Maybe it's because I am getting older or maybe it's because I have been quite ill for over a week now but I have this really strange feeling that I have a sort of Evaporating Desire to actually buy new games of late. LittleBigPlanet 2 was just released not too long ago and I do consider that game to be a must have - especially seeing how easy it is to make side scrolling space shooter using it. Then again, the original does enable the creation of run and gun shooters and I haven't seen myself attempting to make much use out of it. That doesn't stop me from buying games before though. I am so easily distracted from continuing to play what I play unless a game is just so incredibly good and I have always rationalize as well as accepted the fact that I do love increasing the number of titles in my Game Library because it is all about being able to access them any time I want. I still do want to believe that but lately I have been thinking of strange number calculations, you know like the type that one may hallucinate about while one is laying on the bed with a throbbing headache and feverish temperature while one is staring up at the weird bumps on the ceiling.
Play Me! Play Me!
Now let us just pretend for a moment that each game title I own requires at least 40 hours - I know some games do last longer than that and some ended up being shorter experiences that you don't want to repeat frequently - and as of the date this article is published, I own 2,188 games. So, 40 x 2188 = 87520. That's eighty seven thousand five hundred and twenty hours of gaming required to really go through them thoroughly. Now the distraction disease only started occurring several years ago so even if I assume that I have experienced fully half of my gaming collection, that still leaves me with another 43,760 hours to be dedicated towards taking care of the other half of the equation. I normally get around 6-7 hours of sleep a day. This means that I am awake for around 18 hours a day. The most that I have spent gaming on a typical weekday is about 8 hours and that number goes up to 12 hours during a weekend day - assuming that I am not doing anything else like spending time with the significant other as well as doing other normal everyday activities. Let's just round up those number by month so on average, I would be playing video games around 208 hours a month. This means that I have to spend around 210 months - that's 17 and a half years - to go through all of them all the way to their optimal potentials.
Well, at least I don't have to worry about playing that game again...
Like I mentioned earlier, it could be that I am older and I am starting to think about these kind of things or it could be just my delirium talking... Or, it could be just the League of Legends fever that seems to be taking too much of my free time away but there is some validity in the concern. The more games I add to my Game Library means the more of my future free time must be reserved for them. The thing about me is that even though I play games in the moment, I do want to experience everything that I do have within my grasp. I don't want to be a "collector". I truly despise that word associated to gamers - all games should always have extra/complete contents and that there should not be a distinction between "regular" editions and those that carry the "collector's" label. Games are meant to be played. They are not meant to be left untouched in their factory-sealed plastic wraps. I have made a commitment to myself to experience everything that the video gaming world could offer me and that doesn't mean just owning these games, but that also means that I want to experience them and understand them to the best of my abilities. Will this mean that I will have less gaming inductions this year? Possibly. One thing for certain is that I am just more wary about the time commitment I have to put in to give each and every single game in my Game Library the love and care they each deserve in the form of their proper utilization.