It’s that time of the year again. Time to sit quietly and contemplate the year, and reflect on what you’ve done to make the world a better place. Either that, or get an embarrassing picture taken of you at the office Christmas party. (You know what you did.)
In between all the hubbub, you will look at your back catalogue of games. And you may feel guilt over all the games you have yet to complete, when you feel like you “should have” finished them by now. In some cases, you may not have even started the games you wanted to.
The truth is, this tends to happen when huge releases come out. Between Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or Red Dead Redemption 2, any new title might influence you to drop your current game of choice, or forget your current focus for a while. But what about when those new games aren’t enough? What do we do when new releases aren’t enough to keep us from going back to our old games?
Games I Left Unfinished
For me, personally, this happened recently. The Game Awards ended with the announcement of Joker from Persona 5 becoming the latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate character through future DLC. I figured that Persona 5 (or rather the Persona series as a whole) is a huge deal that I have never even tried. Having Joker enter the fray became the perfect opportunity to try a game that everyone loves. And…I can’t boot it back up again.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the style. I love the music. And I even like the main character so far. But I’ve heard about how long the game is, and I just find myself drawn to the old classics. I am a sucker for great platformers, but they are not the only thing I play, right?
I used to love RPGs when I was in school, and had the time to complete them all. But right now I am just drawn to my childhood classic genre, the platformer. I began to wonder if I had lost the attention span needed to enjoy an epic, big-budget role-playing game. Or is it my schedule? Am I just so at a loss for time that I can only play for short bursts? Maybe I’m just in a gaming rut.
But Don’t Feel Bad
Who can really tell? But in the end it doesn’t—nor should it—matter if you don’t feel like playing a larger game. If you want to just goof around with a couple rounds of Smash, you shouldn’t shame yourself into feeling bad that you have other games that deserve your attention.
I remember years ago, I once made it a goal to complete one game at a time from my unfinished library. And I had a blast. Honestly, completing every God of War and every Mass Effect made for a great distraction when I didn’t have the PS4 yet.
I know there are some on the internet who would have you believe differently; but video games are meant for fun. If you got what you wanted out of a game, you have no reason to feel bad over anything you do with it, whether it’s leaving it alone or repeatedly coming back to it.
One day, I will probably say that enough is enough, and devour the awesome game of Persona 5; but until I feel like it, I’m going back to some good ol’ Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. And that’s okay with me.
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I’ve been writing almost as long as I’ve been playing video games. I also do standup and improv. The game that made me realize that video games could be more than just a toy, was Metal Gear Solid 2.