By Jennacide 29 Comments
E verybody has a thing; a little quirk that helps people define who they are, an unusual trait that people can identify with. For example, a friend of mine can’t touch recycled plastic bags without crying. Another one is completely and utterly obsessed with unicorns, whilst one of my guy friends drinks coffee like the world is ending. When it comes to me, there are a large number of little nuances that make me who I am. Just to name a few off the top of my head, I’m obsessed with clocks, zippers, polkadots, have a serious phobia of getting stuff on my hands and strongly believe with all of my being that zombies will reign one day. But the ‘thing’ I’m writing about today is my complete lack of ability to finish anything, ever. But most importantly (and heart breakingly) for the past few years I haven’t been able to finish a video game. And I believe this may pose a problem given my chosen career path.
The very first game I played that I actually got into was called Kings Quest IV, a point and click (and type) adventure game that told the tale of Princess Rosella who is sent to the world of Tamir in search of a magical fruit that can heal her father’s sickness. The story line isn’t anything flash, but it was a game made in the 80’s, so what do you expect.
As a 6yr old playing this game I found it fascinating. I loved that Rosella had to listen to everything I typed, and as a little kid that feature alone kept me entertained for hours. “Drown yourself,” “Punch the bard,” “Kill that guy,” “Shutup bard,” “Steal his harp,” “Shank the bard,” “Smack his face in,” etc, were just a few of the many many things my Amiga keyboard had to convey for me.
However, though I found that game incredibly entertaining, I still haven’t seen the ending, because not only was it the first game I ever played, it’s also the first game I never finished. And I’ve owned that title for 15 years.
I wish I could blame this annoying problem on a short attention span, but I’ve finishedFinal Fantasy 8 too many times to count, and that game was damn long. I suppose the real problem is that game developers can’t design a game to cater towards people like me, who are probably ADD but just don’t know it. (That’s right Jenn, blame someone else. Good work.)
Maybe it’s that I keep buying games before I’m done with the ones I own. Maybe it’s that I’m obsessed with The Sims (the one game in the entire world that just never ends), or maybe it’s because the last game I finished was Final Fantasy X-2 and that game was so bad it destroyed me for life. Whatever the cause, all I know is I haven’t finished a game in at least five years.
The amount of games I’ve gotten to the end of and then abandoned is staggering. I currently have saved games out front of end bosses/levels for at least 10 different titles, none of which I see myself finishing any time soon.
Currently my list of shame includes:
Final Fantasy 12
Final Fantasy 13
Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare
Dragon Quest 4
Dragon Quest 9
Pokemon Soul Silver
Drawn to Life
Broken Sword 1
Broken Sword 2
Tomb Raider Chronicles
Tomb Raider Underworld
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
Little Big Planet
And that’s just the ones I can remember off the top of my head.
I find this problem increasingly hard to comprehend sometimes, especially as I am the daughter of a rather big game nerd. A rather big game nerd who has no unfinished game on his list. Whilst I struggle to make it to end game in most titles, my father doesn’t consider himself ‘done’ with a game until he has finished it at least three times. And usually that’s three times in a row.
I’m hoping that one day my problem will just resolve itself, and I’ll be hit with the urge to finish every game in my cupboard, then dig out my old consoles so I can finish those titles too. But if on the off chance that doesn’t happen, then I just might seek professional help. And then never turn up.