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Report: Fewer Players Are Actually Finishing Their Games

Great. This is just what we need; more incentive for developers to slack on single-player experiences.

According to an irritating new trend discussed at CNN, only 10% of gamers actually finish the games they purchase. So of course, the challenge is to produce a campaign that keeps the player entertained right up until the end. Unfortunately, Activision production contractor Keith Fuller had this to say:

"What I've been told as a blanket expectation is that 90 percent of players who start your game will never see the end of it unless they watch a clip on YouTube."

The 10% number comes from Raptr, an online service that tracks gaming trends and tendencies; one cited game that apparently supported the 10% claim was Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption. So why are fewer and fewer people finishing their games, even with shorter and shorter campaigns? It goes well beyond the multiplayer boom, although that's certainly a factor.

The average age of a gamer continues to climb, and the older we get, the less time we tend to have. But regardless of the reasons, the single-player experience is on the decline, and we have to accept that. Personally, I really hate having games in my collection I haven't completed but I'm sure I'm in the minority.

Tags: gamers, video games, gaming culture

8/22/2011 8:56:02 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (85 posts)

Jdogtoocool
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 9:12:00 PM
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I could go on about this topic all day but to make it quick here are some random thoughts floating around:
- there is way too much filler in gaming nowadays, yes I don't that going around completing missions and whatnot is what makes a game but there's a fine line between and I think it's not being respected anymore.
-Trophies... Games that do not support trophies just do not interest me anymore. I've tried going back countless times and tried to catch up on some games I had missed or just didn't have the time to play, and I just couldn't bring myself to finish them because trophies are like my fuel to continue gaming.

I have other thoughts but must stop here

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TrophyHunter
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 5:27:04 PM

Same here, trophies are very important in a game for me, I can't even play a game without them. MGS4 is the only exception but would be much better with a trophies patch (I know, it will never happen)

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Nas Is Like
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 9:25:06 PM
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Well I can already say that one of the reasons why I haven't finished certain games is that my brother finishes them before, so I basically see what happens without having to play it.

Other reasons include me losing interest or can't get past a difficult part/s of the game.

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Riku994
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 9:25:25 PM
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I really try to finish my games, but some are just... bad :P

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godsman
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 7:06:12 AM

-Some games were good in the beginning and eventually went horrible in the middle.

-Some games were just TOO good and I can't finish because that means the end.

5th day without PS3

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Qwarktast1c
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 9:28:46 PM
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for the lesser titles, its hard to find the time anymore

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Temjin001
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 9:30:26 PM
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Oh, I totally dislike having games I haven't finished as well. In fact, for many of my games I don't feel like I've really played them until I've played them twice. RPG's are the exception to that rule, but for action games, it's requisite.
With my responsibilities widening as an adult with a growing family and priorities, I'm finding getting solid game time in is becoming quite difficult. Anymore, getting a good hour or two in at night of gaming would be a generous helping of entertainment.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 9:00:09 AM

I'm the same way. For me, a major way I budget how much I spend on games is that I don't buy another until I finish what I'm on. Exceptions only when I find a really great deal on a game that will pass. Got Fallout 3 brand new for 9.99. Had to pick that up, obviously. But I still haven't touched it. I -promise- I will, but I just haven't had the chance yet!

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Qubex
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 9:30:43 PM
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Quite interesting, and not that surprising. A game really has to be engaging all the way to keep people's attention spans.

Let us now forget online play. Some people will by CoD or BF3 to simply play online, and may not even touch the single player campaign... therefore they are likely never to see the ending to a game. When you think of how popular shooters, they probably make up 75% of that 90% statistic who do not finish all the games they buy, especially if the majority are online based.

Then you have the difficult games like Demon Souls etc. I think you have to have time and patience to get through games. Catherine was reportedly pretty difficult to complete as well. How many people will finish Skyrim with 100+ hours of gameplay?

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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tes37
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 9:35:17 PM
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I complete the majority of my games. Certain titles take me longer because they're not as engrossing as others.

If 10% complete 100% of the games in their library, then I'm not in that 10%.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 10:00:03 PM

You're a man of variety, I enjoy stalking...I mean looking at what you're currently playing.

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tes37
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 10:24:22 PM

I look and see what people are playing as well. I wouldn't call that stalking, but I can make exceptions for my psn friends and call you a stalker if you like. I noticed you were playing RDR and long overdue, like the lynching your friend should get for holding it for so long.

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fatelementality
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 9:35:55 PM
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List of games I have never finished but still own is as follows. Maybe u guys can help me out here by telling me which is most worth my time:

Batman: Vengeance
Batman: Rise of Sin Tsu
Call of Cthulhu
Deus Ex 2 - (Working on Now 4 obvious reasons)
Silent Hill 4 (Sad, I know. Never even touched 3)

My main excuse now is incredibly long load times. Call of Cthulhu is by far the worst for this. It is also a very 'trial & error' ish game. I am 30, but I can still hang w the best of them. I don't do easy mode yet at least :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 10:31:19 PM

I put Cthulhu on easy to beat it, that game is HARD and takes dedication but I love it.

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dmiitrie
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 1:39:21 AM

How right you are about that, World. I remember being as mad as I've ever been at a game after I finally beat that excruciatingly frustrating game only to unlock.........a new (and harder) difficulty level.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 4:11:00 AM

Oh, play Silent Hill 1 again, then play Silent Hill 3 trust me, you wont regret it. Silent Hill 4: The Room, while a bit different, is worth your time, dont bother with Origins or Homecoming or anything after that, as the series foundators Team Silent have not been involved and its been all downhill since.

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clockwyzebkny
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 9:46:14 PM
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This is true. I purchase and play a lot of great games witjout finishing a lot of them. I dont want to get stoned (drug related or otherwise)but I never completed Batman AA, Infamous 1 or 2(i left 2 in another state during vacation), L.A. Noire, Heavenly Sword, etc
I may be getting to old The thing is I LOVE these games but it seems like I lose a little interest after awhile :(

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clockwyzebkny
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 9:47:54 PM
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Why cant I save my profile changes? Im using the 7 inch galaxy tab. My ps3 browser gives me problems

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DazeOfWar
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 9:53:46 PM
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I have a crap load of unfinished games in my library. A lot of them I haven't even started yet though. I'll get to them some day.

For me if something really pulls me in I'll finish it right away but some games I tend to get burnt out on and then come back to them later.

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Crabba
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 9:53:51 PM
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I finish basically all games I start playing, unless it's exceptionally bad, which is rare because I really only play the best games out there in the first place. Great games like most of the PS3 exclusives I've finished twice already.

That said, I have WAY TOO many games I still haven't had time to play yet, including games I've only tried once to see that it works or just to see what it looks like, and now waiting in the pipeline for an open time slot some time in the future... My backlog is just getting bigger and bigger by the month, sigh :p

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Crabba
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 9:57:40 PM

So just to add a point to this, that I might actually add to the "low finish" percentage on some games even though I actually finish almost all of them when I actually get around to it...

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 9:59:11 PM
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I'm currently playing through Red Dead for the first time. I'm at 67% and so far I've put in 28hrs. I can't imagine someone not finishing this game, it's amazing. The story and acting matches any great Western.

Not sure why someone would invest in a game without seeing it through to the end. I can gladly say I've only done that a few times and with games that deserved it (Dark Void) hell I hated RE5 but I at least finished it.

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fatelementality
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 10:20:59 PM

Alright, time to run from these zombies. Ok, I have to take a few steps first to turn & face away. Oh crap, he bit my neck.......how did he do that? Well it's high time to raise my weapon and take aim. Oh God, my arm is missing......you little bastard ass! That's it, time to align my laser sight on this dude's face before.........Oh no, there's 50 of them and a guy with a chainsaw. Wait......where are my liver and kidneys? That's it, now I'm really.................

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 10:34:09 PM

I didn't finish RDR, it was getting boring and then I accidentally spoiled the ending by reading about it so I just gave up because there was nothing to look forward to.

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tes37
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 10:38:49 PM

Dark Void, so far, is pretty easy to put down. I've been going back and forth with that game and Brutal Legend. I hope Dark Void doesn't get any worse. I plan on finishing it one day hopefully, but I haven't been playing too much lately. I've been spending money and time on another hobby of mine.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 11:06:20 PM

I blasted right through Dark Void, it has a decent ending.

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BikerSaint
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 10:24:49 PM
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The only ones I haven't finished are the few where I've gotten stuck at a certain stage.

But I've found that if I'm stumped, it's just better for me to walk away from it awhile & come back later to a whole new refreshed view of the situation, and that's when I usually wind up with that "AHA-Eureka" moment.
(but after 100 tries over a years time, I still haven't been able to crack that quarry dump truck's frigging windshield yet in the 1st Kane & Lynch game).
But I WILL keep going back occasionally and plug away at that biatch.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 10:36:48 PM

After I finally did that dump truck thing I gave up on the game. I decided that was the biggest challenge any game could ever give me and once I did it I would never require a serious challenge ever again. I also decided that Kane and Lynch wasn't worth the aggravation of finishing.

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BikerSaint
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 11:59:13 PM

World, until the dump truck, I actually liked the game & Lynch's overly-demented psychopath character.

That windshield's also been really frustrating too just because I also have K&L:Dog Days & I won't even attempt to try that one out till I've beaten K&L:Dead Men first. So now K&L2 winds up continually staying-put in my massive backlog GRRRRR!

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matt99
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 10:31:08 PM
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I'd say I complete 90% of the games I play, and the 10% are the games that had no story and terrible gameplay. I'll even finish a mediocre game with a half intriguing story. Anyway, assuming this statistic is accurate (90% seems a little high), I would tell developers this, have a story worth seeing the end of and gamers will complete it.

Although RDR had a great story so maybe I'm wrong...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 10:43:35 PM
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Developers may want you to finish their game but their overlords don't care, they just want you to buy it.

I try to finish all of them but now and then something happens and I can't. I've had Folklore since 2008 and I'm stuck in the same fight. I love that game to death and it pains me that I'll never beat it.

The internet is a bigger part of gaming now more than ever, and I don't mean multiplayer, I mean if you read sites you will catch spoilers and then that ruins the whole game for me. It was hard to finish L.A. Noire after it was spoiled and RDR I just quit.

Some games there isn't any real point to finishing them, I'm still not done with Oblivion because the main quest doesn't interest me at all. Once I opened up the world I just made a whole way of life inside the game and ignored the story...whatever it was about.

Then there are the games that drag on that I have to force myself to finish and sometimes fall short of that. I don't know if I can finish Vanquish, Bayonetta was painful enough to push through.

I feel like the game should give me a good enough reason to keep playing.

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tes37
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 10:58:58 PM

I entered a painting in Folklore and was overwhelmed by the enemies, but couldn't get out so I stopped playing. That was one of the rare moments when a game save screwed me.

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Radiohead
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 10:54:42 PM
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I didn't finish chrono trigger or ff13.

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dmiitrie
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 1:42:15 AM

Chrono Trigger is definitely worth finishing.

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AcidReign91
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 11:14:45 PM
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I havn't finished a ton of games that I have (Red Dead Redemption, FFXII, Dragon Age Origins to name a few). But the main reason is because I don't have that much time to devote to playing video games anymore. Life and school get in the way and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 12:22:12 AM

No not bad at all, most of us have gone through long periods of hardly gaming at all. The games will be there when life slows down.

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TrophyHunter
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 1:46:08 PM

I know what it feels Acid, my wife, my son and my job let me just a couple hours for gaming every day

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AcHiLLiA
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 11:15:50 PM
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I have a buddy on my friends list and he has over 20 game titles and not a single gold trophy. I think he is... well I'm not going their.

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sirbob6
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 11:59:57 PM
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I force myself to finish every game. If I don't I feel like I wasted money, even if they are gifts. The only game this gen I have yet to finish is 3D Dot Hero Game, and that's just because I never got round to it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 12:23:09 AM

aaagh I never finished that either. Got pissed at the Fire Temple and started another game. Never managed to get back to it.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 9:07:07 AM

I got the platinum for that game. It's really satisfying to beat it on spelunker mode. (You die in 1 hit)

As for that fire temple, it's confusing at first, but really, it's a giant linear path that criss-crosses itself.

The boss in the fire temple is the toughest, though, in my opinion. If you can beat him, you won't have any trouble with the boss. Especially if you get the best shield.

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Nerull
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 12:39:42 AM
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Firstly, trophies can't really have much of a downside since they probably take 15 minutes to come up with at the end of devving but they don't fuel me at all.
I've got 2 platinums but little bronze, silver, and gold stars are not incentive for some people past a certain age.
Secondly I finish 95% of the games I buy which is most of the ones I play since I don't like renting for the aforementioned lack of time away from work.
As tech in both the gaming and practical realms continue to improve the worker bees continue to have less time to enjoy the benefits.
Must ...keep up with ..the.. Joneses.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 9:12:42 AM

I disagree with the statement, "past a certain age".

I think age has absolutely nothing to do with it. For me and my friends, (all anywhere between 22-47) we enjoy being neck-and-neck with each other. We're all at level 12 now for overall trophy rank. Trophies are a great mark to reach for. I don't have a ton of them either, but I am at 12 platinums now. Let me tell you, when you platinum FFXIII, it's a good feeling. I can only imagine how great a feeling it would be to platinum Demon Souls, like my one friend has.

Basically, it has more to do with your personality type. I'm a completionist, and I always have been. Even before trophies, if it was a Final Fantasy, I had to get -everything-. If it was Zelda, you can bet I didn't rest until I had all the hearts I could possibly muster. Even playing Super Mario, I had way more fun playing every level as opposed to warping to the final boss.

Age has nothing to do with it. I'm a completionist. Trophies are a great indicator of a 100% complete game.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 4:00:40 PM

He's equating trophies with the stars we get on our work in Kindergarten. It would be a fair comparison if it wasn't actually really HARD to get some of those "stars".

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Danny007
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 12:57:00 AM
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I just can't find many games that I fell deserve to be finished. The single player quality is lacking in most recent games. There less fun and to me that's disappointing because I enjoy the single player experience more that the multiplayer experience.

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dmiitrie
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 1:47:34 AM
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I wish I could say I don't finish games. As I've gotten older ive found that my hobby as shifted from playing video games to buying video games. I got both my PS3 and a new laptop last Christmas, and since then, I've bought almost 20 games between the two, but have only even started maybe half a dozen of them.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 1:55:25 AM

Haha that's me too. I can have new games sitting on my shelf for many months, still with the wrapping plastic intact. Like right now, I have *still* not started on LBP2 for example. It's still unwrapped.

This is why I try to avoid buying at full price, chances are good that it's dropped to half the price before I get around to actually play it.


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Underdog15
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 9:17:08 AM

I'm a natural collector with games too. I've gotten into a good groove, though. Now I have about 3 unplayed games on my shelf. I have something like 15 games I -WANT- to buy, like Catherine, inFamous 2, LBP2, etc., but I refuse to buy anything until one of the 3 unfinished ones have been defeated.

It actually works out, because I do eventually get the games I want, and it usually ends up being much cheaper, too.

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CrusaderForever
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 10:09:26 AM

I am in this camp as well. I bought Mortal Kombat and inFAMOUS 2 D1P! I just played Mortal Kombat 2 days ago for the first time and I am yet to play inFAMOUS 2. Just been so busy trying to plat certain games that it consumes your playing time. Then before you know it a dream game like Deus Ex HR comes out and will pull me away from playing I2 for a much longer time.

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RobiinzZ
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 3:27:37 AM
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I doubt this is true

I hate starting a new game unless I've completed the last one (depending on the game).

Also, red dead redemption is a very long game so its a bit unfair using that as an example.

I mean, it took me a year before i got round to completing GTA4.

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YashaZz
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 3:42:56 AM

Same here.

P.S. Bought RDR last May... still haven't finished the storyline. Very nice experience.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 4:08:44 AM
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I feel sorry for anyone who has to resort to youtube for an ending, if that is the society we live in there are big problems.

I have only ever done this once! and my reasoning is completely valid. FFX-2, one of the most frustrating games I have ever played. I actually even completed it, but I did not get the 100% ending, which is pretty much impossible without a guide. I hated the game, so i did not want to play it again as the story of X-2 goes off in it's own tangent, you can just avoid the whole game and watch the ending. That is the only time I have ever done such a deed and once again it was a valid reason, to avoid getting more angry (Not by challenge BTW) at the game.

Other than that I have never looked up an ending. It just goes to show how lazy people really are and most fo the time you do not even understand the road which has lead there. so you lack real mind set of the moment.

If I stop playing a game it will be out of dislike for the title. Ressonace of Fate for example, I like the style of the game and teh characters, but the gameplay mechanics are just shockingly bad, still I have not got too far in it so i see no reason to watch the ending, i doubt I would understand it anyway due to being only 5 hours in.

Nier for example, is meant to benefit from multiple playthrough, I have only completed it once, but I am very curious to see what the other playthroughs bring to the game, Which is something I look forward to doing once I have my PS3 back :)

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Underdog15
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 9:21:55 AM

It's too bad you didn't like FFX-2. It was a good game. From what I hear, using the guide wasn't fool proof either.

I got the 100% ending because I played through it twice. It's technically possible to do better than 110%. I believe I finished with 102% or something like that.

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___________
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 4:59:19 AM
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huh, how ironic RDR is the one game i actually have not finished this gen!
got it on my 360, got to like 2 levels out then BLUR and that came out and threw me away from it.
now i lost my save file i cant be f*cked starting again, so i doubt ill ever finish it.
im normally a completionist, normally everything i start i just have to finish it!
even if i hate games, they bore me to death i still have to finish them.
infamous 2 for example, still finished it on both endings and platted it.
god knows why, but i have a obsession for finishing things.
drives me nuts!!!!!!!!

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Underdog15
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 9:22:58 AM

Except finishing your thoughts. You don't seem obsessed to finish a complete thought very often, do you, rambly mcrambleson?
;)

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___________
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 9:51:16 AM

i thought we were talking about games here?
sigh...... how i love visiting the kindergarten pen!

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Ishkur
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 6:49:06 AM
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In my case, I've got way too many games :(

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Spanky
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 11:32:50 AM

You're welcome to send a few my way I'll warm em up on my old, re-built PHATPS3...
Im out of games and going back and re-replaying games! :( GT5 was about the only one I didn't finish...I'm having a hard time getting into it.

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Kall555
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 6:52:55 AM
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I definitely do not fall under the completionist type. The only games i will go all out on are fighting games (collecting all the costumes etc) or survival horror (unlocking multiple endings). I was going to grind it out in Assassins Creed & collect all those flags but after finding 10 of them in about 2 hours it started doing my head in.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 9:24:33 AM

Finding the flags is a -million- times easier when you pause and look up the flag/feather section of the memories. You can get a breakdown of which sections of the city still have them out there.

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Raze22
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 7:05:54 AM
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When I play video games. I play from one game to the next. That might drive some people crazy, but I always strive to finish it UNLESS it seems like work. Because at that point it just isn't fun. Some games I consider finished, but they are not finished by the video game standard. Sometimes I will finish a game and stop there or then go to completely beat it in every aspect (like 100%).

Now about this "single player experience is going away" debate. It is here to stay! IDC what any analyst or critic says. As long as there is a PROFITABLE group of people to play it then companies will continue to make'em (people on psx for example)! I don't even considered the single player experience is on a decline because the people who like it now, where also the people who like it 10, 20 years ago plus you have to include the newer generation that is getting into it. The amount of multi player experience has just been on a huge rise that it seems like that way.

One thing I do see in the future that both will be mandatory in every single game. Don't know if both experiences will be of the same quality, but it will be there.

For example, think of video games that are not blockbusters or really popular, but have a cult following and continue to make games. A couple of games that pop into my mind is Digimon (well at least not in its' earlier years), Way of the Samurai, Armored Core, and Monster Rancher.

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CrusaderForever
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 8:19:44 AM
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Unreal, I don't understand this at all. Every game I ENJOY I will finish. RDR was fantastic and I put 80 hours into it and received the plat. Only 10% completed RDR? Why do I find this incredibly hard to believe! RDR is up there as one of the best of this gen. Oh well, it's Deux Ex day so shifting focus to that! :)

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Spanky
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 12:03:15 PM

OH yeah...I actually went through a period of mourning after I finished RDR with a 100%...

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tridon
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 9:52:16 AM
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I love finishing my games, but like you said above, Ben, as you get older, you have less time. I have a hard time finishing short campaigns these days, nevermind long ones. That being said, whether I can finish them or not, I'm still buying them, and that's all that the developers should worry about. I buy games that have awesome single player campaigns and I hardly ever touch the multi-player mode. If developers can the single player mode because nobody's finishing them, then they won't get any of my money. I know they're proud of their accomplishments but I'm sure that as long as they have the money in their pocket at the end of the day, they'll be happy. So, yeah... single player mode, I buy. No single player, I don't buy. Simple as that.

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wackazoa
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 9:54:58 AM
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I unfortunately am one of the 90%. Part of it is I will start playing a game and as I play it I will see things that could be better more involved. ( GTA for example could have more stuff to do. More interaction will pedestrians, more interaction with buildings, basically a more involved player experience. )

But the longer I play them the more Im dissapointed about the stuff I cant do than impressed with the stuff I can. Then a new game comes out and I just put GTA to the side.
Happens with every game I buy.

Only games I have ever finished end to end are Final Fantasy 10, Modern Warfare 2, and Uncharted.

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wackazoa
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 9:59:54 AM

Oh and I bought World at War and never touched single player. Same with Killzone 3.

Got to the end of Final Fantasy 8, Metal Gear Solid, Vagrant Story but the PS2 came out and have never touched them since.

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Teddie9
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 10:12:51 AM
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If the requirements are finishing up one playthrough to the/a final cutscene then credits, then I've beaten all my games :)!

I'm with you Ben, I couldn't bear to put down a game I haven't finished unless I really disliked it. I have a special set of drawers that I put my collection in, a new game does not enter those drawers until it has been beaten. I also never start a new game until all earlier ones are finished (this doesn't include random games that my cousin or friends bring over or ones that ended up being traded in due to my disliking of them).

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TheOldOne
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 10:23:34 AM
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I finish most of my games (and I play a lot). My current ratio should be above 90%. The only ones I remember I haven't finished yet are: FF-XIII and Two Worlds II. I think I already finished around 50 PS3 titles so far (not including DLCs).

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sha4dowknight05
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 10:30:35 AM
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Multiplayer, is a big factor or too many trophies in the way if you are a trophy hunter. I don't like killzone 2 and 3's trophy list since it is massive around 70 trophies per game. I thought black ops was enough 50 trophies is enough for me.

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Silent_J
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 10:40:23 AM
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I actually finished red dead redemption and proud I did. I was determined to finish it .the game took a good couple of months to finish because spare time is hard to come by these days. I love single player games and hope that developers are not slacking on them . Right now I'm trying to finish dead space 2 .Can't wait for Batman AC and more .

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TrophyHunter
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 11:25:46 AM
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Hello Everyone, I've been reading this site for a long time but decided to register now to comment and be part of this great comunity :)

I must admit i'm part of that 90%, but just for a reason: I buy too many games compared with the time i really have to play them, I'm a father and my family takes most of my time so i can barely play 2 hours a day.

I still need to finish RE5, Castlevania, The Prince of Persia Collection, AC: Brotherhood, Bad Company 2, Wipeout, Bayonetta, Modnation Racers and some more.

BTW Feel free to add me on PSN, I'm flagame17.

My english is not so perfect but we can be friends right??? :)

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TheOldOne
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 12:52:42 PM

I will compare your trophy list on the PSN with mine. I will send you a message to you later this week with my username so you can compare too (if you wish).

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TrophyHunter
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 12:57:50 PM

Shure, send me that message :)

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 12:01:25 PM
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I don't complete my games for one reason alone. I get bored.

Those that I enjoy have a much higher Trophy percentage.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 3:37:43 PM
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Most of the time I'll play an engrossing game till it's done.

But there are sometimes that I'll keep about 4 games out & ready to play at any one time, 2 on my PS3 & 2 on my 360.
So if I start getting bored, or I'm feeling a bit drained with one game, I'll switch back & forth between both games.

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Helghast
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 5:02:37 PM
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@First Post
Most people I know like to finish games just for the trophies/achievements, but I finish games just to finish them and get my moneys worth, but I personally dont play for trophies. I dont have a single platinum because the only trophies that I get are ones you get just for playing, or that I accidental get. The only two games I have actually put effort into trophies are GTA IV and Assassins creed 2, but I eventually lost interest in some of the ridiculous tasks, but I loved the story on both. Actually AC2 glitched and didn't give me one of the trophies, and im not playing trough it again just for the one trophy.

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Helghast
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 5:02:38 PM
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@First Post
Most people I know like to finish games just for the trophies/achievements, but I finish games just to finish them and get my moneys worth, but I personally dont play for trophies. I dont have a single platinum because the only trophies that I get are ones you get just for playing, or that I accidental get. The only two games I have actually put effort into trophies are GTA IV and Assassins creed 2, but I eventually lost interest in some of the ridiculous tasks, but I loved the story on both. Actually AC2 glitched and didn't give me one of the trophies, and im not playing trough it again just for the one trophy.

P.S sorry about the double post. For some reason in Firfox beta 7 I get double posts on this site.

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Douchebaguette
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 8:46:23 PM
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Age is an obvious factor. And the biggest malfunction for older gamers is quite simply: online, it's a huge distraction. This is why many FPS games aren't catering to the single player campaign nowadays [well, tbf there wasn't really much accessibility for an in depth plot for the genre].

And then basically in many cases for people games that ARE made for single player experiences are either halted daily due to online macthups with other titles [perhaps your friends invite you or you just get an urge - it happens] to the point that you've either forgotten out it or you can't be bothered.

Only a few single player titles are strong enough to immerse players enough to blank out the world and continue playing. In often cases these titles lack advertising. During 2007 - 2010 there were many great PS3 exclusives [many of them single player] that a bizzare amount people have never heard of.

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Of course this report could of been Activision's doing to lure people away from online to enjoy their major fastfood product equivalent. MuAHUAHAUAHAUAHUAHAHahA.

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Darth Kain
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 @ 12:01:53 AM
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For me, I have too much games. I've played through all of them at least once, but never had the time to actually complete any 100%.

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Russell Burrows
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 @ 11:00:22 AM
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2007 to 2008 Oblivion platinum
2008 to 2009 Fallout 3 platinum
2009 to 2010 Folklore Folklore/Fallout 3 GOTY platinum

2010 to 2011 Fallout New Vegas platinum

Pending

2011 to 2010 Skyrim! platinum

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Aranha
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 @ 11:56:14 PM
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I agree with Ben on the age thing, for the most part; as we get older we accumulate more responsibility. But, for those with less responsibilities on their plates, the age thing seems almost irrelevant. I'm on the other side of the scale, with a wife, two kids, job, side job, martial arts classes, and social events with friends and the sorts, leaving me with barely any game time, as well as even reading and personal movie time. I'm trying to work something out. Maybe a game nite?

Another obstacle for not completing games (sorry to say I've been flagged as a 90%-er), is that there are more games being created/released than we can actually play. This by no means is a problem, because we'll never go hungry. I remember in the 80s and early 90s you'd easily play the same game for like 2 yrs waiting for its sequel, especially since there weren't that many games to begin with. Now we're flooded with games, to the point where some of us are sacricing the purchase of one good game over another. Although the SNES had many games, I feel it was in the PS1 era where this began to happen. Gaming was becoming more mainstream, which is a natural evolution. It has provided us with excellent and high caliber gaming experiences. But it's almost become stressful, in a good way, trying to decide which game to buy next.
The only issue I have with the inundation is that it's turned me into more of a game collector than game player, as someone else stated in the above comments. (Once again, not really an issue, just a form of complexity within the situation).

I did the calculations, and according to the number of games I have (400+), and if it took 25 hrs to play through each one, playing 4 hrs a day (even that's a lot for me now), everyday, it'd take me 6.85 years to play through all of them. Mind you my collection keeps growing. Of the 400+ plus, about 70 are PS3 games. In all honesty, I haven't finished any console games to completion since, I believe, my PS2 days, with only a PSP game here and there. Please don't shame me for my actions (or lack thereof).

I swear guys, I really am a gamer, seriously. Ok, it's not funny anymore, you can stop laughing now. I have skills. I do. Really...:(....;)

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iamwolverine
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 12:46:26 AM
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the ps3 is the first console I've owned since the original NES (not counting years of computer gaming in between) ... but I definitely game more now that I'm older and have a much easier time finishing games ... like a few others who commented, the games I haven't finished I've either gotten bored with or gotten stuck on, story / plot line are major factors in that too, if the story is good and gameplay enjoyable I'll put in more time to finish the game (MGS4, RDR, GOW3, heavy rain - the list goes on VS RE5, mirrors edge, final fantasy, I still want to finish these, but they have definitely taken the back burner to more enticing games). As a side note, I never actually beat super mario brothers 1, 2 or 3 on my original NES, not to mention Zelda, metroid and countless others - in general I feel like those games took more effort and time to beat than most modern games, so in fact I find it much easier to finish games these days vs when I was much younger, so I don't buy the people aren't finishing games cause their older excuse, unless they've got a family, then I can understand time being more limited. In my opinion, more than age, what it comes down to is player personality and attention span - many gamers these days are not as interested in the single player campaigns as they are multiplayer (as evidenced by the millions of COD players who rush to buy the new version when it comes out and don't bother playing through the single player campaign). I think these players are skewing the statistics, and I suspect that the actual % of gamers who do enjoy completing good games is significantly higher than 10%. I personally enjoy both types of gameplay, it's definitely fun to log on and meet up with friends to play COD, race in GT5 or rock out in Rock Band, but I really admire and enjoy games that have good single player campaigns with well thought out storyline. The article on CNN makes some good points regarding the stat, but I also think the one stat alone is probably deceiving - I've played more games in the last 4 years than ever before, and while I haven't "finished" all the games I've played, I have finished more games than ever before - that is a stat that is missing from the research, how many games are people playing in total, and of those how many are finished. I'd bet that (gamers like myself) who do complete any particular game, have probably completed more games in general than the casual or multiplayer gamer - the statistics need to be broken down by gamer & behavior types to be more relevant.

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iamwolverine
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 12:52:27 AM
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on a side note, I've recently come back to Bioshock - after a 2 year hiatus playing a plethora of other titles - to work on completing the game - there are a number of games like this in my collection that I've kept around and plan to come back to, but are not as much of a priority when more exciting/interesting games are released ...

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