Are You Gonna Finish That?
A game is perhaps one of the few things that many of us never end up sticking with to its completion
A game is perhaps one of the few things that many of us never end up sticking with to its completion. We’ll finish a meal until we’re satisfied or unable to cram another sweet piece of cake into our already bursting gullets. You don’t go into a restaurant and pay for a three course meal but then decide as they are bringing out the dessert you don’t want it. You eat the dessert. You don’t run out of the place with your hands clamped over your ears whilst blindly knocking over the waiter in a panic.
So why then do some of us decide that after putting X amount of hours grinding, collecting items and completing quests that the game just isn’t doing it for us? There are many reasons I believe and the food analogy works a treat.
It may be that halfway through your meal (game) it’s going well, the food isn’t great but hey you paid for it so shovel it down and shut up. Then, from round the corner someone brings out something that looks, and tastes infinitely better in your eyes. Do you finish the meal, one bitter mouthful after the next, or do you discard the garden salad (Final Fantasy XIII) and chow down on a burger (Dragon Age: Awakening)?
The burger all the way in my case, it tasted better, I finished it and felt satisfied after gorging myself on it. The salad just couldn’t sate my gaming hunger.
We don’t always leave games to collect dust because they are in some way particularly bad either. I played Final Fantasy VII back in the day and put over 80 hours into the game and then, just stopped. I’m not even sure why. Perhaps a shiny object got caught in my periphery and I spent the next few months staring vacantly at it until my brain turned to yoghurt. It was most probably the fact I was an annoying ten year-old at the time. I had been hyped up on so many E-numbers and chocolate milk nothing could hold my attention so I ran around until an enforced ‘time-out’.
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