Only 10% of gamers actually finish a game

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  1. gloweyjoey
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    <p align=" " class="none">Just 10 percent of gamers actually finish a game, an industry veteran told CNN in a recent feature, and his colleagues and other figures back him up. "Ninety percent of players who start your game will never see the end of it unless they watch a clip on YouTube," says Keith Fuller.

    Raptr, the gaming social network, vouches for that, noting that only 10 percent of those in its service who have played Red Dead Redemption have finished the last mission for one of 2010's most acclaimed games. Raptr's John Lee, with a career that included executive jobs at Capcom, THQ and Sega, recalled being told the completion figure was about 20 percent.

    CNN goes further into the psychology of completion, games design and the pile of shame, noting that as gamers' average age gets older, they have less time for massive, 40-hour campaigns. And even if they don't have a wife and kids, "The amount of digital distractions now is far greater than it's ever been before," says Konami's Jeremy Airey. "People need time to check their Facebook, send a Twitter, be witty on their blog, play with their phone — oh, and that game you made. If they feel as though the end is far away, they'll simply say, 'I don't have time for that' and stop playing."</p>
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    Can probably add in "pirates syndrome" as well.
     


  2. Bladexdsl

    Bladexdsl ZOMG my posts...it's over 9000!!!

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    i'll finish if a game if it's interesting enough most games these days (shooters) aren't [​IMG]
     
  3. Nathan Drake

    Nathan Drake Obligations fulfilled, now I depart.

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    I have pirates syndrome bad. I can't seem to complete most games I start in on anymore, though I did fully complete the last two console games I picked up this summer.
     
  4. ChaosBoi

    ChaosBoi Ushiromiya Battler

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    I've finished about 90% of every game I've bought and "obtained". The other 10% I never finished are games that I haven't played in a long time and didn't want to start all over (So that I can remember what was going on) because of all the little things I didn't want to go through, or games that can't be beaten because they don't have an end.
     
  5. emigre

    emigre Oh Jeremy Corbyn

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    I generally finish games I play. Piracy syndrome has no effect on me.
     
  6. ShawnTRods

    ShawnTRods GBAtemp Psycho!

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    Sounds about right [​IMG]
    I belong to the other 90% lol
     
  7. Chhotu uttam

    Chhotu uttam DOH HO HO HO

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    Generally I've seen people/gamers think that finishing the campaign/story mode means the game is completed.


    But I guess I also belong to those 90% gamers [​IMG]
     
  8. FireGrey

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    Most of the 90% would either be spoiled children who get games thrown at them all the time or piraters.
     
  9. Fudge

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    I pirate and I only seem to finish games I really like, that or it takes me awhile to finish.
     
  10. wolffangalchemist

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    i always finish a game, some times I'll take a break if i get frustrated and play some other game for a bit, but i ALWAYS finish a game.
    only one case i can think of i didn't when my Final Fantasy III ds cart got stolen, then after i found out what flash carts where i finished even that.
    now that's not to say i don't have a lot of games i need to start on as i do, because who has time to finish or start all 30+ games on a flash cart?
    i'll get them all eventually though! [​IMG]
     
  11. ZAFDeltaForce

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    I make it a point to finish a game I start. It's not about time, it's about commitment.

    That or I don't waste my time blogging or tweeting. Maybe both.
     
  12. Satangel

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    Most games I play can't be beaten. CoD MW2 online has 10th Prestige levels and even if you get there, you can just keep on playing.
    FIFA 11 cannot be completed, you can just keep on playing for ever.

    I'd say the percentage is quite true for me though.
     
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    if it's zelda, mario or metroid i will finish it usually shooters i dont bother their too boring and rpg depends if their interesting enough.
     
  14. Same. Though I'm not as interested in games anymore either, I don't play them often, but even when I did I only ever completed games in franchises I love, like Ace Attorney (didn't beat Apollo Justice yet), Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, and not much else actually. I still play those franchises when new games come out, but it takes me longer to beat them because I might suddenly lose interest for a month then pick it back up [​IMG]
     
  15. Hobosam

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    I usually try to finish the game. I mostly play RPGs so they take some time but it's almost always worth it.
     
  16. shakirmoledina

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    i do remember a very similar statement by another person and with the same percentage

    i have around 500 ds games with me but have hardly finished 50. Infact my fav series, ff or even zelda... i havent finished ff12 nor have i finished ANY zelda (the latter bcz i lost my save with format)

    this is the reason why ppl like iphone games as there isnt an end and it doesnt matter if there actually is one
     
  17. prowler

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    Depends on the game.

    If I get bored half way through, backlog'd.
    If it's fun throughout, I'll complete it and probably complete it again.
     
  18. _Chaz_

    _Chaz_ GBAtemp's Official Mook™

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    I'm guilty of this... on most occasions.
     
  19. Guild McCommunist

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    I think it would be more accurate to say "Only 10% of pirates actually finish a game".

    Seriously, as an avid pirate, I find myself losing interest in games a lot easier. I've even bought some games that I used to pirate and enjoyed them a lot more.
     
  20. machomuu

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    If it's good and interesting, I'll try. If I don't for whatever reason, I'll put it on hold from days to years before I beat it. Generally if I pirate a game (now) it will only be for trial unless I owned it before or it's exclusive to non-stateside areas, so it doesn't put a damper on my motivation.