Gameplay Blog #7 – The Curse of Completionism

Gameplay Statistics – Week 7

Monday, October 16, 2017 – Sunday, October 22, 2017

Days of the week in which games were played: Thursday
Total number of video games played: 1
Total video game duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes
Communities involved: N/A

Game Platform Duration
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen PC/Steam 3 hours, 30 minutes

Total number of non-video games played: 0
Total non-video game duration: N/A
Communities involved: N/A
Number of supplemental game or game-related activities: 0

Tags: PC, XCOM

Lackluster Motivation

Exactly what I had feared during my previous week of binging hard on XCOM came to pass this week.  My life had become so busy and I had taken several days off to focus on my real-life responsibilities, so I found myself forcing some play time into Thursday night.  It was quite difficult to get into it at first because I was exhausted.  Most of my time at work, which includes very long 10 and 12 hour days sometimes, is spent at a computer.  After about an hour, I finally started to regain that flow feeling; eventually, the play time started to feel good but I ended up staying awake until 1 AM to defeat one of the Chosen, one of the minibosses introduced in the XCOM expansion I was playing.  Consequently, I was very tired at work the next day.

Chosen Miniboss Challenging Us to Fight!

Scary Bitch

Mordenna's Strengths and Weaknesses

She’s dead now

I managed to get some great screenshots, but, overall, it was a lackluster week of gameplay.

Enemy Soldier

Bad guys are getting quite strong at this stage – 30 hours deep

Let’s hope the following week the trend doesn’t continue.  The most exasperating part is that I find it quite difficult to balance work and play.  I have so many things going on in my life that when I do finally get a moment to relax, it’s as though I don’t even have the energy to provide the inputs to play a game.  I would much rather do something entirely passive, like watching a movie.

Hacking an Advent Soldier's Mind

Skulljacked – Hacking an Advent Soldier’s Mind

I consider myself a completionist, and I like to progress through every aspect of a game in a structured and exhaustive manner.  I even take this approach with non-linear games, carving out the content into sections and completing them all until there’s nothing left to do.  I am left with a sort of empty feeling when I lose interest in a game, and often never get back to them.  This aspect of my personality, the completionist, is often at odds with the motivation I feel towards games.  Sometimes, if a game goes on too long, it starts to feel like an obligation, a chore.  As I get older, I am drawn less to games that take dozens of hours to complete.  I prefer to stick to 10-15 hour games, that is unless I have the time to spend.  I think this is why I do long video game binges on holiday periods or when I have time off work.  I am taking advantage of the long duration of free time so that I can focus and get into the flow state which feels so pleasant and satisfying.

Works Cited

Firaxis Games. XCOM 2: War of the Chosen. 2K Games, 2017. Microsoft Windows. Computer Software.

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