I have a confession to make. I never beat Dragon Age and I haven’t even started Dragon Age II yet.
I know, I know, those are blasphemous words around here. I know that Dragon Age does character development so well and that the story is exciting and there are opportunities for me to express love interest in non-heteronormative ways and as a collective we are pretty big fans of BioWare here. But I’d be a liar if I said I was good at finishing games.
My backlog is currently dozens long. I’ve made so many game purchases over the last 2-3 years that I have never even started much less finished. Alan Wake, Alice: Madness Returns, Costume Quest, Darksiders, Dead Island, Dead Space, Dear Esther, Fallout, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Legend of Grimrock, Mount & Blade, Orcs Must Die, Portal 2, Psychonauts, Saints Row 3, Stacking, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Trine 2, The Witcher 2, Ys Origin, The Walking Dead….these are all games that I currently own on Steam (purchased during various Steam sales) that I’ve never installed, never played. This doesn’t take into consideration my current stack of PS3, 360, and PS Vita games that are awaiting me. The list is so daunting I don’t even know where to start.
But then there’s my list of games that I’ve started but never finished, despite having every intention to. Dragon Age II, Oblivion, Skyrim, Mass Effect 2, Borderlands 2, Dishonored, Hotline Miami, Torchlight II, Diablo 3, The Witcher…all great games that I really enjoyed while I was playing them but never went back to finish them. I’m not too bent out of shape over the Elder Scrolls games — after all, they’re massive in scale and I feel that I played them long enough to understand the concept and have good entertainment while it lasted. Some titles I’m just embarrassed to not have finished. It feels silly to be an editor of a feminist gaming website when I haven’t beaten the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series. I’m going to do it, I swear I’m going to. Someday…..
I have a feeling that everyone has that one game that they say they’ll go back and play. A game that you thoroughly enjoyed while playing it but somehow fell off the wagon and never got back on. So, readers, what is that game for you? What game do you swear you’ll finish someday?