What’s Your Worst Video Gaming Habit?

It’s Monday and time for Ask Kotaku, the weekly feature in which Kotaku-ites intentional on a single burning concern. Then, we ask your take.

This week we Ask Kotaku: What’s your worst gaming routine?


Lisa Marie

My worst video gaming routine is quickly never ever completing video games. I’ve played a lots of games, however I have actually finished very few. There isn’t even a reasoning to it. In some cases I’ll simply drop a game and carry on to another or something else entirely. I’ll intend to return to my conserve, however then it withers away forgotten.

However other times, I’ll just burn everything down. I have deleted so, a lot of Pokémon conserves with 7 or 8 badges just because I seemed like it. Possibly I’m a little dissatisfied with my celebration and wish to begin over rather than merely switching Pokémon out. It’s other video games too. Perhaps I choose, 100 hours in, that I really do not like the farm map I chose in Stardew Valley. Maybe I in fact want to replay Fallout, but this time I’m wicked and then I recognize I hate playing in this manner and want to erase the proof.

It’s a compulsion. I can not be stopped. This is a cry for help.



I have this problem where I just talk at whatever video game I’m playing: yelling at the AI, snarking back at the dialogue, telling my actions. To be fair, I have this problem with everything. It’s caused excellent confusion for roomies, who have actually typically believed I had somebody over when really I was simply speaking to a pet or the music I was playing or some furniture. (A past boyfriend and I actually needed to design a code word to indicate when I was talking with him versus simply talking.) In computer game, it frequently suggests individuals nearby believe I’m playing an online video game when I’m not. I have actually often tape-recorded video for work just to realize I forgot to turn my mic off and I’m just narrating aimlessly over them, rendering them worthless. It’s especially troubling when I am playing an online game, as my chatter can puzzle and irritate teammates. I wish to state I’m working on it, but let’s be truthful: Pandemic times have actually simply made it worse, and now I’m quite sure I’m doomed to whisper to myself forever, surrounded by people barking “what?!” with growing levels of annoyance.


Want to kill me in a shooter? Here’s an idea: Wait until I have actually taken out one of your colleagues, then fire away. I have this horrible practice in shooting games where, whenever I get a kill, I’ll refill my weapon. No matter the game (first-person, third-person, competitive, cooperative, “cooperative”) or the scenario (I’m surrounded by 4 other individuals), I’ll still do it. The routine has become compulsive, as second-nature as covering your nose when you sneeze or stating “That’s not my responsibility” a lot when you end up being a chosen official.

This is specifically egregious in Halo. That’s not to state it feels worse in the land of Master Chiefs– passing away since of my own ingrained habits feels similarly bad across the board– however due to the fact that some Halo games make an unique point to award “Reload This!” medals to those who eliminate others while reloading. I’m uncertain the number of I have actually earned throughout the years, however I’m positive I have actually assisted others make lots of off my recklessness.



Well shit, Riley took mine. I have the precise very same issue. I can not play a video game without doing my own running commentary. I may latch on to a side character, give them a voice, and invest hours either talking with them or narrating the game as them. In Fate 2 it’s gotten so bad that I can’t play without investing a half-hour with Devrim Kay in the European Dead Zone. I have actually made him a vital part of the game in my head.

If it’s not a running in-character commentary, it’s comprising words to the game’s music. This started way back in my late teens while playing Tiny Toon Adventures for the NES. “They’re small, they’re toony, they’re all a little looney, it’s Tiny Toon Adventures in which everybody goes QUACK!” I played a lot of Plucky Duck, what can I state. That’s the tune I ‘d sing while playing. Just repeating it for hours. Maddening.

This is why I ought to stream more video games on Twitch. It is also why I must never ever stream games on Twitch.



I have difficulty resisting the desire to be a completi on ist in lots of video games, especially open-world adventures or RPGs. Are there side-quests? Other folks will advise skippin’ them, but me? Unless they’re certainly algorithmic or something I got ta do ’em. As an outcome I practically undoubtedly burn out mopping up all the piddly side crap before I even get 20% into the primary plot. Therefore I toss another game onto the “will probably never ever finish” pile. (Final Fantasy XV is currently near to succumbing to this fate. However you need to see the number of residents I helped with their shopping!).

Let’s call that the micro level. On the macro level I sometimes get unusual about an entire series of games, where I feel I need to “see how it started” prior to proceeding to later entries. That’s fine in theory– and actually suits my general interest in video game history and retro video gaming– but consider that we all have access to more games than we’ll have time to play in 10 lifetimes. As an outcome I may never ever navigate to playing that very first game in any sort of prompt style, while follows up start to pile up. Why haven’t I played Skyrim yet? Well you see, I got ta give Oblivion a shot first. It looks totally blandsville and I’m not excited for it but hey, I don’t make the rules. My brain does.

It’s not like an iron-clad thing. I can conquer it in particular cases, however this is the overall pattern I tend to experience. Games pile up around me and I understand I’ll never actually have the ability to dig out. I believe this points towards requiring to reassess how I think about all this stuff, but clearly I have not quite done all the research there yet.

Put another method, I am the anti-Zack cautioned about in the holy books.



I have the exact same issue as Lisa Marie in that I never complete games but more than that, I don’t try enough to keep playing a video game. I dislike duplicating content, so I will happily desert a game due to the fact that of minor hassles, even games that I typically delight in. I haven’t gone back to my replay of Dragon Age since a bad attempt to mod it resulted in the loss of only an hour of gameplay. We’re talking Dragon Age y’ all. I will not play the game I like more than a great deal of the flesh and blood people I know over the loss of one measly hour. It’s bad. There are exceptions– I have no idea how my non-content-repeating-ass got through Bloodborne of all video games, and after struggling with Oddworld: Soulstorm I have actually reached the point in which I’m determined to complete the video game, several restarts (and I do mean multiple) be damned.

John W.

Gosh it’s so tough to choose. The method I zone out throughout any opening cutscene in any game, and then get annoyed that I don’t know what’s going on? The way I find myself compulsively cutting turf in Zelda video games rather of, you know, playing them? How I’ll invest the outrageous amount of cash a console game expenses on something brand-new and exciting, and then just play the same roguelite I’ve played 800 times already instead?

However I think my real worst video gaming practice is similar to Riley’s, just louder: shouting at them. Part of it is being on the other side of the evaluating procedure, the filter for crapness isn’t there, because I’m it. And part of it is I’m simply normally an irritable person. My disappointment comes out as bellows, sobs of, “Oh you need to be joking me!” and “Seriously?!” Then my spouse will contact from downstairs, anxious, “Are you OKAY?!” Which obviously only makes me grumpier due to the fact that I need to state, “Yes!” despite the fact that, no! No, this dumb-ass game simply screwed me over and squandered my time!

I’m not a shouty person, otherwise. I do not yell at individuals (apart from other chauffeurs from within the safety of my vehicle), choosing instead to whine under my breath. But sheer exasperation in front of a video game results in outbursts. Ugly behaviour.

The dreadfulness of this has actually rather horribly been brought home to me by seeing the exact same behaviour shown in my child. He’s 6, and has actually learned from the worst, roaring his displeasure at a video game’s letting him down. “Seriously?!” he yells, precisely like I do. And goodness me, I feel ashamed. And my better half takes a look at me, and does not state anything. And I shrink.

Wow, that got way too confessional. But then, it’s your fault for asking.


How About You?

Kotaku’s confessed, and it hasn’t been pretty. So what’s your vice? Have your state! We’ll be back next Monday to deliberate and debate on another nerdy concern. See you in the comments!


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