I (Unintentionally) Avoid Completing Games

Last night, I finished South Park: The Fractured But Whole. I have a gaming notebook each year where I keep track of games I’ve started, finished, and want to keep my eye on. As I went to write down the date I completed South Park, I realized I’ve only beat 11 games this year. I flipped a little further and realized I started at least five other games in 2017 and haven’t completed any of them.

To be fair, there was a long stretch of months where I was too sick to play games and that put me well behind my usual quota. But I started thinking about some of the games I haven’t finished, and I realized there were several I couldn’t wait to keep playing, but put down for one reason or another.

It made me acknowledge something: I don’t like experiences to end. I may want to play a game, desperately even, but sometimes I will put it aside so I don’t have to deal with that particular experience being over.

That probably sounds ridiculous. Who doesn’t keep playing a game they enjoy and look forward to?

I started Resident Evil 7 the week it came out, but I got sick. I have yet to finish it. Okay, fair enough.

When I started Everything, a game that shot immediately into my top 10 games of all time, I put it down about halfway through. I didn’t want it to be over. I still don’t. It might explain why it sits there on my hard drive, unfinished yet often thought of.

I don’t want that experience to be over.

So many games have new game + modes, and I love that they do, but there is something about experiencing a game for the first time. The first time I went to Rapture in BioShock is one of my strongest gaming memories. Every trip below the sea I’ve made since then has been wonderful, but nothing quite compares to that initial descent when I had no idea what to expect.

I looked through the list of games I’ve started, but not finished, this year, and there are some games on there I very much want to go back to:

Everything
Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Resident Evil 7
Titanfall 2
Wolfenstein: The New Order

I know already I will prioritize Wolfenstein, as I want to play The New Colossus, and I don’t want to do that before I complete the first game. I just need to hunker down and do it.

I very much want to play The Evil Within 2, but I never played the first, so I need to go back and do that, too.

Wildlands got tedious, but I would still like to go back and finish it.

Titanfall 2 was glorious and I have no idea why I stopped.

Everything speaks for itself. I want to go back, but I am already thinking about it being over sooner than later. I want to be present in the moment when I am experiencing these games, but it’s hard when I know the end is rushing to meet me.

And then I think about all the 2017 releases just waiting to be played and I think, what on earth am I waiting for? There are all these experiences to be had! Just dive in there and have them! Life is so short, after all.

Now that I’ve made my way through South Park, I’m making it a priority to wrap up some of these games so I can move on to things like Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Persona 5, Yakuza 0, and NieR: Automata.

That’s a full docket.

With that I ask: what will you be playing this weekend? Do you have any glorious weekend plans?

In addition to playing catch up, I will be watching Game Informer’s Extra Life charity marathon. It’s one of my favorite things they do each year, and I intend to tune in for as much as possible.

Please be safe out there, friends. Cheers!

10 replies »

  1. The quality of games coming out each month, also make it hard to complete games. Still 11, is quite a few more than I managed :’) Currently going to play Super Mario Odyssey, which I started playing, while in the middle of Breath of the Wild.

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    • Isn’t that the truth! This year has been unreal for quality game releases.

      I hope you have such a good time! Odyssey is making me want a Switch with great intensity. And I hope you get to play both Odyssey and BotW!

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  2. I can’t imagine not wanting to beat a game – for me, that’s the goal. That’s not a critique -your way sounds more fun. I find beating a game becomes a hump to overcome and by the end of the game, I’m often not enjoying it anymore.

    I’m playing some Nintendo games this month for my blog, so I’m continuing my battle with Ninja Gaiden. Love the game, but I’m confident I won’t beat it, it’s far too hard!

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    • I wish I could come around to your way of things! I am sorry you find yourself not enjoying some of those games by the end. I’ve also pushed through on more than a couple of games I wasn’t enjoying by the end.

      I wish you much success at Ninja Gaiden! I bet you can beat it. I’m forgetting which level is the hell level, but I wish you luck with that one, too. I will have to read your findings!

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      • Thanks! I was stuck on Stage 6 and just couldn’t get past it. Think most stages in Ninja Gaiden are hell levels to be honest…

        Pushing through on games is awful, isn’t it? That’s exactly what you’re doing, pushing yourself to finish it. To be honest, I quit on most games too easily, so don’t feel sorry for me! I’m getting what I deserve when I have to push through Infamous Second Son etc…

        That’s the sign of a great game for me, when I don’t feel like I’m pushing through it. GTA V comes to mind.

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      • I agree there! It’s so much harder than I remember it being as a kid. I’m sure I didn’t beat it then, either.

        I do understand wanting to push through. There are a handful of cases where I’m actually glad I did, but often, I am like…I will never get those hours of my life back.

        Aren’t those great? I love when games are so engaging that everything else falls away.

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      • That’s why I still play games; I love that feeling of “I have to play this game.’ Any game that doesn’t give me that feeling gets phased out quickly.

        Taking on hard games like Ninja Gaiden…it’s worth the satisfaction of making progress, not matter how slow!

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