GamerSushi Asks: Giving Up On Games?

DarksidersIn the past, I’ve been foolishly devoted to games at some points. I’m the guy that used to play the JRPGs, even when I couldn’t stand them, all the way to the end. There’s something to me about giving the game the benefit of the doubt, and giving it a chance to unfold a little bit. If I hadn’t done that, there would have been plenty of games I would have missed out on.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to do that kind of thing as much anymore. Games have to get my attention fairly early on in order for me stick them out, unless they’re known to be pretty short. This is why I stuck out Splinter Cell: Conviction even though I wasn’t thrilled through it. Tonight I played Darksiders. I’ve heard a few good things about it, so I thought I would give it the trial run earlier. Much to my surprise though, a few minutes in, I caught a game breaking glitch and couldn’t play it anymore. I immediately put it back in the GameFly envelope and lost interest.

This is kind of odd for me as I’ve never given up on a game that quickly. It felt rash at the time, but now I’m glad I did it, as it frees up time for me to play the Halo: Reach Beta on Monday. What’s funny is that I can’t remember the last time I’ve done something like that. I think the most recent game was Red Faction. It made me wonder about you guys, and what’s the fastest time for you to have given up on a game? Go!

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13 thoughts on “GamerSushi Asks: Giving Up On Games?”

  1. Never have unless it breaks (Dark Cloud data corruption at final boss), so… once maybe?

  2. As I get older, I give up faster. If I am not having fun, I quit playing right away. If the controls irritate me, I give up.

  3. Just yesterday I gave up on Just Cause 2 in an hour. I guess it was because I was so pissed about not getting a Reach beta code.

  4. Valkyrie Profile: Covenent of the plume had me bored within an hour…

    I have to say I couldn’t get into Halo 3’s campaign. My favorite part of a campaign is where you find what the developers spent a lot of time making awesome, nonexistent in that. I was bored within half an hour.

  5. “Never give up, never surrender!”
    -Jason Nesmith, captain of NSEA Protector

    but if I get bored I won’t play it, and pick it up later. Usually 6 months later.

  6. When I rented that Arcade game “big rigs” or whatever it was for my console. Played it once, put it right back in the case and waited out my rental until it had to be returned. I can play bad games and still finish them (I can’t just not finish them) But that game was….ugh….

  7. I really don’t buy many games without doing sufficient research on them first, buuut…that’s because I’ve made some poor choices in the past. I’ve funked up when buying games that I just quickly lost interest and never played…at all. Metroid Prime 3 is the most memorable example for me. I just…didn’t feel like playing it. Also, if a game doesn’t control well or it just gets irritating or repetitive, I’ll lose interest. If it works horribly, chances are I’m too pissed to keep playing.

    On a vaguely related note, I used to get a lot of limited editions, and then that’s it. The LE’s didn’t enough content to warrant the extra 10 or more dollars, so screw it. I’m not buying LE content unless it has some substantial content that can last me a while, or if it has an Extras disc, with “Making Of” shows and other goodies. So while I’m super sexy psyched for Reach, I’ll be getting the standard edition. I’m definitely going to be there for the beta, though, so I’ll be stabbing your sweet ass, Eddy. 😀

  8. Yeah, I agree with Cossack, I rarely dislike a game I buy.

    However, games I rent (Eddy rented Darksiders) are a different story.

  9. I gave up on resistance 2 demo on the ps3 within 10 minutes just because you had to hold the R2 button to stay in cover.

  10. Mass Effect. Gave up in about an hour or so. I haaad to try it after everyone talking endlessly about it, but in the end it was exactly what I thought: Just not for me.

  11. I tend to apply the “five minute rule” to most games and demos. If some aspect of the game doesn’t grab my attention and hold my interest within the first five of playtime, then I will usually turn it off and never play it again. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, of course, some games are intriguing enough for me to give them a little longer before I reach a final verdict.

    Some recent examples of games that failed the five minute test:

    Dark Void
    Dante’s Inferno
    Just Cause 2
    Tatsunoko vs. Capcom
    Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce
    Aliens vs Predator (But I tried SO hard to like this game)

  12. Half Life, i just can’t get it done, everytime i try it i stop after about 30 minutes and stop playing for a month:(

  13. Depends. Usually I can stomach any game that doesn’t have overly cheesy characters/voice acting. I gave up on RE4 pretty quickly when it first came out. Tried it after reading all the reviews/watching friends play, subsequently gave up on it again. I only had the stomach to play through it after RE5 came out. I tried to play it by skipping the story but that just made it a bit boring, walking around and shooting stuff that couldn’t shoot back and would never kill you if you knew what you were doing.

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