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 No.47141

The first big one being, how many games do you finish a year? This is the one I really want an answer to. Getting some answers/feedback to all the others provided below would also be appreciated.

How long is your backlog? Does it feel like a burden to you & do you chastise yourself for not clearing more games that you have on the back burner? Are you like me and is it an obsessive matter that you can't shake even if you want to? Do you find anhedonia makes finishing games or working through your backlog immensely difficult? Do you even bother with a backlog?

Do you feel as if time is running out, either with your current life situation, or with society at large, and you'll never get around to playing certain games you might really enjoy? Do you ever procrastinate playing these sorts of games, even if you know you'll probably enjoy them, merely because it feels like too much effort?

Do you still enjoy gaming? Do you bother to play a lot of different games, or do you just stick to a couple old reliables & don't bother with the rest? What about the classics? Have you played them all? Do you even want to play them all? If not, don't you feel like you're missing out? Is FOMO a concern when gaming for you? Is FOMO a concern in other forms of media, like films or anime or whatever else?

Do you ever have the need to prove yourself when gaming? Does a sense of pride or validation from straining yourself ever factor into how effectively you're able to enjoy yourself? Do you care about how well you do, even if it's in a non-competitive experience like a single player game? Are you like me and, at least in a subtle way, push yourself so you can meet your own standards and therefore feel better than other people because of how good you think you are?

Do you find your skills degrading as time goes on? Are there certain genres, or games, that you simply couldn't see yourself as playing anymore?

Did you ever waste a lot of time playing stuff you didn't enjoy? Do you still find yourself doing this? If so, do you feel as if that has partially hindered your ability to derive satisfaction from the past time? Do you feel anhedonia is inevitable? If so, do you feel as if anhedonia becomes a new normal & that it will forever hang over you like a dark rain cloud, even outside of gaming?

 No.47142

>>47141
>The first big one being, how many games do you finish a year?
it varies, last year i finished maybe 3-4. this year will probably be less, maybe 1 or 2, i can't remember

>How long is your backlog?

somewhere around 800-1000 games i guess

>Does it feel like a burden to you & do you chastise yourself for not clearing more games that you have on the back burner? Are you like me and is it an obsessive matter that you can't shake even if you want to?

i can't even think about it. i just play whatever i feel like at the time. it would be pointless to try and crunch through it at this point

>Do you find anhedonia makes finishing games or working through your backlog immensely difficult?

yeah i guess, i just get bored very easily, even very good games by others' standards have trouble holding my interest. the last game i was able to get into was slay the spire, i beat it over and over up to ascension 10 on defect but lost interest around there

>Do you even bother with a backlog?

the concept exists in my head, but i don't treat it as something that needs to be eliminated, it's just too out of control

>Do you feel as if time is running out, either with your current life situation, or with society at large, and you'll never get around to playing certain games you might really enjoy?

i would expect that i won't play a large percentage of the games on my backlog. maybe i will get lucky and find a lot of time and motivation later in life

>Do you ever procrastinate playing these sorts of games, even if you know you'll probably enjoy them, merely because it feels like too much effort?

yes, especially if they're big and well-regarded games, such as the witcher 3 and deus ex. i feel like i might never be in the right state of mind to fully appreciate those games, the very idea is overwhelming, so i stick to stuff i've already played and throw out feelers here and there on random games instead

>Do you still enjoy gaming?

as much as i can enjoy anything, i guess. probably less than i did when i was younger though

>Do you bother to play a lot of different games, or do you just stick to a couple old reliables & don't bother with the rest?

i just play whatever seems interesting at the time, often it ends up being replaying a game i like, other times it's something totally different

>What about the classics? Have you played them all? Do you even want to play them all?

the classics are the most interesting ones to me, i haven't played anything close to all of them, it seems like an impossible goal for me. i probably haven't played 1% of the classic games that i want to play

>If not, don't you feel like you're missing out? Is FOMO a concern when gaming for you? Is FOMO a concern in other forms of media, like films or anime or whatever else?

yes, yes, and yes. it's part of why i don't want to approach anything well-regarded when i'm not in a completely perfect environment and mindset to be able to fully appreciate them, because you only get one chance to play a good game for the first time (and this applies to the other media as well).

>Do you ever have the need to prove yourself when gaming? Does a sense of pride or validation from straining yourself ever factor into how effectively you're able to enjoy yourself? Do you care about how well you do, even if it's in a non-competitive experience like a single player game? Are you like me and, at least in a subtle way, push yourself so you can meet your own standards and therefore feel better than other people because of how good you think you are?

i suppose i like to challenge myself, i'm not one of the uber-competitive types and i have little interest in anything multiplayer. but as far as singleplayer goes, i like to set the bar pretty high, just because it makes things more interesting

>Do you find your skills degrading as time goes on? Are there certain genres, or games, that you simply couldn't see yourself as playing anymore?

no, in fact to the contrary on both. i used to really suck and only play a few games. now i just kind of suck and play a little more

>Did you ever waste a lot of time playing stuff you didn't enjoy? Do you still find yourself doing this?

maybe in the past, but i don't really have the patience for that anymore

>Do you feel anhedonia is inevitable? If so, do you feel as if anhedonia becomes a new normal & that it will forever hang over you like a dark rain cloud, even outside of gaming?

yeah, it's a result of having experienced too much and having too much i could potentially do, nothing is new and exciting, nothing is special like it used to be. it will grow and grow as time goes on. but whatever, that's just who i am i guess. if this is the role i was meant to play, i'll just go ahead and play it

 No.47143

Just an aside, but another small question I have would be how many games do you all happen to drop in a year? Do you ever intend to go back to them at some point? Do you also ever feel bad about replaying the same sort of game over & over again, instead of playing something new?

>>47142

Thanks for your reply. Personally speaking, I'm always trying to push myself to finish as many games as I can. As a result, I finish close to 200 games a year. A lot of those games are pretty short, or otherwise obscure though. As far as the classics or the big AAA blockbusters are concerned, I probably only finish about 20-30 of them per year, which isn't all that much, sadly. Between now & December of last year, I've finished about 130 new games, not counting those titles I've replayed or just random new DLC I've went back to finish in games I've finished before. In my case, it feels pathetically inadequate. Even at my rate, I'll still never play/finish everything I want to get to. The fact that I'm really bad at prioritizing what I spend my time on, makes it all the worse. Like yourself, classic or complex games tend to overwhelm me. It's almost always easier to just go through some quick indie game instead. Not only that, but, again like you said, I want to be in the right mood for these sorts of games and getting into it is a frustratingly rare & tough thing to do.

Anyway, I don't know why I care so much. One day I'll be dead and none of it will matter, so why stress about it so much? I can only play what I'll manage to play. Whipping myself on the back for not being more efficient when it comes to all this just feels foolish. Irregardless, FOMO is still a hard thing to ignore. I mean, will I ever get around to, just to name a few examples, playing Quake, Planescape, or Arcanum? Probably someday I hope, but why not right now? Why can't I just sit down & play them for christ sake's? Why do I waste so much of my time lost in anhedonia doing nothing, or playing inferior indie games? What if my own situation, or society itself, collapses next year? Then I'll lose the chance forever. Thoughts like that torture me to no end.

Another big problem for me is that I tend to not drop games I'm not having any fun and will try to finish them out of a skewed sense of completionism. That hinders me a great deal as well.

 No.47146

>The first big one being, how many games do you finish a year?
Maybe half a dozen.

>How long is your backlog?

Don't have one, I find it's burdensome to think about games in terms of lists you have to work through. I wait until I see a game I really like the look of and go play it and don't think about what I will play next.

>Do you feel as if time is running out, either with your current life situation, or with society at large, and you'll never get around to playing certain games you might really enjoy?

Somewhat. I am a NEET and living on borrowed time until my parents die, I will probably end up homeless afterwards because I don't have the skills or sense to fend for myself.

>Do you still enjoy gaming? Do you bother to play a lot of different games, or do you just stick to a couple old reliables & don't bother with the rest? What about the classics?

Yeah I still enjoy games. I am very selective and watch Let's Plays and do research before deciding if a game is for me, this way I am rarely disappointed. I've played most of the classics and honestly I don't think most of them hold up, video games are highly technology reliant.

>Do you ever have the need to prove yourself when gaming?

Yeah, I am not hugely competitive but I want to feel like I've overcome some challenge.

>Are there certain genres, or games, that you simply couldn't see yourself as playing anymore?

Yeah my tastes have changed as I got older. These days I prefer strategy and puzzle games, stuff that makes you think rather than action games which are more reliant on hand-eye coordination.

>>47143
It's up to you how you play your games but I would recommend you focus more on quality instead of quantity. You'll have more fun and save money. Treating video games as a job where you have to complete as many as possible takes all the fun out of it.

 No.47151

>The first big one being, how many games do you finish a year?

Like 6 maybe, depends on the year. A lot of stuff I play isn't something that can be beaten. This year I think I've beaten 3.

>How long is your backlog? …


I don't really keep one but if I added up all the things I've wanted to get around to playing at some point it'd probably come up to around 1000 games or so. I don't spend much time obsessing over it but sometimes at the end of a day I reflect on how I wasted a lot of time on retarded internet shit that I don't really find fun anymore, and about how much better it would be if I just replaced that with gaming.

>Do you feel as if time is running out…


Yes since wageslavery is an inevitability for me and it'll cut down the time I have to do anything seriously.

>Do you still enjoy gaming? Do you bother to play a lot of different games, or do you just stick to a couple old reliables & don't bother with the rest?…


Yeah I still enjoy it, although I feel I've gotten a little pickier about what I play and enjoy as the years pass. These days I have a small set of games I frequently play, mostly ones that don't really have and end and have high replay value and/or are really long - stuff like Mount & Blade, Monster Hunter, Risk of Rain, Elona, and a few others. Occasionally I'll try something different for a change of pace though. A lot of times I'll seek out obscure, or at least less popular, Japanese games to play when I branch out. I finished Disaster Report last month for example.

Classics is a vague term for games but if you're talking about the type of stuff you see in charts and that's critically acclaimed or whatever - stuff like retro Nintendo games, Deus Ex, Morrowind, and a bunch of others - I've played a decent amount of the retro Nintendo ones as a kid and a few PC classics. For the rest I don't really have a burning desire to play them, but just think that maybe it'd be nice to experience them one day.

FOMO I've kind of experienced to a degree, more as it relates to books and visual novels than to games. I'm not really feeling it lately but there were times in the past year where I felt like I had to finish as many books/VNs possible and would stress out about not reading enough or about things preventing me from reading.

>Do you ever have the need to prove yourself when gaming? Does a sense of pride or validation from straining yourself ever factor into how effectively you're able to enjoy yourself?…


Yeah, I don't play much multiplayer outside of a few coop games, but I still tend to push myself and do as well as I can, choosing the hardest difficulty when possible or sometimes imposing challenges. I don't know that I feel pride from it though, it just feels good to overcome a challenge.

>Do you find your skills degrading as time goes on? Are there certain genres, or games, that you simply couldn't see yourself as playing anymore?


I don't think so but it's hard to tell. There are some genres I've gotten a lot better at, I fell. But I've gotten much worse at first person shooters. That might just be because I barely play them these days.

>Did you ever waste a lot of time playing stuff you didn't enjoy?


When I first got into PC gaming I tried some stuff that was memed hard on /v/ just because I wanted to fit in. Since then, I haven't really done that.

I've never really felt anhedonia so I don't know.

 No.47160

>>47142
>>47146
>>47151

Damn, I'll admit that I'm a bit surprised at how few games it is that you guys manage to finish per year. A couple additional questions I wish I had included in my OP would be, how many games do you play in a year? How many of those games do you otherwise drop, or very nearly finish? How much time do you spend playing games per day? Are there any hobbies you prioritize more heavily than gaming?

>>47146

>I wait until I see a game I really like the look of and go play it and don't think about what I will play next.


I do this as well, actually. You see, in my case, I have my list of games I know I ought to play or finish (like Quake, Planescape, or Arancum), but often I just go scrounging around for a quick indie game to plow through, that also happens to interest me, instead. I'm still obsessive, but in a counter-intuitive way. I finish as many games as I can, but a lot of those games are just random indies I fall upon, so I can avoid pushing myself to play the games I know I should be playing, but feel like too much effort to get stuck into.

>It's up to you how you play your games but I would recommend you focus more on quality instead of quantity.


Yeah, I wish I could. If it were as simple as just deciding to do that then you can bet I would've already done so. At the end of the day, however, it's an obsession. An obsession I can't really control. If I could cut down on the amount of games I finish per year to just 15, or 20, but have all those games be excellent & enjoyable experiences, than that would be a more than acceptable trade to what I'm doing now. Again though, it's not that easy.

In addition, the fact of the matter is that, if I'm not gaming, I'm basically just staring off into space. Having literally nothing else to do also plays a large role into why I finish as many games as I do.

>save money.


No need to worry about that. I torrent/emulate all the games that I play, so, aside from the money I've spent upgrading my computer, it's not costing me a thing, other than the price incurred towards my sanity. I mean, why pay for something when you can get it for free? That's my motto. Patronage/support for the developers can be left to others to handle, as far as I'm concerned. Tar me as a cheap asshole for saying so if you wish, I guess. Most of my cash goes towards fixing up my parent's home, which will eventually be my home someday (it's already paid off & arrangements to that effect have already been made). I sure as shit ain't wasting what little I have feeding money grubbing Mammons like Gabe Newell, or any of the sleazy as shit major publishers out there.

>Treating video games as a job where you have to complete as many as possible takes all the fun out of it.


Agreed. If it were as simple as flicking a switch for me to change my ways, like I said before, I already would have done so a long time ago. It's actually kinda depressing to think back on how long it's been now in regards to me being like this. Treating the hobby like an obsessive checklist, or a strict work order where certain quotas need to be made before a certain date is reached. Never underestimate the corrupting influence of OCD. If you don't already suffer from it, then you can never understand how it can worm its way into practically everything, imposing bizarre & inane rituals or expectations on even the most benign of past times.

>>47151

>I reflect on how I wasted a lot of time on retarded internet shit


I do something slightly similar as well. In my case, I wasted years of my life in the past on trophies/achievements, which makes me cringe to no end, since in all that time I could've been playing tons of classics/hidden gems (exactly of the sort I'm playing catch-up on now), or just things I otherwise enjoyed for their own sake.

>These days I have a small set of games I frequently play


I'm the opposite. I'm always moving onto a new game, once I finish the previous one. I almost never re-visit a game after I've finished it, unless it happens to have some new DLC released for it, which, once I've finished, I proceed to move on from it again. I also don't play a lot of games that are essentially "endless" as far as their reputability is concerned, like with M&B for instance. Games that you just load up & play for their own sake basically. I just never do that, since it would soak up time & energy I could put towards finishing a new game.

>Classics is a vague term for games but if you're talking about the type of stuff you see in charts and that's critically acclaimed or whatever


Yeah, sorry. As you say, "classics" being meant in what is generally regarded as the cream of the crop and what you'll often find on "best of all time" lists & and the like. In my case, I'm the opposite to yourself. I've played/finished a decent amount of the PC related classics by this point, but have barely even touched those found on retro consoles, even going back as recently to stuff like the Wii (which I never owned). Good example of this would be how Windwaker is literally the only Zelda game I've ever played, and subsequently finished. I had a GC for a brief amount of time growing up and it's basically the only Nintendo console I've ever utilized. Metroid Prime 1 & 2, plus Windwaker, being what I played on it the most.

>I felt like I had to finish as many books/VNs possible and would stress out about not reading enough or about things preventing me from reading.


Hmm, weird. It's certainly funny how different people can be. In my case, outside of recently forcing myself through TCATHR by Ligotti (it's a good read, it's just that I have a very short attention span), I haven't read a book in over 10 years. All the libraries of the world, both digital & physical, could go up in smoke and I could care less. Outside of my OCD forcing me to re-read pages over & over again, along with my fucked attention span, the both of which together make reading anything other than in-game text, internet articles or graphic novels/manga extremely exhaustive, I simply have zero desire to read any particular novel and am a complete philistine in every sense of the word.

>I still tend to push myself and do as well as I can, choosing the hardest difficulty when possible or sometimes imposing challenges.


Yep, same here. I just find that, in my case, I sometimes take this kind of attitude to a fault in certain instances. Making things needlessly difficult to such a degree that it simply becomes a chore, all becuase I've got something to prove to myself, as per usual. I'm also one of those people who feels like a wuss unless I'm playing at, or very near to, the highest difficulty level, even if turns out to be blatantly unbalanced, like what you sometimes find to be the case in obscure older games.

>That might just be because I barely play them these days.


Yeah. I haven't played an RTS in years and I'd imagine that, at this point, I'd barely be able to handle re-acclimating myself to the use of hotkeys & the like. And this is purely in relation to all the solo content, since I've never played an RTS competitively, nor will I ever. Anyway, Homeworld, along with its sequel, are some other games I'd like to cross off my list, but the fact that it's such an unorthodox RTS, keeps putting me off, especially considering how rusty I am with the genre as a whole. These days, and for a long time now, I've tended to play nothing, but FPS's, platformers, random experimental indie games, and the odd RPG. That's about it.

>I tried some stuff that was memed hard on /v/ just because I wanted to fit in.


Such as? You don't have to answer, but I'm just curious.

>I've never really felt anhedonia so I don't know.


How much time would you say you've devoted to gaming in total? Have you always partaken in it with moderation in mind, so as to avoid any sense of burnout? Do you have other, perhaps more important, hobbies/pursuits which help to balance everything out? The fact that you're not as stricken with such an obsessive sense of FOMO towards the hobby as I am, is enough to understand why gaming hasn't made you anhedonic yet, though.

 No.47162

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>how many games do you finish a year?
This number flutuates from 1 to a dozen depending on the year. My escapism works in bulk it seems. There are years I barely touch video-games.

>How long is your backlog?

Maybe 3 or 4. This also varies. Until a few months ago I wanted to play Total War 3 Kindgoms and now I don't care about it anymore. So it's off the backlog.

>Does it feel like a burden to you & do you chastise yourself for not clearing more games that you have on the back burner?

Nope.

>Are you like me and is it an obsessive matter that you can't shake even if you want to?

I do take it pretty seriouly once I start playing it, but for me to sit down and finally start playing a game it might take a good while. Once I do sit down I will take my time exploring everything it has to offer. Even a tiny game might take me weeks to be done with it. That's why I choose very carefuly and my backlog changes a lot. Even if I wanted to play more games I don't think there are that many that captivates my imagination, those are rare. I'm VERY finicky about the media I consume.

>Do you find anhedonia makes finishing games or working through your backlog immensely difficult?

If I don't feel like playing it I don't play it. I only sit down to play a game when I can't think about anything else I'm so hyped about it. I never play games if I'm bored or don't feel like doing anything. If I feel like not doing anything then I won't do anything.

>Do you even bother with a backlog?

I keep a small list but games comes and goes often. If it sits there long enough I'll play it. It took me literal years to sit down and finally play a Dragon Quest game for example.

>Do you feel as if time is running out, either with your current life situation, or with society at large, and you'll never get around to playing certain games you might really enjoy?

I don't feel time is running out, I KNOW it is. But that's not even an issue. Imagine all the games you won't be able to play because they're just going to be made a 100 years from now. All the tech you won't enjoy, etc. I don't concern myself with the things I won't do, I concern with enjoying the things I'm doing.

>Do you still enjoy gaming?

Yes.

>Do you bother to play a lot of different games, or do you just stick to a couple old reliables & don't bother with the rest?

I do tend to replay games as much as I play news ones.

>What about the classics? Have you played them all?

That's relative. I don't care what other people consider classics, for me there's only 2 types of games. Games I want to play and games I don't want to play. I play games I want to play.

>Is FOMO a concern when gaming for you? Is FOMO a concern in other forms of media, like films or anime or whatever else?

Not at all.

>Do you ever have the need to prove yourself when gaming?

Nope. Keep in mind I only play single player games and I don't feel like proving anything for myself. If I'm not enjoying a game anymore because it went from fun to not fun, I quit. One such example is Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy. When it was obvious the game was way harder and would require more effort that I deemed worth of the game to demand, I simply quit.

>Do you care about how well you do, even if it's in a non-competitive experience like a single player game?

I care about being good in a game I love. I can 1cc several Genesis games. Comix Zone is one such example. I can tell you from memory where every single heart piece in OOT is located. Or at least I could.

>Are you like me and, at least in a subtle way, push yourself so you can meet your own standards and therefore feel better than other people because of how good you think you are?

I have my own standards for games I really care about but I don't think I'm good, nor I'm willing to put thousands of hours on getting good on a video-game. I prefer put those hours into something like learning another language.

>Do you find your skills degrading as time goes on? Are there certain genres, or games, that you simply couldn't see yourself as playing anymore?

Not yet and I'm 33. There are genres it's hard for me to care about, like FPS games, but you never know.

>Did you ever waste a lot of time playing stuff you didn't enjoy?

Definitely not. I do however complete a lot of things I prefer not doing in games I love. Pokemon is filled with such examples. Like capturing every single Insect type. I don't enjoy going back and forth on the same patch of grass for 7 hours but if it's a game I like I'll do it.

>Do you feel anhedonia is inevitable?

Maybe. Again, if I don't feel like doing anything, that's what I'll do.

>how many games do you all happen to drop in a year?

Maybe a couple. This year I dropped Jagged Alliance 2. It's such a great fucking game but it's just too time consuming. I just can't put that amount of time into a game.

>Do you ever intend to go back to them at some point?

Sure.

>Do you also ever feel bad about replaying the same sort of game over & over again

Nope. If ever I feel bad I'll stop.

>How much time do you spend playing games per day? Are there any hobbies you prioritize more heavily than gaming?

Depends, If it's a game I'm hooked it's every waking moment of the day until it finishes. And yes, I'm learning a second language and prioritize that well above gaming. Like I said there are years I barely touch video-games.

 No.47163

>The first big one being, how many games do you finish a year?
at "most" 5

>How long is your backlog?

dont have one, generally just pick a game from my library and play it as long as i can before i get sick of it/finish it

>Do you feel as if time is running out, either with your current life situation, or with society at large, and you'll never get around to playing certain games you might really enjoy? Do you ever procrastinate playing these sorts of games, even if you know you'll probably enjoy them, merely because it feels like too much effort?

no, much more is that i dont have the motivation to start/finish games

>Do you still enjoy gaming? Do you bother to play a lot of different games, or do you just stick to a couple old reliables & don't bother with the rest? What about the classics? Have you played them all? Do you even want to play them all? If not, don't you feel like you're missing out? Is FOMO a concern when gaming for you? Is FOMO a concern in other forms of media, like films or anime or whatever else?

well i certainly enjoy it since ive been doing it for years, i just stick to whatever doesnt feel too boring/uninteresting

>Do you ever have the need to prove yourself when gaming? Does a sense of pride or validation from straining yourself ever factor into how effectively you're able to enjoy yourself? Do you care about how well you do, even if it's in a non-competitive experience like a single player game? Are you like me and, at least in a subtle way, push yourself so you can meet your own standards and therefore feel better than other people because of how good you think you are?

no i dont

>Do you find your skills degrading as time goes on? Are there certain genres, or games, that you simply couldn't see yourself as playing anymore?

no, tho im not really good at them to begin with and like with everything if i dont play them in a long time i get worse at it

>Did you ever waste a lot of time playing stuff you didn't enjoy? Do you still find yourself doing this? If so, do you feel as if that has partially hindered your ability to derive satisfaction from the past time? Do you feel anhedonia is inevitable? If so, do you feel as if anhedonia becomes a new normal & that it will forever hang over you like a dark rain cloud, even outside of gaming?

not that i can remember

 No.47164

>>47160
>Such as? You don't have to answer, but I'm just curious.

There were a lot and I don't remember them all, but to name a few Europa Universalis, Stalker, Witcher (the first one mainly, second was alright), Dark Souls. To be honest most of the time it wasn't something I thought was objectively bad or anything, it's just that it wasn't my cup of tea and I would've rather been playing something else, but kept forcing myself to play because "oh all these other people think it's cool, I have to play it too".
And at the same time there were other series/games I kind of got persuaded into playing based on people spamming them so often that I loved, like Deus Ex, Ys, Metal Gear Solid series, etc.

>How much time would you say you've devoted to gaming in total?


Hard to say because most stuff I've played doesn't track time. However a kid from around 7 to 13 I'd say I averaged 8-10 hours a day when I was on vacation and 4+ hours a day when I had school. 14-15 shortly after I got my computer I was probably playing like 13+ hours a day because I had what was basically an addiction to several multiplayer games. After that it's varied, sometimes I would play 8+ hours a day if something.

Thinking back to some of the games that did track time I've added them up and it probably comes out to about 5.500 hours. I would say this constitutes maybe half or less of all the time I've played so for a rough estimate I'd say maybe I've spent 10,000 or 11,000 hours total.

>Have you always partaken in it with moderation in mind, so as to avoid any sense of burnout?


Not consciously. As a kid and teenager especially I was spending most of my free time playing games. Today I guess I'm a little more conscious but there are still days where I'll play a game for 12+ hours. It's not just games either though, sometimes I get really invested into reading a book or visual novel, or sometimes programming something, and I'll spend several days dedicated almost entirely to reading or programming, besides occasionally breaking to eat and make tea.

>Do you have other, perhaps more important, hobbies/pursuits which help to balance everything out? The fact that you're not as stricken with such an obsessive sense of FOMO towards the hobby as I am, is enough to understand why gaming hasn't made you anhedonic yet, though.


Yeah, mainly reading books/VNs and programming, sometimes watching anime. And some physical activity. I do think switching things up has maybe prevented me from falling into a slump where I no longer enjoy games.


>It's certainly funny how different people can be. In my case, outside of recently forcing myself through TCATHR by Ligotti (it's a good read, it's just that I have a very short attention span), I haven't read a book in over 10 years.


To be honest I generally find picking up a book or VN and reading to be easier than getting into and finishing a long game usually. In the past several years I've tried picking up long RPGs or games of any genre, really, that are over 20 hours long. What ends up happening is I stop playing them for a while due to focusing on other hobbies or getting tired and wanting a break and then, when I try to pick them back up a week or two later, I end up feeling lost and unable to get back into it, because I forget story or gameplay details. Or I just don't feel invested in the game's narrative anymore. Then I get demotivated and just kind of drop it.

I think that's why I tend to go for the "endless" games like you said. They're timesinks, but they're also really easy to just pick up and play for me, even after not playing games for several weeks. And I don't feel pressured to finish them. I like a lot of shmups, arcade-like games, and certain retro games for the same reason.

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Well, given the results of this thread so far, I guess I'm more alone than I thought and it's actually achieved the opposite of what I was looking for. No one here seems to be as obsessed/dysfunctional & I am at all, which is a good thing, I suppose, but I was still hoping there might be at least one person here who could relate with me & share the same mannerisms as myself, unappealing as they are.

>>47162

Hmm, well kudos to that amount of self-control you seem to have, although it simply seems like you & I are just two very different individuals. Again, in my case, I chastise myself viciously for not doing more with the copious amounts of time I have on my hands, at least insofar as it relates to gaming.

>Even a tiny game might take me weeks to be done with it.


I can be pretty meticulous myself, at least when it comes to just about completing everything available in a given game, (like all the side-quests or whatever). Even still, I'm always rushing myself along trying to get the endpoint as soon as possible simply so I can move on to finish another game.

>I'm VERY finicky about the media I consume.


I'd like to say the same, but often I prove that not to be the case. Engorging myself with anything it is I can grab, with it sometimes being nothing more than mediocre trash in the end that I force myself to swallow down for the mere sake of finishing it. In that same sense, you could almost relate my habits to someone who has a poor diet, or is an otherwise obsessive eater. Instead of spacing out healthy "meals", or experiences, I just try to shovel in as much as I can & am then somehow surprised when I inevitably feel terrible, burnt out, and anhedonic as a result.

>I never play games if I'm bored or don't feel like doing anything. If I feel like not doing anything then I won't do anything.


A shame to say it, but I can't relate to this at all. Doing nothing, or next to nothing, (browsing the internet, posting on Wizchan, sleeping, etc.) always makes me uncomfortable, since I can feel each second being wasted & squandered away, when, ideally, it should have been put towards finishing a game, watching a movie, reading a manga, or otherwise consuming another piece of media that I could put under my proverbial belt. And yet almost everyday, instead of engaging in the latter like I wish I could, I almost always seem to stew in the former, viciously chastising myself on the inside all the while. Honestly, in a lot of ways, what I'd really love to have happen is to just embrace the nothingness, fully & completely, perhaps even permanently. To hell with everything else. Nope, I never played Morrowind, New Vegas, Quake, or Arcanum, and I never will. Oh well & who gives a shit. Alas, if only it were that simple.

>That's relative. I don't care what other people consider classics, for me there's only 2 types of games. Games I want to play and games I don't want to play. I play games I want to play.


That's quite a nonchalant & ambivalent attitude. Personally, I feel like I simply must play certain games at some point, merely because they're otherwise well known, or acclaimed, and for no other reason than that.

I'm starting to think a lot of people here have essentially already dabbled with, or finished most of these "classic" games I'm referring to (like Quake, Morrowind, New Vegas, or whatever else), over these past 2 decades and I'm basically the only one here playing catch-up, or least feels like they need to play catch-up. Quite alienating, I must say.

>>47164

>I would've rather been playing something else, but kept forcing myself to play because "oh all these other people think it's cool, I have to play it too".


Yeah, I experienced that quite a bit when I was playing STALKER: SoC for the first time. I pretty much just forced myself through it to the end for the exact reason you already indicated. Pretty sad, I guess, but I just felt like it was one of those games I simply had to finish. That's not to say I hated every single second of it, since there were aspects of it that I actually really enjoyed (like the gunplay & atmosphere). It's just that, at the end of the day, if I'm being honest, I would've rather been playing something else. In the case of the STALKER series, I'd still like to try CoP someday, but I'm not sure when that will be, assuming I ever get around to it at all. The fact that I'm trying to force myself through CS first, isn't exactly helping the matter. You see, even CS, a game almost everybody agrees is the worst of the series and isn't exactly worth playing, I still feel obligated to play/finish, merely so I can "100%" the trilogy. As it is though, I'm not as overzealous when it comes to this sort of thing in particular. I might force myself to finish CS, or I might not. It's hard to say. Either way, I probably won't touch CoP until I do.

Anyway, feeling like I need to play/finish games that others have praised or "memed" excessively over the years is a trap I still find myself caught in, unfortunately. More often that not however, I actually tend to enjoy them on some level, so it's not always a slog, but there are other times when it certainly can be, which is a shame. Something like NecroVision being one of the more egregiously nauseating & mostly unfun things I've had to force myself through, as an example.

Hell, it even goes beyond this in a sense. For all my talk of never revisiting older games I've already finished, I'm actually doing that right now, in two separate instances. In my case, I feel like I simply must replay both the original Nier & the bland as shit Shadow of fucking Mordor (which I didn't even like all that much the first time) before I play their respective sequels, as almost an obsessively inclined refresher of sorts. It's fucking insanely tortuous, but my OCD won't let it be. I simply have to do it. I'm even planning to do the same thing when it comes to The Evil Within & its sequel. God, why did you do this to me? The Demiurge of cruel, indifferent DNA. Who can save me from myself?

>I've spent 10,000 or 11,000 hours total.


Triple, or perhaps even quadruple, that amount in my case. And yet, despite all that time, there's a literal mountain of games I haven't played yet. It truly boggles the mind, but just know that I'm a fucking expert at misprioritizing my time (just look at my last paragraph for evidence enough of that). Even now, on average, I still tend to play for at least 5+ hours, at least when I can manage to sit down and actually play something. Even if it's not a particularly thrilling game, I still tend to sit there & play for that long. The issue for me is consistency. Nowadays, I tend to game very irregularly. With there being gaps of 2 days, or more, between now & the last time I managed to play something. As far as I'm concerned, if I haven't played at least one thing in on any given day, I've essentially "failed" for that day. As a result, I've been "failing" a lot these last number of years, at least ever since the anhedonia & burnout kicked in that is.

>I end up feeling lost and unable to get back into it, because I forget story or gameplay details. Or I just don't feel invested in the game's narrative anymore. Then I get demotivated and just kind of drop it.


Yeah, that's understandable. I'm having a bit of a similar dilemma at the moment with Sekiro, since I haven't touched it for 3+ months now and am, at this point, reluctant to do so, due how to displaced I feel from the gameplay/narrative. I'd imagine I'll probably force to choke it down at some point though, since that's what I do.

Still though, am I the only one here who does these sorts of things? I mean, seriously? There's no one else here who does similar? No one? You're all this well adjusted? Christ on a cracker, I guess people like me really don't come here anymore. Autistic basketcases being a rare breed on Wizchan of all places. I can't say I'm truly surprised, but it's painful to be reminded of all the same.

Replies like this >>>/dep/205938 >>>/dep/206161 being what I was actually hoping for, mostly. Do people just not come to the fucking /games/ board, or something? Seems like /dep/ & /lounge/ are the only ones most users bother frequenting, which is frustrating.

 No.47178

>>47177
They do indeed. Look for all the trophy hunter stories some anons talk about. I think they're even more obsessed than you, wiz.

 No.47179

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>>47178

What do you mean? The ones found in this thread? >>>/games/46627

I guess this must make my case doubly tragic, since I'm actually one of those former trophy hunters you're referring to and all these posts from that thread are mine.

>>>/games/46660

>>>/games/46844
>>>/games/46845
>>>/games/46944
>>>/games/47061

Talking & swapping stories with the other random wizzie in that thread has indeed given me a sense of comfort though, so I guess you're right that I'm not totally alone in some sense. Taken altogether however, I'm not sure anyone can match the sort of overwhelming dysfunctionality I've expressed & described thus far which, again, makes me feel quite alone & retarded.

 No.47181

Not counting flash/web games or hyper shot games with a bunch of endings like The Standly Parable, probably 4 or 5 a year for the last 2 or 3 years. I used to complete more when I didn't have a consistent job.

As for backlog, mine is pretty huge. I have the bad habit of buy steam games on sale that I don't actually have the time to complete. Like I keep getting rpgs and open world games, but when I sit down to play I end up playing mostly multiplayer shooters or messing with my mod projects in Oblivion.
If I made a strict play schedule or something I could probably complete more games, but I think it would end up making my play time feel more like work, which I don't want.
I am trying not to buy or download anything else until the holidays so I am more likely to clear some of my backlog of games, but often it just means I spent more time playing deathmach maps and watching movies clearing that backlog instead.

 No.47187

>>47179
Have you ever though about specializing yourself, wiz? The gaming industry has come a long way since you could play everything coming out. It's not reasonable to expect playing all the stuff that looks interesting coming out every week it seems.
I don't know if you have a favorite genre, franchise or a studio but maybe you could focus yourself in one specific thing in gaming and work towards it. You clearly have the willpower to go through A LOT of games and if you focus that energy I'm sure you can become quite the expert in your selected "field". Also, establishing limits can have a reinvigorating effect. To wander aimlessly can easily cause all types of frustration but if you can see where the path leads to "for example, setting yourself to play every Dragon Quest game", it gets easier.

I did that a few times and it helped a great deal.

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>>47187

In most ways, I feel like what you've described is just another factor of what plagues me. For instance, I set for myself to play/finish each of the Mass Effect games earlier this year. ME1 & ME2 being the only games from the series that I had already finished once, or twice/thrice, before in the past. Anyway, I succeeded in doing this and, to a certain extent, focusing, or "specializing" as you put it, on just this particular series allotted me a certain sense of firm direction & eventual accomplishment, since I was able to say to myself, "Well, at least that's off the to-do list.". My replay of the very original ME was pretty shit though and I even came to lament about it on here, as from what you can see displayed in this thread.

>>>/games/44603


Overall however, setting myself to task like that was something that paid off, at least for the most part. The trouble is that it was also quite an obsessive matter all the same, with me getting up to my usual near ruinous autistic antics, and not something I could choose to replicate in another series, even if I wished to. In the end, it just becomes as lost an endeavor as finishing all these "classic" games that I have lodged in my head is. Despite already finishing the first Witcher game a long time ago and getting about halfway through the second one, before dropping it a few years back purely out of my own malaise at the time, I'd like to finally clear that entire series as well. The Zelda series, being easily emulated, would be another example of a series I could set myself to completing. Again though, it's hard to motivate myself to do so. In the same way it's hard for me to motivate myself to finally check out & clear both Quake 1 & 2. I might be able to do it, but usually I just slump into finishing a quick indie game instead. Could've played Arcanum yesterday, but instead I just downloaded & played/finished "Sea of Solitude", a short third person indie adventure game about some random succubus's perspective on mental illness/depression (had a really good presentation & the story wasn't as rancid as you might think). Tonight I could play Arcanum, but I'll probably just download & play "Die Young" instead, some indie Far Cry-like game with light survival mechanics. This is the sort of creature I am and I don't know what to do about it.

I'd also like to mention that I have had a sort of overriding personal "goal", at least for the last couple years now, as it pertains to finishing as many FPS's as I can, with me wanting to become an almost "expert" in the field of them. As it is, I've finished quite a few, both old & new, but it's still only a portion of what you'd see displayed from someone like "GGGmanlives" on YT. Again the fact that I've, as of yet, never even played Quake 1/2, Brutal Doom, New Vegas, or Heretic/Hexen, is pretty lame and goes to show I'm not doing a very good job. I've finished a shit ton of more obscure shooters, like Undying, Powerslave, Nosferatu, Vietcong & Kingpin, along with clearing many other more notable games like System Shock 1 & 2, the entire Thief series, the entire Serious Sam series, the entire Half Life series, and the entire Deus Ex series, having also tried/finished many mods for each (mostly in regards to the original Deus Ex & HL 1 & 2). I've also finished, more or less, every single build engine game as well, expansions included. Anyway, all that aside, I don't know. This focus on "specializing in a certain field", that being shooters, is a divisive thing for me. It helps in some ways, yet doesn't in others. Essentially cancelling everything out & making it all moot.

Speaking of alternative solutions, I've had my own notions for a while now on how a drastic change of genres would probably do me a world of good. Like "specializing", instead, with only playing RTS games, dropping everything else, and doing nothing, but that for as long as I can. That would be really nice, I think, but, again, if it weren't for the fact that I'm an insane, self-defeating obsessive compulsive freak, it'd be easy. As it is, it's quite difficult. It'd also only be a matter of time before that became tiresome as well.

When push comes to shove, I just don't know how to get around myself and I'm very tired of trying. Why can't things like choosing which game to play and just doing it, be as simple in the same way that it is with all the other guys in this thread? Why am I so uniquely fucked in the head? In some ways, it's like somebody who's crippled from birth and will never enjoy the use of one of their senses. They'll never experience certain things and there's nothing they, or anyone else, can do about it. Just bad luck. Sorry. In my case, I'll always be struggling against myself, just in the same way I always have, probably until the day I die. Again, it's simply the bad luck of being born with such defectively poor wiring, in my shitty lump of a brain. I just wish I could vanish into dust at this point.

 No.47204

>>47196
Mind doing a top10 or 15 or 20 best games you've ever played? I've never met someone who can play over a 100 games a year to completion, not mentioning dropped games and replays. You have quite a sample space there for games, I'm really curious to know what a topX game's list would look like coming from you.

Also do you use any playthroughs when finishing any of these games? Do you try to figure everything out by yourself first or do you sit down with a manual from the very first minute?

 No.47209

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>how many games do you finish a year?

Not that many,usually only a couple. After you have played enough games you only wait for the really special ones, the rest is samey shit.

>How long is your backlog?


Its a doable one actually, there are only about 10 games i want want to play and beat, i took a bunch out because i tried them and didn't like them. I just beat Chronno trigger which i was meaning to play for years and it was really good and i had fun, generic jrpgs feel stale in comparison so why bother with random encounter generator 9000 when i can choose the best ones only.


>Do you feel as if time is running out,


Yes, but more so with books and subjects i want to study. I wanted to get into music for the longest time but now i am too old for that , i also feel left behind in my career since i started too late and younger kids can run circles around me. With videogames, nah, i actually think theres only like 5 more classic games that i'll play during the next few months to get it over with and then i will be done with gaming for good, same as with movies, been there, done that, nothing new surprises me.

>Do you still enjoy gaming?


Yes, but not the same as when i was younger, i don't need to play everything that comes out or everything from one genre, i like cherry picking. I keep track of the games i play and want to play but i don't stres if i just don't like one enough to beat, whats the fucking point? its entertainment not a chore or part of my curriculum. I generally like classic games better than current ones but is not like i fight over it.

>Do you find your skills degrading as time goes on?


Not really, games are actually super easy as you grow older, even hard games like souls series, but then again i don't play competitive games that require practice

>Did you ever waste a lot of time playing stuff you didn't enjoy?


used to when i was a teenager, specially with free MMOs, rts games and crpgs i would never have played if i had a better pc or better stuff to do back then.

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>>47204

>Mind doing a top10 or 15 or 20 best games you've ever played?


I honestly don't think that I could. Any time anyone's every asked me this sort of thing, whether it be with movies/games/music, my mind always draws a blank. I can do the next best thing however and post a list I've been keeping since about April of 2017, in regards to all the games I've finished since then. Out of all of them, I could probably delineate it down further into the ones that I particularly liked or enjoyed the most, but I'm not sure what the point would be. Better to just see them all for yourself, I'd imagine. Again, this isn't accounting for all the games I finished prior to 2017, which itself would dwarf the list I currently have by quite a fair margin. Makes me wish I'd started keeping a record of some kind sooner, but it is what it is.

>Also do you use any playthroughs when finishing any of these games?


Never. My OCD wouldn't abide such measures, since I need to finish the game myself. Watching someone else would completely undermine that.

>Do you try to figure everything out by yourself first?


I do, but I'll sometimes, on the odd occasion, resort to checking a wiki, or doing a quick google search, if something just isn't clicking with me, or I'm confused to a frustratingly large degree. In regards to old-style adventure games, if I have to resort to looking up the answer to a puzzle, than I often times just drop it instead, mostly out of shame & disappointment with myself. Not to mention that continuing on just feel overwhelmingly pointless once one succumbs to such measures.

However, as I was trophy hunting, which itself was an obsession that began for me around the Summer of 2008 & ended permanently in & around December of 2014, I would often check guides on PS3T.org (a popular trophy hunting website), on what was the fastest/most efficient path to the platinum or 100%. I'd do this with basically each game I played, so as to maintain a high efficiency in the amount of games I could clear. It didn't interfere all that much with the enjoyment I was able to derive from what I was doing. Not until near the end of my tenure as a trophy hunter, that is. Funny though how my OCD has morphed into regarding what I used to do as a standard when trophy hunting, as being anathema to the sorts of obsessive compulsive mind games I play with myself now. Hasn't really slowed me down, though. Indeed, quite the opposite, since now I don't have to worry about collecting a bunch of random digital tokens and learning whatever the best strategies there are for acquiring them.

Anyway, here's that list I mentioned.

List: https://pastebin.com/U1UBLcXG

As you can see, I've slowed down a lot this year, at least when compared to the past two. I've also had a lot of days now this year, where I've been simply unable to motivate myself to play or start anything. Much, much more than last year. This alone has been a point of issue for me that, again, I can't help, but chastise myself for. Odds are it's what I can expect going forward though, which makes me realize & feel to an ever larger degree how pitifully futile this all is. I'm currently playing Saya no Uta at the moment and it's been quite nice so far. Pretty much one of the only visual novels I've ever checked out actually, so it's something different. This is the last place I should be mentioning this, but I wish I had a Saya in my life. Someone who could encourage me, accept me, & even love me for what a sullen freak I am. Just being able to hold her, and for her to want to have me hold her, just so she'd simply never need to feel lonely again, would bring such an amount of tears to my eyes that I'm not sure they'd ever stop. Her cupping my testicles & sucking my pp, would be nice too.

 No.47211

>>47210
>Out of all of them, I could probably delineate it down further into the ones that I particularly liked or enjoyed the most, but I'm not sure what the point would be.

Such lists are helpful to the person making it because it helps you organize your thoughts about the several games you have experienced. Having a top list also helps with picking your next game to play since usually from such lists patterns arise and you notice a studio, genre or theme arising from your choices. Besides it's fun to do really, to reminisce on your past experiences. In your case it's actually interesting for other people as well, given the fact you finished many hundreds, perhaps thousands of games.

 No.47213

>>47211

>Having a top list also helps with picking your next game to play since usually from such lists patterns arise and you notice a studio, genre or theme arising from your choices.


Perhaps that might be true for others, but I can't really say that's what would be the result for me. A personal "top games" list would, by & large, simply feel like a chore for me to comprise. I also can't say that there'd be much insight gained from the process either. In my case, there'd really be no point. Even if I did decide on a few games to fill it out with, it would only lead me to the same sorts of "classics" I have such a hard time with starting now. Again though, I'm also just lazy. Too much effort in the end, either way.

>Besides it's fun to do really, to reminisce on your past experiences.


Yeah, agreed. That's why I keep the sort of more "general games" list that I do now, the one being that I already posted. I prefer a more complete picture of my habits, instead of one that's simply cherry picked. It leads me to cringe sometimes, looking at some of the trash I've endured here & there, but, again, it gives a clearer continuity to my gaming related habits. Both for myself to pick over and even others, should they wish to take a gander at it.

Even with the benefits that lists or various other bits of information bring, it's still hard to gauge what one might like, or might not like. Having just finished Saya no Uta, I hadn't really thought I'd get much from it going in, being that it's simply a visual novel and all, but I actually quite enjoyed it. Does that mean I should check out more visual novels? Perhaps, perhaps not. In the end, the fact that I played it at all was simply a fluke. An ephemeral whim that simply came to me out of the blue. The sort of thing that's totally unsummonable under any other circumstance. That right there is my real problem and it's an utterly intractable predicament. It's like I'm sitting here in a boat without the wind necessary to send it moving in the direction I want. As a result, I simply have to wait for another fluke of some sort. A unique sort of fluke to send me playing a game I know that I should play and that I'll probably enjoy. As was, again, the case with Saya no Uta, whose installer had sat on my computer for quite some time before I just randomly decided to play it the other night. If there's any real pattern to be found, I'd say the shorter & sweeter the games I play are, the better. Saya no Uta's short length & compelling premise being the factors which drew me to it in the first place.

I do play a lot of games, but it's more out of desperation and a sense that finishing a game, even if it only somewhat interests me, is better than finishing none at all. My OCD implores me to finish certain "classics", yet makes it impossible to start them at the same time. Leaving me with nothing, but waiting on random whims, while playing other, less favorable experiences, simply because they feel easier to start by virtue of their mediocrity. Again, it's quite the predicament. One I seem to be alone in dealing with, it seems.

As an aside, contrary to my past comment which I now somewhat cringe at having made, I actually found myself growing heavily disenchanted with Saya the more the story went on. All in all, I just found both her, & Fuminori's, psychopathic & depraved behavior to be really tedious past a certain point. I mean honestly, the fucking shit Yoh gets put through. It's like, man, can this get any more comically cruel? Just leave the poor mutated succubus be. I'm fine with characters being evil, but something about all these antics they get up to just felt really dull & deflating for whatever reason. Wanton sadism & pitiless meanness are really displeasing character traits for me, so it was a shame to see much of Saya's personality devolve into nothing, but that as the story dragged on. As things progressed, I actually found Ryoko's dry cynicism & teetering grip on maintaining her own sanity to be far more my speed. In addition, the sex scenes, even being uncensored, carried a bit of a cheap hentai feel to them, which just made them seem especially tame.

Anyway, I appreciated how the story eventually pivoted to focusing more on Koji & Ryoko, since the whole Saya/Fuminori thing had kinda already run out of steam & lost a lot of its morbid magic, at least for me anyway. Out of the two endings, I definitely preferred Koji's & found it to be a lot more poignant & tragic than Fuminori's. Fuminori's reaction to Saya being blasted to pieces and the brief proceeding drama that follows, along with Koji's epilogue, both made for a really satisfying conclusion. The other ending, that being Saya world, simply feeling rushed & a tad empty by comparison.

 No.47224

>>47141
I play online games vs randoms sometimes to just get a reaction.

 No.47227

>>47141
>how many games do you finish a year?
none. can't get into them. might replay an old game for a few mins or days at most just to remind myself of something.

>How long is your backlog?

Don't have one anymore. Watched everything I want to death. Now into surfing/ pathfinding as some kind of shinto ritual thing. Have to make it my own thing. Rather, impossible to avoid.

>Do you feel as if time is running out

Only felt this when I was young, likely from parental/ society pressure. It's something most serious people realize is false.

>Do you still enjoy gaming?

Not really. They aren't on the same wavelength and heavily restricting.

>Do you ever have the need to prove yourself when gaming?

This never came up even as a kid. I just pursued whatever was fun. Eventually got fixated on 'hard' content and ran out. Only thing left is arbitrary 'sports' ways of playing in team games or speed running. It's a viable thing to pursue but I have better things going on.

>Do you find your skills degrading as time goes on?

Reaction times/ memory recall/ strategical thinking. Stuff I don't care about.

>Did you ever waste a lot of time playing stuff you didn't enjoy?

Not in the past. Sometimes now when looking around for the next thing. The anhedonia dissipates as I get closer to what I should be doing, which is rarely games.

 No.49281

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Playing Animal Crossing

 No.51235

>>47141
Just do it; consequences be damned.

 No.51238

>The first big one being, how many games do you finish a year?
Currently between 2 and 3 a month, been playing a lot of short games so it's not like I play so much.
>How long is your backlog?
Eternal
>Does it feel like a burden to you & do you chastise yourself for not clearing more games that you have on the back burner?
No, I try to enjoy each game, not just rush them.
>Do you find anhedonia makes finishing games or working through your backlog immensely difficult?
No, not really, I still enjoy games.
>Do you even bother with a backlog?
I used to have a txt file with a backlog but now I just keep it in my head.
>Do you feel as if time is running out, either with your current life situation, or with society at large, and you'll never get around to playing certain games you might really enjoy?
Not really, what I feel is that I'd probably never play certain games because they either need a really demanding pc or a console which I'll never buy.
>Do you ever procrastinate playing these sorts of games, even if you know you'll probably enjoy them, merely because it feels like too much effort?
If a game is too difficult I might procrastinate a bit because I get angry pretty easily and some days I just can't put up with some games' bullshit.
>Do you still enjoy gaming?
I do, a lot.
>Do you bother to play a lot of different games, or do you just stick to a couple old reliables & don't bother with the rest?
I have a couple I go back to but usually I play a game, beat it and move on to a new one. I really like beating games I guess.
> What about the classics? Have you played them all? Do you even want to play them all?
I haven't and I don't know, maybe I will.
>If not, don't you feel like you're missing out?
I feel I'm missing out with games that are just too hard for me, or games that are in Japanese and I can't understand, but it's not really a concern.
>Do you ever have the need to prove yourself when gaming?
Sometimes, but most of the time I just wanna have fun.
>Does a sense of pride or validation from straining yourself ever factor into how effectively you're able to enjoy yourself?
Yeah sure, I'm not good at games and beating a game that people considers hard feels pretty good, it's kinda weird when I was playing some game the other day, I was really pissed and my brother was telling "why do you play that, you're clearly not enjoying it", but overcoming the challenge (or bullshit) it's always rewarding and it's what I look for when playing those games.
>Do you care about how well you do, even if it's in a non-competitive experience like a single player game?
I only play single player games and of course I do, to a certain extent.
>Are you like me and, at least in a subtle way, push yourself so you can meet your own standards and therefore feel better than other people because of how good you think you are?
Not really, I don't care about other people, there's always gonna be someone better than you so why bother.
>Do you find your skills degrading as time goes on? Are there certain genres, or games, that you simply couldn't see yourself as playing anymore?
No, if anything I've been getting better, I'm 27 though so I might start degrading soon.
>Did you ever waste a lot of time playing stuff you didn't enjoy? Do you still find yourself doing this?
Yes and yes, usually when it's a game from a series I like but a game I don't particularly enjoy.
>Do you feel anhedonia is inevitable?
Sure hope it's not.
>If so, do you feel as if anhedonia becomes a new normal & that it will forever hang over you like a dark rain cloud, even outside of gaming?
Not really, although if that happens there's always alcohol.

 No.53921

>>47224
Why though?

 No.55183

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Current playing two games:
* Ikari Warriors with a rotary joystick
* Diablo2 fanmod MedianXL
Just enjoy it, OP.

 No.55186

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>finish a year
2 maybe
>backlog
around 40 right now.
i don't really get mad at myself, i just play whatever i feel like.
>too much effort
no
the only game i feel i don't have time for anymore is WoW Classic, and it's because i literally don't. it's a full-time job, and i already have a part-time job IRL.
>do you still enjoy gaming
no. it's just the best cope there is, the most time consuming cope. it lets you be completely somewhere else for dozens of hours. it's better than being unconscious on heroin or dead, but i don't enjoy it.
>prove yourself
sometimes. i played rainbow six siege for years and never improved. it was a big blow to my ego. i misread even the most basic situations and get paralyzed sometimes not knowing what to do next.
dumb mexican kids are so good that they play the game professionally, yet i play for 4 years and still stress the casual matches haha.
>pride from straining yourself
i do feel pride from my WoW Classic characters. it's easier to be proud of what you've accomplished in WoW since it's actually primarily just time sunk, rather than skill or reflex. anybody can be "good" at WoW, being "good" at WoW just means you've devoted 10,000 hours to the game.
which i have.
and i feel good about that.
>skills degrading
no i've always been shit forever and stay the same level of shit.
>play stuff you don't enjoy
fuck no. 90% of my Steam library is uninstalled and will stay that way.

 No.55235

>how many games do you finish a year?
very low, about as many as you count on a hand
>How long is your backlog? Does it feel like a burden to you & do you chastise yourself for not clearing more games that you have on the back burner? Are you like me and is it an obsessive matter that you can't shake even if you want to? Do you find anhedonia makes finishing games or working through your backlog immensely difficult? Do you even bother with a backlog?
as far as games i want to finish? at this point i think its just ds2, pathologic and persona 5. i do get anxious about finishing games, and rarely have a long backlog
>Do you feel as if time is running out, either with your current life situation, or with society at large, and you'll never get around to playing certain games you might really enjoy? Do you ever procrastinate playing these sorts of games, even if you know you'll probably enjoy them, merely because it feels like too much effort?
yep. probably going to slow down on vidya once i get a job in the field im studying. so i feel like if i want to get a certain level of accomplishment i need to get it in 1-2 years.
>Do you still enjoy gaming?
yes. i dont get the new rush of playing a new game anymore though
> Do you bother to play a lot of different games, or do you just stick to a couple old reliables & don't bother with the rest? What about the classics? Have you played them all? Do you even want to play them all?
i've played most classics besides fighting classics, mmos and some console exclusives. these days i mostly stick to league aram
>If not, don't you feel like you're missing out? Is FOMO a concern when gaming for you? Is FOMO a concern in other forms of media, like films or anime or whatever else?
not really. only when people sing praises about games that were big that i know fuck all about
>Do you ever have the need to prove yourself when gaming? Does a sense of pride or validation from straining yourself ever factor into how effectively you're able to enjoy yourself? Do you care about how well you do, even if it's in a non-competitive experience like a single player game? Are you like me and, at least in a subtle way, push yourself so you can meet your own standards and therefore feel better than other people because of how good you think you are?
I turned into a competitivefag playing overwatch in 2016 or so. now i need to get to the top 5-10% or so in a game to truly be satisfied with my performance
>Do you find your skills degrading as time goes on?
currently 21, im getting better at games but at a much slower rate than when i was 18-20
>Did you ever waste a lot of time playing stuff you didn't enjoy? Do you still find yourself doing this? If so, do you feel as if that has partially hindered your ability to derive satisfaction from the past time? Do you feel anhedonia is inevitable? If so, do you feel as if anhedonia becomes a new normal & that it will forever hang over you like a dark rain cloud, even outside of gaming?
it happens to me when i stop progressing or when the game's meta turns to shit. really sad i dont get the same kick out of Sc2 that i used to get because im actually extremely talented at it. i can get and maintain diamond after 1+ year breaks with a 60+% winrate.

 No.55236

>>55235
note: i do it with like 10-50 games played or so



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