being bored of games

1 - Establish that you have a boredom problem

The first step to solving any problem is recognising you have a problem to solve. With gaming, this can be incredibly difficult as most gamers can’t even begin to entertain the idea that a hobby they’ve enjoyed for thousands of hours could now be boring them. There are two main ways you can begin to assess if you are bored or not.

i. Look out for signs that you are bored

Self-diagnosing your problem takes a significant degree of mindfulness, honesty and openness to accept you have a problem. Additionally, you need to know what to look for.

Here are five common symptoms of gaming boredom to look out for.

ii. Keep a gaming journal or diary

One way to make this process of self-diagnosis easier is to keep a journal or diary of all the times you play, and how you ended up feeling at the end of each session. There are significant additional benefits to doing this too.

If you’re already convinced, you can find a free template to use right here.

2 - Identify the route cause of the problem

Once you have established there’s something you want to fix, then comes the hard part. Before any solutions can be put into place, you need to work out what is making you feel bored with gaming. Is it that you are playing too much? Or are you playing the wrong games? Perhaps you are playing the right things, but in the wrong way.

To help, here’s 10 reasons you may be bored of gaming.

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3 - Find solutions to the problem

Right; now you know that you’re bored, and roughly what is causing that boredom. Now comes the fun part, finding the solutions that are going to pull you out of your gaming slump. Luckily, we have lots of ideas of things you can try – just read on below or check out this list of 25+ ways to stop finding games boring.

i. Pick your games better

First off; ask yourself whether you want to play a game you already know and love, or find a game that shows you something completely different and pushes you out of your comfort zone.

Once that’s decided, you can use our proprietary analysis of Steam reviews to check if a game is right for you, or help you discover a game you might not have thought of.

If all else fails, perhaps you’d like to revisit a game you’ve already played, but do so in a way that keeps it fresh.

ii. Play differently

Of course there isn’t a right or wrong way to play a game, but some gaming habits may be limiting your enjoyment of games. For example, you could be playing on too easy a difficulty. You could be needlessly grinding or ticking off side quests, and failing to see the best parts of a game. Or you could even be playing to complete games as quickly as possible rather than slowing down to enjoy them. 

Here are a whole range of ways you might consider playing games differently.

iii. Engage with gaming in different ways

Loving games doesn’t need to just mean loving the playing of those games. Nowadays there are more ways than ever to experience games and gaming culture, some of which you may never have stopped to consider or even knew existed.

Here is a list of ways you could experience your favourite hobby without actually playing the game yourself.

iv. Cut back on your play

If all else fails, perhaps that is a sign that you are either playing too much or just need a break from games.

Read about how to play games less, or even take a gaming fast, and also how to find a new hobby to fill your time.

Two people not finding games boring


There you have it – three simple steps to find games fun again.

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Want to find more inspiration? Read one gamer’s own journey to rediscovering a love of gaming.

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