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Submitted by pinwheelherman 1116d ago | opinion piece

Which Games Do You Obsess Over? - We’ve all obsessed over a game at some point or another. If you haven’t, you may want to find another hobby. Obsession is what drives us to push on, no matter how many times we’ve failed. It gets us through our long days, as we have something to look forward to in the evenings. It drives people to invent, to create, and to improve the technology we use. Yes, obsession is a healthy part of gaming.

I feel that there are two main types of obsession for gamers: short-term and long-term. Short-term obsession occurs when a game is so good that you just can’t stop playing. When not playing, thoughts of it keep coming into your head: Strategy planning, speculation on future plot points, and stuff like that. Long-term obsession often accompanies massive games, such as MMOs. It’s possible to forget about your own life for years when one of these obsessions takes over.

It’s likely that people become obsessed with different games for very different reasons. I’m interested to hear which games people have obsessed over and why, but first I’ll give a few examples from my own life. (Culture)

godofboobees  +   1116d ago
It use to be final fantasy but we all know how that is now
Tetsujin  +   1116d ago
Tekken Tag Tournament - First arcade game I spent $100+ and still going to this day when I find a working machine. Even on MAME I still put at least 2+ hours in.

Tetris - Must hit 999999 score...

Sonic 3 and Knuckles - Can't put down unless the game locks up from too much play time.

Final Fight - Can't put down unless the controller dies, even to this day.

Mario 3 - Can play for hours, beat it, and go back for a second play through just for the fun of it.

Fallout 3/NV - Can play 12+ hours before realizing I need to eat.

Mass Effect - First game since MGS that reminded me a good story is more important than graphics.

Goldeneye64 - In high school one of the games that kept me in the Nintendo light.

Mario Kart 64 - First racing game that made me slow down playing Gran Turismo. To this day I'll still play it if someone has a copy.

Marvel vs Capcom - Still play to this day on PS3; reminds me of the days when Capcom was still a good company and came out with games that became instant classics.

Final Fantasy 11 - Had to actually quit in 2008 due to finding a new job, and I had to decide between real life and a game that had people I'll never meet in person. First game I discovered "gamer fatigue" however didn't last long once I discovered MGS 4 and Fallout 3.

GTA San Andreas - Reminded myself of how the early 90's was way better than today.
Evildoomnerd  +   1116d ago
Fallout 3 and New Vegas got me sucked in as well.
between the 2 games, I was surprised at how 700+ hours snuck by me while playing.
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Evildoomnerd  +   1116d ago
It started with my love of Megaman 2 as a kid...
and before I knew it, I had nearly every Megaman game, about 40 unopened action figures from the Jazwares line, and a 3' x 48" poster of Megaman & Bass on my wall. I'd say its more of a hobby since it has no negative impact on my social/family life, but I could understand if anyone sees differently.
Tapani  +   1116d ago
Xenogears, Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy XII, Ico, Shadow Of The Colossus, Shenmue I & II, Flower, Journey, Ryuu Ga Gotoku series, Dragon Quest series, original Deus Ex, System Shock II, Shin Megami Tensei series, Super Mario 64, Metal Gear Solid series and despite all the fandom, Final Fantasy VII.

Those are the games that changed my life or added spice to it.

Now I just need to find a cute Japanese girl who likes this stuff and I'm set for life! :)
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Nexgensensation  +   1116d ago
The MGS series was simply a phenomena
it was like telling the gamer what was happening in the real world through fiction.
downwardspiral  +   1116d ago
This gen for me would be dark/demon souls
jakmckratos  +   1116d ago
Pokemon. ALmost every SOny game that's not a racing/car game or puzzle
Summons75  +   1116d ago
Final fantasy ( yes still because I keep an open mind and don't blindly hate, also been playing since childhood so they have a special place in my heart)

Metal gear solid

Halo (less now than before but I can't resist a new release)

Any SMT game

Also "tales of" series

And that's about it. Silent hill died but that use to be one ( still love sh2), and devil may cry was brutally murdered by the twilight generation ( still love 1-4, good times.)
urwifeminder  +   1116d ago
Shadowrun and battlestations .
SJC  +   1116d ago
I've spent more than $500+ on the Mass Effect games and merchandise as well as over 150+ hours of game play, and it was all worth it.
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BladerunnerZX  +   1116d ago
current gen -

single player is the Sonics Ultimate Sega Genesis collection. I spent $90 on Phantasy Star 4 alone back in the 16-bit era. the Sega Genesis collection is an old school gamers wet dream.

multiplayer would be Battlefield Bad Company 2. Its my favorite multiplayer game along with Uncharted 2.

Last gen I replayed RE4 many many times.
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mayberry  +   1116d ago
Metal Gear fo' sho'!
J86blum  +   1116d ago
Agree with others. Metal Gear series. be it Metal Gear, Metal Gear Solid, AND the upcoming Metal Gear Rising. I'll enjoy them all no matter what people say. I have my sneak, tactial, and gun porn game in the Solid series. and my Hack-n-Slash fast pace over the top with Rising series. Phantom Pain looks to bring some supernatural/horror into the mix. The series has it all.
Y_5150  +   1116d ago
Uncharted 2, single and multiplayer got me hooked for so long I'm afraid to say publically.

Always when a new Pokemon releases and I get it I play through the story multiple times.

inFamous, I'm getting anything with that name on it.
belac09  +   1116d ago
Tales of.., Final Fantasy 1-10, demons and dark souls, and anything mgs, and anything by atlus. ive been playing a lot of the ragnarok series lately too.
fOrlOnhOpe57  +   1116d ago
This generation, I developed (no pun intended) an obsessional need to play the hell out of Borderlands and now Borderlands 2 (thanks Gearbox - really).
_Also, Kingdoms of Amalur became anothet reason I have so many unstarted and unfinished games for my PS3.
WitWolfy  +   1116d ago
Mass Effect 3... I obsessed over that game ever since I finished it last year... Watched every theory out there for the chance for an ALT ending, and reviewed the LORE countless times to see how the current ending tied into the whole story!

Mass Effect 3 totally killed my gaming addiction thanks to always checking for new news and updates concerning DLC for maybe ending changing hints(even though BW said the ending will never be changed)...

DAMN you ME3!!!
animegamingnerd  +   1116d ago
when ever i playthrough persona 4 i disappear for about 40 hours
Stoppokingme  +   1116d ago
Starcraft 64 for starters. Everyday a friend and I would play skirmish till about 5 in the morning, and get up for school at 8.

And the elder scrolls. I have finished Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim at least twice. It's gotten to the point when certain friends call my phone i actually answer with "You have my ear citizen".
level 360  +   1116d ago
Very first was GranTurismo on the PS1.. absolute endless days and sleepless nights on Kaz-san's masterful work afterwards came Tomb Raider from Eidos also on PS1 just as bad with the no sleeping. Happened again with the very first Silent Hill.

Then XBox came out and with it Project Gotham Racing but have now learned my lesson although the body clock went bad again when Halo arrived. Was a big fan of Buffy the Vampire and had the same terrible long session experience with that game. Definitely got obsessed with the Splinter Cell games when it came out on the XBox, really wanted to emulate and perfect every sneak and position for the perfect kills.

Some time ago it was every single Uncharted Series, also Bayonetta, Alice: Madness Returns and now am back obsessing as I always did with the Splinter Cell Trilogy HD on the PS3 and all the Gears of War games on the XBox 360.
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doogiebear  +   1116d ago
Games that hooked me, and had me thinking about them even when not playing:

Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker
Persona 3 FES
Persona 4 Golden
Breath of Fire 3
Metal Gear Online 2/MGS4
Castlevania SOTN
Infamous 2 (yet hated the 1st game)
Phantasy Star 1
Advance Wars 2.
Starfox 64
Super Smash Bros Series
Tenchu 1
Jet Set Radio (was amazing when 1st released)
Sly Cooper 2 (totally played differently from Sly 1 & 3...was entirely stealthy)
Zelda OOT
Zelda Majora's Mask

Although there are much better games out there that I've enjoyed, it was the above games that had qualities about them that gave me high replay value, and/or left lasting impressions.
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EvilFluff91  +   1116d ago
The games I was obsessed with:

Crash Bandicoot 1-3 and CTR
Spyro the Dragon 1-3
GTA Vice City and San Andreas
Tekken 1-Tag 1 (currently obsessed with TTT2)
Splinter Cell 1-3
LoZ: Ocarina of Time and Wind Waker
Halo 1-3
Super Smash Bros. series
Mario Kart 64 and Double Dash
Resident Evil 4
Metal Gear series
Super Mario 64 and Sunshine
Luigi's Mansion
Super Mario World and SMW2: Yoshi's Island
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
Rayman Origins
Batman Arkham Asylum and Arkham City
Bioshock 1
Gears of War 1-3

AAAAHH! Good times :)
EvilFluff91  +   1116d ago
and Pokémon Blue/Red and Silver/Gold
how could I forget them lol
th3n00bg4m3r  +   1115d ago
Campaign - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. I played with every single bonus character and got all the medals. This is what I do after school, eat and then play Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.
Multi-player - Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Once you start the game you will never leave the controller. You guys might not believe me but I played Battlefield: Bad Company 2 24 hours long without taking a break.
Co-op - Portal 2. Portal 2 is pretty much all I did last summer with my friend.
Ezz2013  +   1115d ago
lot's of games i loved this gen most of them are ps3 exclusives and multiplat games

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