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Submitted by JonnyBigBoss 1122d ago | article

The Most Addicting Games Of The Past Decade

GR writes: "Their mere mention evokes thoughts of days spent glued to the screen, weeks that disappeared in the blink of an eye; in other words, games that behold an unprecedented amount of value. So which games fall under this umbrella?" (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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alexcosborn  +   1122d ago
World of Warcraft FOR SURE.
dbjj12088  +   1122d ago
I've never tried it for this exact reason.
Campy da Camper  +   1122d ago
Lol thats exactly why I never played it, too!

On topic: I have to disagree with Skyrim. Oblivion sucked more life out of me than any other game. Dark souls is a close second.
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Xristo  +   1122d ago
As much as I despise it now, it definitely was addicting. Sadly, speaking from experience, I missed a lot of years of good games to WoW. Never again will I get attached to an MMO like I did with WoW. Should of learned my lesson with DAoC.
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Xristo  +   1122d ago
Double post :/
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RioKing  +   1121d ago
The lack of a comment "delete" option is stupid...
Thefreeman012  +   1122d ago
Not true, i always thought that Everquest was way more addicting than WoW. Wow was always bland and meh to me.
Xristo  +   1122d ago
Everquest(crack) definitely initially set the standard for MMO addictions. It is just not spoke about (as much) due to the popularity in comparison to WoW. Even though it had the highest population in any MMO ever before WoW.
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JoySticksFTW  +   1121d ago
Evercrack was CRAZY addictive; way more addictive than WoW imo.

EQ was before WoW's instanced events.

I still remember heading into a zone calling for a camp check, people sending what time they'll be finished, and then setting my alarm clock and taking a nap to rest up before my time at the camp.

Or worse, the empty bottle shuffle when nature calls when in the middle of a camp.

That's the night I quit cold turkey. Still miss those EQ days, especially now that they have the official rolled-backed old school servers up. I'll never go back to that dark place again though. lol

But this gen's addictive game for me was Demon's Souls. That game had me.
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eliteslaya13  +   1122d ago
World of Borecraft™
Oh_Yeah  +   1122d ago
Out of all the games I've played since nes...I'd have to go with pokemon, oblivion, skyrim, fallout 3, fo:nv, borderlands 1 and 2. These Rpgs wasn't really until this gen excluding pokemon where I sunk over 100 hours of play time into and multiple playthroughs with these games Bethesda and Gearbox make... They are crack in the form of video games. Because of skyrim I've missed work,school,and time with my girl (now ex). I can't really say that about any other game.
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solar  +   1122d ago
CS:S did it for me. and BF:2142
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otherZinc  +   1122d ago
World of Warcraft

Should head any such list.
Like it or not, those games have been played more than anything, period!
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knifefight  +   1122d ago
Civilization games are like, hazardous to my health, man.
dasbeer88  +   1122d ago
Try League of Legends. An average match would last about 45-50 minutes. I've played over 1K matches and I'll bet that'll sum up about 700 hours.
Norrison  +   1121d ago
A Civ 5 campaign can take you more than 24 hours
doctorstrange  +   1122d ago
I've put a dangerous amount of time into the Total War series.
dbjj12088  +   1122d ago
I go through short spurts of addiction. Games usually don't hold my attention for much longer than 100 hours.
Obnoxious_Informer  +   1122d ago
I can't stop playing Playstation all stars. Had the same wonderful issue with smash bros when I was younger.
Foolsjoker  +   1122d ago
Great article!
Myst  +   1122d ago
Monster Hunter for me. My friends and I literally got to 999 hours on that game. Not sure why since we got everything but dammit if it wasn't enjoyable just to beat everything!
jrbeerman11  +   1122d ago
i love how he says minecraft is simplistic, try playing that game without the wiki...(beginners of course)
guitarded77  +   1122d ago
Add Gran Turismo 5 for me... I've clocked in hundreds of hours. And MP on Battlefield 3 and Bad Company 2 have eaten a lot of my time.
vlonjati77  +   1122d ago
Guitarded77- me too clocked hundred of hours if not over 1000.but not anymore cause im also ps+ subscriber and prefer playing different games,but I still at least an h a day of gt5.
I would still continue to race a few hours but Im tired of selfish racers that think that they gonna win anything by pushing and ramming and we have also quitters that dont wanna be last(hopefully you are not one of them :) when i play single player games im all relaxed.
Im playing Far Cry 3 now-its a very good can add me if you wish for gt5 id same as my username.peace
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TheFreak  +   1122d ago
I was addicted to bf3 mp (700 hours). I have not played the game in about a month now though. Probably start playing it again when end game comes out.
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Xristo  +   1122d ago
Would Pokemon games be considered addicting? I was "just too cool" to play them. Don't be like me...just another missed series which I'm sure was fun to play.
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MaleManSam  +   1122d ago
A lot of my life was used up on Warcraft III:Frozen throne (Specifically Bnet and Wintermaul wars.

As well as Diablo 2 and Star wars: Knights of the old republic.

Loved those years..
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CommonSenseGamer  +   1122d ago
Is it Addicting or Addictive? I see "addicting" used everywhere and it seems wrong.
calis  +   1122d ago

I don't think addicting is a word.
guitarded77  +   1122d ago
They're both words... Here's a blog post about the difference.

calis  +   1122d ago
look it up in urban dictionary, lol.

addicting just doesn't seem right.
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guitarded77  +   1121d ago
Addictive should have been used in the title, but addicting is a real word. Just sayin'.
calis  +   1121d ago
Not disagreeing, just doesn't seem right.
knifefight  +   1122d ago
You are correct. The proper term should be "Addictive."

If addicting were to be a word, it would be just a verb. "This game is addicting me" may be correct in that it's telling what the game is DOING to you -- drawing you in. But if you are wanting to *describe* the game, you'd need the adjective, which is indeed "addictive," like you said.

Common use will probably overrule it at some point, just like the way "ain't" became an official word.

Though I should say, at least, this small slip sticks out to me far less offensively than "I could careless" or "irregardless" and complete non-understanding of the word "literally." Those make me want to punch the screen.
DragonKnight  +   1122d ago
Addicting shouldn't be a word. It's not something you can do. You can't addict. You can be addicted and something can be addictive but the verb tense of that word is just ridiculous. It may be an officially recognized word as meaning "causing addiction" but it just sounds so stupid.

"Hey, what are you doing?"
"I'm addicting, you?"

Doesn't that sound ridiculous?
Chard  +   1122d ago
Addictive is the appropriate word to use in this case. Don't expect gaming journalists to know this.
@ knifefight - look at my status, you read my mind!
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QuantumWake  +   1122d ago
No love for Trials HD-Evolution? Those games are REALLY addictive. The community created content itself makes it a really unique, fun title.
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PhoenixRising37  +   1122d ago
I think that's the best and most addicting title on XBLA. My opinion of course.
TheFreak  +   1122d ago
I just rage if I play trials lol, but very good games.
JonnyBigBoss  +   1122d ago
Honestly, I have about 600 days played in World of Warcraft. I have had a total of 9 maximum level characters since it came out and on two of them I spent day and night playing after I graduated high school. I forged some great memories and met great people, but I'm glad my addiction is over.

Now I'm just addicted to League of Legends. :D
Nes_Daze  +   1122d ago
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm glad I missed out on WOW, I tried the trial one day and I wasn't too fond of it, I'm sure it was fun, but I just can't invest so much time in a game, I envy those that can while keeping a healthy lifestyle, lol.

But for me..basically some of the GTA games, a little with Skyrim, and FIFA, lots of FIFA.
PhoenixRising37  +   1122d ago
Dark Souls is the most addicting game of the past decade for me. When i started this game, there was no stopping me. I played it for 252 hours before i finally stopped. I now have the platinum trophy for it, my biggest gaming achievement.
dasbeer88  +   1122d ago
Team Fortress 2 anyone???
Xristo  +   1122d ago
Most definitely!! Team Fortress 2 in a nutshell:
iamgoatman  +   1122d ago
Came here to say the same thing.

After getting bored of whatever new MP rolls out these days, I always seem to go back to TF2.
3-4-5  +   1122d ago
* WoW

* Age of Empires 3

* College Hoops 2k8

* Minecraft

* Skate 2

* Halo 2

* Age of Booty

* Fifa 06 ( xbox )

* COD - WaW


* Dragon Quest 9

* Crimson Skies

* Roller Coaster Tycoon

* Pokemon SoulSilver

* Awesomnauts ( for like 3 weeks )

* Day of Defeat ( DoD ) - I prefer it to CS.

* Advance Wars 1 & 2 ( GBA )

* Fire Emblem ( GBA + GC )

* GTA 4
Conzul  +   1122d ago
I'm pretty sure that Tremulous has eaten hundreds of hours of my MP time.
DragonKnight  +   1122d ago
The Souls series for sure. Hundreds of hours and recreation of builds and characters for no reason other than "ooh, that's new, let me make a new character and try that out."
Stoppokingme  +   1122d ago
Definitely Oblivion and Skyrim. I've spent hours just on the character creation screen.
RuperttheBear  +   1122d ago
The Binding of Isaac is an addictive game. There's so many items,monsters and endings to unlock, I've put in over 150 hours and I've only got 55% completion. The fact that it's different every time you play helps as well.

Aside from that, rpg,rts and turn based games games top my list for addiction. The Elder Scrolls series, The Souls series, Civ and Company of Heroes have all been like crack for me.
urwifeminder  +   1122d ago
Most addictive seems to be a better title .
josephayal  +   1122d ago
Final Fantasy 13 and 13-2
Picnic  +   1122d ago
This decade, I've never wanted to play a game through to completion so much as Conker's Bad Fur Day.
Daver  +   1122d ago
Demons souls for me. I never played a game for that long.
Master-H  +   1121d ago
Cod4, Dark Souls, Empire Earth and Stronghold Crusader for me.
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newflesh  +   1121d ago
CoD4 mp by far for me
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