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I have noticed that we seem to jump from game to game often times in the space of a few weeks. Most of us buy a new game, play the hell out of it either in single player mode or online if it is available, then we quickly move onto the next new " flavor " of the week or month. The last few I recall were .... RTCW, MM3, OLVB, and for those who played day and night to finish KOTOR.

 

I have mentioned that most of us seem to have Gamers ADS ( Attention Defecit Syndrome ).

 

In your opinion do we flit from game to game because the games are now shorter in length ? ( IE: The Bouncer, ZOE ) Or as you play more and more games of the same type your skill level rises in that genre ? ( the cornucopia of war games looming on the horizon ).

 

Or have we become jaded with what the companies have to offer us, and we demand more challenging games that test our skills and intelligence while offering graphics that are stimulating to the eye as the hardware becomes more and more advanced ?

 

What is your next flavor of the month or week that is upcoming ? When you have played it through, do you plan on saving it to play over and over ? Or will you sell/trade the game in for the next title in line waiting to be bought and played ?

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I never, ever sell any games I have for my 'core' systems (my PSOne being an exception, but it's far from my favorite system) since I do tend to go back and replay games when I have the time. Mind you, I no longer ever have the time, but I try.

 

Games are shorter, but that's not just a question of difficulty, it's a question of saving games, which is something not a lot of people acknowledge in the game difficulty debate. A game like Mario 3 is not as challenging when you can save your game every level and just go back to it, versus doing it from scratch each time.

I think we're getting to the point where developers are realizing that, but it still has a way to go.

 

Next flavor of the month for me will be the Cube re-release of Resident Evil: Code Veronica. I realize that I'm the guy who likes sushi in the video game world, but I just need this one game to complete my collection of core RE games. I'm going to get Soul Calibur II, hopefully, and will definitely sink some time into Mario Kart when it's out.

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Well most of the titles you mentioned are Live titles, and I think a lot of us buy them to play with the rest of the LCVG/HTF crew. I know I wouldn't have considered buying MM3 or RTCW if everyone on both forums hadn't raved about them, and I picked them both up so I could join in the fun. (And what fun it was!)

 

But soon enough, the next Live title comes out and everyone migrates over to that, hence the "Flavor of the Month" aspect of game purchasing. From what I can tell, Ghost Recon Island Thunder will be the next FOTM, and once again I'm looking forward to joining my forum-mates in that game.

 

As for KOTOR, well it's simply one of the best games to come out in the last five years in my opinion, and that's why everyone's been playing that one non-stop!

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I seem to be the late adopter. For instance, I didn't get Battlefield 1942 until a couple of months ago, after the game had been out for six months or better. However, I tend to find a game I really enjoy and play it until I can't play it anymore.

 

I'm also incredibly picky when it comes to choosing my next purchase. This is due in part to the cost of the game, but has mostly to do with the fact that I have precious little time in which to play a game.

 

Certain games I buy in hopes that someday I will have some local friends to join me, like Super Monkey Ball and Super Smash Bros: Melee. It is rare that I'm ever able to join a multiplayer fray, but I'm always glad I bought them when the opportunity arises.

 

I was reading the release dates of some upcoming games and my wallet doesn't match my desire for the impending releases. This month is Tron 2.0. Within the next few months are KOTOR for PC (I'm Xbox-deficit), Jedi Academy, Rogue Squadron III and Mario Kart. Part of me hopes that some of these games get horrible reviews so that I am spared the agony of not being able to purchase them. But deep down inside, I want them all.

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I just have a bad case of GADS, but there's no reason for it other than I like playing different games all the time. No matter how good the game, I seem to get about 3/4 of the way through and then move on. I'm about that far in Wind Waker, Metroid, Ocarina of Time (for the 3rd time, still haven't finished it) etc etc.

 

I've compiled a list of games I own that I haven't finished, but would like too. It hovering around 50 games, and not getting any shorther.

 

The only game recently that I've kept with past a few weeks and continue to play on a regular basis is MotoGP2.

 

My next flavour is F-Zero GX.

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I have an eleven-month old daughter, so I don't get as much gametime as I used to (unemployment is an adult gamer's best friend). My problem is I cannot pass up a good deal on a game. If a game that I know is good goes on sale, I buy it, even if it will be weeks before I have the opportunity to play. I easily have 20 unopened new or unplayed used games, mocking me from the shelf. And I don't buy bad games. I'm always researching and waiting for the right price. Like blackcalx, I buy games (mostly GameCube titles, for its portability) in anticipation of having friends to play with, but sadly, I am still alone. That's what gives Live games such allure. I bought GRIT knowing there would be good people to play online with. I've yet to crack the single-player mode of RTCW.

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I dont trade in games just to buy new ones, but i do sell some games. IF i dont play a game for a few months there is no reason for me to have them as i rarely go back to play a game once i get away from it. At the moment my live collection is down to Mech Assault(a fav of mine), Wolfenstein, Tetris, Outlaw volleyball and Midtown madness. I sold GR for GR:IT and hope to get it this weekend. I will be getting the newer sports games as i do every year. But games like unreal , midnight club II, motogp2 no one plays them anymore (except when a certain person out of the blue decides to mention he still wants to play) :)

 

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Allen, I do the same as you - I have a stack of games to play , but i just can't pass up on a good game deal. Plus online play has easily cut into my gaming play - Heck - I'm still playing NFL 2K3 - which if not online, would have been sitting unused on my shelf for about 6 months...

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  • 1 year later...

Back from the dead....(it is Halloween :lol: )

 

I saw it mentioned in a few other threads and I noticed what I thought was some frustration towards the "flavor of the month." How can we so easily decide to stop playing one game for another? I have been of guilty of such in the past but I am trying to stop and only buy games that I know I will play for some time (mainly games where I am interested in the single player and not just the multiplayer). I have not bought a game in the last few months b/c I know when Halo 2 hits, that's all I will be playing. I don't fell as though I have missed much. I get frustrated with myself when I play a game for a week or two and then it just sits. I think I would rather miss out on a game every so often than buy a game and not give it the credit it deserves.

 

Do you think we will always have a "flavor of the month? Does it bother you? Just curious...

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I don't buy as many games as some do here on the forum, so I really can't keep up with the flavor of the week/month. If you know a good game is coming out for Live, you do have a much better chance of getting in some good games buying it on launch date rather than, say, a couple weeks later.

 

But that doesnt mean LCVGers dont play 1 month old games any longer. You just have to work harder at getting people together for a game. Of course, it's so easy when that flavor is in style to just get online and see people from the forum already online playing it. :)

 

I think as we grow in numbers, this might start being less of an issue as well.

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I'm starting to believe I've got a good sense for what games will be FOTM games.

 

I knew Counterstrike, and SW:Battlefront would be one, and all the new racing games that came out.

 

I have a different sense about Mortal Kombat and DOA:U, only because of the competitive ladders and the fact that large group play is not required for those 2 titles.

 

I'm curious to see where Halo 2 goes with the members of this forum. I'm pretty sure it will have the most lasting power of any game thus far, but I think some will move on to the next flavor much sooner than others, especially with the glut of good online titles that are coming soon.

 

 

Carlos.

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Good observations Bryan. I think I?d have to agree with you on these points. The aren?t universal truths, but fairly good indicators. I too will be cutting back on the number of games I buy this holiday season. I?d like to buy a fighting game, either MK:D of DOA:U, and even though I rented MK:D and liked it, the potential of 8 players in a DOA:U match at the same time is very appealing. Something that 2 players could be on playing, but up to 6 more can join the same game. And it has the loser stays option :)

 

Obviously I?ll have Halo 2, but the one concern I have is lack of Co-op. I know plenty of people will be online playing Halo 2 at any given moment, but I?m sure situations will arise where servers are full and a couple of people are left out. It would be nice to play some co-op while waiting.

 

Even though I never really played the first Ghost Recon, I know I?ll pick up GR2 just because of the shear amount of modes and gameplay options. And I?m sure many LCVGers will be buying it as well.

 

Other than that I?m seriously going to look at any other Live games before I buy them. SW:BF is a prime example of a fun game that didn?t last primarily because of several of the reasons you mentioned.

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Obviously I?ll have Halo 2, but the one concern I have is lack of Co-op. I know plenty of people will be online playing Halo 2 at any given moment, but I?m sure situations will arise where servers are full and a couple of people are left out. It would be nice to play some co-op while waiting.

 

If multiplayer modes in Halo 2 are as customizable as they say, there should be plenty of fun ways to waste time with a small number of people. Just have a dogfight, or maybe a warthog demolition derby (do they take damage from running into each other?), or just have sword duels (like the pistol duels in RS3... define an arena somewhere, 2 people jump in, winner stays). With the vehicles and the decent physics and all the different game modes and the customizability, Halo 2 may be rife with fun possibilities, for when you can't get some full-on team vs. going. Kinda like a really fun sandbox to play in :)

 

But then, I'm a crazy person who thinks 1v1 deathmatch would be a fine way to spend the time, so maybe don't list to me ;)

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