A Gamers’ Dilemma

You’re showing early signs of baldness. Your eye twitches at the very sight of a new game. You find yourself indecisive, with lack of sleep, and the only thing you’ve eaten in three days is day old pizza. What’s happening? I call it a gamers dilemma. See, we all get into these modes. Some range from minor to an over-the-top extreme gamers dilemma. Let me explain exactly what a gamers dilemma is. A gamers dilemma is simple: I paid $60 on a game. How much time should I invest in it?

Sounds pretty simple, right?  Well, unfortunately, it’s not. We all have different views of what the true value of a game is. In a time where money can be tight for a lot of gamers, many people feel it’s almost a rip-off to buy a game full value. With the fall lineup of games coming out in just a few months it’s inevitable that some games will be trimmed from your list.

That’s where I come in. I’m not going to choose for you, in fact, I’m not even going to mention a game that you should buy. That’s already beating a dead horse while it’s down. What I am going to do is help you solve your gamer dilemma. What should and shouldn’t be important in your decisions. Some of these decisions are quite easy while some tend to keep you awake at night tearfully praying that an answer will come.

Are you a single player or multi-player gamer? If you’re a single player gamer then I’d say your $60 are the most important. Why? A lot of single player games don’t offer tons of replay value. Unless you love the game more than your mother. Look at the length of the game. If it’s a five-to-eight hour campaign then you’re better served waiting for a price drop or making a rental. Single players need length. Twenty hours should be a minimum. Forty hours, and oh boy are we really getting fair value. If it’s a developer you trust, that should be a factor as well. Don’t be afraid to try a new game though. If it interests you take the leap of faith.

Multi-player gamers. You’re a much easier crowd to deal with. You with your first-person-shooter and zombie killing first-person games. Easier to know what you’re dealing with this fall. It’s a matter of preference here. There’s a few new hot shot games. If you like playing with your friends for countless hours then hey you got it all figured out, friend. The campaign may not be long at all but you have your multi-player to fall back on. You probably play that longer than a single player campaign, right?

If you’re trying to play both sides of the whole single/multi-player world then your choice of game is going to be a lot more difficult. Choose early on. Which game is going to give that feeling of accomplishment as the credits roll. Or, just maybe you’ll find a game that has best of both worlds. Few and far between do they come, however.

I hate to say it but take a look at the trophy/achievement list. A lot of times that will indicate just how much replay value there is in a game. This should only be an exception to players who are trophy/achievement hunters. However, if you take a look at the list you’ll probably notice a few cool achievements worth getting.

Remember what’s important to you about a game. That will be what gets you through this fall. There is such a great amount of games coming out that picking one is hard enough. To solve your gamers dilemma I think that’s the frame of mind you should go into this holiday season with. Treat it as if you’ll be buying just one game. If you have the resources for more than one game, awesome. Not all of us are as fortunate. Thus, we struggle with a gamers dilemma daily. It can be lonely sometimes, but we always know there’s a game that will fill that void in our life.

Agree or disagree? Sound off below.

3 Responses to “A Gamers’ Dilemma”
  1. Eh. As an example, I completed the entire single player story in Fable 3(All Gnomes, Keys, Flowers) in roughly 15 hours. BUT even though there is very little replay value it made me feel good. It was worth it.

  2. Jeff says:

    i have my list of games that i know i will enjoy due to the fact they are all apart of a trilogy ( or so to speak) the problem i have it trying to get those games that i’m not familiar with once the x-mas season ends cause the list i have is actualy cut in half because i can’t afford to buy 10 -20 games in one holiday sitting. ( i’m already at 6 that i have already pre-ordered)

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