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Opinion: Familiar Games Deter Us From New Experiences
on December 20, 2013 at 06:00 PM
For years, I've been battling against investing so much time in one game. I know I'm not the only one; we had a whole day of features on our favorite time sinks . But as I get older and have less time outside of work to play games, I've found my comfort food in returning to the same games...
Time Sinks – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
on July 05, 2013 at 12:00 AM
There was a period, during the winter of 1998, where my sleeping habits began to suffer. I went on a terrible fast food binge, started showing up to work late, and I secluded myself in my basement as soon as I got home. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time had just come out, and it had totally interrupted...
Time Sinks – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
on July 04, 2013 at 11:00 PM
There's often something undefinable about the games that we truly love; a quality that isn't captured by logic. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is on many gamers' lists of favorite games, and like me, you've likely spent a great amount of time doing any number of things in Skyrim's world...
Time Sinks – Picross
on July 04, 2013 at 10:00 PM
When we started discussing a day-long feature for all of us to talk about games that chip away at our free time, I excitedly signed up for Picross. The Picross DS titles and the recently released Picross e on the 3DS eShop have all been the perfect examples of games that I will play “just one more”...
Time Sinks – Radiata Stories
on July 04, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Since they take 50 or more hours to complete, almost all role-playing games can be time sinks. However, only a select few have inspired me to pursue multiple playthroughs, complete every sidequest, and beat every optional boss. Radiata Stories is one of them. Radiata Stories may not be the biggest name...
Time Sinks – Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
on July 04, 2013 at 08:00 PM
While most of my colleagues have no doubt warmed your heart with tales of their love and devotion to a particular game, I'm here to peer back into the abyss of failure and frustration. I'll cop to it – I'm a mediocre gamer at best. It's the dirty secret of my life. Given my chosen...
Time Sinks – Chromehounds
on July 04, 2013 at 07:00 PM
I almost feel guilty about choosing Chromehounds for my Time Sink feature. By the time you're done reading this you'll want to go jump in a giant, lumbering mech yourself. The only problem is, you can't. FromSoftware's Chromehounds wasn't an online-only game, but it might as well...
Time Sinks – Rock Band
on July 04, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Green Grass and High Tides. If those words send a chill through you, then at some point we shared a great trial – beating Rock Band's guitar career on Expert, and confronting the nearly ten-minute long odyssey that was The Outlaws' 1975 song by that name. Even if you did manage to cross...
Time Sinks – Phantasy Star Online
on July 04, 2013 at 05:00 PM
I first read about Phantasy Star Online as a news blurb in a gaming magazine. There was very little information other than “it is coming” and you can “play online with other people”. The sci-fi and fantasy blend of the Phantasy Star world was one that I had already spent countless...
Time Sinks – Pokémon Red & Blue
on July 04, 2013 at 04:00 PM
"It's kind of like dog fighting": my friend didn't have the most eloquent way of explaining this new game called Pokémon that was just released for the Game Boy, but I was intrigued. In 1998 I was eleven years old and had never played an RPG before, I also hadn't really spent...
Time Sinks – The NHL Series
on July 04, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Choosing one game to highlight as my time sink wasn't easy. I've logged hundreds of hours into exploring Tamriel in The Elder Scrolls games, exploring the myriad vaults of the Fallout games, trekking the high plains of Red Dead Redemption, and racking up kills (and deaths) in Battlefield multiplayer...
Time Sinks – Resident Evil 2
on July 04, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I’ve spent plenty of time in expansive worlds like Azeroth, Hyrule, and Final Fantasy VII’s Gaia, but games like World of Warcraft and The Legend of Zelda series come with an expected, lengthy time commitment. The original PlayStation Resident Evil games can be beaten in considerably less...
Time Sinks – Final Fantasy Tactics
on July 04, 2013 at 01:00 PM
My Time Sink is a little different than my coworkers’. I’m kicking it off with a story that illustrates how it became an obsession of mine, and why I fought so vehemently to give it a prominent spot on Game Informer’s Top 200 Games of All Time list (it landed at #45). After my lengthy...
Time Sinks – Civilization V
on July 04, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Sid Meier’s most famous series is the quintessential time sink, but for me it’s not because of red-eyed nights spent hooked on playing just one more turn. The far more effective way Civilization has remained a mainstay of my gaming habits for twenty-five years and thousands of hours played...
Time Sinks – Castlevania: Order Of Ecclesia
on July 04, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia has been on my must-play list for a long time now. Released in 2008, it remains the final Symphony of the Night-style Castlevania game. Part of me purposely put off playing it for just this reason. I always knew there would be one new Metroid-esque Castlevania waiting for...
Time Sinks – Soul Calibur
on July 04, 2013 at 10:00 AM
A console’s launch day is always an exciting time for gamers, and most purchasers of a new system prefer to go home with a handful of games. When the Dreamcast launched in 1999, I landed on four titles: Sonic Adventure, NFL 2K, Ready 2 Rumble, and Soul Calibur. Despite never having played Soul...
Time Sinks – Persona 3
on July 04, 2013 at 09:00 AM
In the PlayStation 2 era, role-playing games reigned supreme. It was nearly impossible to keep up, but I always finished off one and moved on the next seamlessly. Jumping from RPG to RPG started to take its toll. By 2007, it felt like I had seen it all, and RPGs weren't surprising me or doing anything...
Time Sinks – Minecraft
on July 04, 2013 at 08:00 AM
Despite not having much in the way of a narrative, graphics, or sloped surfaces, the thrill of exploring a never-before-seen world has kept me coming back to Minecraft time and time again. When I first heard of Minecraft, I didn't understand what the big deal was. Interest in the game was just starting...
Time Sinks – The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
on July 04, 2013 at 07:00 AM
"Greetings, outlander." I've probably heard that phrase a few thousand times, partially because The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind didn't have an army of voice actors. Mostly, however, it's because it's the game I've sunk the most time into. I missed out on the first Elder...
Spend Your July 4th With Our 'Time Sinks' Feature Series
on July 03, 2013 at 02:00 PM
On Memorial Day, we regaled you with our favorite cult classic titles from the current generation. You told us that you loved the idea of themed features on the holidays, so we're back with another full day of fun. Tomorrow, starting at 8 AM Eastern, we'll be rolling out a new story every hour...
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