Unlike my friend, Stargrace, who has problems completing games because she plays a huge assortment of them, my problem is the exact opposite – I have problems completing games because I can’t bring myself to play more than one game at a time.
Such is the recent case of my purchase of Cataclysm, and I’ve played less than 2 hours of it since. FEAR 2, which is I bought during the last (read 2009) Steam Christmas sales which I made a vain attempt to complete 3 weeks ago is sitting about 80% completion. I averaged maybe an hour a day or less in it per day. For Baldur’s Gate, started a month back, I clocked less than an hour. Let’s not even talk about StarCraft 2, which I was swooning over like a fangirl about to meet Justin Bieber before launch, but failed to even complete the campaign, much less get into the competitive aspects.
Each time, I faithfully return to The One Game and spend copious amounts of time on it. For the moment being, it’s Battlefield Bad Company 2 and its recently released Vietnam DLC. Every minute spent in another game has me thinking “I’d rather be playing Battlefield”. It’s an issue of over-dedication and over-specialization. The normally latent achiever in me would rather I excel in one game (or one character within a specific game) than be a jack of all trades. If I can’t be good at something, I’d rather not play.
To those who can truly enjoy playing a variety of games simultaneously, I salute you.