My Problem With Commitment in the Realm of Entertainment

Its not really as bad as it looks. Laser axes are pretty cool.

Allow me to describe my problem. If I know something is good (be it a game, film, TV show, whatever), and if it would require even the most minimal commitment of attention or emotion, I will avoid engaging with it in favor of a lower impact or lower quality experience. This re-entered my mind as I was compiling a list of all the movies I have seen, and I found myself checking off more movies like Wild Wild West than movies like (and specifically) Schindler's List or Citizen Kane. This applies to games as well. I currently have Deus Ex: Human Revolution in my 360, but I cant seem to stop cutting down swaths of zakus and their ilk in Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3. Gundam 3 is the worse game and I know it, but the idea of having to put on headphones and shut off whatever podcast I'm listening to is enough to keep me from Deus Ex, and so far I love Deus Ex! The combined might of Call of Duty: Black Ops and Super Street Fighter 4 have kept me from finishing Shadows of the Damned, Dead Space, MGS4, Bastion, and L.A. Noire. I could keep going, but im sure you get the picture.

Basically what I'm wondering is: am I the only maniac who pulls this sort of thing?

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Posted by DougCL
Its not really as bad as it looks. Laser axes are pretty cool.

Allow me to describe my problem. If I know something is good (be it a game, film, TV show, whatever), and if it would require even the most minimal commitment of attention or emotion, I will avoid engaging with it in favor of a lower impact or lower quality experience. This re-entered my mind as I was compiling a list of all the movies I have seen, and I found myself checking off more movies like Wild Wild West than movies like (and specifically) Schindler's List or Citizen Kane. This applies to games as well. I currently have Deus Ex: Human Revolution in my 360, but I cant seem to stop cutting down swaths of zakus and their ilk in Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3. Gundam 3 is the worse game and I know it, but the idea of having to put on headphones and shut off whatever podcast I'm listening to is enough to keep me from Deus Ex, and so far I love Deus Ex! The combined might of Call of Duty: Black Ops and Super Street Fighter 4 have kept me from finishing Shadows of the Damned, Dead Space, MGS4, Bastion, and L.A. Noire. I could keep going, but im sure you get the picture.

Basically what I'm wondering is: am I the only maniac who pulls this sort of thing?

Posted by TechHits

I know what you mean, some times you don't some thing "good" you want something fun.

Posted by adz117

I have a similar issue, while playing (pc usually) I will always have 1-3 friends chatting with me on Skype, which is great for playing games like League of Legends and doing some GW2 WvWvW, but when I want to play a serious story driven game, I find it hard to not just want to jump back onto Skype and spout random bullshit with my friends instead of paying attention.

Edited by egg

I think I know exactly what you mean and I feel the same way a lot of times.

Also it's not just game specific.. .sometimes I'm reluctant to try a new game in general because although it should be exciting and new, the prospect of it feels like work.

There's always that entry barrier involved, the learning process. Plus a game doesn't really become *fun* unless you started to figured it out. When you're still learning the ropes, it's work.

Edited by believer258

You mean you admit to enjoying some real low-brow stuff?

Yeah, that's fine, everyone and their brother enjoys low-brow stuff. You don't need to play Bastion and LA Noire all the time, sometimes a good bout of... wait, you're playing a Gundam game? What the fuck is wrong with you?

(I'm kidding, just enjoy yourself.)

Posted by Clonedzero

there are times where i'd rather have a shitty burger from a scuzzy diner than a high quality steak. same concept applies to just about everything, video games, movies, music.

Edited by Phyrlord

I used to be like this... Then about 4 years ago after meeting my wife. I picked up regular novel reading. My whole view of entertainment got flipped on it's back. Spend a few months and burn through Stephen Kings Dark Tower series, and even the most gripping game or movie will seem like low value time fillers on your " intellectual commitment" scale by comparison.

Comparing a movie to a 700 page book of the same story starts to turn into comparing a picture to actually being there, if you can get into it that is:).

Posted by EpicSteve

You just don't want to think at all and that's totally fine. Videogames are a solid avenue to turn your brain off after a days work.

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Posted by Little_Socrates

It's totally a reasonable way to play games. Most of the games you play probably aren't bad, either, they're just lower-impact. I'm preferring lower-impact games myself at the moment, with my more focused entertainment going to movies.