Most games bought go unfinished. Most people only seem to care about games within the first few months of their release. Most gamers have a pile of shame that grows with every hot new release, every humble indie bundle, every sale. Let’s try to do something about that.
It’s Shameless Gaming Month, the time of year where we make an effort to play the games that we just never got around to finishing. Life happens to the best of us. With so many great games released, it’s all too easy to put aside something you were excited about and eventually forget about it.
What counts as finishing a game? Simply being satisfied that you’re done with a game. For some people, that might mean a platinum trophy. For others, it could be breezing through the campaign on the lowest difficulty. If you’re happy that you’re done with a game, you’re done. This isn’t a competition, it’s a chance to play through the games you missed.
Normally, I approach this with some sort of plan. A list of games that I’d like to beat which inevitably changes as the month goes on and I realise that I don’t actually like all of those games enough to finish them. Then I grind out those games over some reasonably lengthy gaming sessions.
Most of that still seems reasonable. Except for the lengthy gaming sessions bit, I’ll give that a miss this time. Lately, I’ve been playing games in smaller chunks. My gaming habits have changed and now I much prefer to sit back and do something else after an hour or so of gaming. It’s also a good excuse to drink lots of tea.
That means that my choice of games this year are ones that I’m not going to want to spend long periods of time playing. This year, I hope to finish: Dark Souls, Hotline Miami, Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Arkham Horror.
The first three of those games are all games that I can easily play in more bite sized chunks. Dark Souls and Hotline Miami encourage taking breaks to avoid playing while frustrated at the many deaths that I will suffer and have suffered already in just the last two days. Luigi’s Mansion 2 – by design – is made of fairly short chapters perfect for playing on the train to work. I don’t catch the train or have a job right now but it still suits my needs.
Arkham Horror is the exception to this rule. It’s also not a video game but a board game. It also takes two to four hours to finish and has to be played in one session. Fortunately there’s no reason that I can’t play a board game as part of Shameless Gaming Month.
For those that don’t know, Arkham Horror is a co-operative board game where you and your friends try to stop Lovecraftian horrors from overrunning the town of Arkham. My first – and only – attempt to play this ended after thirty minutes of scattering tokens across the dining table and poring over the rules before giving up.
This time will be different. I’ll get some friends over and we’ll kick some Elder God backside. If they have backsides. We’ll kick in the general direction of where we think the backsides are and hope that unimaginable horrors don’t befall us because of it.
Somehow, I also managed to finish Proteus last night. Maybe. I herded several pixelated animals to a watery grave and then walked across the ocean into some weird light thing. I don’t know if that’s the end of Proteus but it’s my end.
Anyhow, that’s my plan for the month. Has anyone else come up with an idea of how they’d like to whittle away at their pile of shame this month?