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Matt Barton
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Joined: 01/16/2006
Ha!!! I know most of us here


I know most of us here have similar stories regarding the "loves we've lost" and so on. I'm just glad I had learned some painful lessons by the time I met Elizabeth, so I knew I had a good thing and should hold onto it rather than keep pursuing the "greener pasture." I'm ashamed to say it now, but when I was younger I had a terrible view of relationships as "upgrading," so you start off with rubbish and dump them when you get a better opportunity. Usually, that "better opportunity" would evaporate (or turn out to be worse) and I'd find myself with nothing!

It might seem unrelated, but I think there's something similar with games.

We're playing a game, let's say, and having a "reasonable" good time. But somewhere in the back of your mind, you're thinking there must be a better game you could be playing, or you should just try something else for awhile. It's kinda like those dudes back in college who went through women like cigarettes. They had zero appreciation for any of them, even if they were amazing and wanted nothing else but to make them happy. You KNOW the type. Now look at your own gaming habits and ask--are you THAT way when it comes to games? Even a masterpiece that people put their hearts and souls into becomes just a disposable thing, sample a little bit and toss it. Move on to the next.

I guess the alternative to that is really LOVING a game, not just "wham bam thank you ma'am." Instead of trying to play so many different games, spend a LOT of time with just one or a couple.

I'm that way with World of Warcraft, though I have to say I've been taking an extended break. But I was able to overlook its faults (even come to appreciate them) and found so many ways to enjoy the game. Now my brother and I are doing that with Civilization 5 multiplayer. I find myself going back to it single-player and trying different strategies, playing different characters; just trying to experiment and get to know the game better.

My assumption is that any game widely considered great is worth spending time with, and the more time you put into it, the more you will get out of it. I bet if you spent two or three months playing a game like Planescape: Torment, you'd really get to loving it. If you just play it in short bursts here and there amidst a dozen other games, it just won't stick. It's like that guy who goes out with a different girl every weekend; there just isn't the time and focus required to really get to know one (much less fall in love).



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