I realize that such a title will encourage more entirely inappropriate comments directed my way, but I find it difficult to turn down a good opportunity to quote a band that nobody has or ever should have heard about.
Its meaning in relation to this article is simple. I have so many good games I want to play, I end up playing nothing. Although this might seem a little like Riddles’ previously mentioned Gamer’s Fatigue, I speak of something a little different.
It happens far too often when I’ll come home from a good but tiring day at work, turn on my XBox 360 and look at my massive stack of games and then hit a wall. I like all of them, that’s why I bought them, but because no one game stands out above another, I’ll end up deliberating for 20 minutes and ultimately just watch 30 Rock until I fall asleep. I’m usually in an unmistakable mood for gaming, but with so many choices, I get overwhelmed. Should I play a few games of NHL 07? Or maybe I should sink a few more hours into something more involved like Lost Odyssey or Blue Dragon? Maybe I’ll boot up the ol’ PS2 and replay a failsafe Final Fantasy title. Perhaps I should break out Suikoden Tierkreis on my DS. But I can play that practically anywhere, I should take advantage of the consoles while I’m home, shouldn’t I?
These wishy-washy thoughts continue until I eventually give up, like I said, and resort to watching something instead.
It’s probably obvious from my examples, but it’s not like I have no good options. A few games I mentioned in particular, Lost Odyssey and Suikoden Tierkreis are extremely engaging titles that represent the best of their sort on their respective consoles. So I really think it comes down to having too many good options, as bizarre as that sounds. When I was younger, not only did I have more time to play games, but I had fewer games to play. Therefore I would become intensely familiar with what few titles I had. Perhaps it’s those memories that cause hesitation as well. I’m always trying to recreate that sort of familiarity with new titles, but knowing that I have – literally – dozens of other games waiting to be played creates a pressure on me to almost take my time quickly. Of course that’s a complete impossibility, so therein lies my issue.
Do you share this bizarre quandary, dear readers? Do you feel like you have too many good games to play and therefore you can’t pick a single title out of a stack of 30? Or maybe you just feel like my title was misleading? The comment section below is a very good place to share your response to these questions!