Like me or not. Understand me or not. I have been where you guys are at. I can see the signs. And I can tell you it will only get worse.
I have become more and more disenchanted with games over this and the last generation of hardware. This one being the worse, for me.
Playing old favs works for a little while, but then when new tech puts those old favs out to pasture, you will start to feel disconected and angry. Why don't they make good games(like old fav) anymore. They could, why WON'T they?
You will get more distance out of your games if your a SP player. If your into OMP, then less. The first time you realise you would like to reach through your TV and kill that 10yr old is not a good thing my friends. Its a sign.
I really don't think gamers will out grow gaming. But they surly will out grow the games themself. Its like taking your Golf as serious as a Pro, but then realizing you have been playing Put-Put all along. Its almost comical to listen to grown men talking about the merrits of Poke'mon. Or to disect the workings/strengths/weaknesses of one generic game after another. Haven't we all played all of these already?
Because every year millions of kids turn ten for the first time. Play Zelda for the first time. Tops the leaderboard in his first match of Halo/CoD/BFBC2/whatever. Learns that he can best you, the old, established authority in the only world that matters to him ... the video game.
It just happens.
First you lose your edge, then you stop to care. But gnawing at your thoughts, somewhere deep down, is the understanding that you would still love to play games. Like you used to.
I found that changing what I was playing helped me a ton. Instead of JRPGs, I moved on to Diablo/Titan Quest. Instead of playing Halo/BF/CoD, I play WoW. Instead of playing FF Tactics/Competitive RTS I have settled on Civilization.
Instead of buying 60/usd on games that will soon boring(or anger) me, I have moved to Gamefly/renting. Instead of over hyped boxed games at the store, I pick up cheap downloadable games with much less investment and thus risk.
Trust me fellas, your not as far down this path as I am. But rest assurd, someday you will be. I will make room for your rocking chair on the porch of our hobby. You are welcome here, we have lots of room. Make sure you bring your stories of the golden age of gaming. We all like a good story.