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Finishing Games: More Or Less Important To You These Days?

For some, finishing a game is meaningless. As long as they get their money's worth from it, as long as they're appropriately entertained, they're happy.

For others, seeing those scrolling credits is like a badge of honor. They want to see them with just about every game they purchase.

Of course, life often gets in the way as we get older and priorities change. I'm just wondering if most people find it more difficult - and less important - to complete games these days, as opposed to earlier in their gaming career when it was a definite goal. Actually, it seems to me that finishing games has become less and less important with every passing year; the young'uns don't seem to care one way or the other.

Perhaps in an age where multiplayer dominates, downloadable content and expansion packs are the norm, and there are tons of great games to play throughout the year, there's less reason to see the end credits. There's just so much to play and there are only so many hours in the day; why waste too much time with any one adventure? I kinda get that. At the same time, I also wonder if the advent of Trophies and Achievements have managed to put the completionist mentality back in the limelight. Finishing a game for Trophy hounds is often only the start of the challenge.

Anyway, where do you stand?

Tags: gaming industry, video game culture, finishing games

7/20/2015 9:46:18 PM Ben Dutka

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matt99
Monday, July 20, 2015 @ 10:13:30 PM
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I was so happy when I completed Arkham Knight at almost 100% (I did everything except collect all 236 enigma trophies, only a masochist would do that). But these days I rarely finish a game unless it's a linear adventure, and nothing's linear anymore. Although that may be because open world games rarely have a story that really motivates you to complete the games, in fact it's often the shorter side quests that have the best stories.

And as for getting my money's worth, I've put well over 60 hours into Witcher 3 and haven't beaten it yet but I'd say I've definitely gotten my money's worth already.

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schillah
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 12:03:53 AM
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I still haven't beaten Battlefield 4

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souljah92
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 12:31:02 AM

don't waste your time, i've tried 3 times now only to have my progress deleted and to have EA say they can do f!@# all about it

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big6
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 10:51:03 AM

I finished BF4 about 2 months ago. It's great... and just short/long enough to keep it interesting.

I say, go back and finish it. =)

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souljah92
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 12:32:25 AM
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I mean if the game's good and has an interesting story then yeah i'd feel the need to find out what happens and finish it but if not then it's straight to multiplayer

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Beamboom
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 12:36:47 AM
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Feels like a defeat every single time. I hardly ever finish a game anymore, and a piece of the gamer in me dies every time.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 3:44:38 PM

This is exactly how I feel, and yet I keep letting it happen.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 1:07:21 AM
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I'm finding myself leaning ore and more to games that offer co-op and longevity, like borderlands, The Elder Scrolls games, etc... this way I can get more out of them and buy fewer games inbetween. I just don't have the time. So I finish games but not quickly.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 11:52:24 AM

I am with you bigrailer19. I passed on the Witcher 3 for Elder Scrolls Online because I wanted the option to play with my friends.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 1:27:43 AM
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I go into most games with the intention to play through the meat of the game. I've never been one to waste time on extraneous filler found in games like Assassins Creed or similar games that pile on filler.
I go in wanting to see the best of what a game has to show me.
If a long game doesn't have the legs to hold my interest until the end I'm okay with moving on. games like Witcher and Red Dead are neat but after the feel of the world and overall game play wears off my interest wanes. I suppose if the stories were real strong I'd stay more consistent.

But overall it's all about how a game grabs me and if it properly balances it's game play with its length. And those things can vary by a lot. Some games just spread their qualities too thin and are too convoluted to keep me glued in respect to other incredible game experiences that wait in my cue.. I think something like Bloodborne felt perfectly long.

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JackieBoy
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 8:07:09 AM
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I have to say, if I buy a game I always finish it (read - see the end credits) - it does take a while sometimes. But after that I always want to do more then just seeing end credits. So I do side quests, explore the world, I'm actually trying to do trophies. I always choose to buy a game I will be 100% sure I'll like it and get the most of it. I cannot afford for mistakes with my limited time to play. I don't do MP on PS4 by the way, only Dota2 on PC.
So yeah - it's important.

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 8:08:34 AM
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i do really like to try finish every game that i start at some point but then it does kinda depend on the game like most of the other guys say or will say. i will say i have been a completionist in the past to some extent or another but i can't say i have actually finished every game i've started skyrim is one where i almost finished the game was right at the end but still haven't quite finished it and i should probably try to do that at some point then i started gow3 didn't get to far then nothing for a couple years.

but yeah i guess you could say it depends on the game i really does(series/franchise as whole, story, characters etc.) like crash or rachet games for example i will try to finish each game if i can if at all possible. i do like to finish games i do like to see the credits at the end i'm old fashioned that way tbh i really am

well there you go thats my 2 cents

happy gaming

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big6
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 10:50:02 AM
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Yes, absolutely... I need closure!

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Bio
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 11:12:34 AM
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For the most part I do use what I start, unless a game really puts me off right away. If I like it enough to play more than a few hours, I probably like it enough to finish it.

A rare exception would be Vagrant Story.

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Corvo
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 11:12:37 AM
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I almost always finish a game, even if I don't like it. Otherwise I feel like a quitter. I keep playing Witcher 3 in short 10-15 minutes bursts before I get bored to tears, but I will beat the damn game. (once again Witcher 3 is not a bad game, I just can't get into the gameplay at all.)

Funny enough, I have been trying to beat Battlefield 4 as well. I love it when I complete a mission, the game crashes, and I have to re-do the mission though. Thanks EA, I wanted that.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 3:55:28 PM

I can't figure out why I'm not into the Witcher and forcing the issue didn't work, so I'm just gonna let it sit on the shelf until I'm desperate for an open world fantasy RPG.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 3:52:30 PM
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It bothers me to no end, but it has become something I can't do all that often anymore if I intend to keep playing the stuff I want. Something new is always coming and it has to keep my interest. Deus Ex was awesome but it got really tiring and I let it go. I should have walked away from Inquisition but I forced it.

I don't think it's technically possible to beat Nier or Drakengard 3. Once you beat them they just start over in another spot and tell you you have to beat them again to get more information and I'm like wtf?

That's why linear games are so great.

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Crabba
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 5:39:56 PM
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Yeah to me if I don't finish a game I don't see any point playing it at all, to me it's the same thing as watching a movie, if I start watching it I want to see the end of the story, unless it's so boring/bad that I can't stand it, but even then I've forced myself to finish some pretty bad movies & games too...

Unfortunately that also means I rarely play these enormous open world RPGs like Skyrim & Fallout etc, because I have too little time over for gaming nowadays as it is...

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Banky A
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 7:23:31 PM
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Yeah I gotta' finish it.

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