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Left with the feeling of wanting more?

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When you are left with the feeling of wanting more, play it again. Only a handfull of games have recieved that treatment in my history as a gamer. Most of the time, those are games that I could finish a second time through in just a few days of casual gaming. So, as it turns out, a game that would take me 30 hours to complete may only get played once and a game that would take only about 8-9 hours to complete may actually end up being played through enough times to come to 30 hours or more. For example, I really enjoyed GTA IV, but I really don't have the time to commit to playing through the whole thing again. I also really enjoyed Uncharted:Drakes Fortune and since that one only takes about 8 hours to complete the first time through, I am playing it again. I also got about halfway through a second run of God of War: Chains of Olympus. Why not? It doesn't take long and the gameplay is great fun. Another game that I remember playing many times through is The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I must have completed that game about 10 times. Each time I would try something different. You didn't have to do each level in order so it was fun to see how you could mix things up and how it effected the rest of the play-through. I have also played the Gears of War campaign about 7 times. Once for each difficulty and several other times whith various friends and family. Of course, I have played plenty of games that could have received the multi-playthrough treatment and didn't. Beyond Good & Evil, Prince of Persia Sands of Time, Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass, Assassin's Creed, BioShock, Neverwinter Nights, Tomb Raider Legend, Portal, and Mass Effect just to name a few. So what makes a game worth numerous runs? Often times, the games that I play multiple times through, leave me wanting more. So I play through again and again to try and feed that hunger. Often times, this feeling of wanting more effects the scroes we give to games. I've done it myself a few times. But maybe this feeling is actually a good thing. Maybe it is an unfair slice off of a game's final score. It seems to me that if you are left wanting more, then the developers have done their job. I'm sure there is more to it, but that's my thoughts for now.

Pirates VS. Ninjas Dodgeball Hype

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Holy crap!!! I can't believe that I actually watched for this game to be released on the Live Arcade. It isn't even worth writing a real review. All I did was give it a score. I'm just glad I didn't pay for the full version. Gooooooo! Another game with more hype than it deserved. Way to soil the way of the Ninja.

Camping with Non-Gamers

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I have a camper/trailer and I take my family, my wife and four kids, camping at a privately owned campground about 15 miles away from my house. Where I live, that's all it takes to get into the mountains. I typically pack my DS or a friends PSP for the weekend to keep myself entertained at those moments when we are all just sitting around, essentially doing nothing. My wife's uncles who camp a the same place all think it is funny to make comments about me bringing my video games with me. That's fine. It's all in good fun.

Go ahead and crack your jokes at me. Call me a gamer geek. Call me a techonology fanatic. Tell me I don't know how to camp. I know the truth about you. I know that when you step back into your house on wheels you are likely to pop a bag of popcorn in the microwave, turn on the TV/DVD combo system that your kids setup for you and watch one of the movies from the stack you rented before you came. I know that you don't go fishing until your GPS says you should. I know that instead of walking 100 feet to another part of the campground, you hop on the four-wheeler. I know very well that you have come to heavily rely on your technology for your comfort and your entertainment. But for some reason, you conveiently don't make the connection.

I don't understand it. My wife could sit and read for hours and that's considered normal camping activity. I spend a few hours working my way through a story in a video game and get comments like, "couldn't leave the games at home?" or "you gonna spend the whole weekend playing that thing?" Well, yeah, maybe I will. How is that any different than watching a bunch of movies. At least mine is interactive.

It's hard to be a gamer among non-gamers.