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What game(s) have you poured the most time into?

Posted: 26th June 2013 12:46

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I got to wondering about all the games I've played in my life, and kind of realized that I seem to be the type of gamer that lingers on games for a very long time, rather than playing lots of new games all the time. So I thought about the games I've played over and over again, and thought it would be fun to try to figure out what I played the most of.

I've always been a PC gamer at heart, and Blizzard has always made the games that have hooked me the most.

If I were honest with myself, the game I've played by far the most would be World of WarCraft. It's been the longest running active game I've played, through every expansion and seen almost all the content there is. I think I've logged somewhere in the thousands of hours on that game over its life. I play/played with people I've known online for about 15 years now (most of my real life friends and family don't game much with the exception of my father, who also plays WoW with me haha) and gone through every sort of drama and bit of awesome, and will always remember those times.

But WoW is a needy MMORPG time-consumer that by nature is requires more time. Aside from that game, Diablo 2 and StarCraft would be a close second. Those were a big part of my high school and college time, some of the best times!

What about all of you? What game or games do you think you've played far and away more than any other? They may not necessarily be your favorites now of course, but what captivated you the longest? If you want, you can post the # of hours played if the system logs it, or you can list by console or genre or whatever you like. Long car rides with Pokemon or Tetris? Endless hours of Street Fighter with your friends as a kid? Time or skill challenges that you've worked long and hard to beat? (All of those were me too!) I'd love to hear the stories!
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Posted: 26th June 2013 13:08

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Hard to say how much time I've spent on some games. Certainly I've spent lots of time on the Street Fighter franchise and various FF games. However, the game that comes to mind is Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (it keeps track of hours spent). I have 3 character files in MHFU with a combined total of over 1000 hours. If they'd brought a sequel to the Vita, I would have bought one already, but alas, Capcom has disappointed me yet again.

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Posted: 26th June 2013 16:16

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I think Starcraft 1 is definitely my ultimate time sink. That was The Game for me in my teens and formulated a lot of my love for strategy in general. After that, the Pokemon franchise (top file is, I believe, Pokemon Black with 200+ hours). Also, I have replayed Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, and Final Fantasy Tactics enough times that they have to be way up there in hours, at least 300 hours each, I'd estimate, just obviously not on single files.

There was also a MUD, Unofficial Squaresoft, that I used to play religiously. I think I had a thousand hours on one char, but a lot of that was idling/chatting and not leveling or anything like that. Every so often I get the urge to go back and start a new char but then I remember how much of a timesink it was during college, heh.

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Posted: 26th June 2013 19:19

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I definitely have hundreds of hours spread across Final Fantasy Tactics files on various platforms (since I have owned it on three platforms!). I also have over 300 hours combined between the two Left 4 Dead games.

I have something like eighty hours on Final Fantasy XIII in just one file. Some people out there will think that's like six hundred in another game, but those people are silly.

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Posted: 27th June 2013 00:49

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For ages, FFT was the only game I could claim to have spent thousands of hours in, but nowadays, TF2 rests firmly in that category too. Could probably fit some sandboxy stuff (Oblivion, etc.) in there too. It's probably for the best that I don't play MMORPGs... >_>

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Posted: 27th June 2013 05:05

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I think it's probably the combination of Monster Hunter Freedom 2 and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (Unite is basically an expansion of 2, and you can import data from 2 to U). I've sunk around 400 hours into those, with probably 350 of them playing with ElPanachino above.

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Posted: 27th June 2013 07:51

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I tend to shy away from timers in games, it annoys me how many of them are still ticking away when the game is paused.

Some that I have noticed though - I think FF games are a given for all of us, probably an average of 60hr for each main series title.

I sank about 300 hours into my main character on Elder Scrolls: Oblivion and another 100 on a later character. Probably about 150 on Fallout 3 and New Vegas combined.

46 Hours racked up on Ikaruga, which seems a long time for a shoot'em up that takes perhaps half an hour to complete.

Oh, 167 on The Binding of Isaac..... o_0

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Posted: 27th June 2013 09:23

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Oh, 167 on The Binding of Isaac..... o_0

Working on the 100% of that myself.

Yeah, I think I must have spent something like 3 months of my life straight playing Morrowind back when it came out. I literally woke up every day one summer and went back to Vvardenfell. This doesn't count all the time I spent on it outside of that summer either.

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Pretty tough, isn't it? I managed it even after a game glitch causes the item you get for beating Ultra Pride to disappear. It took many many playthroughs for Ultra Pride to show up again so I could beat him..again..

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Posted: 27th June 2013 15:18

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I think the game I played the most is probably Command and Conquer Retaliation. That, or X-Com or Dawn of War

Others I've played a fair bit are Left 4 Dead, Final Fantasy IX, Timesplitters Future Perfect, Metal Gear Solid, and Championship Manager/Football Manager.

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Posted: 27th June 2013 16:19

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Oh Lawds..

Minecraft

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Posted: 27th June 2013 18:13

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And I hadn't even "finished" all the side quests yet! I wish I had taken a shot of it before I deleted that save.

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Posted: 27th June 2013 19:01

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Oh Lawds..

Minecraft

Back when I did Minecraft, I definitely was throwing three or more hours a day at it for a period of six months or more. Some of that was idling, waiting for things to smelt or for the time to change, but still. A lot of time.

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Jesus Christ so much Minecraft...

Before that it was the L4D series. That was damn near non-stop and it only got worse when modding opened up. Between the two I've clocked in over 500 hours on that franchise.

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Posted: 27th June 2013 23:06

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Among my Steam games, I've spent the greatest amount of logged time playing TF2. However, a good amount of that time was spent idling, so I'm not sure how much counts, though it's still definitely over 150 hours at least. That said, I've also spent some time playing the TF2 metagame, involving trading, buying, and selling items...so maybe that counts against me too.

As for games I've actually taken seriously for what they are, the next highest amount of playtime I've logged on Steam is in Terraria. I played Terraria quite a bit when it was big; the TV Tropes forum had a server. I wonder when the next update will be out...and then at some point I ought to convince some buddies to get into it. (I haven't played Minecraft, but my experience would probably be similar if I did.)

Officially-logged time aside, I think I've spent the most time playing Recettear among my Steam games. I've played that game quite a bit without an internet connection, so even though I've logged only like 90 hours playing it, I've definitely played it much more.

I spent quite a lot of time playing Pokémon Blue when it came out. I had one file where I got to Lavender Town before it got wiped, apparently because my SNES fell off the shelf when I was using it to play the game. Then I had a completed file where I tried repeatedly to fight the Elite Four and Blue Gary and only finally beat them on maybe the 30th try or so. For a time, roughly before and just about when I started high school, it was the game that I played, for roughly a year. Sure I played other games but this kept me interested for lots of reasons -- the sheer amount of exploration and logging (in the form of catching mons) to do and the possibility of actually doing it.

If you count the different versions together, I also played Yellow up to some point (I can't remember where), and a few years later, I tried doing a Red playthrough where I'd catch all the mons using the "mew trick" (I remember having mew, gengar, and a few others by the time I got past Cerulean City). And if you throw in the time I spent playing (about the first 1/3 of) Gold (and a little bit of Crystal a few years later), that's even more time.

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance was the first game I spent an all-nighter playing (and then actually finishing), though I'm pretty sure there are other games I've spent more time on, given that it's only ten hours long per playthrough, and I've only played through it about three times, plus some playing the boss rush (mainly with Simon, who is far cooler than Juste). That said, it's probably the metroidvania game that I am most personally familiar with, since I've done sequence-mapping of that game. That said, I have also played Symphony of the Night at least twice, and probably also Aria of Sorrow.

Another game I spent a ton of time on is Super Mario RPG: I played to the Sunken Ship at my cousins' house then had to stop, but then I later finished a whole game on a hard copy I bought for myself, and then finished it again on ROM. So far remains the only RPG I've ever finished more than once.

Spelunky is a very short roguelike platformer game -- full playthrough in less than an hour -- with randomly generated dungeons and is loads and loads of fun to run through at high speeds, especially as an alternative to less in-depth games like Solitaire or Minesweeper. You'll probably screw up and die many, many, many times, though, especially if you enjoy taking unnecessary risks -- which are always fun in Spelunky. In total I think I started playing the game at least 5000 times over the course of several years. (I properly finished it about 10 times.) If we give just an average of 3 minutes per game start...that's 250 hours of gameplay right there.

Speaking of Minesweeper and Solitaire, I also admit to spending far too much time playing those. But I honestly have little idea how long, other than "I should have been doing something more worth my time, either being productive or playing something more meaningful".

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Posted: 28th June 2013 13:04

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I've also spent a LOT of time on Terraria, probably the best $2.50 I've ever spent. Looking at Steam, I've played 117 hours so far. Still on my first map, trying to get rid of all of the corruption before I go into hard mode and it's taking forever because I was "smart" to choose the biggest world to play single player on. It's sooo fun! That takes the cake for Steam titles so far, but I've been playing a lot more Morrowind lately and overall that would definitely beat out Terraria in total time played. It's at 90 hours on Steam and I'm certain i've sunk over 5x that in its lifespan.

As for console games, this is a really tough call. I still have all of my machines plugged in and go back and forth on pretty much all of them playing my favorites. If I had to guess though, I would say one of the Harvest Moon games takes the cake. They always enthrall me once I begin a new game and then I lose interest once my farm is amazing....then do another playthrough smile.gif.
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Posted: 28th June 2013 16:26

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And I hadn't even "finished" all the side quests yet! I wish I had taken a shot of it before I deleted that save.

that. I've sunk about 300 hours into that game, 107 into DQVII, and 100 into DQVIII. About 200 into CT, and a good 50 into TWEWY.

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Posted: 28th June 2013 19:29

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I think Starcraft 1 is definitely my ultimate time sink.  That was The Game for me in my teens and formulated a lot of my love for strategy in general.

That's exactly the same for me. I had about 10 accounts throughout my teens with amount of games varying between 200 and 1000. Most games would last 10-15 minutes, then some would go on for an hour or more. That was melee games alone so didn't include the many, many UMS games I played, including a legendary 3 hour Phantom game and endless nights of Fastest Possible Map 4v4 with some Norwegian people I got to know. It's a disgusting amount of time.

That's closely followed by how much Starcraft 2 I'm playing in this past year. My EU account has 1200 games and my NA has about 200 or so I think. If each EU ladder game lasts 20 minutes, which I think is a very good average, I've played 400 hours of Starcraft 2 on the EU ladder alone. Good thing that's basically the ONLY game I play apart from a comparatively small 10 or so hours finishing The Longest Journey, Bioshock Infinite and others.

I'm moving to South Africa next year and this has made me realise how expensive playing Starcraft in a gaming house at an hourly rate is going to cost me. Worth it.

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Posted: 28th June 2013 23:17

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I've also spent a LOT of time on Terraria, probably the best $2.50 I've ever spent. Looking at Steam, I've played 117 hours so far

I paid $5, but the same message still applies.

Plus, best bang for the byte: the game is only about 25 MB in filesize.

Oh, another game I've spent tons of time on: Nethack. I'd start playthroughs, and I'd realize that it was easier to just keep playing rather than to put it down and pick it back up later, because there was just so much game data to keep track of (e.g. which levels had vaults, which level had the dwarven mines entrance, which levels have my item stashes, etc.). This, combined with the fact that i'd inevitably f*** up somewhere before getting to experience level 15, meant that most playthroughs that didn't resolve themselves (i.e. Yet Another Stupid Death) in about half an hour would go on for 4 to 6 hours at a time. Repeat every few days for a few months.

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I'm moving to South Africa next year and this has made me realise how expensive playing Starcraft in a gaming house at an hourly rate is going to cost me. Worth it.

I hear bandwidth in South Africa is not in abundance (like it is in the US) and thus they charge by amount of data transferred?

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Posted: 29th June 2013 07:32

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I'm moving to South Africa next year and this has made me realise how expensive playing Starcraft in a gaming house at an hourly rate is going to cost me. Worth it.

I hear bandwidth in South Africa is not in abundance (like it is in the US) and thus they charge by amount of data transferred?

Yeah it's one of the only things that's quite expensive there. Getting an unlimited deal is massively expensive and every other plan or pre payed option limits monthly usage to just a few gb. Even the uni limits daily use to 300mb. I've looked into a gaming house sort of place that I think I'll use for online games because the hourly rate there is much more attractive. Still the amount I'm playing will have to come down unfortunately.

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Posted: 30th June 2013 08:10

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I came home and played at least 1-2 or so hours of rock band every day, every day, my last two years of high school. If you combine all of the guitar hero and rock band games together then my total on that might outnumber all other games I've played combined.

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Posted: 30th June 2013 12:33

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Since people brought up Terraria, I thought I'd check my steam list. It doesn't compare to my Monster Hunter time spent, but it's still a little impressive since I've only had steam since last fall.

The steam games I have the most time spent in are:
Terraria: 166 Hrs
Age of Empires III: 135 Hrs
Duel of the Planeswalkers 2012-2014 (combined): 125 Hrs

I agree with TheEvilEye, Terraria is a great value (I think I got it on sale as well, and I picked up copies for a few of my friends as well.

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There are very many, above all else is likely Dark Souls with well over 1000 hours, probably something like 1500 hours. I also have nearly 1000 hours in Final Fantasy 11. I have around 500 hours in Demon's Souls, and over 500 hours in Monster Hunter Tri.

I believe I have roughly 1000 hours in Super Smash Brothers Melee and somewhere around 500 hours in Super Smash Brothers Brawl. My 100% save in Donkey Kong 64 is over 250 hours, anyone who has played will know why.

The Final Fantasy I've played the longest apart from 11 is Final Fantasy 9, with over 100 hours. There are many games I've played with 100 hours or less, so I won't bother to name any more at this point, although I might be missing others with higher.

I'm anticipating Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn will be quite high, in any case.

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Posted: 2nd July 2013 07:22

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Given the discussion about how much time we've spent on games, I have a sort of related question (mods: please tell me if I should spin this off to a new thread):

How do you feel about the amount of time you've spent on a game? Does it surprise you that you've poured over 100, 200, 500, or even 1000 hours into a particular game? Do you feel your time or money was well spent? (And "yes" is a perfectly fair answer; I don't aim to judge.) Looking back at that time, how did it feel as you spent that much time on it, and what do you think of the game now that you've spent so much time on it?

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I will say of all my games I've played all that time on, I have no regrets. The only games I truly felt I've ever wasted money on were some Wii titles that require motion control (DKCR, Metroid: Other M...). Most of the games I've played were with either a bunch of friends, or with my father, or some of the people here back in the StarCraft days. They are all amazing memories and I wouldn't trade them, and have made some very lasting friendships due to them.

I think on some level, I have also replayed so many games for so long because some games just work as a great de-stresser. To me, it feels good to just relax after long or crazy days with an old favorite.

Edit: I'd also forgotten about how much Super Smash Bros. I've played over the years. If I combined all of the titles into one game, I am sure I would have over 300-400 hours played. I really enjoyed the level customization on the Wii version as well. Boy, talk about endless fun!

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Posted: 2nd July 2013 16:05

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Quote (Glenn Magus Harvey @ 2nd July 2013 08:22)
How do you feel about the amount of time you've spent on a game? Does it surprise you that you've poured over 100, 200, 500, or even 1000 hours into a particular game? Do you feel your time or money was well spent? (And "yes" is a perfectly fair answer; I don't aim to judge.) Looking back at that time, how did it feel as you spent that much time on it, and what do you think of the game now that you've spent so much time on it?

No regrets here either, none at all. Even the sheer pointlessness of my biannual then annual FFVII playthrough where the clock's stuck at 99:59 for about 99:59 is fine. When it comes to money and value, I don't think it matters as much to me. I would just as happily play a really good game that's 10 hours long as a really good 200 hour game. Sometimes I'd even prefer the 10 hour one.

I think for me the perfect amount of time I invested in a game was 70 hours of FFT. I saw the whole story, did a bit of grinding for things I wanted, really enjoyed putting a diverse team together and trying a lot of different combinations, and yet it wasn't oppressively time consuming. And when it was over I felt satisfied and didn't feel the need to start again straight away like other games make me do.

Oh and another game series that always seems just to get just the right amount of time out of me is GTA.

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Posted: 2nd July 2013 19:20

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To answer your question, Blinge Odonata, definitely PvP. I've barely played any co-op, but DeS/DkS PvP is truly an amazing thing. I have very high hopes for Dark Souls 2, which is coming early next year.

With regards to how much time I've spent on video games as a whole, I can't say I completely regret any of it, as I feel it was worth the experience. I have great memories with the countless games I've played over the years. However, sometimes I've wondered if I really should have been playing so much Dark Souls, for the sake of example, as it had basically become an addiction. I don't play it nearly as much recently.

Due to the nature of Final Fantasy 11, being an MMO, doing anything in a short period of time is basically impossible, and thanks to the ridiculous amount of content having been active for 11 years I don't think I would be finished with it even after 10000 hours. Which isn't happening, I should add. I do feel like some of my time playing Final Fantasy 11 was wasted.

Using Dark Souls as an example, I could have used a lot of that time to finish games I've yet to play, such as Xenogears or Vagrant Story. Dark Souls is a truly masterful game, and as much as I want to feel like it was time well spent, I think ultimately, after a certain point, I was simply using it to escape reality, during a period where I was depressed.

This became a very long post but in summary, yes, it is very possible that I might regret having spent so much time on very few games, considering how many great titles I've yet to play.

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Posted: 2nd October 2013 03:15

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Agreed vivi, sooo much hope for dark souls 2 ...
I have spent 1100 hours and two controllers on Demon Souls.
400 hours on dark souls.
4000 hours on civilization 5
300 hours on killing floor
499 hours on EVE online
And 500 hours on dungeon keeper 2
I cannot count how many hours I spent on RTS's namely Wargame : air land battle company of heroes and warhammer 40000 dawn of war, and good old red alert 2..
I LOVE RTS's.

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Posted: 2nd October 2013 05:05

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World of Warcraft, of course... haven't played in about 8 months, though.

Baseball Mogul as a series, though I am not as interested in it now as I was 8 or 9 years ago.

Also, Final Fantasy games.... VI and IV especially.
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