With so many games vying for our attention, is completing games becoming a thing of the past for a lot of gamers?
After finishing a 125 hour playthrough of Persona 5 I was struck by a curious cocktail of feelings: a sense of achievement, relief, some sadness and a great deal of happiness.
This mix of feelings was familiar but it’s not one I experience regularly. Between losing interested, flitting between titles and being distracted by the latest and greatest, I tend not to finish the games I play.
Here’s the questions, once I’ve invested several hours into a game do I owe it to myself or the game to finish it? Furthermore, if I do drop a game when I’m within sight of the end, is that the fault of the game for not holding my interest, or mine for not staying focused?
My most recent game completion and case-in-point is Persona 5. It’s an excellent game and certainly ranks as one of my favourite games (I even wrote about it), but even more notably it kept me interested for every one of those 125 hours, bar some typical JRPG fuckery in the last act.
I’m of the opinion that if I’m not willing to spend more time with a game then it’s a pretty damning indictment. Plus, as someone who works full time my free time is precious and I should be spending it on something I find satisfying, as opposed to something which has become a chore.
The disposable income aspect of being a “grown-up” must also be a factor. As a kid I general had to emotionally blackmail my mum into buying a game I really wanted, but that would only worked a few times a year.
Throw in one birthday and Christmas and it adds up to maybe 10 games a year at most, but a lot more free time to be able to play them in, meaning that my game owned to game completed ratio was much higher than it is now.
However, I have vastly enjoyed some games after I’d been told, “the first fews hours drag but then it’s an amazing storyline,” which is also fairly typical of RPGs and JRPGs.
Sometimes I’m struck with a desire to go back and finish a game that I’ve dropped part way through, but inevitably I’ll have forgotten what I was doing or how to play and need to start over. This generally results in me remembering why I dropped it or just not being bothered to start a new game.
There is also the strange phenomenon whereby I’m enjoying a game so much that I don’t want it to end and will actively avoid finishing it, which is all kinds of messed up.
Anyway, do you finish the games you play? Let me know on Twitter @JPPostsTweets