I have noticed that as I have gotten older my gaming time has gotten more minimal. Where I used to relish the thought of a gaming marathon with friends, sequestered away after having collected supplies and spending countless hours until my butt fell asleep, now the thought does not even make it past the formulation stage.
I would jump at the chance to stay up all night and game. I would spend hours trying and retrying new ways to play or finding all collectables. Even went so far as to play Oblivion right next to five other people who were playing oblivion even though we were not able to play together multi-player, it was just the fact it was fun.
Now though not even my favorite franchise could make me pull an all niter. I remember right before Borderlands 2 came out there were four of us that made a pact to stay up the entire night playing the game. I made it until midnight I think and then said I had to go.
I don't know the thought of spending several to more than several hours seated in front of the computer playing video games just does not have the draw or appeal it used to. I am sure in some way the decline and ruination of COD has had no minor part in it but I think it goes beyond that really. I think it goes to a level deeper than my conscious thought of playing, like my body and mind are acting together without my input and refusing to let me play video games for hours on end. I want to play I get a little excited about playing but then once I get to a point where I can play the feelings are gone and I usually end up doing something else instead.
I would rather go play laser tag or paintball. I would rather go to the gym or go running. I would rather go climbing or hiking and motorcycle riding. Or simply I would rather sleep.
I think if it gets any worse I won't be playing games at all.
Or maybe it could be that I have had too much free time on my hands and that I need something to keep me occupied so that gaming looks more appetizing, like a reward instead of the norm of anytime I feel like it.