You guys might already know that I have a problem with playing way too many games at one time. This means that it takes me not just days or weeks to finish a video game, but entire months — sometimes even a year or more. And then I replay games I’ve already finished, because I love them and I want to play them again and we all deserve that. The problem is that I leave all my new games half-finished while I explore the old again.
BioShock Infinite is a perfect example of my problem. I picked it up on day one. It took forever to download. I started playing it, but after a couple of sessions, I started passing it up to play other games that were coming out. There were so many, guys. People started finishing BioShock Infinite and raving about its ending, and I had to skip all those spoiler posts because I hadn’t touched it in so long.
Finally, several weeks later, I picked it up again and played like crazy to the end. I got addicted to it. And the ending was fantastic. I was so pleased that I had finished the thing, and the game was on my mind for months afterwards…
So much so that I started playing it again in December and finished a second playthrough of it in just a few days. That’s all well and good — I love that game — but I was supposed to be playing Batman: Arkham Origins during the Christmas season, because that game is set on Christmas Eve. Now, in the real world, Christmas has come and gone… and I still haven’t played more than a few hours of Arkham Origins. BioShock Infinite just took over, and I haven’t even gotten through the whole strategy guide I bought for it yet.
I’ll be playing Infinite for a third time very soon, but there are so many other games I need to be playing, too. I have a long list of game diaries I’m working through for Persona 4, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Skyrim, Mass Effect, Dragon Age 2… It’s a lot. That’s the problem. Maybe playing a ton of games at once works for some people, but I haven’t been enjoying it like I should. I just feel overwhelmed.
That’s why this is my biggest New Year’s Resolution for 2014: to finish one video game a month. That shouldn’t be hard. I put enough hours in, it’s just a matter of focusing those hours. I used to do better when I wrote reviews for the site Population GO, because at least then I had to finish the game by a certain time to write the review. I want to go back to that — to focusing on one main game every month and finishing it.
At the end of the year, I hope to have a better gaming routine down. I’ll still be playing other games on the side, but every week, I want to carve out a few sessions just for my game of the month.