You Just Started a Game - Should You Finish It?

You've picked up a new game, congratulations!  You have hours upon hours of fun ahead of you - or so the online reviews have told you.  Do you really?

I remember when I started playing Assassin's Creed: Odyssey.  It's a beautiful game with extremely smooth gameplay, lovely combat, and a deep, vibrant world.  The questline is interesting and engaging, there are awesome little historical elements everywhere, and I'm head-over-heels in love with Kassandra.  But the game is too long.

That's a bit of a weird thing to say for me, and I think it may be a weird thing for many other gamers.  We usually want the best bang for our buck.  Unfortunately that's just not how video games work.  If the game isn't fun, then why are you playing it?  I noticed this as I was playing Odyssey - the game was still enjoyable, but I had gotten into a bit of a grind.  Mercenaries were coming after me like cute little damage sponges and I just kept messing around and assassinating everyone because I could.  I didn't continue the main questline after I had completed it.  I really wanted to restart the game since

SPOILERevery member of my family died except Stentor. Stentor? Really??

But couldn't I bring myself to restart because I couldn't stomach the thought of putting in another 30 or so hours into the game.  I usually only have 5-10 hours a week to play games, so it would be about a month or more until I got back to where my previous save file left off.


This brings me to my point - putting down a video game.  If the game is no longer fun or you no longer want to play it, don't play it.  Put it down.  It's okay.  I might come back to Odyssey, and I might not.  But I'm not going to force myself to play it just so I can complete the game, and neither should you.  Remember - video games are supposed to be fun!  That's why I stopped playing League of Legends.

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