I didn’t realize it until today, but I know why it is that I cannot finish games in a timely manner. The reason is simple, I like them SO MUCH that I don’t want them to end. Take Mass Effect 2 for example. It’s one of my favorite games of 2010, and it’s a great experience traversing the universe picking up new members of my crew and learning more about them during their loyalty missions. Or to take a random side-quest and explore that. I even enjoy the mining. It’s fun (I guess I’m with BioWare on this one). I get attached to these games, and once involved I don’t want to see it end. A few exceptions I can think of is Alan Wake and Red Dead Redemption. I played those games beginning to end without distractions of playing another game and losing focus on completing them. I bought and completed Red Dead Redemption first, then bought Alan Wake and saw that beginning to end. There was just a driving force that kept me going. It was also the beginning of my backlog, so there was plenty of time to game without feeling overwhelmed. I’ll get to that in a minute. Getting back to the grand opus that is Mass Effect 2 is hard to push through for an ending, because it’s more about the journey.
Another issue is the Steam sales. I’ve bought a lot of games during the recent Holiday sales (Halloween through Christmas) which increased my backlog to a state where I started every new game I had and just made it difficult to choose which game to pick up again. Let me give you just a simple list of games I have yet to complete:
- Mass Effect 2
- Assassin’s Creed II
- Metro 2033
- Halo Reach
- Call of Duty Black Ops
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat
- Dead Space
- StarCraft II
- Fallout New Vegas
I plan to organize all my incomplete games in some sort of list so I can start knocking them out and complete them once and for all.