Don’t get me wrong: I’ll never grumble about not having to commute to and from the office for many hours every day. Regardless, working from home has absolutely ruined my motivation to go anywhere near my gaming setup.
You don’t need me to tell you how drastically our behaviors have altered as a result of the epidemic. On some levels, remote working has been a gift in disguise, but it’s impossible to deny that it’s been quietly eroding the boundary between our personal and professional lives over the last two years.
I still play video games, but I’ve discovered that cuddling up on the sofa with a previous-gen console is far more relaxing than spending my evenings gaming at the same desk where I work eight hours a day.
My gaming rig continued to be an important part of my life throughout university and the early stages of my professional career as a communications consultant. Even throughout the pandemic, my PC helped me power through 2020 and allowed me to enjoy some of the best games of 2021 while in lockdown.
I assembled my trusty gaming PC shortly after finishing school. Since then, it’s been with me through thick and thin, even going through a few CPU, GPU and motherboard upgrades throughout the years. This same gaming rig now sits by my work setup at home where I’ve spent the majority of the pandemic working from.
However, I’ve only recently realized that the more I felt exhausted and burnt out at work, the less time I wanted to spend gaming at a desk. I understand that working and gaming are wildly different activities – and in my case involves having two separate PCs – but I just couldn’t get past the fact that there I was glued to a computer at the same exact chair and desk.
At first, I wondered whether or not I had outgrown video games – as if. I still felt a longing for gaming, even if the thought of sitting at my gaming PC made me a tad sick. I initially turned to Twitch streams to try and live vicariously through various gaming content creators, but it just wasn’t the same.
That’s when I had a lightbulb moment – I still haven’t been able to nab a new-gen console like the PS5 or the Xbox Series X, but I did have my dusty original PS4, which I decided to set up in my living room as far away from my work desk as physically possible. This solution worked a treat.
Of course, an eight-year-old console could never compete with an average mid-range gaming PC in terms of hardware specifications and graphic capabilities. But I never seemed to care – even with the occasional FPS stutters aside, I was able to breeze through new releases like Resident Evil Village and Mass Effect Legendary Edition with minimal issues.