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I Have Gaming ADD C-C-C-Cure Me!

Sam Marchello

Gaming ADD is a common symptom of the average gamer. Once in a while we find ourselves playing a game, then all of a sudden we either get distracted or bored, so we pop in another new game to play. We get bored and ditch it, and then the cycle repeats itself. Sometimes, I find that my problem usually stems from distraction. As of late, this distraction has been occurring when I get sent or offer to review a newer game for the site. I've noticing that my backlog seems to keep increasing, yet the number of games I finish in a year never catches up to my massive pile of unplayed games.

Over the last year I've started nine games. All of them are games that at some point I want to go back to, but at the same time I'm struggling to find time for all of them. I know for sure I'll finish Sakura Wars: So Long My Love and Phantasy Star I as these are for RPGamer projects, but all the other games on that list seem to be in jeopardy for possibly completion. I love Persona 2: Eternal Punishment's story, but grinding for cards has felt like nothing but a chore. Rune Factory, I've been stuck in the same dungeon for more then a year. Let's not even talk about how long I've been stuck in Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor.

I guess my problem is that I love to try and complete every game I start. Very seldom do I give up on RPGs I play, and the only time I do it is if I can't get into the game at all. If I've put in a significant amount of time in a game, I always feel like I need to see it through to the end, especially if the story is good. However, if the gameplay drags, I know I have a tendency that I will switch to something different if I feel like I'm stuck or have lost momentum. And yet, I never entirely stop playing these games. I always somehow find myself going back to those half-started games in hopes that I'll finish them one day.

I know I'm not alone in this, as many people have also expressed that they too share this issue. How do you all cope with gaming ADD? Do you have a way that forces you to focus? I find most of the time I can focus on one thing at a time, but considering how overwhelming the amount of releases has been, I've noticed that I've been straying away from my one handheld, one console game policy. I'm trying to go back to it, but once you start reviewing games, this sometimes becomes tricky.

So tell me, how do you stop the gaming ADD from biting you in the butt?

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