The Mysterious Case of Game-Related Procrastination

A collaborative look into the world of unfinished quests

Intro by Peter R. Clark Entertainment Editor

Ever have that feeling of pure joy, knowing that you are about to purchase a video game that you’ve been wanting forever? 

We get excited, hyped, then we lay down the money to purchase a game we’ve been anticipating to play for a while. It might be on sale, or brand new, but either way, we’re hankering to play it.

 Then you buy it, and bam it’s yours, and you play it for a while, then stop. You may stop because you’re mad at it, maybe you got burned out, or maybe it just wasn’t as good as you expected. This is a problem, but why does this occur?

I asked a number of people about this problem that is facing a large group of gamers today to possible shed some insight on this epidemic. Apparently it is affecting more people that previously thought. The insights from the many writers are interesting and well thought out.

For me, the most recent game I played, but never beat was Fallout 4. Steam says I’ve played that game for 80+ hours, and I certainly felt like I have. I did a lot in that game, but I felt like I did enough to constitute that I earned my money’s worth.  Do I want to beat the game? Sure. Do I have the drive to beat it? Not really. Do I have an explanation for that? Again, not really. It could just be psychological. Or maybe I’m just bored with game. That’s probably it. Boredom, and maybe because there are bigger fish to fry in the form of other games. I’m a nomad drifting from game to game, spending just enough time on them to enjoy them, and then it’s on to the next. 

I love games, I play them a lot, it is not an issue of whether or not I’m just bored of games and just can’t be entertained by them. Maybe it’s a time issue. Maybe I’m spending too much time on my real life and not enough on my gaming life. The possibilities are near endless, and I don’t see an answer in sight.

Hopefully the insights of the other writers help us clearly define why it is we don’t beat games like we used to. I could keep speculating forever, and maybe one of my speculations would be right, but the fact is, I haven’t beat a game in a number of years. The last game I beat was a short game that in essense didn’t have a real ending (you can read my review on that game on our website: Renowned Explorers: International Society).

In any case, enjoy the rest of the insights below, and maybe you can relate to them. Maybe it’s just all in our heads.

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By Alexis Cruz Social Media Manager

I’ve been a huge fan of the Persona series since the renowned Persona 3: FES title. However, I can’t say that I enjoyed their latest game Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. 

Don’t get me wrong, the plot was amazing, the soundtrack was great as always and the developers were able to play with the 3DS systems well, but as much as I hate to admit it I had the biggest rage quit during one of the stages and I refuse to pick up the game ever again. 

It was during the third dungeon, the Evil Spirit Club, on the third floor, or “story” as they were called, where I struggled to sneak past one of the Old Doll F.O.E.s no matter where I moved on the map. 

Sadly, I was too far into the game to grind to a high enough level to defeat the monster, and I refused to let my hours of gameplay go to waste and start a new game.

Admittedly, I tried to look up game FAQs or walkthroughs to get past the F.O.E. but they would only show a map with no directional purpose. I gave up. I haven’t thought about the game or picked it up since.

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By Andrew Linde Multimedia Manager

Throughout my life, video games have come and gone. I’ve started countless only to never finish them. 

The last game that I never finished was Grand Theft Auto V. Was I offended by the voice acting skills of Steven Ogg as the despicable and disgusting Trevor Phillips? No, I was actually delighted by his malevolent character. 

I even loved the gimmick of having one of the main characters essentially be Ray Liotta from GoodFellas. 

And yet, something stopped me from finishing the main storyline of that game. I happened to purchase the game through a Steam sale, just a few scant weeks before the start of Fall semester. 

So, despite the game being over a year old and my purchasing of it in the summer, I was unable to complete all of the objectives before school started.

If it wasn’t school, it’d be the release of another new game. If something newer and more exciting came out, then my attention was pulled. 

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By Bailey Mount Managing Editor

I never finished Huniepop for one major reason, it being both a superficial and a moral one that held a lot of bearing for me.

Huniepop is a game that parodies the Japanese dating simulator games. In it, your character strives to have intercourse with every woman in your town. You woo your women by giving them gifts and taking them on dates. Each date comes in the form of a match-up game similar to Candy Crush. On the fifth date, you get to have intercourse with them. 

I started playing this game for laughs about a year ago. I’ve completed 98 percent of it. The missing percent is for three reasons: the first two being that I haven’t found out the favorite hangout spots of two women.

The third and best reason is that I only have one outfit left to unlock – and it’s on the cat girl. She has ears and a tail. I’ve seen where that tail goes. I can’t do it. If I win the date, I have to have simulated intercourse with her. Alien women? Totally fine? Venus, the literal goddess of love? Totally cool. But a girl with a cattail that meows at me? No game. 

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By Chris Orozco Distribution Manager

Over summer, my buddy Elliott introduced me to Starcraft when I asked him what online game we should play until Fall Semester starts. At that time, I was jobless and treading on thin ice with bills and rent. In order to distract myself from my financial troubles, I focused my attention onto Starcraft: The Destroy of Productivity.

And thus began the 2 month journey to nowhere. The game mechanics were clunky, since it came out in 1998. You needed to learn how to use hot keys. I just wanted to point and click. League of Legends ruined me. I am a casual gamer. I want simple stupid fun. 

I was constantly rage-quitting 1v1 matches with Elliott—never play with sadistic veterans. Starcraft is a “get-good” genre where you just had to learn. 

The tutorial sucked. Elliott and I played co-op campaign on the hardest difficulty.There were bugs. I ignored him for a day. 

Starcraft is just that game you needed patience. And I finally realized that Starcraft II answered all my “report issues” and criticisms. I never finished it.

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By Elliott Gatica Music Editor

When I have the time to boot up my PS4 to play some Overwatch, Warframe, or other games I prefer (soon to be Titanfall), I always have the thought in the back of my mind questioning why I haven’t finished many of the games I’ve played. And by finished, I mean that I would have the story completed with all (if more than one) endings. 

However, I always find myself brushing off that thought and thinking, “I’ll do it when I have more time, I just want to keep my rank up in whatever I’m playing now.”

Two years ago, I bought Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII for the Xbox 360 for less than $20. Since the XIII series grew on me after XIII-2, I was planning on playing the last of the series to get the full experience. However, it’s now just another disc added to my previous-generation Xbox 360 library. 

Maybe in the near future, I’ll revisit—or rather, play it for the first time—Final Fantasy XIII to complete the story. But right now, I only have time to level up my account in Warframe or get my rank to diamond in Overwatch ranked. 

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By Mario Lopez Travel Editor

I was in my uncle’s stuffy, electronics repair shop at the impressionable age of 11 when I witnessed my older cousin finish Majora’s Mask in one sitting.

I was enthralled by the haunting smile of the moon, its bulging yellow irises lined in red, the grand boss fights, and Link’s transformations into some of the other game’s races, from a wooden deku scrub to a swimming Zora to a rolling Gorgon.

Many years later I gained possession of this childhood memento that not only held a wonderful gaming experience, but a comforting feeling of a home away from home.

As I began to play the game and I couldn’t get past the first town’s mission. 

I witnessed the moon crushing the world over and over again, with its toothy grin, mocking my lack of gaming skills--mocking my pain. 

I rage quit after several tries. 

I am sure I could beat the game now, but with many more on my to-play list, school, and work, maybe in retirement I’ll pick up the N64 controller and finish what I started.

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By Ross Siev Contributor

400. That’s roughly the number games I own, from the classic Nintendo 64 to the present Playstation 4. Coming off from memory, I most likely finished at least 90% or so of each games’ single-player campaigns.

My game library has been growing thanks to sales and discounts. Despite some of the positive reception from each game, it’s more of an acquired taste.

One particular game I would most likely never finish is “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,” which is one of the best games I have played in a long time. The game is huge with many side-quests and collectibles to find in four separate regions. 

A dedicated person can take 100 hours completing a region and not even be close to being done. At this point, I got burned out from the experience and barely scratched the surface. 

With so many games to play that I could beat in the course of a week, a game needs to be interesting enough for me to get engaged in. 

Now I just buy a single game and make it my mission to complete it before I go out to my local Best Buy.

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