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
|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
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.
I managed to get some great screenshots, but, overall, it was a lackluster week of gameplay.
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.
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.
Firaxis Games. XCOM 2: War of the Chosen. 2K Games, 2017. Microsoft Windows. Computer Software.