Salutations all!

I'm sure there are quite a few of you who don't really know who I am or why I've suddenly shown up in your TAY feed, so allow me to kinda reintroduce myself. I am Claudio Iphigenia. Long time TAY contributer, but more of a lurker lately. I'm a big Nintendo fan, although I've gotten into Sony over the last two years or so. Pokemon is a huge part of my life, as is Zelda. I'm also a crazy pro wrestling fan, and I toyed with a weekly wrestling discussion post here for like, one week. Maybe that'll come back one day.

I've had a lot of changes in my life in the last two years or so, both physically and mentally. Post college life hasn't exactly gone as brilliantly as I had hoped, and that's weighed a lot on my mind. I dove very deeply into gaming in the majority of 2013, mainly as a way to deal with self esteem issues that I had. I was writing fairly regularly here during that year, and I felt great about it.

I changed my life in a lot of ways that year, I finally got into good physical shape after being "the fat kid" for basically my entire life. I still felt very poorly about myself as a person, and I was using gaming and writing as a way to deal with that. As 2014 came around, I slowly started feeling better about me. I went out more, I became more open with what I liked and what I didn't like, and just expressed the things I felt inside in a greater way than I ever had before.

As such, I spent a lot less time gaming, and less time thinking about gaming. I've still kept up with the major releases, mainly on my Wii U and 3DS, but I didn't dive into them with the fervor that I once did. Video games moved from an all encompassing passion to a hobby, and I felt less and less like spending every waking second with them.

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This is an odd place that I've found myself in, as I seem to be succumbing to the "growing out of games" phase that I never thought I'd find myself in. I still read Kotaku on a daily basis, and I get obsessed with the big releases. That has taken up a smaller place in my life, and I find myself appreciating other things more. I still love writing, and I want to do it more, but I want to do something different here.

That all said, has your life changed drastically lately? Anything that would cause your video game and video game adjacent habits to change drastically, and how did you handle it? I'm very interested in if my fellow KoTAYkuites have handled things like this.

Optimistically yours,

ClaudioIphigenia