7 Effective Tips to Avoid Gamer's Block

We live in an era with an abundance of game choices. However, this becomes intimidating because we must know which game to pick. This happened to me many times because I subscribed to PS plus premium, and believe me, I am lost when it comes to the next game I will play!

I got tons of games ready to download! Not to mention my library of PS3 and PS4 games, hundreds of upcoming AAA and indie games, the exclusives on the other platforms, and the forthcoming next generation of consoles! 

And as of writing and you’re reading this post, the game developers and console manufacturers are pushing forth with their plan to launch the next game or develop the next console! 

This feeling could be better because instead of feeling excited, playing games and finishing it has become a chore. We experience what others call “gamers block,” similar to writers and artists when their creativity isn’t running at 100%, or they have no idea what to produce next.

overwhelmed. GIF from Giphy
Overwhelmed. GIF from Giphy

Here are some tips you can do so you won’t feel overwhelmed with gaming and avoid gamer’s block. Here it goes!

Make a list of the games you wish to play. 

Making a list of titles to play next as a goal gives you clarity and lets you focus on your current games. This also helps you look forward to the next game you’ll play.

My list of games to play for 2023
My list of games to play for 2023.

Stick to one or two games at a time. 

Indulge in one game only and experience the game to its fullest. You can complete the main story only, reach 100% completion, unlock the platinum trophy, or see the diamond notification. Only think of other games once you finish these two.

As of writing: My ongoing games are Ni No Kuni and Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order.

Screenshot of me fighting the final boss in Ni No Kuni
I’m almost done with Ni No Kuni, but I can’t beat the game because my characters are not yet strong. I need to spend more time grinding and making their levels higher.
My PS4 game, Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
Currently enjoying Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order on my PS4 Pro!

Don’t be a victim of FOMO; buy all the hottest games if you still have plenty of backlogs. 

If your budget is limited, this is incredibly costly and buying the new games all at once only piles up your backlogs. Refrain from feeling pressured if you play the game years late. Remember, there is no deadline for gaming. – as long as you are enjoying, then that’s what matters! It is entirely up to you on which game you play first, and you ultimately control your preference.

Budol. GIF from Giphy

Did you know I also have many PS2 and PS3 games that still need to be completed? And yes, that’s perfectly okay! Imagine the horror story if I make this a big deal. I haven’t bought a PS5 because of the enormous game backlog I am still playing. I am taking it one game during my free time.

Cancel your game subscription temporarily. 

This is an unpopular tip because we’re supposed to play as much as possible. However, in this case, we are removing the clutter temporarily so you can choose between your physical library or some games you purchased in the past and just parked in your game library.

Cancel your PS plus subscription temporarily to help clear your mind on which game to play
Temporarily cancel your subscription to avoid overwhelming library of games

My PS Plus Premium Subscription lapsed recently, and I felt bad because I’m kissing goodbye to the library of amazing games! But after a few days, I am now staring at my physical collection and choosing to play my backlogs again. I felt I was “back on track” when finishing the games I bought in the past. 🙂

Try multiplayer or co-op games!

Getting bored playing open-world or linear story games? Playing without thinking about the next mission, completing a side quest, or leveling up your character is okay. Sometimes, ranking up and winning a competitive match is a great alternative! These co-op games are fun and help you avoid gamer’s block. Try multiplayer or co-op games. 

I play Call of Duty: Mobile with my wife, son, and sister-in-law. I’m an average, casual gamer of these types, and they always beat me. I also don’t get MVP that frequently, but interacting with others, laughing when something silly happens, and talking with them about the previous match pack are lots of fun and also addicting! No wonder these games have high replayability because they’re fun to play with friends! 

The games that I recommend are: Call of Duty Mobile, PUBG, League of Legends, Genshin Impact, Fall Guys, Mario Kart Tour, and many more! Most of them are free to play, and you also have the option to purchase in-game items. 

My character in Call of Duty: Mobile. Look how hilarious my gun is!
I am playing Call of Duty: Mobile on my tablet with DS4 attached!

You can also try pastime games like Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, etc. These games use strategy and creativity. The possibilities are endless, and I’m telling you – games are abundant nowadays! If you’re looking for a list of games, Wired has a good list of 25 best online co-op games.

Pause and take some rest. 

One of the most neglected but very effective ways to avoid gamer’s block is: sleeping! We feel overwhelmed if playing or completing a game is treated like a job that needs to be finished as quickly as possible. I know a lot of gamers who experience this.

If your body feels tired, take some rest. Sleep and rest must be top priorities and shouldn’t be exchanged for other things. It would be hard if we became sick, so always prioritize your body before other stuff because if you get sick, everything else will be limited.

avoid gamer's block by sleeping. Photo Source: Unsplash
The cat is sleeping. Photo from UnSplash

As adults, this is often the case. We are way too busy with making money to improve our lives, our growing careers, growing families, and other goals.

Let us not treat gaming as an obligation to ourselves to finish but treat it as a tool for us to relax and enjoy, just like watching movies and enjoying the scenes.

Go out, have fun, and return after a while. 

Go to the gym or beach, walk at the park, meet with friends, get some fresh air, talk to a friend, visit your parents, travel to a province, and plenty of stuff. Please refrain from bringing your handhelds and try not to talk about games (I know this is hard, but try it anyway)

You can also start a new hobby or activity like painting or playing outdoor games like Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, and billiards. Engaging in other activities will enable you to learn something new and shift your focus away from gaming. Some people go away from gaming because of their newly found hobby, but others say they are more excited when they turn on their consoles. 


These tips will help you feel in control and avoid gamer’s block. I am sure I missed some other helpful information. Feel free to share them in the comments section below. Please check my other article, 9 Effective Time-Saving Hacks So You Can Play More.

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