Have You Ever – Gaming Edition

Scrolling through the WordPress Reader one evening, I stumbled on a post from A Geek Girl’s Guide: Have You Ever? Gaming Edition. I’ve since seen these popping up in a few other places.

Normally I don’t partake in these things, but this one looked like a bit of fun. Without further ado, have you ever…

Rage quit a game

I’m ashamed to admit this, but yes. Once or twice I’ve been known to drop out of Left 4 Dead 2, or back in the day, Counter-Strike. I don’t really play either game these days and I’m generally much more chilled in life. If something isn’t fun, I don’t continue, or start in the first place. I definitely don’t rage about it, there’s better ways to spend your energy 😉

More recently, Overwatch has been rage quit because of the stupid loot boxes.

I’ve had fun playing Overwatch, but I’ve also been incredibly frustrated by various aspects of it at times. All for what exactly? Now, I just don’t play it at all.

Earned all achievements in a game

I have definitely done this, only to have it taken away from me by the release of free updates or DLC! Left 4 Dead might have been the first, only to have multiplayer achievements I have no hope of acquiring, so it put me off the whole pursuit, until recently…

Inspired by Phil from Later Levels and Solaryo from Ace Asunder, I’ve started trophy hunting on the PlayStation. Specifically, I’m going after the platinum trophy in Marvel’s Spider-Man, because it seems attainable, also the game is a great deal of fun. I don’t know if this is the start of something, we’ll see!

Pulled an all-nighter gaming

Most definitely, although it depends what you class as an all-nighter! I’ve routinely stayed up until 3-4am over the years, although less so recently, as I’m getting old and sleep is more precious. With an almost two year old sprog around, a year or so ago there were definitely some sleepless nights of Overwatch. Bless him though, he sleeps from 7.30pm until 7.30am these days, so I can’t use him as an excuse. Also, he wakes me up at 7.30am.

I stayed up until 6am once, playing NHL 98 (the demo) with my sister, sharing a keyboard and mouse.

Livestreamed your gaming

This is something I was hoping to do since the inception of the blog, but more so around January and February this year, when I was in the throws of home ownership, DIY and watching Later Levels do their 50 day challenge for Special Effect. Going from 2.5Mbps to 350Mbps broadband also didn’t hurt.

Once things settled down with the house purchase, I started dipping my toe in to Twitch streaming. Now, with the whole lockdown thing, there has been a great deal of Twitch watching and broadcasting going on in this house, to pass the time!

Remember the whole achievement thing I mentioned? I’m streaming my Spider-Man run for those final two trophies, New Game+ and Ultimate difficulty.

Pre-ordered a game

I generally avoid doing this, I think it’s a little shady, mostly because the pre-order bonuses dangled in front of you are often found for free or extremely cheap later on. That said, I have been known to pre-order a few games, most recently, Borderlands 3 on the Xbox.

Bought a game and never played it

What sort of passive-aggressive question is this?! I mean, the answer is most definitely yes haha. What gamer isn’t guilty of this one? I don’t even want to put a number on it, because its in triple figures.

GOG Galaxy tells me I’m the owner of around 450 games across multiple platforms. Most of those are un-played, but 2020 is the year of the backlog for sure!


Games on the list include Max Payne 3, the Batman Arkham series, the Call of Juarez series, Dead Island, F.E.A.R. 2 & 3, the Just Cause series, Mad Max, the Overlord series, Remember Me, Sleeping Dogs… I could go on, but you get the point.

Been jump-scared by a horror game

Horror games aren’t really something that appeal to me, so I don’t tend to pick them up, I’ve definitely had a few jump scares over the years, as well as chills down the spine.

Most notably was playing F.E.A.R. back when it released, in my dark living room with 5.1 speakers and not a soul in the house but my own. That first time you “see something” straight up scared the !@# out of me.

Too many jump scares can have the opposite effect, becoming more annoying than scary in any way

Jump scares have to go to Doom 3 though, really obvious and stupid ones. Forcing you to use a gun or a flashlight? Sod that, I just never finished it.

Had a set squad for a specific game

Back in the day a group of close friends were brought together by Counter-Strike and moreso by Left 4 Dead. Around that time we started doing LAN parties as well. Left 4 Dead 2 followed pretty quickly so we routinely played that together.

These days the same group still plays Counter-Strike, but I’ve long since given that up, I was never any good and it just fills me with rage! I’ve pretty much given up Overwatch for the same reasons. These days, I’m mostly single-player focused, but the better broadband has started to change that.

You’ll see me playing with Pete, Phil and sometimes Ben from Later Levels on their Twitch channel on a Wednesday evening.

Bought a game on multiple platforms

Sadly I have to admit to this, because it has become something of a habit, although I try and keep it under control.

I think it started with Grand Theft Auto V, which I purchased at release on PS3. I then purchased it again on Xbox One for the 1080p goodness, then again on PC (after a long delayed upgrade) for the 60fps and multiplayer goodness!

Since becoming a bit of a console gamer over the last several years, I’ve purchased a few titles in Xbox and PlayStation sales, so I can enjoy them again in 4K HDR on the TV. These include Fallout 4 and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection.

Argh, why am I doing this? My poor wallet.

Got a console for the games specifically

Yeah for sure, I picked up a PS3 back in 2011 in anticipation of The Last of Us and GTA V, then twiddled my thumbs while waiting for those to come out. Playing Blu-rays (the main reason I picked the PS3 over Xbox 360) and some pre-owned rubbish for a couple years.

Buying the same game three times? With a combined playtime of close to 2000 hours by now, I think I’ve got my moneys worth out of this particular title

I own a PS4 today for similar reasons, I wanted to play Horizon Zero Dawn and some other PlayStation exclusives like The Last of Us Part 2, God of War, Spider-Man.

Amusingly, some of those are now coming to PC, or are there already!? Not sure what is happening, but if The Last of Us Part 2 were to ever come to PC or Xbox, I just wouldn’t need a PlayStation in my life.

We’re all done!

If you’d like to take part in this, copy the following headings into a blog post of your very own! I won’t be tagging anyone either 😉

Rage quit a game
Earned all achievements in a game
Pulled an all-nighter gaming
Livestreamed your gaming
Pre-ordered a game
Bought a game and never played it
Been jumpscared by a horror game
Had a set squad for a specific game
Bought a game on multiple platforms
Got a console for the games specifically

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