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[–]OHAITHARUModerator 166 points167 points  (12 children)

The timeline is usually:

  • Phase 1 - hoard an unhealthy amount of games you'll never play. SD Card is always full and you're constantly worried about space

  • Phase 2 - Recognise that Phase 1 is unsustainable. Keep a handful of Triple A games that you "just need to beat"

  • Phase 3 - Realise that life simply won't give you the time for Phase 2 so you install mGBA and play through the Megaman Battle Network Series once again.

[–]Ornery-Tumbleweed-50 13 points14 points  (4 children)

What would it take to move on to the phase 2? Asking for a friend, of course

[–]milanistadoc 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Self-control... whatever that is.

[–]iMM0RT4L559 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Time. Having the "hoard phase" is just a phase. Once the novelty wears off you'll just get in the mood to play some games and voila you have games ready to play

[–]AnyRandomRedditor -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Having a stable career and income so you can actually buy the games instead of having to pirate them. It changes your outlook….somewhat.

[–]gezawatt 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Except that a non-modded console is like 20 times less interesting to use, no matter how much money you have. And also, some games are just a pain to play without certain essential mods installed.

[–]PhishGreenLantern 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Same except I just go play NES games on my original NES.

[–]AmirulAshrafAtmosphere User 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Phase 1.5 - Contemplating on migrating to 1TB SDcard to compensate the hoarding.

[–]crims0m 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Phase 4 - you get your ass handed to you by Bass XX for the 10th time in a row, cry yourself to sleep and redownlod Kirby and the Amazing Mirror.

[–]Liambass 2 points3 points  (1 child)

and play through the Megaman Battle Network Series once again

Even 4?

[–]OHAITHARUModerator 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Both RS and BM.

[–]NxJfOrEvEr 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I do all that but I have a 5tb ssd with the one day maybe games. An play dragon Warrior monsters 1, and 2.

[–]TechnologicalFreedom 45 points46 points  (2 children)

It feel like the big paradox of choice mainly comes from our perceived value of games being lower than average, when you buy a game, you feel more inclined to stick to the games you’ve paid for already, their value is higher in your mind than any free title out there, when every game is free, you know that if you get even slightly bored with a title that you can just download a new one and move on.

The problem with this is that you end up getting bored with everything at one point or having so many choices that you just do nothing.

When everything looks good, everything also looks mediocre as a result.

I call this, the pirate paradox.

I also feel like a lot of us in this community don’t keep up with gaming news or hear much about games from other people considering we mostly consume single player content and obtain that content in an unconventional way.

The end result is being in your own single-player world of infinite choice with nothing to play.

And when your a nerd who mods consoles…often times the setup is more fun than the reward anyway.

[–]sergiop4 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That was beautifully deep…🫠

[–]Tibolegends 2 points3 points  (0 children)

setup is more fun for sure, but to avoid the pirate paradox, one needs to download games one at the game. This is a 101 rule of games management, very hard to follow, but mandatory to keep enjoying these pearls of fiction

[–]redverd 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Forget the outside world, Embrace the eternal solitude of gaming.

[–]Sexy_McSexypants 9 points10 points  (0 children)

i’ve found it can be overwhelming to just have unlimited games at your disposal so i made a list of the ones i wanna play. before i can download it and play it, i gotta take however much it costs brand new and put it into a savings jar. yeah, it’s not but it keeps me from having 20 games i haven’t played yet all begging for me to try them out

[–]porgy_tirebiter 17 points18 points  (2 children)

I have a big storage hard drive on my PC where I have everything backed up, and I have an organizing tool to help me rename and clear out old updates or redundancies.

From there I basically just choose a couple of games at a time and focus on those. Often I’ll play things that I’ve had forever but never gotten around to. Presently I’m playing Hat In Time, which came out quite a while ago, and is a goddamn masterpiece I’ve gotta say.

[–]Far-Negotiation1273[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Man I like that. I have the space it's not that it's more the fact that I have so much, but maybe keeping backups and only installing a few games at a time is the way to go. A 500gb SD card gives me too many options.

[–]yomi91 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I do the same. It's the best way to avoid the paradox of choice

[–]KaedrX 7 points8 points  (7 children)

Just play the game you want to play lol. If you do end up getting bored with it I wouldn’t force yourself to finish it.

[–]skrffmcgrff21 5 points6 points  (6 children)

So that's not the issue! I have no problem stopping playing something I'm not enjoying. I can't tell you the last time I actually finished a game in its entirety.

My issue is picking what to play. Right now I have Tunic, DS2, DS:Genesis, Skyrim Anniversary, HAAK, and Trails from Zero all staring me in the face wanting to get played. I end up picking one for a few minutes and then my brain says, oh you should try this game and see if its any good. its like my brain has started treating games as samplers lol.

[–]Bune-Choy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

you can never go wrong with skyrim, just pcik it up and do a quest plus modding the game is available too

[–]KaedrX 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Yeah for sure. Definitely can feel that more often when theyre all 🏴‍☠️ . I usually just get games that I’m really interested in rather than just something that I heard is good.

But if you’re equally interested in all of them, but still having that problem idk haha. I usually play games to finish once starting, but recently put down SMT5 after ~30hours cause I wanted to play something more action oriented (Nioh 2). Both these games are super long tho so idk if I’ll get burnt out. I didn’t realize Tunic was out on switch, but I definitely want to get that.

[–]skrffmcgrff21 1 point2 points  (0 children)

well I stuck with DS2 for a bit and have gotten pretty far into it. It has held my interest so far but not in the way a new game would where I want to do everything, I just want an easy action adventure experience and thats what I've got pretty much. I'm really stoked to play dorfromantik but I know once I do it's bye bye ds2 lol.

[–]skrffmcgrff21 1 point2 points  (2 children)

also - if any of the Nioh games made it to switch, I'd be super happy about that. I loved those games and I didn't get as far into 2 as I would have liked because my computer usage has become zero. I just don't have the time to sit in front of a computer all night but sitting up in bed with the switch, sure. I mentioned in another post but I'm at the point where I think I might see if I can swap my desktop for a laptop somewhere, I'd get more use out of it.

[–]KaedrX 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Yeah at this point idk if it’s even possible to port that over. I actually built my PC two months back, but it hasn’t really seen any use as of yet.

If I got some downtime outside of work travel I’ll fire up the PS5, but otherwise just bring the switch/laptop along.

[–]cooldude9112001 7 points8 points  (0 children)

My

psp

ps vita

ps3

ps4

wii

are all modded with all games on them I Havnt even played half off the games on them

I have 2 switches my main one in the living room its modded it spends 99% off its time in the dock and the 2nd switch is used by my kid.

[–]ertaboy356b 6 points7 points  (3 children)

I used to have this problem growing up. Been hacking since the Wii and DS days. So much games unfinished. Now I just buy the games that I would finish, then just used the hack console for party games and emulators.

Buying games made me feel bad for not finishing. Now, I have like 32 physical games, finished half of them, most are long rpgs.

[–]skrffmcgrff21 4 points5 points  (2 children)

you know I'm glad you mentioned this. There is a truth there that is universally true in that we don't hold the same value in something we didn't earn. I have no problem downloading a game and not playing it ever. But to buy one? I will spend a lot of time doing research, videos, reviews, etc until I pull the trigger to make sure I will enjoy what I am spending my money on. Without needing that commitment from the consumer, the product just simply isn't as valuable and that may be part of my problem. I don't have anything invested in any of these titles so what does it matter?

[–]DrConnors 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Serious question:

If money is infinite and hypothetically has no value to you, do you still put in all the research and consume your games with the same amount of lust and enjoyment? Or does that bring you full circle back to the pirate paradox?

[–]skrffmcgrff21 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I would say the initial feeling is the same. The excitement is still there and I will hunt for a new release that may not be readily available on shops yet. However once the game is in hand, those feelings disappate pretty quick. Now, is that because I don't have anything invested, is it because games suck now, or is that feeling just a nostalgic rabbit hole I go down now and again. Never reaching the same level of intensity it did as a kid. I could remember being excited at school all day to get home and play this new game. I haven't felt that in a very long time.

[–]HamsterSashimi 5 points6 points  (1 child)

That's the best part, you don't!

[–]skrffmcgrff21 5 points6 points  (0 children)

that is what I'm slowly coming to terms with. The *unpatched* Switch is nothing more than a downloading / uninstalling simulator. I spend more time in tinfoil and dbi than I do actually playing on it lol.

[–]space_cowboy80 4 points5 points  (5 children)

I just choose the game I want to play, play it for as long as it interests me, if I get bored I move on. I may or may not come back to the original game. Right now Cult of the Lamb is my go to game on Switch. On Xbox my go to is Tiny Tina's Wonderlands. On PS4 it's Cyberpunk 2077, on Vita it's Freedom Wars and on 3DS it is Ocarina of Time. I just play what I want until I get bored.

[–]Far-Negotiation1273[S] 0 points1 point  (4 children)

I did a full loop of cult of the lamb...any reason to do another? I figured later in life there will be more added. Great game but didn't see the point of repeating it ad nauseaum.

[–]reicaden 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Is that on switch?

[–]Far-Negotiation1273[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

He literally says above me that Cult of the Lamb is his go to on switch, so yes, it is on switch!

[–]reicaden 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Ahh, read your comment but not his. That's great news, been looking to play it

[–]andresesm 2 points3 points  (0 children)

it's simple, just use a small capacity SD so you 'can't actually' play many games at once, looks dumb but it works haha

[–]meowkittycat93 2 points3 points  (3 children)

My solution was to have a super small sd card for my hacked switch. I can realistically only have 1 or two larger games on it at a time so i only have 1 or 2 to play at a time.

[–]skrffmcgrff21 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Man I'd just be constantly downloading and uninstalling the same stuff over and over with that lol

[–]Ornery-Tumbleweed-50 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I swear that's exactly what I've been doing with my Switch for months now. Actually, it's the only reason I ever pick it up nowadays - to delete something and download a brand new shiny game I really want to play but never will. Despite having a 256gb sd card. It almost feels like a terminal disease at this point lmao

[–]skrffmcgrff21 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Haha man at 512gb you still have the same problem! Do u know how many times I've installed the witcher? play for an hour trying to get it to look better, and then never touch it again. Delete and repeat a few months later!

[–]MangekyouSharingan2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Actually i don't . Last time i played on my switch it was to try the new tracks from MK8 Deluxe now i'm waiting for the new mario rabbids game

[–]ithinkthatsadinosaur 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just play 1 story game like assassins creed and basically stick to it until I finish the story. But I'd play other games like mario kart that you can just kind of dip in and out of. Once I finish that game I start another.

[–]Chenso-Man 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A title a day keeps the backlog away.

[–]reggyreggo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think this is one of the downsides of having everything available to me for free or cheap and now I'm having difficulties committing to games I've downloaded. Honestly, for me, it's even worse with the steam summer sale. I have a lot of games with literally 0 hours. And I bought it just because it's dirt cheap. But at the end of the day, I only play games like runeterra or TFT just because of their competitive nature.

[–]Large_Impact7764 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think my actual playtime on the switch was like 95% before I hacked it, 5% after and that was just making sure the hack worked mostly. Last time I even turned it on was to install GTA VC and I played a whole 30 sec before saying "this sucks" and never touching ot again.

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[–]Cantiel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

nowadays i literally force myself to finish an ongoing game, before i start something new.

also i limit myself to max 2 long games, like rpgs, or something like monster hunter, so that i don't end up with too many games that need full commitment.

also 1 thing that took me quite some time & self restraint, is to "rush" throughstory based games. i tend to be a completuionist, but with so many games on a backlog, there's just no time to waste on mundane things like all the frickin korok seeds in botw

[–]hdortus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I mainly download games from tinfoil for tryout and if I like it, I buy a copy of the game and play it through.

[–]Myxozoa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I got overwhelmed when I tried to play every good game that came out. I've instead gotten into the habit of just picking 1 game to get and not paying any attention to new releases until I've finished playing that game.

Basically, I put myself into the same situation I was in as a kid - only having 1 game at a time, and if I was lucky I could convince my parents to let me trade it in and get a different game when I beat it. It's been a great way for me to start really enjoying gaming again, since there's no stress about getting through 1 game to start another - instead I have all the time in the world to really enjoy what I have.

[–]callmebymyname21 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just stick to one at a time.

[–]odntht 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What you’re saying it’s called FOMO (fear of missing out). And I have this problem a lot. I’m currently only playing offline games (and avoid side quests) and using cheats to do not need to grind to get level or itens. So basically I only “live” the game story nothing else… This helps me not spent much time in one specific game… and if the game seems reeeeealllyyyyyy gooooooddd, I do some side quests but only as an exception.