As anyone who has read previous posts can attest, I love to play video games. I started when I was a wee tot on my parents’ Atari and I never looked back.
When I was little, I lived in a really small town and didn’t have access to a whole plethora of new games to play. I mostly stuck with the same few that I always had and played them over and over again. On the NES, I constantly played Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3 and Double Dragon. When our faithful NES finally died, sputtering and coughing it’s way into the grave, we begged our mother for an N64. Yes, our NES lasted all the way through the Super Nintendo era completely.
We got a 64 for Christmas that year and after that, it was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, 007: Goldeneye, Diddy Kong Racing, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.
Nowadays, however, I seem to have a problem with consistency in gaming. I bought myself a PS3 almost three years ago and The Boyfriend and I have developed a very nice collection of AAA titles for it. My problem is, I seem to start one game and play it for a while before I pick up something else and my brain automatically goes, “Oooh, new shiny object,” and puts that game in the machine. At any given time, I’ll have up to three or four games on the go and sometimes I won’t finish one until a year or more after I started it because I played bits and pieces of so many games in between.
I have a few explanations for some circumstances of this. I’ve come across bosses or puzzles that enraged me so much when trying to beat/solve them that I rage quit the game and didn’t go back to it for months. Sometimes I’ll be playing one game but really just biding time until one that I really want to play comes out for sale. When that awaited title hits the shelves, the current game gets put on the back burner for the one I really wanted to play. Dragon Age II was one of these games. I desperately waited for this game to come out and bought it on launch day because the first one was so damn good.
I believe the only game I’ve played from beginning to end (without interruption) in recent years, was Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. This was a game the grabbed my complete and utter attention from beginning to end and I even played it through a second time. It’s successor, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, would have done the same thing but I accidentally though I had deleted my save file when I was 3/4 of the way through the game and I was so pissed off, I didn’t play it again for months. (Worry not folks, I hadn’t deleted it and I picked up right where I left off).
Since then, I haven’t played an entire game all the way through without stopping and playing another one for a while. Currently, I have Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City, Red Dead Redemption, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception on the go. Oh, and much to my roommate’s chagrin, Dead Space. But, since he keeps berating me for not finishing it, I’m planning on not doing so just out of spite. Because sometimes, that’s how I roll.
There’s nothing in any of these games that makes me not want to finish them before starting another one, I just constantly find myself starting up something else for a while before I go back and play a little more of one that I started previously.
Does anyone else do this or do I have some kind of concentration problem when it comes to current video games?