I don't think it is stubbornness but rather how we as a society have evolved and also because we are now adults .
This is one of the best posts I have seen around here. It describes exactly how I fell about video games nowadays. I have plenty of money, I bought the Steam Deck just for the lulz. I buy games that I barely play afterwards, but what I don't have anymore is time. Every now and then I manage to get myself 1-2 hours for playing some games. And I always try very hard to get the most out of it. So I begin to really think about what to play. And in the end I'm almost always frustrated.
Back in the day I had to save up money for months just to get a new game. I always wanted to get a dreamcast but couldn't afford it. For the longest time in my youth, I played only on Nintendo consoles as that was that my older brother had. There was no chance in hell that I could ever afford my own console. But reading your post I realize that I still had way more fun than today and just now I begin to understand that it won't ever be that way again. Not only do I lack the time to really enjoy new games. My friends also don't share my passion for video games anymore, most have moved on to other hobbies or they just gave up all their hobbies altogether because family and work and stuff, lol.
Because of that, gaming also feels a lot more isolated and less social for me, as I never got into all that online gaming stuff. For me the best times always were with me and my buddies chilling on the sofa, playing single player games with one person playing and the others just watching and giving silly comments and stuff.
In the last months I more and more understood that those times will never come back, which makes me a little sad. But whatever, times are changing, ain't nothing you can do about it. So I just look forward to find other hobbies that I can enjoy in the future. I won't give up on gaming, but I also don't try so hard anymore to find new games that I can enjoy and follow new releases and all that. I kinda just stick to the stuff I like, playing old SNES or GBA games when I get the chance and just enjoy the little time I still have with the medium.
So I kinda mutated into a retro gamer, but I wouldn't say because of nostalgia. I know very well that there are countless great games today, I just don't have the time or the energy to get into them anymore.
Official member of VGC's Nintendo family, approved by the one and only RolStoppable. I feel honored.