How To Get Out of a Gaming Funk

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Can't find anything to play? Nothing really clicking for you right now? It's okay. This sort of thing happens. We're here to help you out of your gaming slump.


Now, there's no sure-fire way to get you back on track when it comes to finding games you'll enjoy. Gaming funks can hit you hard! Some of these tips might work for you, some might not. All are worth a shot, though.

Play Better Games

Why waste your time playing just any old game when you could be playing the best games on your system? Thankfully, we've already selected a collection of games that we think are absolutely worth your time—we call them The Bests, and you should play them if you can.

If this doesn't work, you could always fall back on some of your personal favorites, too—these, more than any other game, are likely to push the right buttons for you.

Play Different Games

Maybe what you need is a palate cleanser. Do you have genres you don't usually touch? Now might be a good time to try them. Or maybe instead of 'better' games, you need to try different games—weirder, non-traditional games. Stuff that isn't afraid to experiment.

That's where indie games come in handy—we highly recommend checking out the indie games we cover, along with staying on top of sites like Indie Statik, Forest Ambassador, Free Indie Games. These are all good resources for non-traditional games that do the sorts of things big triple-A games would never dream of. PC gamers in particular will have an easier time when it comes to trying out different types of games, though systems like the PS4 and Vita are really embracing indie games, too.

Use Your Friends

Friends make everything better—even crappy games can be fun with the help of a good friend. Sure, there are games you should play with your friends, but friends are also good for recommendations of games you should play, too. Ask around, or pay attention to what your friends list seems to be playing.


Steam can be handy here, in that not only does it recommend games based on your purchases (something which the Xbox One also does), but it also shows you what your friends recommend, too. Steam tags are also useful, in that you can peruse unorthodox game types/categorizations—like 'walking simulator' and games with female protagonists (amongst many others!) Look around tags, not just for stuff that you know you like, but categorizations of games that sound new and interesting. And services like Raptrcan show you what your friends are spending time with, and how much—which is a good vote of confidence for any game.


Use Your Backlog

What better time to dive into your backlog than when you can't find something to play? Remember, buying a new game means taking a gamble—and you don't have to do that if you have games lying around that you haven't played or beaten yet.


Here, services like the Backloggery can be useful, as they help you keep track of your backlog, as well as your progress on said games.

Watch Other People Play

Sometimes, watching a game can be more entertaining than playing it. Services like Twitch allow you to see all sorts of people streaming old and new games alike on their hardware—and some of these folks are pros and speedrunners, which makes watching them play all the more fascinating. Who knows, maybe watching a pro could give you some new ideas for approaching a game you play. Many games, like League of Legends, also offer a spectator mode—check out if some of the games you love do too.


Take A Break

Losing interest in something for a while is natural and happens to everyone, whether it be because of boredom, needing a change of pace, or because depression has made you lose interest in the things you love.


It's worth remembering that you don't have to force yourself to find something new to play, especially if you're having trouble making something click. Maybe you just need to spend time with a different hobby—there have been plenty of times when games have become more appealing to me after I stepped away from them for a little while. So, as sacrilegious as it might sound, don't be afraid to stop playing games for a little while and do something else! It might help.

Do you have any tips for finding new games to play, or getting out of a gaming funk? While hopefully some of the advice we've offered helps, we'd love to hear your recommendations in the comments.



When I'm in a gaming funk, I usually break it with arcade games. Every so often trivia or poker (usually on Playstation Home — "Beta"). But arcade games are the thing that do it for me most of the time. Arcade games meaning stuff that you would have found in the arcades back in the day ("the day" being a time before many here were born). Most recent example for me is Dead Nation: Super Atomic Bad-Ass Edition on the PS4.

It's weird that at one time arcade "style" games were the only games we had and to break a gaming funk back then you had to read books about games (usually cheap 80-page tomes swearing they'd make you the best Pac-Man gamer ever ... as long as you were the only one reading the book). Ah, I miss those days. Sort of. Not really. Mostly I just miss the pizza.