I spend $60 dollars and only played it for a few hours...
by, 12-23-2011 at 07:58 PM (587 Views)
I think... I've lost satisfaction of playing a game after I buy it. If I spend $1 or $100+, the end result is the same. The game stays in my backlog forever until I decide to trade it in if I can do that. After arguing with myself about if I should buy Anno 2070, a $55 game, I took a look at my gaming bookshelf.
How many games have I beaten? 5 out of 21 games. Then I decided to take a look at my Steam account, how many there? 6 out of 109. So out of 130 games, I've only beaten 11. Why am I dumping money into games, even if they're $1, when I only play them for a few days then move onto the next exciting thing? Where has the excitement gone in finding out the end to the story? I have a few thoughts on the matter. (Excuse the massive gaps between bulletpoints.)
- One, I enjoy collecting games. The satisfaction of owning and playing a game for a few hours provides me something to talk about with friends with. "I haven't beaten it, but I did do this and that." A conversation can be made with only that. We talk more about it and I get excited, exclaiming that I'll head home and play it just to see it through. Does that actually happen? Rarely.
- Two, boredom. Hey! I played a number of hours of this game, I know how it works, nothing really changed during my gameplay so why should I bother continuing? I have an idea of where this is going, so it's not like missing the later two-thirds of it is going to matter, right? RIGHT? What? I should finish it? Yeah, sure, right after I get bored of this game that I just bought. What? I won't? How do you know what I'm going to do? Do you know the future? No? Then quit talking out your ass.
- Three, sense of variety. I don't want to play a shooter today, how about an RTS or an RPG or a Third person action game or a... I have a variety of games. Excluding the normal Fighting(MvC, SF#, etc) and Sports(NFL, NHL, NBA, etc), I tend to have at least one game that covers a certain genre. Multi-player shooter? Battlefield 3 and Resistance 3. RTS? I own all of the Command and Conquer games. Rockband 3? Got that, too. Playstation Move? Sports Champions. Online RPG and MMO? White Knight Chronicles and Vindictus. I have a lot, but haven't beaten most of them.
Or maybe I'm just all four. I'm sure there's more, but these are the ones I've thought up in my grand amount of time. Grand amount amount of time that I could be playing and finishing(!!!) games. But chances are I won't be finishing more then a few games a year while my library or games doubles. Chances are I'll never, ever, beat every game in my backlog and I think, after writing all this, I'm okay with that. I'm okay knowing that I won't be getting to that game I spent 60 bucks on. I may have spent only a day playing it and that's okay with me. Wasted good money? Yeah. But did I enjoy what time I spent with it, maybe.
- Four, and this happens to be the most insane of them all, my imagination. What do I mean, you ask? Have you ever watched a move or, in this case, played a game where things didn't turn out how you planned? Where you hated it or disliked it to a point where you wish you hadn't seen the end, better leaving it to your imagination. This is were I consider myself more likely to be. If it's a good story, why should it end? If it's a disagreeable story why shouldn't I make it seems better? Or why should it end at all, good or bad? My imagination is well enough to craft a story, maybe interject a character that (hardly)reflects myself to start, then I would gladly waddle through it all while the actual game is collecting dust.
Most of all, I feel justified calling myself a gamer. I've dipped my foot into this gaming world and I don't regret it like I do other things in my life. Maybe my peers consider me a casual gamer. But that's still a gamer and that's a title I'd wear. Not to mention I've experienced things from flying in space to sending thousands of units to their deaths only to build more and do the same and that's not even considering the experiences I've had with other gamers that I can now call friends.
I'm a gamer and I have a huge backlog, what the hell is new?