At 33, I just recently hung up my joystick, and I officially retired from gaming after Final Round (which I didn’t even bother to enter). Though I do plan to continue to attend at least Final Round and possibly Evo for the next few years, it’s unlikely that I’ll participate very much. In 2007, I started playing competitively after my local tournament scene started to gain ground. However I started gaming late (around 27), and I already had an established career. I kind of kept my career in the same place while getting hardcore into games. However upon moving to Seattle, my job paid more, and I had a lot more re sponsibility than previously. I tried to participate in the local Seattle scene, but I wasn’t really driven to do so anymore. Plus I got sick of the grind of having to learn a ton of matchups, having to work on my execution, and having to put countless hours into studying. I also found that I no longer had the patience to sit around at tournaments, where in the past I was able to do so with no issue. I not only hung up my competitive fighting game career, but just flat out stopped gaming. I got sick of how games now take tons of hours to beat. At 33 I asked myself should I really be devoting energy to something that does not expand my professional network, isn’t a gateway to any money, and diverts my focus on important things in my life. Eventually gaming seemed really unappealing to me, so I hung it up.
I like SRK so I still kind of hang around here. I’m pretty sure a lot of long term hardcore gamers may be retired but may still hang. I just want to know if anyone else has retired from gaming recently, and what lead to your decision to stop playing games?