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Game Breaking Habits

I'm sure that most if not all of us have heard of and at some point dealt with game breaking bugs; but how many of you have ever actually had to deal with game breaking habits? I'm talking habits that can become so distracting that it becomes difficult to play and even sometimes finish a game! Well I have, and I do so on an almost daily basis. I'm not sure what compels me to act on such impulses, and even though I try to stop, these habits persist anyway. So I present to you my list of game breaking habits.

Compulsive Saving:

My name is Arkayde and I am a compulsive saver. Now this is the part where everyone is supposed to say, "Hi Arkayde", and then we commence with our fill in the blank anonymous meeting. Anyway, I'm not one hundred percent sure what specific event - or should I say game - drove me down the path of save addiction (It was probably Pokémon) but whatever it was, it is a habit that has stuck with me for over a decade now. In my eyes, compulsive saving isn't a bad thing. When other people are panicking because their games have crashed and all of their progress has been lost, I'm calmly loading my last save point. However, when most people are 30 minutes in to a game, I'm 10 minutes in to saving and 20 minutes in to actual gameplay. And when most people were strolling through the streets of Columbia, enjoying all of the charm that is Bioshock Infinite, I was freaking out about only being able to rely on Autosave! Seriously, I wish I was making this up! Saving takes up most of the time I spend gaming and because of that, I have to label it as a Game Breaking Habit.

 

Constant Map Checking:

Anyone who knows me in real life will tell you that I am THE WORST when it comes to directions! Seriously, if you need directions, don't ask me because you will end up lost! That being said, it should be no surprise that my sense of direction is just as bad in game as it is out. Because of this I am constantly checking my map; especially in large open world games. So I suppose you could say my 30 minutes of gaming is really 10 minutes saving, 10 minutes map checking, and 10 minutes of actual gameplay. Add to this the fact that my lack of direction sometimes causes me to miss out on some good in game valuables! Do you see the problem here? My constant map checking has become more of a hindrance than a help and for that reason it too lands on the list of Game Breaking Habits.

 

Repetitive Jumping

Ok now I'm sure that some of you are saying, "repetitive jumping, well that's not so bad". Um, yeah; it is actually! I mean sure, it can be helpful in some games. Take The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion for instance; I jumped everywhere in that game. Jumping in Oblivion even helps up your acrobatic skill (If by some crazy chance you didn't know this by now, you're welcome for the tip). However, every game isn't The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. And every repetitive jump isn't a jump towards my skillset. Sometimes my repetitive jumping slows me down, and even though I can see it's slowing me down, my mind finds some way of convincing me that I'm actually moving faster. To make matters worse, sometimes my jumping lands me in spots that I can't get out of; say in between rocks, or walls, or dark never ending pits. Getting stuck causes me to load my most recent save, and while I'll usually only lose about 5 minutes of progress, it's 5 minutes of time that I can't get back, thus causing repetitive jumping to find a spot on my list of Game Breaking Habits.

Gamer Rage:

Everyone has heard of gamer rage; it's one of the things us gamers are most notorious for. Gamer rage has led to parodies, YouTube sensations, and even a few funny movie scenes. However, gamer rage is not to be taken lightly. While the rage of some consists of no more than a few obscenities being flung at the game causing said rage, other people completely fly off of the handle. I fall somewhere in the middle. While I've never outright broken anything, I've definitely shouted a few swear words, and thrown down my controller in anger. For me, gamer rage started back in my early Pokémon days (I think I'm seeing a pattern here). I was just about to chuck my Gameboy across the room when mid throw I realized "Hey, you don't make enough in allowance to replace this thing." That pretty much ended all desires that I'd ever have to break anything in rage. However, in order to avoid these hissy fits I often have to put a game down until my mind is more capable of accepting the challenge. Due to this, it can sometimes take me an extremely long time to finish a game, simply because I don't want to hulk out. So because of this I definitely feel that gamer rage is a Game Breaking Habit.

 

Frustration Quit:

Frustration quitting is pretty much tied to, but not limited by gamer rage. As I stated in the previous paragraph, sometimes I can get so frustrated that I just up and quit a game for an indefinite period of time. Although, rage is not the only reason I've been known to go on hiatus. Sometimes life simply gets in the way and by the time I decide to resume playing I'm so lost that I just quit out of frustration. Other times, a new, shinier, more enticing game comes along and I will get so wrapped up in playing with my new "toy" that I will forget all about the game I was previously playing. Then by the time I've finished the game and return I once again, quit out of frustration. And of course there are those occasions when my compulsive saving can't quite... save me. I'll get so in to a game only to end up losing to some insanely difficult boss (or worse, some random weak hostile) that I'll get discouraged and/or fed up and will call it a quits until a later and often times very far off date. While frustration quitting is not what usually makes games hard for me to finish, it is the number one reason that I don't finish games. That alone is enough reason for me to place it on my Game Breaking Habits list.

 

If you've made it this far, thank you! Secondly, I ask partly out of curiosity, and partly to ensure myself that I'm not insane, what are some of your Game Breaking Habits? Do you have any at all, or am I some strange lone wolf? Either way, feel free to leave feedback in the comments section below. Have a great weekend and as always, Happy Gaming! 

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