As I get older and grumpier (which some people did not think that was possible, but I got skills) I find myself changing in the way I play and look at games. I love them, but I don’t feel the need to rush out and get something on the first day or to play it over and over trying to get 100% completion. I just don’t have the time anymore or the energy.
How sad is this: I rented Metroid Prime 3 and I loved it. Very fun. But when it came time for a late night gaming session, the thought of flailing my arms about trying to aim my plasma cannon just didn’t appeal to me and I sent it back, unfinished, but satisifed in the amount that I had played. A similar thing happened last night with Super Paper Mario: I enjoyed it for the first 13 levels, but doing it for 19 more was not making me happy and even as I was playing it, I felt that impatient twitch, not caring about damage I took, just wanting to get through the damn thing. So I sent it back to GameFly.
I would normally feel guilty about this, but you guys saw the giant list of games I have to play. Add to that the fact that my GameFly Queue has 50 games on it and I keep a list of others I want to add to it, so honestly, as long as I get the gist of the game, I am content. Now, don’t get me wrong: every game I own I will beat and if the game drives me enough, I will beat a rented game as well, I just want to play so many games that I don’t have time to beat ALL of them. When a game comes in the mail, I always look at reviews to get an idea of how long the game is, so I know how to budget my time. To make matters worse, Call of Duty 4 sucks up a lot of my time. Last night, I literally had to force myself to stop and play some Resident Evil 5. (BTW: if anyone has it on the PS3 and wants to play online with me, PSN ID is Starkiller81).
It is getting to the point where I don’t even see the point of buying most games, as renting them is just easier and cheaper. Infamous looks awesome, but once I beat it, will I go back and play it again? Maybe, but likely not. I am getting married soon and in this economy (that was for you, Eddy) wasting money is just not an option.
Do you guys sense your gaming habits changing as you get older or am I just a miserable old coot?