Who has time for long games?

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I can’t speak for everyone, but I find that I am less and less inclined to play games that are too long. This weekend I popped in Fable 2, a game I’ve really been looking forward to for some time, and I just stopped caring after about an hour of game play. I guess I’m just not really interested in games that have extended tutorials that go longer than 10 minutes, and I found the lack of ability to do whatever I wanted stifling.

However, I think my problem isn’t with Fable 2 as much as it is with long games in general. Nowadays you see games that come out with 40, 60, 80 hours or more of gameplay, and I just don’t really know who has the time to play these games anymore unless they are making it their second job. As a result I find myself being more and more drawn to shorter games that promise 4 hours or less of gameplay (like You Have to Burn the Rope). This weekend, for instance, I played Mega Man 9 for two or three hours, and I suspect a large part of the reason was because I knew in the back of my mind that the game would be over sooner rather than later.

What do you think? Any other long time gamers finding themselves frequently passing on longer, more polished AAA titles for shorter games?

One Comment

  1. Ian Spivey

    For the most part, I’ve been having similar experiences! Most of the gaming I’ve done in the past six months has been simple episodic stuff like Braid, World of Goo and N+, or online turn-based games on Facebook.

    That said, Bryan and I recently got Diablo 2 fever and we’re trying to get all the way through it. Seriously bad for my productivity, but lots of fun. It’s a 30h+ game, for sure.

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