Failure to Launch

Yesterday I wrote that I wanted to spin a new game to play, preferably something on my newly bought Original Xbox.

I did not.

I'm a day or two behind on my RSS feed so I ran into Sandarian's blog post about Indecision in games. They describe a feeling that hits close to home:

Logging into Final Fantasy XIV or World of Warcraft seems like a chore, unless I actually sit down and start playing. Then it’s fine. It’s more the whole having to sit down and actually start playing part that is bothering me. I have the same when it comes to single player games. A few months ago I managed to (finally) finish Kingdom Hearts 3. The reason I managed to do it was because I forced myself to just sit down and start playing. 

This describes my process in a nutshell. Once I'm started on something I can be fantatical about finishing. But getting the actual ball rolling is difficult. This blog itself is in fact a stratagem against this; I want to develop the habit of writing a little bit everyday in a low stakes environment so I can transition into more "serious" writing much easier. You don't need to get a ball rolling if it's already in motion.

I think this phenomena is why I tend to fall back into the Battle.Net launcher so often. Blizzard is fanatical about trying to reduce the friction between not playing their games to playing their games an awful lot. I'm in the mood to getting into a new RPG right now, but just the thought of installing another game, sitting through a ten minute opening cut scene, a forty minute tutorial level to show me how to jump, etc. just makes me not want to bother. I'm not really feeling the magic in World of Warcraft right now, but it's a very quick transition from hitting the Play button to actually playing a video game.

My best bet would be start a new game early in the morning, where my energy levels and willingness to try is at it's highest, and not in the evening when I'm looking for more of the same old thing.


  1. Oh, this rings very true for me. My best hours are always in the morning, which makes it both the best time to try out a new game AND the best time to get my productivity on. Guess which one wins most days? So I end up with a lot of games with some sort of learning curve I don't even try out because I'm worried I'll get frustrated when I'm not at my best.

    1. Yup that's what happens to me. It's like my brain is open for business from 8am to 1pm and then in cruise control for everything else.


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