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The Guilt of not finishing.

Discussion in 'General Gaming' started by taxalot, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. taxalot Gone forever. Patron

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    'Sup codexers.

    One might like video games, whether they be adventure or RPGs and not exactly be stellar at them. Such is the case for me for action games, for example.
    Recently, I have been playing Wing Commander I , and have been unable to finish it. I tried as I might, changed strategy all the time ; but there always comes a time when strategy doesn't matter and twitch reflexes and luck do the trick. I am not as patient as I was when a kid, and I can't spend months playing a single mission until the Great Randomizer God of Luck allows me to win a mission.

    So I gave up on WC1.

    And each time I give up on a game, I _HATE_ that feeling. My ego suffers. Why, no online review mentions that Wing Commander is supposed to be hard ! It's official, I must suck!

    Sometimes, it's RPGs I can't complete. I have been playing Ultima V on the side for MONTHS. As of now, I have no idea how I will complete it. I refuse to read a walkthrough, FAQ, or anything. Some other games are almost downright impossible without them (random riddle solutions, zombie situations in adventure game where you lost but don't know it, etc). So yes, there comes times, sometimes, when one has to give up on a game.

    And my question to the codex is : How do I cope ? Am I the only one to get those guilty feelings ? Do you ALWAYS try until you finish it ? Do you cheat? Do you uninstall and forget this ever happens?

    Doesn't it leave a hole in your soul?
     
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  2. Doesn't really bug me, but I've been a horrendous game hoarder all of my life so I'm constantly bopping between games. Bought a few cases full of hundreds and hundreds of pirated Atari games, then when I did more PC there was the occasional piracy and buying a whole lot of shovelware jewelcases and bargain bin rooting. And now I buy tons of cheap crap from things like Steam. I'll usually attempt to finish a game but sometimes I just lose interest in something and stop playing it. Most recent game that immediately springs to mind is Stalker Call of Pripyat. Not a bad game at all, just lost interest in playing it and stopped.
     
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  3. ohWOW Sucking on dicks and being proud of it Dumbfuck Queued

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    I never finished vanilla HoMM3 campaign.

    It haunts me all the time.
     
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  4. Excidium P. banal

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    Just check a walthrough or something. No shame on taking a peek sometimes when you get stuck.
     
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  5. Metro Arcane Beg Auditor

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    First off, WC1 is a great game and you should finish it. To the topic, not really. Especially now when we live in an era where games are dirt cheap. If I'm not enjoying something I just stop playing: e.g. Superbrothers Swords and Sworcery, LIMBO, Vessel, etc. That said, I'm a lot more stringent on what I buy regardless of the cost. If a game looks totally unappealing I won't even spend $1 on it.
     
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  6. DraQ Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    We should start Kodex Kompulsive Kompletionists help-group to tackle this issue.
     
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  7. raw Arcane Patron

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    and here i thought this was a misplaced thread about sex advice
     
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  8. I thought most true and just people just skirmished HoMM games and ignored the campaigns.
     
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  9. Awor Szurkrarz Arcane In My Safe Space

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    I almost never finish games.
     
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  10. Raapys Arcane

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    Rarely finish games these days. I just play them until I 'feel' finished with them. What keeps me playing is usually the story or the gameplay, sometimes both, but if the story is or has become boring and the gameplay has lost its appeal, then there's really no reason to keep going. Can't be bothered wasting time on something I'm not enjoying.
     
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  11. AngryKobold Cipher

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    I haven't finished many recent games. Usually the gameplay is boring, annoying or tiring, which leads to ragequit and uninstall. No second thoughts, I'm quite happy not playing shit.

    There were some titles I felt really bad after I had to give up or cheat my way through. Mostly older games, but it's more about the quality of gameplay than nostalgia. Sometimes after a fuck- up of majestic proportions, ruining XYZ hours of game. Other time due to a game- breaking bug, unexplained dead end, loss of saves or whatever else. I could tell you some creepy stories about games like Reunion or Betrayal at Krondor.

    I believe Youtube significantly lowered the importance of actual finishing a game. I don't care if I'm unable to see the end of a game, as long as I can watch it on YT... you get the point.
     
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  12. Xor Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Finishing a game only really means something to me with more arcade-like games. I'll often give up on story-based games if they're bad or boring. I've only ever finished 4 Final Fantasy games, despite having played nearly all of them until 11. On the other hand, I've been trying to beat Mega Man 2 for months and I still haven't given up, although I don't play it very often.
     
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  13. taxalot Gone forever. Patron

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    But how about games you love but do not have the skills to finish?:eek:
     
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  14. Hobo Elf Arcane

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    The only game that haunts me to this day is MM4 & 5. I don't know what it is about that game, but I never can finish it even though I love it to bits. I can even finish MM3 just fine. So what is it about 4 & 5 that I can't get myself to finish it even though it's basically the MM3 that I know and love, except on roids?
     
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  15. deuxhero Arcane

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    Honestly, most of my games are "mostly" complete instead of complete. I get so involved in finishing up everything optional I don't actually go knock over the final boss who is now piss easy.
     
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  16. Wyrmlord Arcane

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    I don't care.

    You cope by not caring.
     
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  17. mondblut Arcane

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    Don't play twitch shitgames. Play the monocled ones where numbers are doing the twitching for you.

    The games are there to be enjoyed, not completed. All the greatest games are technically un-completable by design anyway. One plays them for as long as it remains entertaining, and stops the moment it becomes boring.
     
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  18. Wyrmlord Arcane

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    The game is there to work for you.

    You are not there to work for the game.

    So feeling guilty about doing injustice to a game is totally backwards.
     
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  20. Hobo Elf Arcane

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    I must be the biggest pussy compared to everyone else in this thread. I sometimes have nightmares over not finishing a game; usually if it's a particularly hard and good game. I woke up covered in sweat over Nocturne once. I dreamt that I couldn't beat Lucifer.
     
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  21. Wyrmlord Arcane

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    Are you serious? :eek:

    Nightmares over videogames?
     
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  22. Ulminati Kamelåså! Patron

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    The only games I don't finish are the ones where I grow bored halfway through. I have no regrets over those. If I'm curious about the ending I will look it up on jewtube.

    I also tend to play on "normal" difficulty first time through a game, so that may have something to do with it. A game has to be disgustingly easy before I restart it on hard, since "hard" difficulty these days seems to be "monsters take twice as long to die".
     
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  23. waywardOne Cipher

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    If I don't finish a game, it's the game's fault. The guilt belongs with the devs/pubs.
     
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    I still feel guilty about never finishing Geneforge 4. And now that I'm playing through the whole series, I'm... thinking I might have to skip 4 again to avoid burnout :( but... but...

    I'm also currently playing RoA 1, and honestly finding it a bit boring. Keeping going in the hope that it shapes up, but I really want to skip to Star Trail. Hurgh.
     
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