I play games to not play them.

How many people put in a GTA game to just cruise around and listen to the radio? 
How Many people Play Chibi Robo just to clean up around the house?
 
In all my years of playing video games, the most enjoyment I get out of them is when I'm doing mundane things. not to say that I can't buckle up and be awesome when I have to. I like to think I have a natural talent when it comes to playing video games ( You can't let my skills at SSF4 fool you). I enjoy picking up and playing Bad company 2 and rocking the top of the match. (which actually surprises me, and I often think my team did poorly if I'm number one.)
 
But when a video game likes to be a little more open, and offers the gamer these chances to explore, or participate in a mindless mini games, it automatically becomes my favorite part. I always keep one of those games handy when I'm playing something big. I'm going through Demon's Souls and I'm rocking Sims 3 on the macbook at the same time. A game that lets you play as boring as fucking possible.

 I'll wait till my sim is happy, then I'll go home.
How much more awesome can it get, to wake up, shower, eat and write. Only to later, do that exact shit in a video game? Not to say that I won't go ahead and trap somebody in a tiny room with fireplaces and watch them burn to death, but it's the boring stuff that makes The Sims so great. I wish I could say that for the recently played Afrika, but I really don't think that game lets you do enough dicking around for the kind of game it is.

I also like to think that playing RPGs is that same kind of boring experience. I admit the only reason I go back to playing FF7 is because I could care less about what I'm doing and just sit there and grind. (That, and one of my favorite thing is to give the characters plain ass names. My Favorite moment will always be when Barret looks at Cloud and says "The Planet is dyin' Gary!")

It's actually something I think about if I ever had to classify myself as Hardcore or Casual, and maybe I can make an argument for both sides... I have the knowledge and skill to take gaming seriously, and I've played a lot different games out there. I do feel like I always need to add to my collection, and there's a lot of gems that I still need to play through. Even if I like games that much, I would never want to blow my way through hours of this stuff and act like I'm probably the best and most knowledgeable gamer out there. That would just be a waste of my time.
 
Well I guess, if the game let me spend hours of productivity not actually playing it.. then it wouldn't be. 

[I'm pretty much free writing for the benefit of getting out of a writers block. But the facts are still true. Wouldn't you ever admit to liking a game just to do all the boring things in it? Isn't that the BEST part of Brutal Legend?]
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Posted by bonbolapti

How many people put in a GTA game to just cruise around and listen to the radio? 
How Many people Play Chibi Robo just to clean up around the house?
 
In all my years of playing video games, the most enjoyment I get out of them is when I'm doing mundane things. not to say that I can't buckle up and be awesome when I have to. I like to think I have a natural talent when it comes to playing video games ( You can't let my skills at SSF4 fool you). I enjoy picking up and playing Bad company 2 and rocking the top of the match. (which actually surprises me, and I often think my team did poorly if I'm number one.)
 
But when a video game likes to be a little more open, and offers the gamer these chances to explore, or participate in a mindless mini games, it automatically becomes my favorite part. I always keep one of those games handy when I'm playing something big. I'm going through Demon's Souls and I'm rocking Sims 3 on the macbook at the same time. A game that lets you play as boring as fucking possible.

 I'll wait till my sim is happy, then I'll go home.
How much more awesome can it get, to wake up, shower, eat and write. Only to later, do that exact shit in a video game? Not to say that I won't go ahead and trap somebody in a tiny room with fireplaces and watch them burn to death, but it's the boring stuff that makes The Sims so great. I wish I could say that for the recently played Afrika, but I really don't think that game lets you do enough dicking around for the kind of game it is.

I also like to think that playing RPGs is that same kind of boring experience. I admit the only reason I go back to playing FF7 is because I could care less about what I'm doing and just sit there and grind. (That, and one of my favorite thing is to give the characters plain ass names. My Favorite moment will always be when Barret looks at Cloud and says "The Planet is dyin' Gary!")

It's actually something I think about if I ever had to classify myself as Hardcore or Casual, and maybe I can make an argument for both sides... I have the knowledge and skill to take gaming seriously, and I've played a lot different games out there. I do feel like I always need to add to my collection, and there's a lot of gems that I still need to play through. Even if I like games that much, I would never want to blow my way through hours of this stuff and act like I'm probably the best and most knowledgeable gamer out there. That would just be a waste of my time.
 
Well I guess, if the game let me spend hours of productivity not actually playing it.. then it wouldn't be. 

[I'm pretty much free writing for the benefit of getting out of a writers block. But the facts are still true. Wouldn't you ever admit to liking a game just to do all the boring things in it? Isn't that the BEST part of Brutal Legend?]
Posted by Claude

I spent hours looking for the best place to jump off a high ledge into a pool of water in Elder Scrolls Oblivion. Sometimes I would climb up and just dive and do it again and again. I do like to play something routine and slow when also having something else more exciting on the side. 
 
Sims 3 would be a good game for me. I just need something exciting to compliment it. Batman Arkham Asylum seems like a nice fit. Damn, I'm so far behind the times.

Posted by Symphony

I'm in the same boat with some games -- the GTAs being a good example. I'd steal a car, drive to some quiet area and just listen to the chat radio stations. That was more enjoyable than actually doing missions >.> 
 
I suppose WoW would be another good example. I spent more time just messing around with my Horde character in alliance cities than I did raiding or questing. Good times, good times.

Posted by Laharl

Should try MMOs, ive spent god knows how many hours sitting in Ironforge just jumping around trying not to hit the cracks for no reason.

Posted by Dtat

I'm glad someone else is crazy like me! I just popped in Assassin's Creed 2 today, and spent about an hour running around stabbing guards. It's just fun to run around. I also go back to final fantasy games, cause I just like playing around. I don't even really pay attention to the story because I've beaten them all at least twice. (all the ones I own anyway). There's just something comforting about familiar and nonstressful gaming.
Posted by Romination

OH MY GOD SOMEONE ELSE PLAYED CHIBI-ROBO! Every single scrap of garbage of stupid footprint...I gotta get that...
 
I'm rarely like that with games. I play games to play them, and the added realism in so many is actually something I don't like. That's why games like Bayonetta was so awesome, because it's a GAME and it knows it and kicks your dick in the dirt about it.

Posted by BraveToaster

I play GTA: San Andreas so I can play territory wars

Posted by PenguinDust

I like playing dress up and collecting clothes.  I take my characters in games like Oblivion or Saints Row 2 and just go shopping.  In the Sims 3, I spend more time designing outfits than I do playing the game itself.  I find these self-created "quests" (collect all clothing types) more enjoyable than saving the universe or whatever the main story is.

Posted by bonbolapti
@Claude:  I find a good balance will help keeping me playing a game. If I didn't have the one that was nonsense, I would be burnt out and not play a game for months. But I just spent the whole night hunting down pigeons in GTA IV. I know I'm really just playing the game to get all the trophies now, but damn it takes a lot out of me.   

@Symphony: I spent a good majority of my time in FF XI, fishing and using the game as more of a glorified chat room. XD
 
@Dtat: hah, That's how I just ending up playing the first assassin's creed. It was just a lot more fun to run around and stab dudes for no reason.
 
@Romination: I agree that added realism is not a good time. but messing around for the sake of it, is practically a game in itself. But I guess if Bayonetta is gonna kick me in the dick, I might as well take some caution.
 
@PenguinDust: That's actually one of those things that I see much more often that I just expect it to happen in more games.
Posted by JB16

In Bioware and Atlus games I always have the most fun when I'm just sitting in a campfire talking to my party members, and I always have the least fun when I'm fighting bad guys.

Posted by Ace829

I usually watch the movies I saved of me kicking ass in Halo 3. I also like to simulate seasons when I play a sports game like NBA 2K9 or MLB Power Pros.

Posted by bonbolapti
@JB16 said:
" I always have the most fun when I'm just sitting in a campfire talking to my party members"
Then Grandia II could be your cup of tea.
Posted by RiotBananas

Put it this way... 16 hours of gameplay in Just Cause 2 and I've only done the intro mission.

Posted by Claude
@RiotBananas said:
" Put it this way... 16 hours of gameplay in Just Cause 2 and I've only done the intro mission. "
Talk about getting more game for the buck. At that rate, you might rack up 100 hours of playtime.
Posted by Fallen189
@Claude said:
" @RiotBananas said:
" Put it this way... 16 hours of gameplay in Just Cause 2 and I've only done the intro mission. "
Talk about getting more game for the buck. At that rate, you might rack up 100 hours of playtime. "
My main wow character had over 500 hours when I stopped playing him.
 
One character. I'm the worst.
Posted by RiotBananas
@Claude said:
" @RiotBananas said:
" Put it this way... 16 hours of gameplay in Just Cause 2 and I've only done the intro mission. "
Talk about getting more game for the buck. At that rate, you might rack up 100 hours of playtime. "
I don't intend to do the missions, everything you unlock in the special edition is better than the unlocks ingame so I'm set up for life. 
 
Especially now I've found the motherfucking hot air balloon!
Posted by RiotBananas
@Fallen189 said:
" @Claude said:
" @RiotBananas said:
" Put it this way... 16 hours of gameplay in Just Cause 2 and I've only done the intro mission. "
Talk about getting more game for the buck. At that rate, you might rack up 100 hours of playtime. "
My main wow character had over 500 hours when I stopped playing him.  One character. I'm the worst. "
Dude, My level 77 Mage has 30 days of play. 
 
30 days and I'm not even 80.
Posted by Fallen189
@RiotBananas said:
" @Fallen189 said:
" @Claude said:
" @RiotBananas said:
" Put it this way... 16 hours of gameplay in Just Cause 2 and I've only done the intro mission. "
Talk about getting more game for the buck. At that rate, you might rack up 100 hours of playtime. "
My main wow character had over 500 hours when I stopped playing him.  One character. I'm the worst. "
Dude, My level 77 Mage has 30 days of play.  30 days and I'm not even 80. "
When I stopped playing, I had over 3300 hours totted up. Worst.
Posted by RiotBananas
@Fallen189 said:
" @RiotBananas said:
" @Fallen189 said:
" @Claude said:
" @RiotBananas said:
" Put it this way... 16 hours of gameplay in Just Cause 2 and I've only done the intro mission. "
Talk about getting more game for the buck. At that rate, you might rack up 100 hours of playtime. "
My main wow character had over 500 hours when I stopped playing him.  One character. I'm the worst. "
Dude, My level 77 Mage has 30 days of play.  30 days and I'm not even 80. "
When I stopped playing, I had over 3300 hours totted up. Worst. "
You know the worst thing? I'm still in the loving WoW stage :( 
 
TF2 will always be my most played game.
Posted by Garden_Ninja

I can definitely relate.    A good amount of time playing GTA IV was spent just driving around, or otherwise goofing off.  Same for Saint's Row 1 and 2 (especially 2, since I played in co-op). In Crackdown I spent way more time jumping around on buildings, or driving around like a crazy person than actually taking out the gangs.

In RPGs, most of the time I find the combat to be the least interesting thing.  Wandering, looking at scenery, talking to people, learning more about the world -- those things are more fun, and I spend more time doing them, than combat.
 
One of the big reasons I'm not a huge RTS fan (besides not having a great computer, and refusing to play the shitty console versions) is that there has been a change of focus lately towards combat, and away from base-building.  Back when I played a lot of RTS (mostly Warcraft, Starcraft and Age of Empires) I always enjoyed exploring, gathering resources, and building my tech tree. You still had to win most maps through combat, but I would turtle until I was good and ready, which usually meant I had clear cut the forest and mined all the ore available.
 
I used to play the hell out of Sim City 4, which is an excellent chill game.  I'm actually planning to reinstall it this weekend.

Posted by Dalai
@Garden_Ninja: SimCity 4 was my heroin for a long time and I was always fooling around with the terrain and building editors. Weird thing is my cities were never huge. 
 
The Sims (any of them) is basically the equivalent of not playing a game. Also, I'm one of those guys that plays GTA to die from falling thousands of feet onto a sidewalk at terminal velocity.