Up For Debate - Do you normally play 1 or multiple games at a time?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Jun 20, 2021 5:00 PM
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With E3 2021 wrapping up this week and all the upcoming games announced, plus the recent slate of game releases (especially last May) got me thinking: how many of these games will we still be playing when another one comes out? And whether we would have to drop one to play the other, or play multiple at the same time.

Which also had me wondering whether most people normally play either 1 or multiple games at a time, and if only 1 at a time: do you wait to finish one and then start another? Or do you stop where you are, play the new game, then come back at a later date? Or just drop it altogether?

Also, if you play multiple games at once are they all different types/genres? For instance, playing one 100+ hour RPG whilst also flipping between a competitive multiplayer shooter and indie puzzler? The possibilities are endless!

Personally, I find it really difficult to play 2 big games at the same time before I just get bored of one and end up having to drop it completely. So if I’m playing a really big RPG like Starfield for instance, then I can only play other smaller games at the same time, rather than another big RPG like Elden Ring.

What do you think? Do you normally play 1 or multiple games at a time? What kind of secondary games do you play? And do you think this year’s slate of game releases are too close together? Or is it fine to have multiple big games come out at the same time? Let’s debate!

Do you normally play 1 or multiple games at a time?

How many games do you normally play at the same time?

What genre is your secondary game usually?

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03:26 Jun-23-2021

I'm playing BallisticNG, Pacer, Redout, and Riptide Extreme at the mo during a break from Apex.

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03:26 Jun-23-2021

I play BallisticNG, Pacer, Redout, and Riptide Extreme at the mo during a break from Apex.

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06:52 Jun-22-2021

As written here, that one game is boring and a lot of games make you go out of focus
I usually play one story game
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Sports games of all kinds, the completion of one hundred percent of games in which I have already finished

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04:38 Jun-22-2021

its normally a rpg/story driven game and then fifa. I hear a few podcasts and relax while playing fifa. Complete turn brain off game lol

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19:27 Jun-21-2021

Unfortunately, I don't have as much time as I used to for playing video games, so it's one game at a time. And no multiplayer games since I don't have time to focus on it, and actually be really good at it.

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23:55 Jun-21-2021

Same here sadly

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14:46 Jun-21-2021

Lately I have been playing 3 games at a time, for a little bit of each almost every day: Genshin Impact, Witcher 3, and Final Fantasy Adventure.

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14:36 Jun-21-2021

Im trying to play both Ac valhalla and Crash bandicoot its about time, but valhalla is sooo bigger then crash that im forced to play all the time at valhalla XD

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09:44 Jun-21-2021

Tricky to say - it all depends on what hooked me and how.


Say, when I started something like Detroit: Become Human, DOOM 2016/Eternal, etc - I would just play that and wouldn't put it down until it was finished, but then if it's a huge "open world" timesink - I'll usually play something smaller on the side for variety, unless the game is really good (like Just Cause 3, The WItcher 3, etc).

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06:49 Jun-21-2021

I normally play 1 game at a time since I'm a big fan of open world type games, so I like to take my time to explore.

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06:25 Jun-21-2021

Always try to play multiple games "at the same time" but also try to never have more then 3. Currently playing Cyberpunk 2077, Days Gone and Edge of Eternity... sometimes i cheat a little and play Stellaris or Crusader Kings III for a few... hours xD

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06:22 Jun-21-2021

Deadly Combo - Dying light + Rainbow six siege.

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04:53 Jun-21-2021

As much as I want to, still I give in to installing multiples games.
Still I tend to alays play 1 story game at any time.
I recommend everyone to have only 3-4 games at once max.

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03:12 Jun-21-2021

usually 1 story driven game
1 game that is just a filler like sniper elite
and 1 multiplayer game which is l4d2 for me

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03:01 Jun-21-2021

I usually play about 2-3 games, usually one is primary, I am trying to finish, usually second one is something that isn't as intensive and can be played while listening to podcasts and stuff. Then sometimes I got third one to mix things up. Currently primary is Mass Effect remaster, finished first one, now doing ME2. Secondary is currently Fallout 76, though Monster Sanctuary might replace it.

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22:41 Jun-20-2021

I''m sorry but who has a set genre for a "secondary game"? That's just weird.

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21:42 Jun-20-2021

I play 1 single player game at a time, but many multiplayer ones, mainly with friends.
Genre-wise recently I've been playing RPGs, RTS and Racers.

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20:06 Jun-20-2021

I stick to 1 story focused game. Multiplayer games I can play at the same time since they can be played indefinetly. I just naturally graviate to whatever bores me the least and uninstall the others.

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19:07 Jun-20-2021

1 Multiplayer and 1 main game.

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22:42 Jun-20-2021

same

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17:08 Jun-21-2021

Same here, 1 by 1 single player game and always a multiplayer on the side to play with friends and take a break from story.

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18:27 Jun-20-2021

I usually have a main game that I focus on until I finish. I have some side games that I play indefinitely that I bounce on/off from (typically sims, survival, roguelite, etc.) And then I usually have a game going on my laptop for when I'm traveling or bored at work. The laptop games are usually indies and/or not as graphic intensive as my PC games or simply and older game that never cleared the backlog.

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17:47 Jun-20-2021

I actually started to follow one rule which i thought a while ago. It is to play story based game one at the time and only play another once i finish my previous one. This helps to reduce backlog and get into the game, because for me it can get quite boring at the start of the game, but once i advance further then it picks up and it gets interesting/fun.
Besides story games, i play racing simulators, like assetto corsa, ets2 and bunch of other sims.

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18:29 Jun-20-2021

It's a good strategy. Starting more the 1, or 2 if you're particularly diligent, story-based games is a recipe for having a backlog full of 3/4 completed games. I like to finish games. So, I try hard not to start another until the one I'm playing is finished. (Not saying I'm 100% successful but I try)

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