Sitting, as I tend to do a lot, makes you stare around your room. In my room I have a couple of piles of games, and a shocking amount of them have never so much as been in their intended console – for more than a couple of minutes, at least. This is a common problem, that much I know from even the most perfunctory check of blogs, forums and asking-of-friends. But why is it?
I mean, you fork out however much for a game – let’s say £30, as no one pays full price – and you’re excited to play it. You want to play it, otherwise you wouldn’t have bloody well bought it in the first place, right? Let’s use Resident Evil 5 as an example here. I bought it from a forum about a month after its release last year: I’m a massive fan of the series and have played all of the main games to completion (bar Zero, but shut up – don’t you fucking judge me), so it made sense to buy it.
I started playing it last weekend.
What this means is I bought it, had it sit in its case for nigh-on a year, moved it around my bedroom a bit, moved it half the length of the country from Manchester to Bournemouth and still didn’t play it for another five months. What is the point in that? Honestly, it’s ridiculous.
But the examples don’t end there: Mirror’s Edge, Saints Row 2, Motorstorm Pacific Rift, Tomb Raider Underworld (bought mainly for Anna to play, but still – she can’t be expected to make any progress as she’s a rubbish girl. It’s still up to me to finish it), Condemned 2, Ace Combat 6 and a few others. Why don’t I play them? What’s my excuse?
Well, my excuse is two-fold. One, Football Manager. It’s on right now, in the background, waiting for me to return and slap the spacebar to make the glorified spreadsheet advance a day so I can see if Juventus will follow up their interest in loaning out my unhappy midfielder Dinijar Bilyaletdinov for the season. That game has taken hundreds, nay – thousands of hours of my time over the last 17 years. It’s just an easy go-to solution. Why bother adapting to something new when you can go with the tried, tested, ridiculously addictive known quantity?
Twocondly, games like FIFA, Smackdown, Borderlands and GTA. These are all things that can be dipped into for a short amount of time, but can last for dozens or hundreds of hours in total. Again they fit in with the thinking above – why bother with unfamiliar when I can try and get a bigger rocket launcher while roaming Pandora?
This is the point where I should challenge myself to play through these untouched games – to get my money’s worth and stop whining about something so inconsequential. Instead though, I’ll just sit here playing FM2010 until about 1am, then go to bed. After all, I need to try and retain my Premiership title.