Sessler's Soapbox: Finish What You Started

Posted: August 23, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: Finish What You Started
Sessler discusses the recent CNN article that claims only 10% of gamers play their games through to the end of the single player campaign.

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  • Keeok

    Really cool comparing reading to playing video games, i'd never thought of it that way. I generally finish my games but sometimes i've walked away from it for a month of so and then gone back and finished it. I play to relax among other things and I don't feel obligated to finish a massive game quickly, I want to enjoy it.

    Posted: August 23, 2011 4:00 PM
  • appollyonx

    i have a stack of games that i'm still working my way through. but i'm not in any hurry, i usually get games after they've been out a year or so anyway.

    Posted: August 23, 2011 3:54 PM
  • San_Pato

    Give me a game like Ratchet and Clank and I am in front of my TV until I've not only beat the game, but maxed all weapons and have spent hours figuring out the secrets skills and what not. However, sandbox games like Fallout 3, Oblivion, GTA etc.. there is so much extra stuff to find and side quests that I rarely finish them. I play the crap out of them for a few days until I start to get bored, so I start playing something else. After a few months, I'll fire up the sandbox game again, but have no idea what I was doing so I start a new guy and then the process repeats over and over. As you brought up though, I do want to beat them....someday.
    Also, I wonder if it was a random group of gamers of just multi-player gamers that were interviewed. Half the gamers I know that play online a lot, only buy a game every few months and only for the multi-player part of it and could care less if there was even a campaign on it. The other half of gamers I know are like me and buy all sorts of games all the time and finish the campaign first on a game with mulit-player before even thinking about going online.

    Posted: August 23, 2011 3:45 PM
  • CustosIntusSilentium

    Also, I'll be reading "The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction" shortly in a literary criticism and theory class. I'm not 100% sure, but on the surface, some of the themes found therein may apply here. A thought.

    Posted: August 23, 2011 3:40 PM
  • CustosIntusSilentium

    I can vouch for this in some ways. Working 3 years at a video game store, I was the only person who consistently completed games I started. A little sad. But now life has put too much on my plate as a student and more to sit through an Asian inspired schedule of reinforcement i.e. taking dozens of hours to obtain one simple and inane item. Plus, it just doesn't seem like devs are putting in those creative elements which kept me entertained as a kid. Much begrudged, I hope this isn't the beginning of a cynicism.

    Posted: August 23, 2011 3:33 PM
  • werdman24

    I still haven't gotten around to finishing Oblivion. Hopefully, I can finish by the time Skyrim comes around. I also need to finish Gears of War 2, Fallout 3, New Vegas, Epic Mickey, Ninja Gaiden 1 and 2, Final Fantasy XIII, Tales of Vesperia, Star Ocean: the Last Hope and Till the End of Time, the Ratchet and Clank games, the Resident Evil games, and so many more. I need a vacation.

    Posted: August 23, 2011 3:31 PM
  • ManVsZ0MBiE

    I have to play my games to the end. I can't afford new games so I play the single player campaign MULTIPLE times. I got 100% on RDR, which I'm very proud of, and I've beaten ACII 5+ times. I had Gamefly but finances got worse so that had to go.

    Posted: August 23, 2011 3:30 PM
  • JayLoser

    I basically only play RPGs. I better beat them, or it's a waste. Although some do take waaaay too much time. 20-30 hours is good, but most of the ones I play are JRPG's, which means I spend upwards of 50 hours.

    Posted: August 23, 2011 3:26 PM
  • Aliasvs.Editor

    A game has to have good gameplay and especially story for me to play it through to the end. if i'm not enjoying a game, i will literally eject it that second and put in something that i know to be fun. A game like God of War takes pride in its story and gameplay so that i want to see how it all turns out, but at the same time i'm having so much fun that i want to keep playing it as long as i can. However a game like Shadow of the Colossus has some of the greatest gameplay in game history, but the story was pitiful. As epic as the ending was I didn't have enough hook into it to keep playing. And then there are some games (and i know i'll be thumbs-down-ed for this) like Kingdom Hearts that i absolutely can stand neither the gameplay, nor the story. Therefore I found no interest nor attachments whatsoever and stopped playing about 20 minutes after when the gameplay actually started.

    Posted: August 23, 2011 3:16 PM
  • Bejewzus

    Huh... was the screen at 0:40 on the left showing a Skyrim screenshot? Kinda looks like a female Dunmer...

    Posted: August 23, 2011 3:13 PM
  • lilboikwon

    can you stop studdering? makes me studder. kthxbai

    Posted: August 23, 2011 3:09 PM
  • Wildcard273

    Adam, I agree with you nearly 100%. I think we're about the same age so I completely understand when you say that "adult" life doesn't always allow for the multi-hour gaming sessions like they did earlier. Between work, friends, significant others, sleeping and eating, my time for gaming is limited.

    I want to finish every game I buy and I buy games based on the single-player aspect of it more than multiplayer for three reasons: 1) I want an excellent story, 2) The level of maturity on multiplayer is frustratingly low, and 3) I want to get my money's worth. With games costing $60/each, I want to make sure that I enjoy every bit and piece of what the designers/producers put into it.

    My biggest problem to finishing games when I was single was literally other new games. I'd get the newest game, play it hot and heavy for weeks, then a newer/cooler game would come out and I'd get that. Added to that, right about that point in the game is when they'd dial up the difficulty and like you said, you get to the point of "Do I really want to finish this?" And presto, a new game was out. Rinse and repeat. But since I got married, disposable income isn't a thing of the past, but it's not just my money. So I made a deal with the Mrs to only get a new game after I finished the previous one. And that's not a bad deal it makes sense, so in the last few years, I have finished some of the biggest, newest games. GTA4, Red Dead, Portal, Uncharted 2, L.A. Noire, etc.

    In the end, for me, it comes down to time. I do want to finish games, but it just takes me a lot longer to get through them than it used to. Great Soapbox Adam, thank you.

    Posted: August 23, 2011 3:04 PM
  • Sponge-worthy

    Adam's parting thought seems to ignore the rise of mobile gaming apps which do comport to the trappings of modern adult life.

    Posted: August 23, 2011 3:01 PM
  • cwbys21

    It would have been perfect to have the add at the end of this video be for Gamefly instead of whatever it was. I get my games from there if I'm not sure of them, and if I don't like them they go back within a day or two. I only buy games I know I will like and I have no problem beating them.

    Posted: August 23, 2011 2:55 PM
  • Rowdie

    You can only suffer through so much mediocre game play before you realize, again, getting your money's worth isn't about the time you spend it's about the quality of the time you spend.

    Posted: August 23, 2011 2:47 PM
  • Renagade11

    Also because I mostly play single player games. If I don't finish playing it to the end I feel incomplete. Like watching a movie and not seeing how it ends.

    Posted: August 23, 2011 2:41 PM
  • Renagade11

    I always finish my games. I find it surprising that others don't. Maybe it's because growing up as a kid I always watched my uncles play games I had a hard time playing and couldn't beat; that now I have this need to play every game I get.

    Posted: August 23, 2011 2:39 PM
  • PcgamerWithAClue

    Console gaming by nature is casual. It's a mainstream hype driven market. Mothers buying games for children and couch sitting casuals everywere. Pc gamers are far more hardcore. Not much you can do about it son.

    Posted: August 23, 2011 2:39 PM
  • MySmileIsARifle

    Back in the day, when I used to be in middle school and I didn't have the ability to go out that much, gaming for hours on end was easy to do. I had no problem finishing a 60+ hour game. But now that I'm headed for college, not excluding my time in high school, there's just no time for me to spend playing all the games I want to play.
    And it's hard to manage that gaming time; games I'm interested in are being released more frequently, and I want to at least try all of them once.That is the reality of real life.
    At least until I have a steady career and a few vacations.

    Posted: August 23, 2011 2:34 PM
  • flyingchicken

    Not enough information is shown for this to truly matter.

    Posted: August 23, 2011 2:27 PM