When you spend thousands of hours in a game, how do you know when to stop?
A single player game used to take 15 to 20 hours to complete. Nowadays that would be considered short, and it’s not uncommon to have triple-A titles that take 50+ hours to complete, especially ones that are open world (we’re looking at Assassin’s Creed). But that’s just the story experiences, there are games that can accommodate much, much more.
A gamer who spent around 900 hours playing Final Fantasy 14 has sparked a discussion about games taking up a significant part of gamers’ lives. “Tonight I had an epiphany playing Final Fantasy XIV,” they wrote on Resetera. They relate to their 900 hours of play and how “modest” it might seem for a nine-year-old account. But they complain: “That’s a lot of time when I also want to be playing other games, working 40-50 hours a week, making music, helping out in my partner’s business and doing most of the administrative and upkeep work for our household. ”
The OP writes about her conflicting feelings about how keeping up with the game causes stress, but admits that some of her friends are still actively playing and that leaving the game could cause them to lose their mutual bond. He asks others if they have ever given up a game after spending so much time and if others would have wanted to to stop, but still not for whatever reason.
“I’ve given up a lot of games after realizing I’m doing it less for fun and more out of habit,” wrote one member in response. “I’ve gotten better at being ok with games like this that stop hard.”
Another wrote: “I don’t see it as giving up, I just see it as a pause. At some point I may return, whether that be in a few months or in a few years.”
One commenter said they left League of Legends after 3000 hours because it was too “addictive”. Another had 3000+ hours in Destiny 2 and had to quit to avoid burning out. Other titles mentioned include Apex Legends, Team Fortress 2, Dota 2, Call of Duty, Genshin Impact, alongside Final Fantasy 14. Online multiplayer games can be incredibly immersive and hugely profitable for their businesses, with players clearly spending a lot of time invest in them.
Our own Quinton O’Conner, a specialist at TheGamer, happened to comment on the thread and said he’s playing Final Fantasy 14 without thinking about keeping up, but he popped up for the story, the world, the soundtrack, and the vibe while don’t do artifact grinds or dailys. “It helps a lot,” he wrote.
Another helpful comment came from one of the shortest. DOOMleavy put it in a nutshell: “Don’t think of it as ‘giving up’, think of it as ‘finishing your time with'”. Maybe that’s a sensible change of perspective.
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