Wondered a bit how everyone's game habits have changed over time. Lately ive noticed that time is harder to come by so my game habits have migrated quite a bit to mobile games.

Just a few years ago I could spend a few hours here and there playing any ol game. Weekends were pretty lean, so I easily delved into Fallout 3, Halflife 2 and every expansion. I played through many other games as well and some weekends I could knock out 6 hours or more. Finding that lately having that kind of game time has evaporated due to being busy with this or that.

I told myself that I wouldn't sink money into iPhone games. I just don't generally find them more fun than console or PC games. That said, I started buying some games and playing many more free ones. Its not that I am starting to prefer a touch screen over a keyboard and mouse or a controller, I just have less and less free time these days.

Right before bed or a lunch break are much more common times for me to play and the phone seems to fit that use-case more than a Playstation or PC. Haven't realized how long a console game takes to load until you compare it to a iPhone game. When you only get 30 minutes to an hour to play, 3 - 4 minutes to load the game matters. I mean, if I only have 30 minutes to play thats 10% of the time to boot a console, start the game and load a save. 3 minutes may be on the high end, but still, its significant compared to a mobile device.

All that said, some mobile games are pretty stellar such as Plants VS Zombies and Sword and Sworcery(Ill post about this one later, its superb) and a few others I have yet to try. But I still dream on the PC or Console but that may slowly change as time ever marches onward.

Do you still game as you once did or have things changed a bit over time for you?

Timogorgon   Member wrote on 03/27/2012 at 05:42pm

Off topic: Cool, I see the general discussion thing is up now! Awesome :D

Back to topic: My gaming habits have changed pretty drastically. Back in high school it was pretty common that my friends and I would spend entire weekends playing games. Now with work, school, and kids I don't really get to play games as much as I would like. Plus I can't really play a game like Fallout in front of my 3 year old, so I have to wait until they go to bed before I can play a lot of games.

Because my time is pretty limited I've noticed I mostly play games I can pick up and put down very easily. Anything on my PSP (especially now that I hacked it to play PS1 games :) ) is great because I can suspend my game anytime.

The types of games I play also has shifted. As far as any new games go, I find I get more enjoyment out of smaller games that won't take me several months to complete. I love Fallout 3, but I have been working on that game for almost a year now. Smaller games (in terms of hours of play) like Portal or Ben There Dan That are great for me because I know I'll actually be able to finish them.

I've also noticed that I play a lot of older games I'm already familiar with. I use my hacked Wii more as a NES/Gameboy/SNES emulator than I do for actual Wii games. When I only have an hour to play I have no idea if I can even really do anything in a new game, but I know how far I can get in Earthbound or FF7.

And you can forget MMO's. There's no way I can justify paying a monthly sub for a game I won't get to play enough to accomplish anything. :)

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 03/28/2012 at 01:36am

Off topic: Yeah it is cool, I realized its way better than "Cheerful Ghost." I think people understand "General Discussion."

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 03/28/2012 at 01:39am

I hear you on MMO's. I recently tried Star Trek online. Besides not being very fun and hard to play... Well I guess thats where my mini review of that games ends. :) Cool its free to play.

Been wanting to go through an old game and sort of journal/blog it for quite sometime now. Secret of Mana comes to mind as a game to do that with. Damn that would be fun.

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