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Gaming: 2010’s Play Sessions

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This was originally supposed to be at the end of yesterday’s post but there’s enough here that I felt it was worth pulling it out into its own entry.

Seeing as it’s data I have available I’m also going to list every game I played each month, showing what I played and how often. I don’t log the time played so a ten minute session with Peggle Nights isn’t counted any differently to six hours immersed in Mass Effect, but it’s still something I like seeing displayed. Everything will be sorted by number of play sessions, and after the list there will be some analysis of it all:

January – 35 play sessions (21 PS3, 6 PC, 6 360, 2 Wii):

  • Assassin’s Creed 2 (PS3) – 10 play sessions, completed.
  • Fallout 3 (PC) – 6 play sessions.
  • Prototype (360)  – 6 play sessions.
  • WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2010 (PS3) – 4 play sessions.
  • Wet (PS3) – 4 play sessions, completed.
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3) – 3 play sessions, completed.
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) – 2 play sessions.

February – 33 play sessions (18 360, 13 PS3, 2 PC):

  • Borderlands (360) – 16 play sessions, completed.
  • Infamous (PS3) – 7 play sessions, completed.
  • Prototype (360) – 2 play sessions, completed.
  • Peggle Nights (PC) – 2 play sessions.
  • Mini Ninjas (PS3) – 1 play session.
  • Demos: Heavy Rain (PS3), Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing (PS3), Yakuza 3 (PS3), Darksiders (PS3), God of War 3 (PS3) – 1 play session each.

March – 40 play sessions (26 PS3, 7 360, 7 PC):

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3) – 12 play sessions, solo completed.
  • Heavy Rain (PS3) – 7 play sessions, completed.
  • Borderlands (360) – 4 play sessions.
  • WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2010 (PS3) – 4 play sessions.
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (360) – 2 play sessions.
  • Half-Life 2 (PC) – 2 play sessions.
  • LittleBigPlanet (PS3) – 2 play sessions.
  • The Sims 3 (PC) – 2 play sessions.
  • Digital: A Love Story (PC) – 1 play session.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 (PC) – 1 play session.
  • LEGO Universe (PC) – 1 play session.
  • Pain (PS3) – 1 play session.
  • Demo: Splinter Cell: Conviction (360) –  1 play session.

April – 33 play sessions (16 PC, 13 360, 4 PS3):

  • Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (360) – 8 play sessions.
  • Pokémon Leaf Green (PC, emulated) – 7 play sessions.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 (PC) – 4 play sessions.
  • Splinter Cell: Conviction (360) – 3 play sessions.
  • Final Fantasy 13 (PS3)  – 2 play sessions.
  • Half-Life 2 (PC) – 2 play sessions.
  • Toejam and Earl (PC, emulated) – 2 play sessions, completed.
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise (360) – 2 play sessions.
  • Aliens Vs Predator Classic 2000 (PC) – 1 play session.
  • Buzz! Quiz TV (PS3) – 1 play session.
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3) – 1 play session.

May – 28 play sessions (12 360, 9 PS3, 7 PC):

  • Splinter Cell: Conviction (360) – 7 play sessions, completed solo twice, co-op once.
  • Final Fantasy 13 (PS3) – 6 play sessions.
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance (360) – 3 play sessions.
  • Half-Life 2 (PC) – 2 play sessions, completed.
  • Team Fortress 2 (PC) – 2 play sessions.
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (360) – 1 play session.
  • Half-Life 2: Episode One (PC) – 1 play session.
  • Left 4 Dead (PC) – 1 play session.
  • Left 4 Dead (360) – 1 play session.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 (PC) – 1 play session.
  • LittleBigPlanet (PS3) – 1 play session.
  • Pain (PS3) – 1 play session.
  • Demo: ModNation Racers (PS3) – 1 play session.

June – 26 play sessions (16 PC, 6 PS3, 4 360):

  • Team Fortress 2 (PC) – 7 play sessions.
  • Fallout 3 (PC) – 4 play sessions.
  • Final Fantasy 13 (PS3) – 3 play sessions.
  • The Sims 3 (PC) – 3 play sessions.
  • Pain (PS3) – 2 play sessions.
  • Alone in the Dark (360) – 1 play session.
  • Beowulf: The Game (360) – 1 play session.
  • Blacksite: Area 51 (360) – 1 play session.
  • Deus Ex (PC) – 1 play session.
  • Left 4 Dead (360) – 1 play session.
  • Demos: LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (PS3), Torchlight (PC) – 1 play session each.

July – 30 play sessions (16 PC, 6 360, 5 PS3, 3 Wii):

  • The Sims 3 (PC) – 5 play sessions.
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3) – 5 play sessions, completed.
  • Civilisation Revolution (360) – 4 play sessions.
  • Fallout 3 (PC) – 3 play sessions.
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) – 3 play sessions.
  • Team Fortress 2 (PC) – 3 play sessions.
  • Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter (PC) – 2 play sessions.
  • Beautiful Katamari (360) – 1 play session, completed.
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (360) – 1 play session.
  • Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines (PC) – 1 play session.
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PC) – 1 play session.
  • Toejam & Earl: Panic on Funkotron (PC) – 1 play session.

August – 26 play sessions (12 Wii, 5 360, 5 PS3, 2 PC, 2 GameCube):

  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) – 12 play sessions, completed.
  • Bioshock (360) – 4 play sessions, completed.
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3) – 4 play sessions, completed.
  • Pikmin 2 (Gamecube) – 2 play sessions (assisting somebody else).
  • Bioshock 2 (360) – 1 play session.
  • Buzz! Quiz TV (PS3) – 1 play session.
  • Dwarf Fortress (PC) – 1 play session.
  • Fallout 3 (PC) – 1 play session.

September – 12 play sessions (10 360, 2 PS3):

  • Bioshock 2 (360) – 5 play sessions, completed.
  • Alan Wake (360) – 4 play sessions.
  • Demos: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (PS3), Quantum Theory (PS3), Ruse (360) – 1 play session.

October – 19 play sessions (17 360, 2 PC):

  • Halo: Reach (360) – 8 play sessions, completed.
  • Mass Effect (360) – 5 play sessions.
  • Alan Wake (360) – 2 play sessions, completed.
  • Left 4 Dead (360) – 2 play sessions.
  • Plants Vs Zombies (PC) – 2 sessions.

November – 13 play sessions (13 360):

  • Mass Effect 2 (360) – 8 play sessions.
  • Mass Effect (360) – 5 play sessions, completed.

December – 24 play sessions (24 360, 1 PS3):

  • Mass Effect 2 (360) – 7 play sessions, completed.
  • Dead Rising 2: Case Zero (360) – 5 play sessions.
  • Costume Quest (360) – 2 play sessions.
  • Limbo (360) – 2 play sessions.
  • ‘Splosion Man (360) – 1 play session.
  • Dead Rising 2 (360) – 1 play session.
  • ModNation Racers (PS3) – 1 play session (just one race).
  • Demos: Costume Quest (360), Dead Rising 2: Case Zero (360), Deathspank (360), Limbo (360), Shadow Complex (360), Super Meat Boy (360) – 1 play session each.

All told that makes 336 play sessions. Prior to starting work full-time at the end of August it was common to see over thirty play sessions a month, with a high of 40 and a low of 26. After that the amount of separate sessions took an understandable hit, seeing as I was losing four days of every eight, with a low of just twelve in September as I adjusted to the new schedule and a high of 24 in December that was mostly due to playing a bunch of trials on Xbox Live Arcade.

There was no month where I didn’t play at least something on the 360, totalling 145 play sessions in total. That makes sense because of all my systems the 360 is the one this generation that I have the most games for, so there’s always something to dip into. New retail purchases have favoured the 360 for various reasons, mainly because they were console exclusives (Splinter Cell: Conviction, Mass Effect 2, Alan Wake, Halo: Reach) or for some sort of save/controller continuity with sequels (Dead Rising 2, Bioshock 2 and Mass Effect 2 again).

The PS3 was my second most-played system with 94 play sessions total. There were two months where I didn’t use the PS3 at all, October and November, which were dominated either by 360 exclusives or one of the time-consuming Mass Effect games. For most of the start of the year the PS3 was played more than the 360, and it was only towards the latter half of the year that the 360 drew level and then leapt ahead.

I played 74 sessions of PC games, running the gamut from full retail games to shorter downloadable ones to free indie games. There were three months where I didn’t do any PC gaming at all, September, November and December. It’s no coincidence that those months all fall after I started work again, as prior to September the PC was where I would dip into one of several games that were essentially in permanent rotation, games like Fallout 3, The Sims 3 or one of the Left 4 Dead games, which are all either so vast or without a fixed ending that there’s always something to do, and it was also where I would emulate the occasional classic game. Losing free time to work has so far meant all that has stopped.

2010 was a bad year for the Wii for me, with just 17 play sessions and nine months where I did nothing with the system. Pretty much the only game I played was Super Mario Galaxy 2, and while that was brilliant and easily one of the best games of this generation it’s quite sad that it was all I played on the Wii. I think part of the problem is the lack of connectivity the Wii has when compared to the other systems. While the 360, PS3 and PC all tie into different online networks and make you feel connected to something the Wii shuts you away, and when considering games to play in 2010 I repeatedly prioritised other systems. I think the other systems also had stronger line-ups, though I definitely want to play Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Goldeneye 007 and Epic Mickey, all of which arrived at the end of the year (Kirby doesn’t release in the UK until 2011), and as I’m already several months behind most releases it will be a while before I get to them.

I also played Pikmin 2 twice on the GameCube to assist my nephew. I adore the game and am disappointed whenever another year passes without a reveal of Pikmin 3.

Overall then I think I would like to make some effort to reclaim some of the things that have slipped through the cracks because of work. Project Pile of Shame has taken a backseat and could do with a comeback, especially as I’ve added to it somewhat through the year, and I definitely want to get back into regularly playing The Sims 3 and Fallout 3 again because they both have lots to do that I still haven’t seen. I also need to make some effort to give the Wii more attention, because it certainly didn’t have just one game this year worth playing. Assuming the blog is still active in a year’s time we’ll see how well those plans go.

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