Up For Debate - Do You Complete Your Games

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Mar 1, 2015 4:00 PM
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It always come to my attention when browsing Steam achievements or PlayStation trophies just how many people never get around to completing a game. A quick browse through Steam reveals just how commonplace this is. Less than half completed Portal. Less than a fifth finished Batman: Arkham Asylum. Same goes for Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

The Walking Dead Season 1 is a great barometer of this. Basically all of its achievements are progress related, so you can directly see the drop-off from players. We can see 81.8% got the Out of the Frying Pan achievement for completing chapter one of episode one. This takes about 10 minutes or so to get. This tells us over 18% of PC players bought the game and played it for less than 10 minutes.

Going through the episode though, you can see a steady drop-off as players fall out, culminating in just 40.6% seeing it through to its closing credits. At some point 50% of the players who got far enough to get achievements just stopped playing before getting to the end of The Walking Dead. 2% were a single chapter away from completing it but packed it in just minutes before the finale of a game that won multiple game of the year awards.

Personally I see nearly every game out to the bitter end, where I like it or not. It’s clearly a waste of time to play something you don’t enjoy, but I can’t help wanting to see if anything changes or just how bad it can get.

What is that drives you to complete your games? What makes you decide enough is enough and you stop playing a game?

Do you complete your games?

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09:55 Mar-03-2015

Of course I do...
I focus more on storylines rather than actual gameplay.
That's why I still play old zelda and final fantasy games

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19:57 Mar-02-2015

most of the time I complete the singleplayer story of my games, if the multiplayer is compelling I won't uninstall it right away, otherwise.. gotta free up that SSD space.
With advanced warfare for example, haven't even installed singleplayer.

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17:16 Mar-02-2015

I very rarely leave again before I've completed it. I just think I should get my moneys worth(: I can't actually remember the last one I didn't finish....:/

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19:48 Mar-02-2015

I'm the same. It has to be an exceptionally boring game for me not to complete it, and I normally have a good idea before I buy it if it's going to be that bad.

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15:43 Mar-02-2015

I complete most games with the exception of those few that every time I try to play them something happens and I lose my saved game data (ex. Godfather 2 & Far Cry 4). Saint's Row IV and Gat Outta Hell are the only two games I haven't finished just because they were to stupid and actually made me feel like playing games was a waste of time.

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12:25 Mar-02-2015

if i dont get tired of getting killed ^^

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10:53 Mar-02-2015

If a game's fun, I've got no problem finishing it, but if it isn't, I might stop playing it, but still keep it on my HDD, cause I don't like leaving things unfinished.

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10:27 Mar-02-2015

There is no time to complete all the games, I most select the ones who deserve the attention and time. GTA V, Witcher III and Batman AK will the the ones to complete this year. Fingers crossed, for being able to play Witcher III on my pc :P

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08:20 Mar-02-2015

I play it on principle. I mean, its a matter of pride for me, to complete games. They may be boring or something, but i still complete them. But there is just 1 game, which i haven't completed, and that is Dead Space 1. I don't know the reason, but i was just fed up with it.


Coming back to the topic, you would observe that in majority websites (including GD) people love to talk about the hardware and optimization. But very few talk about the game, in itself.

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22:19 Mar-02-2015

you should really complete it, and then follow up with the second game :)

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08:04 Mar-02-2015

I didn't even download 80% of my games..how do I complete them @@
All the time spent playing league ._.

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07:03 Mar-02-2015

I believe these are the reasons i complete a game



good game mechanics
good character build up
good graphic
ballance co-op storyline
Clear explaination



but what motivate me the most to finish a game is money value. If i feel like its a waste of money when not finish the game then im going to finish it even if i have to force myself especialy on expensive games

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06:10 Mar-02-2015

After so many years I don't have the patience to 100% complete a game anymore. I liked action rpgs (mostly open world), exploring everything, getting the best equipment for the final mission etc. Now I can't be arsed to go outside the main quest, if I finish even that. The last game I enjoyed was Human Revolution which I finished two or three times.

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08:41 Mar-02-2015

Sadly it's the same for me...Imho this happens just because today there are too much pretty good game,with awesome graphics and realism. back in time, was very difficult to find a very interesting game ('90). Today I found myself to force to complete a game just because I found a better one on steam...

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04:30 Mar-02-2015

Most of the time I do complete my games but I can't do it with Max Payne 3 it's just so god damn boring..

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03:29 Mar-02-2015

What is the profit if we cant complete the games we buy?I completed most of them.I'll look to complete what remains in the month where better looking games wont be released.

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03:15 Mar-02-2015

I cant really understand why many never completed arkhum asylum.For me every batman game is fun and contain interesting story and gameplay.I completed arkhum asylum in one day.

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08:24 Mar-02-2015

I have left in the middle because of that stupid code-breaker or something. I just can't get it to work! I still have it on HDD, and try it now and then.

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01:56 Mar-02-2015

47 games installed, only 23 finished so far. but i keep the other 24 just in case

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00:02 Mar-02-2015

Bad or monotone games i usually stop playing them. A lot of them i abandon. I believe the same that DjDede: With a good story like Mafia II the game finished itself. Others games make myself too immerse that i finish them too: Baldur's Gate

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22:54 Mar-01-2015

I love a challenge and am a pushful man, wanting (happens on auto) to reflect that with my gaming life, resulting in gratification :) Completion + Steam achievement care!

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22:48 Mar-01-2015

I usually just finish the main story and ignore the side stuff unless it's really interesting. I can't do stuff like collecting Riddler trophies in the Arkham games.

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21:46 Mar-01-2015

i am still to complete sonic generations and child of light. sometimes is i'm a bit bored of the games but then i always return.

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21:20 Mar-01-2015

I have rarely ever finished any video game to 100%. But I do try to complete the campaign of a game, if its storyline is at least somewhat engrossing, how much I care about the game's subject matter (I prefer Sci-Fi over fantasy), how well the game is made, how much of a chore it is to get from one quest to the next, how difficult it is to progress in the game and so on.

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