Less of a confession, more of a fact of life. But particularly in this decade, games seems to be pouring out of developers like profitable diarrhea. And literally WHO on this planet has time to play everything, let alone finish them?!
I know this is blog post number 1, but let’s start a little competition. If you comment below the title of a game you think I will have finished AND you get it right, I will give you every penny in my bank. No seriously, I will. All -£146.98 of them.
Yes, it’s true. I’m a serial non-completionist. In fact, the last time I finished a game was 3 years ago with Borderlands 2, and that was only because I was playing it cooperatively and my gaming partner was a bit of a dominatrix. If I had taken that game on solo, I can guarantee it would still be collecting dust next to Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City and Halo-fucking-3.
I’m really not sure why I find it so impossible to finish titles other than the fact I have the attention span of a gnat, but I know it’s not past my abilities to download or buy a game, play it solidly for 8 hours and then forget it about its existence entirely. In fact, in the past I’ve been to buy games I already known simply because I forget I had it already.
I’d like to share this extremely embarrassing confession with you in a visual format too. A few years back, I uploaded a photo of my ‘Pile of Shame’ to the Internet to demonstrate the overwhelming ratio of Completed (Left) to Uncompleted (Right) games in my collection. Here it is for all of those who missed it along with a charming infographic displaying my Steam accountability.
I found this only became a psychological problem of mine when I started to move into hardcore gaming, upgrading from the PlayStation 2 up to the Xbox 360 and buying every item in the Sale Bucket to get me off on the right feet.
I remember getting Halo 3 (yes, the same one I still haven’t finished), Tony Hawks American Wasteland (which in my defense was stolen from me) and Burnout Revenge and playing them nonstop, obsessively even. That was until I went back to the Sale Bucket and picked up some more titles. It pretty much snowballed from there.
You see, I’m a collector at heart. I’ll happily display every game and console I own, but miserably whisper under my breath that I haven’t even played half of them. And it’s not that I don’t WANT to finish them, because trust me all I’ve heard is that the ending of Bioshock Infinite is life changing, but I just can’t stay focused until the end. I’m hit by a difficulty curve, an unforgiving glitch, a console meltdown or just pure distraction.
Now thankfully, I know I’m not the only one suffering with this dilemma, as more and more people reach out to me on Tumblr admitting their embarrassing non-completions. So perhaps from this day forward we recognise the frankly absurd amount of games on the market and forgive the Digital Magpies like myself that can’t stare at Pandora for too long without wanting to teleport to Racoon City or drop into the Animus for a chat.
Stay tuned for next weeks Confession regarding Next Gen Consoles!