Confessions of a Backlogged Gamer, Week 26: Winners Never Quit, Quitters Never Get Lost On Stupid Mountains

So yeah, I kinda stopped playing Crimson Gem Saga.  I just got too frustrated by the fact that I couldn’t find where I was going half the time.  More than half, really.  I still love Atlus, and if you are the type who enjoys grindy, exploration-heavy JRPGs, then I would still recommend it.  If you’re more like me, however, and can’t seem to cut away from your umbilically-attached strategy guides, then you may want to give it a pass.

I think I’ve mentioned before that I really used to have a problem with quitting a game once I had started it.  Come hell or high water, once that disc (or cartridge, or whatever) had breached my system, then I was going to play it to completion, no matter how angry or frustrated it might make me, and regardless of whether I was actually having fun or not.  I’ve since come to realize that this is sort of a silly policy.  These games are what I do in my downtime; they’re supposed to be recreation, yet I was willing to make them into work due to sheer stubbornness.  Lately, then (or really, since Star Ocean: Till The End of TIme, which was the one that sparked this realization), while I still want to make sure I give every game a fair shake–after all, they’re not exactly cheap, and I don’t want to chuck something on a bad first twenty minutes–if it’s still not fun in a reasonable amount of time, I’m going to let it go and move on.  The backlog beckons, after all.  I gave Crimson Gem Saga six or seven hours, and it just wasn’t for me, even though all signs pointed to the contrary, so I stopped.  Next up on the handheld front is Pokemon Platinum, god help me.  I haven’t started it yet, but it’s in my DS, awaiting my perusal.

I think I’m coming close to the end of Halo 2, and my first impressions have remained the impressions I still have; it’s fun and I am enjoying it, but the first was better.  I’m curious to see how I’ll feel about the third installment.  Oddly enough, one thing that seems to be giving me a lot of trouble is the overall brightness of the game.  Maybe I just need to fiddle with my TV’s settings, but seriously, is it just me, or is it really *dark*?  I also sometimes have trouble finding the exits to areas, but I think that’s more a function of me being nonobservant than it is anything to do with the actual game itself.  Anyway, by next week I should have impressions on the end of the game and be ready to leap forward in time to 2007!  Hey, I’m only two years behind!  That’s not so bad.

Current backlog total: 98

Now playing: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES (PS2); Halo 2 (XBox): Pokemon Platinum (DS)

New games added: Grandia II (PS2)

Games completed: Crimson Gem Saga (PSP) (Well, not completed, as such.  But you know what I mean.)

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