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Completing Video Games

This is me thinking out load instead of sleeping. But I have wondered what others have
thought about the following topic...

I've spent the last eight years griping about my gaming backlog. I always have about a
dozen games on my shelf that I own, desperately want to play and yet I continue to buy
new ones, thus adding to my backlog. It's worse during Christmas and my birthday
because I usually get at least a few more games all at once. It always seems reading
comments from other gamers on the internet that so many of them seem to have time to
play the latest and greatest so immediately after they come out. I know not all gamers on
the internet are of the unemployed-living-in-their-parent's-basement species. How do they
have the time?

I live on my own (well with my fiance, but away from the 'rents) I have a couple of jobs
(don't ask. It's the starving artist life. I do a shit load of things that add up to a normal
work week). Life gets in the way and I go for (gasp) days without playing video games.
It occurred to me that the "problem" may be with me; I always like to complete the games
I start.

I don't have to be one of those crazy people that get 100% on everything (although I do
that sometimes). However I like to finish what I start. I've been working on Metroid Prime
3 for months because I have to finish the game. Personal things have prevented me from
finishing it sooner (First Mario Galaxy came out and I dropped everything. Then I went
home for Christmas, then I moved). It's important to me so I feel like I get the most out of
that gaming experience. Coupled with the fact that I play a lot of RPG's I spend forever on

But I wonder how important it is for the average gamer (or even hardcore gamer) to finish
a game. Do you get bored with the game and move on to something else? Do you ever go
back to the game? Do you remember what you were supposed to do? How does that
effect things? Is it better for gamers to try a lot of different games, or play fewer and focus
on beating the few you have? Or be crazy like me and realize that you may die before
finishing all the games in your collection?

What about you other DToid readers: Do you find yourself in an endless backlog? How
important is it for you to complete your games?
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About naia-the-gamerone of us since 1:51 PM on 09.13.2007

My name is Naia (pronounced either Nay-a or Neye-a, like yay or like eye). I've been poking around here for a while, although I don't comment as much as I used to. I do the music and the sound stuff. Teach and do scholarly research too! I do mostly freelance work and I'm always looking for people (even on DToid) to do fun projects with in entertainment. That can be either in theater, film, TV, or video games. I want to be like Kermit the Frog and be part of a group that entertains and makes people happy. I also love blue slimes, puppies and Sprinkles Cupcakes.

I've been playing computer and video games all my life. My dad was a programmer so we got an IBM 5150 PC very early on in the 80's. For Christmas in 1989 my parents surprised me with a Nintendo and it's been downhill ever since. I have/had most consoles over the years, mainly from Sony or Nintendo. I've had some Sega consoles and an Xbox 360 too.

I'm a big fan of the JRPG trinity of Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and Fire Emblem (more DQ and FE lately, but I didn't hate FFXV). I was a finalist in Nintendo's DQ6 trivia contest back in 2011. I play RPGs, Action/Adventure, Platformers, Puzzles, and Point-n-Click Adventure games. I will play fighters and shooters, but they have to be the right kind of game.

Also, Rydia is my hero.

I'm such a nerd, I like to keep track of all the games I've completed in an excel file (it's over 400). Now that my backlog is out of control I have a word document for that too. My goal is to for once and for all eliminate the backlog, or at least keep it to a number in the single digits.

I have a lot of things to say about the game industry, it's something I care deeply about and love giving my opinions. I like to rant about shit. I'm here just to share what I have to say, in hopes someone is willing to listen.

Also for the record, my Top 5 Games of All Time
1. Chrono Trigger
2. Final Fantasy 4
3. Super Mario 3
4. Dragon Quest 11
5. Phantasy Star 4

Yes, I love my retro games (and DQ 11)

Thanks to The GHost for this awesome card!
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