When to Give Up on a Video Game

Philip Trahan
Jul 24, 2019 · 6 min read

July 24, 2019–2:00 pm CST

Image for post
Image for post

It’s hard slowly coming to the realization that you may have just wasted $40 to $60.

Video games can be both a very relaxing and demanding hobby at the same time, depending on a myriad of factors. Whether it be your financial situation, what game you’re playing, or how much free time you have during the week. On top of that, being a game enthusiast is not cheap in any sense of the word. Brand new consoles can cost anywhere from $300 and $450, most triple-A games cost anywhere between $40 and $60, and accessories like controllers are an extra $60 on top of that.

So, suffice it to say when you buy a game for $60, play it for maybe seven hours, and then start to realize that you aren’t having as much fun as you thought you would…that can be a hard pill to swallow. You hate to think about shelving the game indefinitely after paying for it, but at the same time you aren’t sure you want to keep going out of fear that your time could be better spent elsewhere. So, how do you know when it’s okay to give up on a game?

I’ve experienced this feeling with numerous different video games over the course of my life, and while each experience has a bit of variance in it, there are some things that remain constant. Here’s a brief list of the lessons I’ve learned when debating on whether to give up on a video game:

1) Play how you want to play.

2) If a game is stressing you out, lower the difficulty.

3) Some distance can be just what you need.

4) That game will always be there to come back to.

5) Don’t get swept up in the hype.

6) If you’re not having fun — stop playing.

“Video games are meant to be just one thing: fun. Fun for everyone.”

And I like to think that he knew a thing or two about video games.

Those are just a handful of lessons, tips-and-tricks, or whatever you want to call them that I’ve learned throughout my time spent playing video games. They are an expensive, often time-consuming, and somewhat intimidating hobby to get involved in. Yet, they can give you some of the most fun you’ve ever had in your life.

Video games are a medium unlike any other. They tell us stories, create worlds for us to live in, and introduce us to people and characters that can impact our lives in so many powerful ways. They can be there for us when we’re feeling bored, stressed, or feeling like the world is going to cave down around us and crush us in an instant. And they can also pick us back up. They can give us a reason to get up, dust ourselves off, and keep moving forward. They can be fun little distractions to waste time with, or they can be so, so much more.

But at the end of the day they’re meant to be just one thing. Fun.

The Startup

Medium's largest active publication, followed by +754K people. Follow to join our community.

Philip Trahan

Written by

Writer and creator looking to inspire thought in others. I like video games and creative freedom. I also run a YouTube channel called PsychoAnalysis.

The Startup

Medium's largest active publication, followed by +754K people. Follow to join our community.

Philip Trahan

Written by

Writer and creator looking to inspire thought in others. I like video games and creative freedom. I also run a YouTube channel called PsychoAnalysis.

The Startup

Medium's largest active publication, followed by +754K people. Follow to join our community.

Medium is an open platform where 170 million readers come to find insightful and dynamic thinking. Here, expert and undiscovered voices alike dive into the heart of any topic and bring new ideas to the surface. Learn more

Follow the writers, publications, and topics that matter to you, and you’ll see them on your homepage and in your inbox. Explore

If you have a story to tell, knowledge to share, or a perspective to offer — welcome home. It’s easy and free to post your thinking on any topic. Write on Medium

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store