Over time, habits, preferences, and opinions change. Of course, when we're younger, none of us actually believe that.
And yet, it's basically inevitable. So if you've been playing games for a significant amount of time, how have your habits changed over the years? What's different between then and now?
I think for many, as they get older, they have less time. Life happens. Responsibilities start to pile up. Hence, it's not surprising to learn that many veteran gamers tend to stick to titles that don't take a thousand years to complete, and they also prioritize on a frequent basis. In other words, they stick with the best of the best because when you have limited time, you want to get the most out of your leisure activity. The key is juggling your spare time with games that might require a fair amount of effort and attention, because you're often tired when you finally get a chance to sit down and play.
But there are other factors. As the industry changes, your tastes might change. Me, I used to be a die-hard RPG fanatic in the original PlayStation days and while I will still claim a deep love of old-school JRPGs, my tastes have become far more diverse. At this point, I'll play just about anything that's good, with the usual exception of the fighting, strategy and flight genres. Strategy/RPGs can really grab me but they'd have to be turn-based; RTS just irritates the hell out of me. I also love shooters but because I basically refuse to play them online, I really only play the campaigns, so I guess I don't qualify as a hardcore FPS follower.
But time is an issue as it is for most everyone I know these days. So yeah, I also have to be very selective. My "completionist" mentality has eroded away, too…although it still pops up from time to time, especially if a game really hooks me. However, I've never been able to play a game for a ridiculous amount of time in any given day or week, so it's not like the limited time is hurting me too much. How's about you?