After hearing Brad talk about how long he can play DOTA for, It got me wondering how long the users of GB tend to play a game for at a time. I figured it might be interesting to see! Please put down the average length of a single gaming session. If, like myself, you tend to play for a shorter time,do something else and then go back and play more just put how long an individual session would be before you decide you want to do something else.
How long is your average gaming session?
I'd also say it depends on the game. I love playing games on the hardest difficulty, but sometimes that takes a toll on me; especially after 'one of those days.'
MMOs or MOBAs give me that 'one more quest' or 'one more game' mentality like Brad talks about on DotA 2. I'll find myself looking at the clock and going asking myself where the hell the last five hours went.
Varies tremendously, if I want to become dominant at whichever multiplayer genre or am on the cusp of a platinum trophy it could be 5-6 hours (Resident Evil 6 some of the time); if I'm experimenting with something it's probably 2-4 hours (Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX, Resident Evil 6 most of the time), if I'm just messing around for a few it's 30 minutes to 2 hours or so (Tomb Raider multiplayer); lately I'm alternating baseball/NBA playoffs and games with games taking up slightly less time. MMOs are another thing entirely but I've kind of done everything you could possibly do that would be satisfying in MMOs and they're dying at least until Titan so there's not really any point going back to that. I might well play Dark Souls 2 for 8 hours a day for 3 weeks however, but it's a rare game that's that compelling alongside having a ton of replay-ability aspects (plus I'd be mostly doing it for benefit of writing a comprehensive review).
I dont have an average. I can play anywhere from a single multiplayer match of a shooter or a single fight in a fighting game and thats enough, or i can play all day long, or anywhere in between. Depends on the game and more importantly my mood.
If im in a good mood and have nothing to do, like no plans, yeah i'll play for long periods of time. If im cranky or depressed or angry, i dont enjoy games as much so i wont play as much.
At the moment, with no really meaty new releases, I play for about 4 hours with short breaks. October through January it's closer to 8 hours, a lot of all-night sessions mostly, perhaps longer on the weekend if the opportunity arises.
I find it quite easy to carve out that amount of play-time because I don't lose much time to sleeping. I try to keep two or three days a week free of any sort of gaming, I find this to be a more balanced arrangement than playing for a couple of hours every day.
I would say most of my sessions are between 45-90 minutes, but when you average in those occasional long sessions it balances out to between 1-2 hours. Every once and while I'll pull a long run. I remember playing Skyrim and finishing up Assassin's Creed Brotherhood with a few six-hour, eye-bleeding sessions.
I can usually spend about an hour playing a game before I feel the need to get up and do something else. That changes when I get my hands on any RPG or strategy game that I really enjoy. The Elder Scrolls games get me every time. When each those games where released I could burn 4-6 hours, no problem. Same can be said for the Civ series and most Paradox strategy games, like Europa Universalis.
Its kind of surprising, I had expected a lot of really long sessions, and while we can all drop some time here and there...the majority of us seem to be happy with 1, 2 hours sessions! When I was younger it was also about not being able to afford loads of games, for the GB staff the quicker a game can be finished and enjoyed the better for their job. But as a teenager I didn't really want to finish that game I'd waited 6 months for in 2 days!
I don't really like switching to something else once I've started something. Unless I'm just trying to get a quick hour in before work, I'd say almost all of my sessions are at least 3-4 hours. Even then I usually only stop for an hour or two to get some food, play with my dog, and maybe go for a walk before I go back to it. This applies to almost everything I do.
I know some of you don't like it when you necro threads, but that's what the internet is all about, and it'd be dumb to create a new thread with the exact same question and even phrasing as here.
I just realized that nearly every session I've got listed on Raptr is 20-45 minutes, lots of sessions in the past few weeks stop almost exactly at 30 minutes. So I guess that's very much how long my average gaming sessions are these days. Crazy to think I used to play for 6-8 hours in a row about 10 years ago.
Now, I do of course play multiple (20-45 minute) sessions in a single day at times, and on rare occasions I have played for several hours in a row, I did finish the Battlefield 4 campaign over the course of one weekend (and I think that was at least 4-5 hours), but that's pretty rare these days.
When I just pick a game from my shelve that I've already completed before and I just want to replay, I'll probably just play for 2-3 hours. Sometimes 1. That's my average. When it's a game I've just gotten into and I'm getting really invested. I'll sometimes go 4-5 or maybe 6 hours on the console. Call me whatever you want - I was once gaming on my PS3 for about 9 hours on my Arkham Origins play through. I did however take breaks, eat meals and chat with family.
It varies by game. Usually, I go an hour and then take a break to go workout or get some school work done. The last time I felt like I couldn't put the game down and kept playing for hours on end was Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. A LInk Between Worlds was like that as well, but when work became more frequent I put it down and now I can't remember what I was doing last.
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