I don’t know how you do it — you wonderful gamers who can play and play and play with nary a break (except for snacks and the calls of nature, that is). What be yer secret? she said in a pirate accent for no good reason. How do you sit for so long, immersed in as virtual world doing virtual things? No sarcasm there, I’m serious. Marathoning games is something I want to do, but simply can’t. Or won’t. Or something.
I’ve come to realize that my gaming attention span lasts about two hours. I can sit comfortably doing this, that, and the other in any given game for about two hours before I need a break. And as far as I can remember, it’s been a habit for a long time.
A common complaint among adult gamers, myself included, is that they don’t have enough time to play. And they look back upon their childhoods with a tear upon their collective cheeks in remembrance of those halcyon days when they could play video game from sun up to sun down. I don’t know about you guys, but my parents had fits any time we sat in front of the TV, controller in hand, for the better part of the day. When I was little, I recall playing games in snippets — early in the morning before Saturday morning cartoons, before dinner time, or for a few minutes before going to bed.
Come to think if it, two hours might just be the limit of my attention spans concerning all things. Movies, reading, family visits, handiwork, cooking, gardening, TV watching, gaming. When I get upwards of two hours in just about any activity, I get antsy and/or bored and/or bleary.
Also writing. How long have I been typing? And editing? And staring blankly out the window? And typing some more?
Perhaps to need to seek out an apothecary.
Anyway gaming. Marathon gaming, seriously, what is the secret? Is it simply a matter of intention or is there something deeper that happens during stretches of multi-hour gaming? Is it like meditation? Finding zen? Reaching a higher plane of consciousness?? Cause here’s the thing. I’d really like to play The Witcher 3. But first, I’ve got to get through The Witcher and The Witcher 2. I started The Witcher a few months back but have stalled. It’s an intensive and complex game that requires at least a couple hours to make for a decent and progressive session. I’m thinking, though, that if I can get on the magical path of marathoning, that I’d have as good chance of completing both games prior to The Witcher 3‘s release.
Or maybe I’m deluding myself.
Also, I must be reaching that two hour mark because I’m running out of stea…
If you tend towards game marathoning, care to pass as long any tips? When you have all the time in the world to play, to what games do you turn?