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I need a gaming doctor...


Help! I need someone to diagnose me and I don't think a normal doctor will do. I need someone a bit mentally disturbed and possibly anonymously addicted to licking the ends of batteries for better or worse. Think we can work with that?

2012 has been mad, like so many good games and so little time to play them all! I've tried my best, I really have. The Steam autumn sale didn't help either. Batman Arkham City for �3? The Witcher Golden Spunk Edition �2.40?? And Dishonored, Far Cry 3, Legend of Grimrock, Borderlands 2, Halo 4, Mass Effect 3, Dragon's Dogma and much much more. Many of these games you can dive into and stay submerged for several hundred hours and I tend to do just that. Lately though my backlog has been growing at an alarming rate.

I have a confession to make. Most of the above listed are games I loved, yet I've not finished half of them :o I have replayed Dishonored three times, but I've never gotten to the end. I'm perhaps an hour or two from the ending in Borderlands 2 yet I can't bring myself to boot it up. I meticulously cleared the first island in Far Cry 3 of bandits and stabbed every last red shirt in every single location but when I got to the second Island I just... stopped. The joker is still at large in Arkham City and Geralt of Rivia has a supernatural boner far from satisfied.

What's wrong with me? I used to play games for their story, not mainly but it was a big deal breaker for me. Now I find myself not caring in the least what happens to Corvo in the end, even though the city of Dunwal captured my mind like few. I will probably never know what Handsome Jack's final pun was, or go home to Hollywood with my rich white friends. It's like I've got some sort of gaming ADD.

Will all these games be there for me when I need them one day? When I've been home from work, sick for a week? Or will they rot away in my Steam library, forgotten and all alone? I don't think I'm growing away from games, I sure hope not anyway! It's too big a part of me, but the guilt is almost unbearable! Maybe I'm simply suffering from post-vacational shock and have had a light OD on games.

2013 looks like it's gonna be even worse what with the new console generation rolling in.This will be interesting...
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About lokheone of us since 11:59 AM on 01.18.2010

Hail from Stockholm, Sweden. I've been gaming for as long as I can remember, on the Game Boy initially. My first game was called Jelly Boy, it was awesome (it was probably not awesome).

Raised on Blizzard and Nintendo games, later GoldenEye, Perfect Dark and Halo. Zelda games and the Metal Gear Solid series holds a special place in my heart.

Used to play a load of shareware games that came with random magazines when I was a kid. On my mighty powerful PC with all of 66Mhz and 580MB HDD space. Mind blown, I know!

Gems such as Tubular Worlds, Elf Bowling and Micro Man I remember fondly. I must have also sunk hundreds of hours into the Duke Nuke'em 3D Demo.

My late teen years were utterly consumed by World of Warcraft, probably the best time of my gaming life. I know many people don't feel the same way but the things I've done and people I've met I treasure dearly.

These days I praise the sun and pray at the altar of Miyazaki Hidetaka. A few years ago I would've said that Ocarina of Time was my favourite game ever made. Today, Dark Souls holds that spot but I think it is just the grown up version of Zelda really.

When I'm not gaming I'm in the dojo, honing my skills. Martial arts have always been important to me and I could not go without the balance it brings to my life.

I've been coming to Destructoid since I moved away from home in 2009 and never thought of leaving. This place is home <3