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Before I laid my hands on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, I
already knew that it was an absolutely fantastic game. How? It won several 2011 game of the year
awards and garnered the praise of hundreds upon thousands of gamers.
That's more than enough evidence to know it must be good, so I caved in due to
peer pressure and started playing it about two weeks ago. Yep. Caved in two
Pretend I'm the guy in the left corner, and you guys are the dragon. You'll want to do that to me in
If you guessed right, I actually tried avoiding Skyrim for as
long as I could. Ha, you may be confusedly staring at my blog wondering why any
sane gamer would stay away from one of the greatest games of this decade. The
reason for my perplexing resistance to Skyrim is that it's mainly a combination
of open world and RPG elements. These categories connote, in my opinion, that a
lot of time must be devoted to these kinds of games. I'm not the kind of person
that likes to sit down for several hours to play one game for several months.
Take Final Fantasy X for example. I think it took me 40+ hours to complete the
main story. I definitely liked it, but a single-player game that lasts that
long normally starts to wear down on me after 30 hours. I start to feel like I'm
wasting my time. I could bring up my obvious hypocrisy by saying that I can
play multiplayer games for even longer. However, the glaring difference between
these two contrasts is that I play multiplayer to play with my friends. I'll
rarely get on something like Modern Warfare 3 and play it by myself for 30 minutes
or so, but I do play it often with my friends because it serves as a nice "backdrop"
for our conversations. This is why I have 50+ hours of playtime in the
multiplayer of MW3. Skyrim is a different story. It's a single player game you
play for hours on end, and I'm not keen of that because of time. I'd rather
devote my solo gaming sessions to shorter games like Resident Evil 5, Alan
Wake, and Amnesia: The Dark Descent (games I'm planning on playing). They're
full experiences like Skyrim, except these games normally last around 8-15
hours. As a result, I can play more games in less time and still have a lot of
fun. Skyrim could have been a game I would still be playing daily if I had
bought it in November! The point is that I'd rather have diversity over the
same thing during long courses of time. The fun factor is still there; it just
comes in two different options.
NO! I MUST NOT GIVE IN, DOVAHKIIN!
Well, I actually did give in and
have put over 20 hours into Skyrim. My opinion above must mean that I'll get
bored soon, give up on Skyrim, and start playing shorter games that are just as
where I'm at a crossroads. I've got a huge list of games and other accomplishments
I want to make this summer and now Skyrim has entered my gaming life. I want to
play it all the time now because of its surprising effect of being able to draw
you in. I'm a level 17 Argonian in a breath-taking world with endless quests and dragons to kill with magic, swords, and bows...that's kind of awesome. I don't want to play
it all the time...but I do at the same time. Make sense? 'sigh' I really hate
Skyrim because it's so time-consuming, but I love the game in itself and plan
to play it for a while. Since this is the case, I've decided to meet somewhere
in the middle with my conflicting interests. I'm going to keep playing the
game, but for shorter durations of time (maybe 2 hours). That way, I can
satisfy myself to some extent in both areas.
How about you? Did you start
playing Skyrim months ago or have picked it up recently? Love it or/and hate
it? What about games in general...do certain games feel like time-wasters to you?
Or do you enjoy playing games that you can get lost in for hours? Let me know
in the comments below! Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to practice my Thu'um. 'clears
I got Skyrim the day it came out and have been playing it ever since, with a few breaks here and there that spanned a few weeks. Skyrim is time consuming but to me the stories are worth it. Now I will play a shorter game given the amount of time that I have to play. With the first round of DLC coming out in a few days I will be spending every ounce of free time in that world.
I usually play single player, but when there is a game that has awesome multiplayer on it like Black Ops 2 will have I will switch for a few months.
I only have a couple friends that game and our schedules rarely line up, so my love for single player games is unbridled. I love Skyrim; I played nonstop until the center of my disk cracked (has anybody else had problems with this? My new one looks like it might again). We got it replaced at Gamestop, but it was out of commission for a while. My backlog is so full of giant RPGs that I don't know how I can justify going back at the moment.
dude, skyrim isn't a waste of time: its the best investment of money you could make: think of it like this, for every hour you spend your $60 goes further and further. at twenty hours in, you've effectively payed 3 dollars an hour for solid entertainment. thats cheaper than a movie matine.
I got Skyrim in March, and absolutely loved it. I began playing it for up to 6 hours a day. But then, I reached a point where it felt like I was just doing the same things in the game day after day, and it got really boring really fast.
My solution? Put the game away for a month or so and whip out a game I've been meaning to complete (Mass Effect 2 on Insanity Mode). Then, after I'm done with the latter game, I'll be able to play Skyrim with a bit of freshness.
And now I limit the amount of time that I play games...