Prior to a week or so ago when I completed Diablo III, I couldn’t tell you the last game I finished. When I was younger it was no problem at all for me to knock out a game, but not so much anymore. It seems to have become a trend with my gaming more often than not. I can’t exactly put a solid reason on why this is either. Maybe its part of growing up and getting older, as well as being more responsible now that I have kids. Maybe I’m getting worse about intensely focusing on one thing for an undetermined amount of time when it comes to my leisure activity. Again I can’t be sure what the exact cause is and it seems highly likely that its really a combination of multiple things, but I just don’t seem to finish games any more.
The most recent example I can toss out is Mass Effect 3. Yup. I said it. I write for a site whose name is based on a highly popular ME character and I haven’t finished the series. Put your pitchforks and torches away; I am getting to it. Really. In fact it is sort of a personal goal I hope to get out of this article is getting myself to finish one of the great sci fi gaming stories of our era. I love the series. Its wonderful. I even got up early on release day to pick up my copy because I managed to miss the preorder for the CE, drove the hour drive to my local best buy where a friend who works there told me they had some unreserved CE copies but I needed to be there early if I wanted to get one. All this with a 4 year old and an infant in tow. If I don’t like this series then I have some seriously deep issues that need looking into after going to that much trouble.
I just for whatever reason stopped playing it a few days in. Not for any particular faults or even spoilers; I have in fact managed to remain spoiler free on this one despite many friends having already completed the story including the other members of our site. That all said, I plan to soon join the ranks of those who finished it within the next few weeks or possibly sooner depending on real life and such. If for some reason I don’t manage this then I place the blame solely on Blizzard. Oh yes that’s the other contributing factor. Blizzard games are my weakness. I always come back to them. I “run” a small community of friends who play Blizz games together which basically makes me the guy with the GM tag in WoW and the one with admin rights on internet based gathering areas. I’m really a figurehead, nothing more. So let’s all hope I can put down D3 and the WoW Mists beta long enough to finish a round of ME3. Besides, I have plenty of others on the back burner as well. Assassins Creed Brotherhood, Portal 2, Borderlands, Bioshock 1 & 2, Halo ODST & Reach, Skyrim, and on top of those I just picked up Humble Indie Bundle V last week. So there you have it friends. I have a problem of not finishing my games. What about you? Do you have issues knocking out games the way you used to or have any helpful suggestions or tips for those of us with backlogs larger than we would like to admit?