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Posted: Aug 20th 2011 10:33AM Saerain said

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Funny. MMOs are the only games I don't ‘finish,’ even if that's defined in an MMO as reaching max level. I tend to hate MMOs after the first 20-40% of character progression. It's for that reason that I try to progress as slowly as I can stand it.

Posted: Aug 20th 2011 1:01PM Nepentheia said

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@Saerain

*nods* I think you've pretty much described my sentiments, too.
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Posted: Aug 20th 2011 11:01AM DevilSei said

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Hell... I got like what... 100+ games? Not counting the ones I've rented and borrowed!

So of course I haven't beaten 90% of those bloody games!
Besides, define "finish"! Does it mean beating the final boss? Or does it mean finishing everything in the game, and getting everything in it? Because if its the latter... I got every Disgaea game released so far so... that's like 10 games in its own to get everything...

Posted: Aug 20th 2011 11:17AM chum said

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No, I think the last game I finished completely was Silent Hill 2, just couldn't put that one down.

I had a friend who was a 10%'er. I was always impressed as he would finish everything, 100 hour JRPG's, you name it.

Posted: Aug 20th 2011 11:49AM godot9 said

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My "finish" rate is up around 80%. Reviewing my library, I find that some I don't complete because of a particularly difficult level that I can't pass (second to last stage of Starcraft1), system crash or severe bug halfway through the game so it gets unistalled, or (lately the most typical) a new game comes out that sucks up all my time or causes my guild to migrate.

I do like to try to reach the level cap for the online games I play, but I realize that level / skill

Posted: Aug 20th 2011 12:17PM Resurge said

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i guess I'm weird, i tend to finish almost every single player game I play. There are exceptions, but i like to see the end of the story. Even if it's not a particularly great story. While i play most FPS's for the game play, i find the story is a huge part of what i love in games, and i tend to want to see it. MMO's - well, it all depends ..if i like it enough to subscribe, i will usually make it to lvl cap, and in several games i have been involved heavily in the endgame, be that PVP, Raiding, whatever.

Bottom line, if the gameplay is decent, and the story gets me interested, i will usually stick it out.

Posted: Aug 20th 2011 12:21PM wfseg said

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I'm in the 90% then.
Only games in recent memory that I've completed was Mass Effect 1&2 and Dragon Age 1. The rest of the games I have, I never finished or didn't even play.

Posted: Aug 20th 2011 12:27PM Paradigm68 said

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I notice they didn't list the quality of the game as being a possible issue. If a game isn't worth being finished, it won't be finished.

Posted: Aug 20th 2011 12:36PM HiroProtagonist7 said

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" the rising age of the average gamer (37), shortening attention spans, different life focuses, gaming platforms, game lengths, and a roster of new games -- particularly the more profitable and time-consuming multiplayer games -- that's becoming increasingly bloated"

They missed that 90% of the games coming out are shallow money grabs, with more money pumped into the hype machine than development, many of the good games are converting to B2W, and gear treadmills at the end are not much to look forward to.

The past few games I've finished are Dark Messiah, Modern Warfare 2, and Oblivion for a second time but chock full of mods this time. I'm currently playing Vanguard (virtual world lovers would be doing themselves a dis-service my not giving it another chance IMHO) with excursions into DCUO (sony deal) and E.Y.E Divine Cybermancy

Posted: Aug 20th 2011 12:39PM HiroProtagonist7 said

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@HiroProtagonist7

Forgot to mention that their are many ways 'finish' Vanguard and the population changed from Low to Medium over the last few weeks I've played.
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Posted: Aug 20th 2011 12:44PM PrimeSynergy said

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Someti-....

Posted: Aug 20th 2011 1:44PM Brianna Royce said

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@PrimeSynergy /threadwin! :D
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Posted: Aug 20th 2011 12:44PM Borick said

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I finish what I intend. My goals in games have seldom had anything to do with the path of intended progression.

I remember getting a Colecovision console when I was just a kid. It came with a steering wheel and a game called Destructor, which gave you an open map full of hostiles and blocks or gems that you had to gather to complete the level.

Well, I never even bothered trying to complete a level. It was far more fun for me to build forts out of the gems that I was supposed to collect, and to see just how long I could hold off the ever-growing number of attackers.

I'd say that I finish MY goals in every game that I play, but for some reason the developers of games want to add a bunch of entertainment that doesn't interest me.

I've always been sandbox. The game is a tool for my imagination to work with. It isn't some test or training simulator.

Posted: Aug 20th 2011 12:45PM rockman0 said

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I've never finished an MMO. Every time I start a new MMO, I tell myself, this is the one that I'll actually make it to the max level (my definition of completing) on. I never do. That closest I've come is level 45 on City of Heroes. I'm still playing that one. It may be the first that I actually "finish", but I'm not going to say that I will just yet.

Posted: Aug 20th 2011 12:51PM Yukon Sam said

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I usually exhaust the content in a theme park MMO, by which I mean I play everything through once (save the rides that require X number of friends to get on -- I'm not interested in that).

I've tried grinding through content repeatedly for drops or other rewards, but by the third time through I'm ready to shut down and go play something else.

Sandbox MMOs where I set my own goals? That's another kettle of fish.

Posted: Aug 20th 2011 1:00PM Nepentheia said

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If you're referring to the "end game" in MMOs, naw, not often--I really don't care for the end game in MMOs--as I *much* prefer the journey over the destination.

Now, as for the screenshot used in this article--Guild Wars: yes, I've completed all three campaigns and the EotN expansion.

Posted: Aug 20th 2011 1:17PM OutThere said

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I certainly used to finish every game I bought, but these days, not so much. I finished Dragon Age 2 and was severely disappointed in the forced ending. But I enjoyed spending time with all the characters, the game was entertaining moment to moment, just hugely unsatisfactory at the end. I finished Witcher 1, but not Witcher 2. I've finished Civ 5 any number of times (a big shout out to Steam Achievements!)

I usually stop playing a game when the difficulty becomes greater than either my time or my patience allows. I stop playing when I feel like the developer purposely mislead me in order to make content more difficult. I stop playing when game mechanics annoy me. I stop playing when I realize I have seen all the game has to offer and from this point forward it is just repetition and the story is predictable.

I think if anything, gamers are hopeful. We hope we are going to have a wonderful and unique experience (Witcher 1 for me). We get sucked in by the hype. We want to be able to say to our friends, ya, I played that. And, we are frankly curious.

It is also hard to know these days whether you will actually like a game or not. You think you will, you hope you will, but unless you play the demo, you don't really know. So, at least for me, I buy games and only after playing them a few hours realize I don't care for it, no matter what a hyped up release it might be.

Lastly, while the completion rate and its reasons may impact game design decisions, does anyone really care? The publisher has your money. What does it matter whether you played the game for 5 hours or 50?

Posted: Aug 20th 2011 1:18PM pbwilliams said

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I thought I was weird for never finishing games, even ones I love. After countless games of Civ IV, I've yet to actually finish one. I always start over halfway through because I think I could have done things better. One day.

Posted: Aug 20th 2011 1:26PM Bartas said

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My case is strange... I own 140+ games on steam, 7 of them was ever installed on my PC, and played only 6 of them [Left for dead 2 is installed since release and I still never launched it], and I finished only 1 out of 6 [Bad Company 2, I play it online still]. On the other hand - I play loads of MMORPGS. Even now on my HDD I have WOW, AOC, LOTRO, EQ2X, Vanguard, SWG, Champions online, Global agenda, Hellgate london and many others... even Allods, and I play them all casually.
In one gaming session [lets say 2h long] I can run 1 heroic in WOW, check my harvesters in SWG, craft a house or starship and put it on AH, then log to LOTRO for 1 or 2 Epic storyline quests, and at the end log to Vanguard just to run around and maybe use levitate and jump from the highest mountain around :)

For some reason I can't even force myself to install some singleplayer games I own. I decided to not buy any more single player games even if they are like 85% off on steam. Have no desire to play them...

I started Dragon Age 4 times, 3 on PC and 1 on Xbox360 - max I got to was the moment when I banged that dirty witch from my party and after that I never logged in again huh...

Posted: Aug 20th 2011 1:41PM Mikx said

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I havent even finished half life 2, let alone started on episode 1 and 2, so they can hold off on #3 a while longer as far as i'm concerned ;)

Outside of MMOs though, I like playing games that don't end: Civilization, Pirates, quality, innovative RTS like Company of Heroes and Sins of a Solar Empire.

Anything developed for a console I'm almost certain to hate and not finish. They might have flashy animations, but they also have limited gameplay, and I'm used to doing what I want from Civ, Pirates, RTS and MMOs.

Even the most themepark of MMOs Is more sandboxy than a typical console game.

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