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Posted by MorbidEclipse, 09 February 2009 · 207 views

Never used this thing, but I figured now is the perfect time, since I'm home sick. I can't remember the last time I played a game on my consoles. I used to game on them constantly. I mean every chance I got. It's been at least two months now I think, and probably even longer.

I left off needing to finish Fable 2 and Fallout 3. Those were the games I was going to complete before anything else. And then I was going to finish 100% achievement on Mass Effect. Hell, I even have my Mass Effect chart still sitting somewhere with all my different play-throughs lined up for me.

I haven't even touched my DS or PSP at all. The only thing I've been playing lately is a copy of Minesweeper on my cell phone :bomb:

And it's beginning to frustrate me. This desire to play and finish some games, but the will to do neither. I know part of my problem, or at least...
When I get a new game there are 2 basic options in my mind:

  • Play through the game trying to get every detail/nook/cranny possible ....this way when I beat it I know I've finished it, however ... this takes waaaay too much time and then becomes monotonus to me.
  • Play through the game as quick as possible just to finish it, and then go back again for the details. However ... then I feel like I'm cheating myself in the process, because then there's the , "oh did I forget something over there?" or "crap maybe I missed something and need to go back for it."
So either way I still have not figured out how to "play games." It is a rarity that I actually complete a game all the way through. I was pleasently surprised when I completed Mass Effect. I think it's why I want to get the 100% achievement score on that game. Yet all other games still give me my dilemma of starting them, and never finishing them. And these are games I like!

Now whenever I think of getting a new game (and believe me there's quite a list), I'm not sure if I should ven bother taking the plunge. Will my next game be sitting around for months on end?

Why can't I just play a game and be done with it???




Never used this thing, but I figured now is the perfect time, since I'm home sick. I can't remember the last time I played a game on my consoles. I used to game on them constantly. I mean every chance I got. It's been at least two months now I think, and probably even longer.

I left off needing to finish Fable 2 and Fallout 3. Those were the games I was going to complete before anything else. And then I was going to finish 100% achievement on Mass Effect. Hell, I even have my Mass Effect chart still sitting somewhere with all my different play-throughs lined up for me.

I haven't even touched my DS or PSP at all. The only thing I've been playing lately is a copy of Minesweeper on my cell phone :bomb:

And it's beginning to frustrate me. This desire to play and finish some games, but the will to do neither. I know part of my problem, or at least...
When I get a new game there are 2 basic options in my mind:

  • Play through the game trying to get every detail/nook/cranny possible ....this way when I beat it I know I've finished it, however ... this takes waaaay too much time and then becomes monotonus to me.
  • Play through the game as quick as possible just to finish it, and then go back again for the details. However ... then I feel like I'm cheating myself in the process, because then there's the , "oh did I forget something over there?" or "crap maybe I missed something and need to go back for it."
So either way I still have not figured out how to "play games." It is a rarity that I actually complete a game all the way through. I was pleasently surprised when I completed Mass Effect. I think it's why I want to get the 100% achievement score on that game. Yet all other games still give me my dilemma of starting them, and never finishing them. And these are games I like!

Now whenever I think of getting a new game (and believe me there's quite a list), I'm not sure if I should ven bother taking the plunge. Will my next game be sitting around for months on end?

Why can't I just play a game and be done with it???
Your #1 sounds extremely painful. You might want to seek help with that, does it burn? Seriously though i've never understood the gotta get and find everything people I just play for fun. Achievements have made it worse for gamers like you I imagine as there are now even more things to do in a game. That's the beauty of a game though you can play as much or little as you like and as hard or easy as well. :)
I share these exact same feelings and have yet to solve them. I guess I have to try to beat my games as quickly as possible because at the moment this dilemma has caused me not to play my games at all.
I have problem number 1, only it doesn't really bother me, before achievement scores and trophies came about, I was off level grinding my characters to 99 in all rpgs, or finding every little item i could in games. I guess to each his own. Just find your own play style, gaming should be about sitting back relaxing and enjoying yourself. If it ever starts to feel like a chore to get to the ending just stop playing and come back to it a couple of months down the road.
Maybe try different games? Maybe even... dare I say it... casual games? Maybe casual games would make you happier. What I mean by that, since I actually really hate that label, are games that you can pick up and play for 10 minutes or 20 minutes or an hour and then you stop and you are done. The next time you play, that last play is irrelevant except as, perhaps, a high score to beat. Then this issue of finishing games is irrelevant. It's something to consider, anyway.

At the very least maybe you might add some games like this to your library. Also you can consider games that are more substantial but that don't end at all. For example, I'm completely addicted to Animal Crossing City Folk. Admittedly the game is not for everyone, but for me this game works great. I can sink hours into it, or minutes. I can feel like I'm accomplishing something or killing time. It's completely adaptable. I really love it.
I've been using Gamefly a lot so I have to decide with some finality when I'm done with a game.

I recently sent back Fable after buying Castle Fairfax, there didn't seem like there was anything else besides slave runs and odd jobs. I could have started a new game, but it would have been more work than fun. I have 875 Achivements points on the game, and I don't think I need to revisit it again for a while, maybe I'll rent it again when the next batch of DLC comes out.

Also, there is a balance for the amount of games that are out and the amount of time until the next good one. I can see why you would have gotten stuck on Fallout and Fable, since they are both slow burn games that came out a week apart. If one of those games came out today you would have a lot more uninterrupted time with it.

I'm looking forward to starting Mass Effect this month, the 20 dollar re-release is way too cheap to pass up.