Wednesday, June 27, 2007

All Your Games Are Belong To Me

This is part two in what will be a three-part series -- then I promise I'll stop blogging about video games.

But... I love my games. And I thought that today I would amuse you by listing all of the video games I have beaten.

That's different, of course, from "all the video games I've played." That list would be about three times as long. These are the games I have played through to the very end; the final boss; the last level.

I'm not putting links to all of these games, because that would be much-much-much too time-consuming. If you are curious, y'all can google them for yourselves.

Games I have beaten completely:

Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
Chrono Trigger (and yes, I beat it eleven times to get the eleven different endings)
Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon RPG: Another Story
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Curse of Monkey Island
Escape from Monkey Island
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Bubble Bobble
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Games I essentially beat (that is, beat all the levels but gave up without collecting all the 100+ stars or eggs or wizard cards that open up the SECRET SPECIAL WHATEVER):
Mario 64
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Yoshi's Tetris

Games I came darn close to beating, but quit because there was too much fracking level-building:
Final Fantasy V
Secret of Mana
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Now let's take a minute to ponder this. A video game takes, on average, between 20 and 50 hours to complete. I have 26 titles listed above. If we use the mean time (35 hours), it means that I have spent approximately... 910 hours of my life beating video games.

Oh, wait, that's not that bad after all! That only comes to about 38 days. A little more than a month. Maybe two months total, if one counts all the games I dabbled in but never tried to beat.

And considering that I've been alive for 307 months total (math nerds, you now have enough information to figure out my astrological sign and my Chinese zodiac year), the two months I've spent playing video games seem but a small fraction.

Now I feel like I haven't played enough. ^__^

The third part in the series will be the most interesting one: Visions of India As Depicted by 8 Bits of Nintendo-Style Graphic. You just wait.


Daniel said...

(1) You haven't beaten Mario World 1?

(2) You're assuming it only takes 35 hours to beat one game? Did you stop playing those games after you beat them the one time? What about the game you beat 11 different times? Did you count it 11 times in your calculation? I'm thinking you probably spent something like 2-5 hours a day playing video games every day in the summer when you were a kid (if you're anything like me, at least), so that's around 10-25 hours a week. Or 800 hours for the ~8 weeks there are in the summer. Assuming you got a NES at age 7 (perhaps a bit late; I got mine at age 4 and we're the same age), and you played video games until you were, say, 15, that's 8 years times 800 hours a year=6400 hours. Then, add in the time I personally know you spent in college playing video games (there's games on your list that weren't around when we were kids) and I'm gunna bump you up to 7000 hours for your lifetime. That works out to 291 days, or nearly 10 months. And to be honest, I think my number's a low estimate. :)

(3) You're crazy!

ctrlalteredmind said...

you have to try Final Fantasy VIII, best ever in the series I think. IX, X and XII have superior graphics but VIII was simply charming.

Blue said...

Daniel --

1. No, I haven't. That game has so many freaking worlds! I got stuck somewhere in the middle of Groovy Land and there was this particular jump I never could get, so I gave up. My mother has beaten SMBW, though. ^__^

2. I thought about counting Chrono Trigger 11 different times, but the truth is that it doesn't take quite as long to beat the game after you've beaten it once, thanks to the "New Game +" feature. I might estimate that it took me about 30 hours to beat it once and then 30 additional hours to beat it 10x more.

2.5 I didn't get my NES until I was twelve. Very late. And I had to share the television set with (gasp!) the rest of the family, since we only had one. But, yeah. I did play a lot. Hmmm...

3. Of course I'm crazy. But you already knew that... ^__^ BTW why don't you try Adventures of Lolo? Dare you to get addicted by its puzzle-solving madness!

Ctrlalteredmind -- I wish I could try FFVIII. Note that there are no games on my list past N64. I could never afford the PS, PS2, PS3, PSX, etc. :(