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Old 12-13-07, 08:03 AM   #1
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Exclamation Most games are too long <rant>

Okay I guess I'm a casual gamer.

I play maybe a few hours every other night and I usually keep two or three games "on the go". Lately new ones keep coming out so fast that I can't keep up. Know how many games I've got installed and "on the go" right now?... Nine!

With that in mind, I'm forced to cut my numbers and it's driving me nuts. So many good moments in gaming I'll never see because there's no time.

Stalker is too damn long. Hellgate is too damn long. THE ORANGE BOX is too ******* long! I even skipped the first game and went straight to Ep1 and I STILL haven't got to the tripod bit after what feels like DAYS of gameplay!

There are precious few exceptions in my eye. Crysis was too short and Gears of War could have done with some more maps. Bioshock was about right and Portal was tuned to perfection.

But the rest of you programmers out there: take note. Shorten your games! Quality not quantity!

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Old 12-13-07, 08:14 AM   #2
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Default Re: Most games are too long <rant>

I don't know why but I think a lot of dudes here will not agree with you.
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Old 12-13-07, 08:22 AM   #3
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Default Re: Most games are too long <rant>

I have the same problem with dozens (yes DOZENS) of games piling up, but I definitely do not think games are too long.

That's just nuts.

If you don't have time or just don't really feel like spending a solid 8 hours of your day playing a game for a week straight, there's really nothing you can do about that.

Some games do get played out quickly for me (like Bioshock), but thats just how it is. I'd rather that they make a decent length game the way they want than make a 4 hour game that still costs $60 and pisses everyone else off who actually wants to keep playing.

If you're finding that you have less time to spend on retail games, give independent games a shot:

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=104065

Other than TF2 and a couple other multiplayer games, I've been exclusively playing indy games for the past 2 months. I've got enough "big" stuff to deal with right now in real life, when I'm a bit more settled maybe I'll have more time to continue living a second life in The Witcher, Crysis, STALKER, Oblivion etc...
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Old 12-13-07, 08:24 AM   #4
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Default Re: Most games are too long <rant>

Hell no! You just need to play faster

I got PO with Stalker myself. Too hard for my liking. But you're missing out big time if you've skipped HL2. And the episodes are only 3-5 hrs each.
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Old 12-13-07, 08:25 AM   #5
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bad games are to long, good games are to short
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Old 12-13-07, 08:28 AM   #6
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I just realized that you said you skipped HL2 and went to episode 1.

Thats a terrible thing to do. I'd recommend quitting right now and playing from the beginning some day when you have time.

Play Portal.

Portal was a one sitting game for me. I sat and played it for like 4 hours and couldn't stop.
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Old 12-13-07, 08:59 AM   #7
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Bioshock is too damn long.
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Old 12-13-07, 09:01 AM   #8
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Yeah I played HL2 back in the days when it came with a free headache.

I think of games like films. Schindler's List = too long
Thin Red Line = too long
Grease = too long (by about an hour and a half)

You see where I'm coming from?
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Old 12-13-07, 09:02 AM   #9
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Bioshock is too damn long.
Nope. Just right IMO. Now FEAR, that was far too long. Nekro's point rings true. A truely good game can't be too long. HL2 a good example.
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Old 12-13-07, 09:13 AM   #10
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Most games are waaaaaaaay too short. Then again I'm the guy that likes a 100 hour RPG.
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Bioshock is too damn long.
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only about 8-10 hours for me.
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Old 12-13-07, 09:18 AM   #12
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Okay I guess I'm a casual gamer.

I play maybe a few hours every other night and I usually keep two or three games "on the go". Lately new ones keep coming out so fast that I can't keep up. Know how many games I've got installed and "on the go" right now?... Nine!

With that in mind, I'm forced to cut my numbers and it's driving me nuts. So many good moments in gaming I'll never see because there's no time.

Stalker is too damn long. Hellgate is too damn long. THE ORANGE BOX is too ******* long! I even skipped the first game and went straight to Ep1 and I STILL haven't got to the tripod bit after what feels like DAYS of gameplay!

There are precious few exceptions in my eye. Crysis was too short and Gears of War could have done with some more maps. Bioshock was about right and Portal was tuned to perfection.

But the rest of you programmers out there: take note. Shorten your games! Quality not quantity!

Love to all,

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