I thought this would be a great topic for discussion.
I've noticed a difference in the way I game, and it has been going on for some time now. Let me describe what has been happening.
Games that I have and currently not even close to finishing are Resistance 2, Bioshock, and Fallout 3. Fallout 3 is the newest in my collection out of them all.
Now the thing I've noticed about my gaming habits is that I am actually less interested in those games than the PSN games I have been playing lately. I have been very engaged with Flower, Bejeweled 2, Mahjong, and Cuboid. I find myself having more fun with these "budget" titles than the full fledged retail games for some reason. I'm wondering why that is.
Is it because of "easy" trophies?
I'm not sure about this one. I like "earning" these things, and have seen the impact it has made on the way I game. I still will not go out of the way to get them, but if I have time after I finish the main mode then I would try.
Changing taste in games?
I thought this could possibly be it. To be honest, I am all shootered out. I really don't want to play more of these. The last one I finished was Call of Duty W@W. I thought it was a great campaign. Played a little online, and that was about it.
Now I have R2 and Bioshock sitting there. I really have lost interest in those, and honestly, I find myself going back to those if I feel the trophy itch. Shootered out perhaps?
Maybe Killzone 2 will solve this issue, but I was never a big shooter fan to begin with.
I was always a big RPG fan... and thought that Fallout 3 would definitely fill this void for me. I really do like this game, but now I'm wondering if I only like this game because I managed to find the CE at Circuit City with 40% off, making it cost $36 for me. Awesome find. But I lack the urge to get past following my father's footsteps.
So is there a shift in my gaming taste? Cannot say for certain... but I do have one very logical reason. Just thought about it.
How about the time?
Gee... what time is it? I find myself asking that question pretty frequently. I'm 28 years of age. I work in midtown NYC and spend a lot of the daytime at the daily grind. I see the gf pretty much everyday after work, and she often sleeps over. So what am I getting at?
Time. I don't have enough hours in the day to really "get into" a full fledged game. If I only have a half hour on my PS3 today, I likely will not spend it trying to finish the campaign on R2. I like to take my time and really enjoy a game. I love games with a good story. But when I have so little time to truly go deep into a game, I have found myself picking up something quick. Flower has definitely been giving me that fix. Bejewled is just a monster. I could easily spend that 30 minutes just playing on Endless mode. Mahjong is a no brainer really... matching tiles is somewhat addicting to me, perhaps it is because of its simple gameplay? A huge layout in that game could easily take 5-10 minutes for me to clear. As for Cuboid, some puzzles you literally have to strategize in your mind before you actually attack the stage.
I need sleep. I cannot stay up past 3AM typically anymore. I'm getting old. 3-4 hours of sleep doesn't cut it anymore.
On weekends, I try to game more because I actually have some time. But then again, me and her don't work so we usually find ourselves doing the couple thing. Get up later, go out do stuff, get wasted perhaps, sleep later...
I got the answer right here--I need more hours in the day. Or maybe I can figure out a way to not sleep, and still be functional?
How about this one--I could somehow game while I sleep? Imagine that one. Genius.
So now that I have shared a bit of my personal observations, do you guys have any changes in your gaming habits the past year or so? We're all from different backgrounds, so that only makes the responses that much more interesting to read.