Losing Momentum

I don’t know about you all, but for me finishing a game is all about getting into a groove and staying in it. Sometimes maintaining that groove is easy since the game is so good; sometimes it’s a struggle all the way through, but you’re gonna finish because you spent that $30 to $60, dang it! What about those unwelcome interruptions though? The things that pull you away from a great game long enough to completely wreck your momentum? It should be easy to go back, and yet I often find myself unable to do it. Isn’t that weird?

I’ve got two games just begging me to come back and finish them at the moment: Final Fantasy VII Remake and 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. While I was in the thick of it, I was absolutely enjoying the heck out of both games. The stories are compelling, the gameplay is engaging, and it’s easy to care about the characters and get invested in their fates. Going back in should be a no-brainer, and yet here I am spending my gaming time on either Minecraft or just watching TV. What gives?

In both cases, it was life that pulled me away. First, my first visit back to the States since COVID hit, and then the return to work and the re-shuffling of my schedule. Long breaks tend to kill the gaming groove, as does the introduction of new games. I want to get back into Final Fantasy VII Remake and finally finish it for myself, yet I’m reluctant to spend time getting myself back up to speed.

I want to finish 13 Sentinels, but all I have left are battle segments (six to be exact). The battle segments are great fun, but just one can take a little while. With that in mind, sitting down and getting them finished just isn’t all that appealing. The desire is there in both cases, but it’s like I’m waiting for just the right time to do it.

When exactly is that time and what does it look like? I don’t know. I could’ve probably finished both this past weekend and been done with it, yet Minecraft with the boys wound up being the order of the day instead. Maybe I’ll be able to site down and take care of them this weekend, but we’ll see if it feels right I suppose. Whatever the case, I really wish I could’ve made it through before getting interrupted and losing my momentum.

Have you ever experienced this? What games are still waiting for your return? What do you do when you lose momentum?

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