I think COVID played a large part, too. And, for me, not being able to just walk in the store and buy one really killed much of my interest. I barely bought any games in the last year and most of what I played this year were games I'd beaten countless times before. My hardware felt old and outdated and the new systems were out of reach so I lost interest. But I do feel the excitement rising. It's tangible.
There were specific days where I would look at the forum and say to myself "there are absolutely no posts about the PS5/XS.", though. I even commented as much on a couple of occasions in various threads. But then again, interaction on this site seems to be at all time low, as well. Yes, there's always news in other corners of the internet but it often failed to hook me. I was actually afraid I was going to give up the hobby.
I wound up filling the void with action figures.
Goddam action figures. I spent thousands!
What's your favourite doll, I mean fully articulated action figure.
Research shows Video games help make you smarter, so why am I an idiot