Poll: How Long Do You Play?

Do you beat all your games, or do you leave them in the dust?

By Andrew Hsieh. Posted 10/31/2011 08:00 5 Comments     ShareThis

Look, you don’t have to lie. We play a lot of games. Most of us have played games for almost our entire lives, and at the same time, too many games have fallen by the wayside. Whether it’s throwing a tantrum over never getting T.T. in Diddy Kong Racing, or sighing loudly and giving up entirely on Kid Icarus— both, by the way, totally understandable reactions– video games are just plain hard to play sometimes. Especially when it’s for long stretches of time, playing that one game can get downright boring, unless, of course, it’s the only game you own. In which case, hey, it looks like you have no choice.

How long do you play games now? Will you play them until you beat them, for bragging rights? Or are you long since caring? Just how many of your games have you beaten, anyway? Let us know with this week’s poll, and below in the comments!

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5 Responses to “Poll: How Long Do You Play?”

  • 381 points
    Hyawatta says...

    Unfair question.

    I want to play until I beat it; I don’t even get to almost beat it before I get distracted; It’s not so much a distractiopn as life stuff taking priority over fun stuff; I don’t get bored easily, I just don’t have as much time to play as I would like; and I barey get to play games before the life stuff distraction hits, and I don’t get to move on, I just play what I can when I can. Example: No Monster Hunter Tri while watching the two year old, it scares her, that’s Mario Galaxy time, if she sits still long enough more me to get through a level. I can harldy make it all the way through an episode of Nintendo Week.

    I need more freetime.

    • 1379 points
      xeacons says...

      Yeah, that’s a pretty loaded question. It really depends. I’ve beaten most of my games. Usually it’s the final boss that turns me away. Otherwise, I usually play until I beat it. Or I pick up another awesome game that distracts me.

  • 0 points

    If I like a game say (Zelda} or Metroid. I’ll play it through. Now games like FF or any other turned based RPG I can’t play through because it gets boring and fast. I like RPG’s like Zelda and from my name Terranigma.

  • 276 points
    Nicolas Vestre says...

    Amassing a huge backlog of unfinished games has been a problem for me in the past– but this happens to me in a different way.

    I started buying games and playing them for five minutes or not at all. In the past, if I had some cash and I saw a game that looked great, I’d buy it on the spot; hence the huge backlog. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t finish games. Almost every game I really start playing gets finished. For example: Ivy the Kiwi? frustrated me immensely at some points, but I still saw it through to the bitter end and collected all the red feathers.

    The way it usually works for me is that I pick two main games to play at one time. These games are almost always on differing consoles, such as DS and PSP, Wii and PS3, even GBA (or GBC) and PSP. As a rule, I stick to one game per console. Very rarely I will embark on two adventures on the same console/handheld; in recent times, however, I’ve been playing Pokemon White and Solatorobo alternately because I’m so engrossed in both games. That’s definitely the exception for me rather than the rule.

    Actually, I have a queue for most of the systems I own– the next eight DS games I’ll play have already been determined, though it can be slightly flexible if new games come out or I just have an absolute hankering to replay an older game.

    Sometimes, though, I stretch my time too thin– I’ve been working on Beyond Good & Evil for GameCube and The Sly Collection for PS3 for a couple of months now. That’s because during those past months I’ve been playing Gurumin for PSP and Ivy the Kiwi? for DS. I even go so far as to have a “comfort game” for when I’m too tired to play anything else, usually a GBA or Game Boy title.

    Getting stuck on a difficult level or a hard boss just spurs me on to try harder to beat the game (Mega Man comes to mind); I do not like to admit defeat if there’s even a glimmer of hope.

    So, yeah– despite my large library of virtually untouched games, I do see almost every game I play through to the end. If I don’t, it just bugs me so much.

    Wow! That was quite the little rant. Guess I felt like getting all that out there. :P

  • 162 points
    LadyMushroom says...

    I do finish most of my games, but usually I stop and play another game and come back to it later at some point – sometimes more than once. A few games I don’t finish because I just find I have done as much of that particular game as I want to, but on the whole, after a break I will come back.

    For me it is the Zeldas I am likely to stop in especially – So far I have only completed Link’s Awakening DX. For some reason I tend to get “Zelda fatigue”. Turn-based RPGs on the other hand are the type I am most likely to play from beginning to end without (much) break.

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