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When Time Slips Away: A Request for Shorter Games

Forbes - It’s a well known fact among industry types that gamers are now getting older and older by the year. As in, new players are still starting young, but veteran players aren’t giving up gaming either as they age. It’s becoming more of a legitimate past time among adults, and few are ashamed to admit they still play video games at 25, 30, 40 or more. We’re finally starting to eliminate the “just for kids” stereotype, and that’s great for the industry.

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Forbidden_Darkness1259d ago (Edited 1259d ago )

Most Downloadable games are relatively short in length, so I don't see why you would have to request something that has been available for years and years. Look through any store (PSN, STEAM, XBL, etc.) and you'll find lots of games that are quite short, but still very enjoyable and that have a great story.

N311V1259d ago

I have to disagree. Although it can be argue that what constitutes a great story will differ from person to person, I'd argue that apart from The Walking Dead there are no DLGs with story of memorable quality. Sure Journey and Limbo are great games but not for their story like Uncharted, Red Dead, Mass Effect etc. are.

Forbidden_Darkness1259d ago

I agree with you, I guess what I ment is that with smaller games you kinda have to find/make the story, through its gameplay elements and such. Most game developers making smaller games like such cant really afford to have a full story with paid voice actors and such. So, games like The Walking Dead won't be so common.

NewMonday1259d ago

quality over quantity, would rather play a short focused game than a long watered down game for the sake of length.

N311V1259d ago

I here what he's saying as I'm a married gamer with a young child. Difference is I don't mind that a 10-15 hour game takes me about 2-3 weeks to finish. As he says shorter games will have to be priced accordingly, at the moment anything less then 10 hours i steer clear if until its heavily discounted. I play less games than I used to but don't enjoy them any less.

FarCryLover1821259d ago

How about keep them the same length or longer???? Are people incapable of playing them for short periods of time over a long span of time (be it months, weeks, etc. whatever).

AznGaara1259d ago

This. Lately I've been playing my games in short sessions rather than cramming it all in a single playthrough. Don't know why but before I use to be motivated into beating a game as quickly as possible but now I tend to take my time. For example when Uncharted 2 came out I beat that in a weekend but when Uncharted 3 released it took me 2 weeks and it didn't bother me.

ShaunCameron1259d ago

I generally don't care for games that take forever to beat. That's pretty much anything past 15 hours or 3 days. I like to beat the game and move on to something else. I don't know why the author is requesting something that is already here and plentiful.

Drainage1259d ago

find another hobby like movies if you want shorter games

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