Gamer Level: Happy - Game overload


Diving into a Gamer Level: Happy frame of mind has rekindled my inner gamer. So much, that I have made efforts to acquire a few new games, consoles and emulators. I have to say, I am so excited about the bits of time that I get to spend staying up late and diving deep into these games.

However, I am noticing that today’s gamer lifestyle is far different than my childhood experiences.

Back in my day…

Back in the early 1990s and 2000s, us gamers didn’t have the number of games we have now. As a kid, I didn’t have the access or the funds to purchase more than a handful of titles. I purchased one game and played it until it broke or I was fortunate to get another one.

Kids in my generation also had the opportunity to go to places called Blockbuster and Hollywood Video to rent games for a short amount of time. This was the ultimate challenge for little gamers. You have two days to beat this game before it needs to be returned. Challenge accepted.

Starting Friday night, we would fuel ourselves with Mountain Dew, Hot Cheetos and the occasional soft taco from Taco Bell.

Then we played!

With only a few hours of sleep and bloodshot eyes, we went back to school on Monday with that gamer pride.

Game overload

Now as an adult gamer, I am faced with Game Overload. Since getting back into console gaming, I have found that there are so many titles that I would love to get. Some of which are cheap and easily accessible. I am like a kid in a candy store with too many choices and not enough time to look around.

“Oh Super Mario… no wait, Super Metroid… No, what about Zelda? UGH! What do I pick?”

I am so happy to live in a world where amazing games like these (and many others) exist and I feel very fortunate to have this problem.

But, damn.

There isn’t enough time to catch up.


While I take my time in choosing a game to beat, I’ll ask you some questions:

  • How do you deal with Game Overload?

  • What game should I play?

  • What system should I look into?