Originally Posted by Goatse
at 33 years old living life and having responsibility. I just no longer have time to sit down and play a 20+ hours games anymore. Days of buying games at launch are far gone. Even though I really want to play Mass Effect 3, only time I will have is during the turkey day/xmas vacation weeks. Probably be able to pick up the game for 20bux then. Also pick up blop 2 with b2g1 deals.
For me, it takes a really soul-sucking game to get me through a long experience. I put 80+hrs into Skyrim. But when I picked up Xenoblade Chronicles, my interest fizzled at about 10 hrs. Not because it's a bad game, but because it's a really long game that isn't anywhere near as absorbing as Skyrim.
At 36, gone are the days when I could casually dump 60 hours or more into just any "good" game. It takes something really special
now. Part of that is having less time. But part of that is also being a jaded old gamer. I feel like most games are just rehashing more and more of the same. My time is too precious to waste on games that give me nothing more than shallow "entertainment" in return. If I really wanted to, I could find the time to play through a long RPG or dump hundreds of hours into the latest multiplayer FPS. But it is rarely worth it.
I have grown to expect depth, intelligence, innovation, and smart design from my games. Without that, I just feel like I'm wasting my (increasingly precious) time. As a former games journalist friend once told me, "there are always more games." In other words, there's no need to get hung up on getting through something that's merely "good." I try to reserve my game time for exceptional
games, not just good ones.
Some of the most exceptional experiences I've had in gaming have been in the $10-15 downloadable market. I just don't feel the need for most $60 experiences. A small handful are great. The rest are mediocre-to-good. Open the floodgates to small, cheap, independent games, I say!