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« on: September 23, 2004, 08:17:40 PM »

For me, it's usually whatever is in my line of sight at the time. For example, when I was supposed to be working last night, I eyed Aliens vs Predator 2. Bear in mind this is a game I haven't played in two years, but I installed it and was soon having a blast flying off walls and chomping people. This made me realize exactly why I rarely finish games - I've the attention span of a flea and there are so many fun games new and old.

I need either a system, or a 12-step program. I can't decide which right now.
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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2004, 08:22:35 PM »

I've noticed that I've developed gaming ADD this console generation as well - I'm not sure if it's because I have less time to play, or if it's because there are so many kickass games being released all the time but I have a hard time focusing on any one game.  It seems that I'll get a wild hair to play one game, then as I'm 15 minutes into it I'll suddenly get an urge to play another one.   So rather than focusing on finishing 2-3 games, I find myself inching forward in 8-10 games on any given week.
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2004, 08:27:14 PM »

I never (usually) finish games. But I do tend to play one game for a week or two if I like it. Most of my game changes come in the form of switching from PC to Console and back. Oh, but the wife and I play AOM:Titans at least 4 times a week (yes minimum), and have been doing that from day 1.
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2004, 08:38:05 PM »

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I'm not sure if it's because I have less time to play, or if it's because there are so many kickass games being released all the time but I have a hard time focusing on any one game.

For me it's a combination of both.  I'm glad there are so many good games, but I really need a 30 hour day.

I try to have one main game to play (so I'll actually maybe finish it) and then I'll have a few others on the side that get an undeserving piddly amount of playing time.  It kind of sucks because I'll put a few hours into a game and then it'll get shelved for however long.  By the time I get back to it, I'll have forgotten all the controls and where I was in the game so I just end up replaying what I already played.  Sometimes if I know a game is short, I'll make that my main game since the chances I finish it go way up, but that's not always the case, especially with the beloved RPGs.
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2004, 08:51:00 PM »

Add me into the category of those that have "Gaming ADD".

I LOVE Doom 3, but always find myself sidetracked by playing some multiplayer on Joint Operations, or finishing just one more race in Burnout 3, or running through another level of Call of Duty, etc, etc, ad nauseum.

It's a terrible, vicious cycle. It's also one I've developed over the last year or so. I used to buy a game, and then just play it constantly until  I had finished it. I haven't done that since way way way back when Armored Core 3 came out for the PS2.

I'm not sure what's up with me lately. Perhaps it's just that I haven't ever bought so many games in such a short time before?

Like last year I spent way more money overall on games than I have this year, but it was WAY more spread out. I'd buy a game every couple of weeks last year. This year it seems like there's nothing I want for a month and then 5 games I'm dying to play show up in a week.
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2004, 08:53:56 PM »

I think there is a unique condition with the end of this year, it is the last holiday they can capitolize on this generation of hardware.  Might explain all the push into this holiday.
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« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2004, 09:29:01 AM »

I go from game to game to game to game.  Seriously, right now I have about 4 RPGs I really want to beat, all with 15+ hours on them.  Plus it's also the number of great titles that have been released . . . and soon TO be (Shin Megami Tensei:  Nocturne!!!).
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« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2004, 02:57:12 PM »

For me, deciding what game to play comes down to how much time I have and what I'm in the mood for.  Pretty soon, it'll come down to a desire to beat a game, which might get me back into MGS: The Twin Snakes and Star Wars: Rebel Strike in the near future.

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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2004, 04:35:05 PM »

Well, does anyone here feel they have way less time for RPG's of the Final Fantasy size as they get older, or is it just me? Thankfully, I don't have kids yet, otherwise I'd have even less time than I do right now for, well, anything let alone gaming. I hate to think I'm falling swap to the MTV-influence of faster and quicker games, if only because I no longer have 50+ hours to devote to games. Which sucks, when you think about it. smile
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« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2004, 05:18:52 PM »

Unfortunately, I'm beginning to fall into that category, whiteboyskim.  Most of my gametime tends to happen during the weekends, and even then, it's not that much.

I'd hate to think that eventually I'll reach a place where I'll be happy when an RPG is only 12 hours long. On the other hand, I don't think I'll ever have enough time to complete another Baldur's Gate 2. Those days are long gone.

And yes, it does stink.
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« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2004, 09:15:43 PM »

Yeah.  RPGs are something that I'll always have a soft spot for but just can't do anymore.  On the bright side, I've picked up an interest in fighting games and racing games that wasn't there before.  Quick action doesn't always mean unsatisfying action.
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