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Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) 1 year, 1 month ago

Do you always watch cutscenes? (215 votes)

Yes, of course. 75%
No, never. 4%
Mostly. 19%
Hardly. 3%
(See Results) 1%

I got into an argument with a friend about this, he think no one cares about the story and that most people skip the cutscenes. I think anyone who skips cutscenes is crazy and should be punished for such a cruel act.

What do you do? I know nearly all of you will say yes since we are on a video game website, but do you think most people watch them or don't care?

The fucking worst is playing co op with people who skip cutscenes, I feel like hunting them down.

#1 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7240 posts) -

This is for first playthroughs by the way.

#2 Posted by Morrow (1828 posts) -

Always on the first playthrough. I skip rarely, I found myself skipping a few of Ni no Kuni's cutscenes because the story itself didn't really grab me. I love the game, the gameplay and combat are very fun, but the story is a bit... cheesy. And I watched most of Ghibli's work... so I found it a bit weak.

#3 Posted by jgf (366 posts) -

I play most games for an interactive movie experience, it would make no sense to skip the cutscenes. I'll skip them on my second run though. I always guessed that people who do not care about story are going straight to multiplayer.

#4 Posted by NoobSauceG7 (1210 posts) -

First playthrough I always watch cutscenes. Becomes almost boring if there were no cutscenes in most modern games.

#5 Posted by geirr (2379 posts) -

If they're shitty and non-compelling I skip them unless someone I'm playing with is interested.

#6 Posted by cutyoface (524 posts) -

I will never skip a cut scene. NEVER.

#7 Posted by TobbRobb (4408 posts) -

I watch all cutscenes always, except for a few very rare co-op occassions.

#8 Posted by MooseyMcMan (9743 posts) -

Of course. Even if the story is lousy, people put time and effort into the cutscenes, and I watch them.

#9 Edited by rentacop (107 posts) -

Cutscenes are responsible for a lot of my OCD vs ADD tug-of-wars if I don't find the story compelling.

#10 Posted by Quarters (1547 posts) -

On a first playthrough, I never skip a thing. Even on other playthroughs, I end up watching them 99% of the time. I play games for the story, so I care more about them than the gameplay, a good portion of the time.

#11 Posted by ChaosDent (233 posts) -

I have and will skip cutscenes if I am uninterested in the story. Of course, with most modern games if you aren't interested in the story there probably isn't much interesting or unique to offer in the game design either so I'd probably call the game a total loss at that point.

#12 Posted by Video_Game_King (34604 posts) -

Only if I haven't seen them on that playthrough.

#13 Posted by Winternet (7936 posts) -

Of course dude.

#14 Posted by Humanity (7949 posts) -

When I played the Metal Gear Rising demo recently I skipped all the cutscenes, partly because it was a demo but mostly cause for the first time in a while I just didn't care I wanted to get to the action as fast as possible.

#15 Posted by Scottish_Sin (219 posts) -

Even in games where I don't care about the story I always watch the cutscenes. It's just ingrained in me at this point.

#16 Posted by TheHT (10279 posts) -

Of course! I just wish being able to pause was standard.

#17 Edited by Sgtpierceface (588 posts) -

Please show your friend this thread. Shove it in his face.

#18 Posted by Demoskinos (13853 posts) -

Yes. I figure even if the story is bad they deserve at least one watch through. I like having at least general context for my objectives in games.

#19 Posted by _Chad (957 posts) -

For the most part yes. I did skip a few in Ni no Kuni, because a lot of them seem to go on and on with out really going anywhere.

#20 Posted by Capum15 (4571 posts) -

Yep. Always on the first run. Your friend is crazy, OP.

#21 Posted by Zaccheus (1770 posts) -

I can only remember one game where I just skipped everything and that was Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes. I loved that game but only because of the gameplay. I have no idea who I was or why I was fighting.

#22 Edited by Anund (849 posts) -

How do you know the story isn't grabbing you if you skip the cutscenes? That line of reasoning sounds a little flawed.

I always watch the cutscenes!

#23 Posted by MEATBALL (2785 posts) -

I feel like there might be case here or there where I've done it on the first playthrough (now that I think about it I accidentally skipped one in Crysis 3), but yeah, I pretty much always watch cutscenes on the first run.

#24 Posted by Rafaelfc (1282 posts) -

skipping cutscenes is the devil's work!!!

#25 Posted by Nightriff (4344 posts) -

Yes because they usually are my favorite parts and when I accidentally skip them I get pissed. Like when I was playing MGS3 for the first time and I accidentally skipped the torture scene, fuuuuuuck! So I went straight to youtube to watch it.

Max Payne 3 is kinda the opposite, problem with that was because there were so many of them and often really long, I also hated turning the game off cause I knew I would have to rewatch the last cutscene most likely

#26 Edited by Clonedzero (3721 posts) -


unless ive seen the cutscene just minutes beforehand due to bad checkpointing and having the watch the cutscene again, then yeah, i always watch the cutscenes.

also, i think a new standard needs to be allowing you to PAUSE cutscenes. like hitting start, pausing the cutscene and its like "Start to resume" "X to skip" or whatever.
i can't count the amount of times im playing a game and a big story thing happens so theres this really intense important cutscene and then i get a damn phonecall so i instictively hit start to pause the thing and end up skipping it, then it autosaves and i have to reload the last hard save or redo the entire level or something.

#27 Posted by Davvyk (686 posts) -

I never skip them first time through. Ill skip them second time or if im replaying a section due to my lack of skill.

My big problem is skipping dialog if subtitles are on. I irritate myself no end doing that...yet i cant stop.

#28 Posted by DaMisterChief (628 posts) -

First time through yes

#29 Edited by Guided_By_Tigers (8060 posts) -

I skip through them if I have no interest in the story.

#30 Posted by pyromagnestir (3950 posts) -

Almost always. Valkyria Chronicles tested my patience at times, but a games story has to be really inconsequential or really terrible for me to skip any of it. Maybe something like a Puzzle Quest would be an example.

#31 Posted by bybeach (4602 posts) -

Yes, including MG's. I will however stop if too inane, and usually the whole game is lost to me.

#32 Posted by probablytuna (3443 posts) -

It's crazy to skip cutscenes in a first playthrough of a game.

#33 Posted by Monkeyman04 (837 posts) -

Yes, I watch the cut scenes on my first playthrough. I enjoy following the stories of games, so I would find it silly to skip them.

#34 Posted by Fredchuckdave (4479 posts) -

Depends on the game, I play JRPGs a lot; sometimes I walk into another room if a cutscene is exceedingly laborious. There's only one cutscene I skipped outright since the game was way overdoing an upcoming incredibly obvious twist and it got too damn annoying; can't remember which game it was at this point. On runs through DMC4 after the first I skipped every cutscene except this one:

#35 Posted by Blu3V3nom07 (4029 posts) -

Just on the first playthrough. Then I go diamond hunting! :D

#36 Posted by Cheesebob (1211 posts) -
#37 Posted by Pr1mus (3513 posts) -


#38 Posted by PerryVandell (2100 posts) -

Of course. Even if a game's story is hilariously atrocious, I'm still going to see the whole picture.

#39 Posted by awesomeusername (4057 posts) -



That was awesome.

#40 Edited by ShrimpDino (97 posts) -

I watch all cutscenes in games i play

#41 Posted by TooWalrus (12973 posts) -

Always. ...there are people that don't?

#42 Posted by Flacracker (1390 posts) -

Always. I even liked the cutscenes in Max Payne 3 even though they interrupted the game a lot. I generally welcome them.

#43 Posted by casper_ (882 posts) -

at one point i would have said always but the faux bad-assery of a lot of western characters nowadays is all kinds of dumb in a way i cant get behind anymore.

ridiculous japanese shit i can usually just laugh at and accept it for how dumb it is but i think the western action stuff kind of leaves me bummed out and maybe hits too close to home in regards to things i get bugged about in pop culture.

#44 Posted by dgtlty (147 posts) -

How could you skip on the first playthrough without at least giving the game a chance to show you what it offers?

One exception I can think of might be racing and sports games where you just want to get into the match.

#45 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

Of course I do(for first playthroughs)
Those are part of the game so I need to watch them, if not then that probably means it's a terrible game anyway and I wouldn't keep playing it

#46 Posted by BillyTheKid (484 posts) -

First playthrough's ya I will watch them no matter what. Unless I had to restart the mission for some odd reason, then typically I will not watch it again.

#47 Posted by Nev (534 posts) -

Yes, always. Story is what I'm after in games primarily, so I won't skip and miss any story tidbits.

#48 Posted by MonetaryDread (1955 posts) -

I almost always skip cutscenes because games are not the sole forms of media that I consume. If I am looking for story I open up a book or watch an HBO-style show. When I am playing a game I want to play a game.

#49 Posted by Daveyo520 (6597 posts) -

Yes I do, and it gets on my nerves when people skip all of them and just care about the gameplay.

#50 Posted by Slag (3339 posts) -

of course I do on first playthroughs, they are the reward for finishing whatever task you just did.

Usually do on additional playthroughs as well