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Dead Rising: An OCD Nightmare


I've had my 360 for about a year now and just this past week finally got around to renting Dead Rising. After about an hour of playing I took the disc from the tray, stuffed it back in its Gamefly envelope, walked down to the road and shoved it in the mailbox.

It's not that I don't like the game or the concept. What I played was fun and excitingly different from any other game I've ever played. This was until I realized that I had a limited amount of time to complete all the case files and reach the helipad. Now normally this wouldn't be too big of a problem for me. While I don't typically like games that include timers, I can usually deal with them. The problem with Dead Rising is that in order to complete the main "quest," so the speak, you have to neglect many others aspects of the gameplay, such as rescuing all the survivors. This is where I begin to go a little crazy.

I suppose I should tell you that I play games in a very leisurely manner, at least the ones that allow for it, exploring every nook, looking for every hidden item, soaking in the art, music and atmosphere, often, perhaps, to the detriment to the intended pacing of gameplay and storyline. Games where this isn't an option, on-rails shooters for example, don't bother me because this type of gameplay is inherently prohibited in the design. It appears that I have a sort of GOCD (Gaming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), because I'm not OCD in the slightest in real life.

This is why I can't make myself play Dead Rising any further. It was already beginning to stress me out, and I could see that it was only going to get worse. In the back of my mind all I can think is that I'm never going to be able to do everything I want to do before the timer runs out. I don't even know if I'm overreacting, whether the time limit is generous enough to allow for full completion, or whether I must pick and choose what gets done. I think to myself, "What if I try to do everything and end up not completing the case files on time?" It's this little niggling voice that keeps me in a constant state of anxiety, unable to truly enjoy the game.

So overwhelming

So, here's the question: is there anyone else at all that feels this way about Dead Rising or other similar games? Am I unique in this regard? If you do have a similar experience, do you give up like I do, or is there some method that helps you get over your GOCD?
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About the Golden Avatarone of us since 2:19 PM on 06.17.2008

Name: Andrew
Location: Wilmington, NC
Age: 25


Game Systems I Own (In Order of Acquisition)
Super Nintendo
Nintendo 64
Playstation 2
XBox 360
Playstation 3

Game of the Year Awards
2008: Braid
2007: Portal
2006: Half-Life 2: Episode One
2005: Psychonauts
2004: Half-Life 2
2003: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
2002: Metroid Prime
2001: Final Fantasy X
2000: Chrono Cross
1999: Final Fantasy VIII
1998: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
1997: Final Fantasy VII
1996: Super Mario 64
1995: Chrono Trigger
1994: Donkey Kong Country
1993: Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle
1992: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
1991: Super Mario World
1990: Super Mario Bros. 3
1989: Duck Tales
1988: Contra
1987: The Legend of Zelda
1986: Metroid
1985: Super Mario Bros.
1984: Castle Adventure

Honorable Mentions
2008: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4, World of Goo, Fallout 3
2007: Super Mario Galaxy, Half-Life 2: Episode 2, BioShock, Mass Effect, Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure
2006: Okami, Oblivion
2005: Shadow of the Colossus
2004: World of Warcraft, Shadow Hearts: Covenant, Thief: Deadly Shadows, Far Cry
2003: Beyond Good & Evil, Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic, Deus Ex: Invisible War
2002: Morrowind, Kingdom hearts, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Timesplitters 2
2001: Shadow Hearts, ICO
2000: The Legend of Dragoon, Vagrant Story, Perfect Dark
1999: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, Planescape: Torment
1998: Grim Fandango
1997: GoldenEye 007
1996: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Super Mario RPG
1995: Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
1994: Super Metroid, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge
1992: Super Mario Kart
1990: Star Tropics, The Secret of Monkey Island
1989: A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia
1988: Super Mario Bros. 2, Double Dragon, Mega Man 2
1987: Mega Man

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