Op Ed

Cliffski’s Blog - Size Doesn’t matter.
Is Halo a better game than World of Goo? Personally, I probably enjoyed WoG better, but I haven’t finished either game, so I have no idea which is longest. Clearly, game length didn’t vaguely factor in for me. And That doesn’t put me in some minority either. A huge chunk of gamers never finish games. I’ve been gaming since pong and only ever ‘finished’ 3 games in my entire life. I got bored with Half Life (yes really) and Half Life 2, and Bioshock, and almost any game you care to mention. When I read about how some l33t haxxor ‘finished’ a game in 8 hours, I find it laughable. Imagine bragging about ‘finishing’ war and peace in 2 days. The idea is to enjoy the experience, not race to the end as fast as you can.

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Cliffski's stereotype of the speedrun 'leet haxor' is mistaken. Quake Done Quick is a testament of hundreds of hours of practice... more comparable to reciting Hamlet than speed-reading it. (I hope that's both the first and last time Quake and Hamlet are ever used in the same metaphor)

However, I strongly agree with the main point of his post - a game shouldn't be judged by its length. Final Fantasy XII made me give up with a howling IS THIS EVER GOING TO END, and the last thing I want to see is FF XIV touted as 'twice as long'!

Edit: I think I should add that this is why we have critics. If most gamers are going to give up halfway through Diablo and Bioshock, SOMEONE needs to take the social responsibility of saying that it's totally worth hanging in there.

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