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Games that you have lost track of time whilst playing

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October 2, 2008 6:56:59 PM

I'm interested to know which games (any age) have sucked you in to such a degree that when you took a break you had an OMG! IS THAT THE TIME? moment...

Also, games where you realize you haven't blinked in ten minutes, and your eyeballs are dusty.. :heink: 

The original DOOM's used to do the latter to me, sat on the edge of the chair.

Most god games I play, I find I have to just tweak the economy just a little more, just one more tweak......
October 2, 2008 7:05:21 PM

Pretty much every game that I play/played: cod4, warhead, WoW, Diablo 2, Starcraft (wow 9 hours already! was back in the day, LAN games). I miss playing Killing Fields...

Played 9-12 hours a day of Starcraft back in the day (only in the summer).
October 2, 2008 7:13:24 PM

The worst were the LAN partys of Counter-strike back in the day. Take a case of red bull, pack of pro-plus, 15 mates and you have an absolutly epic time. Gets to 8pm the next day and you think you should go to sleep but just keep on playing.

Ahh those were the days....High speed broadband has all but killed off the LAN party scene round this area, a shame really, LAN partys were amazing amounts of fun.
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October 2, 2008 7:24:32 PM

WoW... i sometimes will mean to play for 30 minutes and that 30 minutes turns into 2-3 hours.

i wasted hours playing starcraft years ago, sometimes would get into a game that would last 2-3 hours and i've hardly blinked. ah... nothing quite like that adrenaline rush i'd get get from sneaking 2-3 ghosts into an enemy base and simultaneously nuking.
October 2, 2008 7:48:07 PM

I played Quake 2 for 16 hours strait one day? :( 
October 2, 2008 8:43:01 PM

perhaps unusually, splinter cell double agent's multiplayer did this to me... (even if it was a buggy, unsupported POS - the core game was great)
October 2, 2008 9:40:45 PM

metalweenis said:
I played Quake 2 for 16 hours strait one day? :( 


Damn! Reminds of some news story I head of a guy dropping dead in an internet cafe in Korea after being online for like 40 hours straight, and only coffee and cigarettes keeping him going.... :cry: 
October 2, 2008 10:12:37 PM

Medieval total war: single stretch of about 16-18hrs
Medieval II total war: single stretch about 14-16 hrs
these games scare me... i generally have to uninstall them or risk some sort of mental disorder or losing my job.

And yeah any rts can take a good few hours...I remember when red alert came out... my younger brother played it so long one saturday(from about 0730 that morning until 2200 that night) he got really sick and wasnt really able to sllep properly, every time he drifted off he would start dreaming about the game lol.
Haha thinking about it, I got sim city 2000 for my birthday one year... i was dreaming about zoning and power plants later that night.. pretty cool
October 3, 2008 8:25:59 AM

Any Civ game does that Damn the on more turn
October 3, 2008 11:28:10 AM

4 of us played a LAN game of civ 2 (or maybe it was civ 3) for almost a straight 48 hours (friday night until sunday afternoon)
October 3, 2008 11:38:28 AM

Doomed_UK said:
4 of us played a LAN game of civ 2 (or maybe it was civ 3) for almost a straight 48 hours (friday night until sunday afternoon)


Desert Combat a BF1942 mode took most of 2 years every time i got home from work

it became an obsession and nearly ended my marriage..

October 3, 2008 12:44:08 PM

Hellboy said:
Desert Combat a BF1942 mode took most of 2 years every time i got home from work

it became an obsession and nearly ended my marriage..


Amen to that, lol, DC_LostVillage nearly killed me (!)
October 3, 2008 1:56:16 PM

Starcraft, Warcraft 3 MP, Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Titan Quest, and Mass Effect. However I don't hold a candle to some of you guys - these games would have me playing at most 6 hours at a time, usually just 4 or so, which I consider a long time to be sitting and playing a game straight.
October 3, 2008 2:27:53 PM

metalweenis said:
I played Quake 2 for 16 hours strait one day? :( 


36 hours straight WoW.
About 24 Hours Starcraft. Dam MicroHunter Maps !!!
Diablo 2 about 30.

Af course all of this straight up, with **** breaks and eat breaks. Sleep ? Ill sleep enough when im dead.
October 3, 2008 2:45:37 PM

The classic Lucasarts adventure games used to have me playing them virtually every hour I was awake until they were finished. I lost half a stone (7lbs) playing Grim Fandango because I could hardly tear myself away to eat. :p 

Not many modern games keep my attention like that. FEAR was one that I played for hours at a time, continuing for an hour or 2 more when I'd just told myself I needed to stop so I could eat. If Portal was a much longer game, I'd be on the list of Game related deaths linked earlier. lol I played through it in one sitting and not once did the thought of stopping cross my mind, and it's the only game I have finished multiple times within a month. I even played through the whole game again with the commentary on immediately after finishing it. Normally I don't replay a game for at least 6 months.
October 3, 2008 3:19:25 PM

mothhive said:
The classic Lucasarts adventure games used to have me playing them virtually every hour I was awake until they were finished. I lost half a stone (7lbs) playing Grim Fandango because I could hardly tear myself away to eat. :p 


I hear you there. The first 2 monkey islands on the Amiga - aaaaaaaaaaaarg too.....time.... consuming.

Never could really get into Grim Fandango though.

Another old point and clicker is Sanitarium. I played this consistently over a number of days, every spare moment I got. Had to take a break from it in the end, as it was eroding my sanity.
October 3, 2008 3:45:39 PM

jay_l_a said:

Another old point and clicker is Sanitarium. I played this consistently over a number of days, every spare moment I got. Had to take a break from it in the end, as it was eroding my sanity.


I hear ya. A bunch of kids playing hide and seek....and they missed one....because he was buried toghether with his momy.

God, i think ill never find a RPG as good and as facked up, like sanitarium. Never finished it too.
October 3, 2008 4:53:20 PM

This is a weird one but true:

We used to have huge multiplayer sessions on Romance on the Three Kingdoms for NES. We even got the maximum 8 a few times.

I remember starting some of those sessions around noon on Saturdays. The day would fly by in four steps:

1) noon
2) hungry - somebody order food
3) damn - how did it get dark outside?
4) It's 4 am ?!?!?!?!?

I don't think one of those games was played to it's completion even after 16-20 hours. There were always at least 3 players left (if I remember correctly).

Good times.
October 3, 2008 5:12:57 PM

Civ 1 and Civ 2, Red Alert1, Medeval Total War (the first one), and Morrowind were some of the only games I could play for severl hours and then look at the clock and say Oh crap its 2:00 am. I havent encounted many games lately that cause me to loose track of time the way these ones used to.
October 3, 2008 7:59:44 PM

Man, I forgot about those Lucasarts games! Those definitely go on the list. I go back and replay through them all the time - they're almost as much fun even when you can fly through them because you know all of the puzzle solutions. I've played through Curse of Monkey Island probably 3-4 times (Escape just wasn't nearly as good), Full Throttle maybe 5-6 times since it's so short, and Grim Fandango at least 5 times. In fact, I just finished it again recently and getting to the end almost makes me cry every time because of how amazing the storyline/gameplay/animations are...the only other game to ever do that to me was Ocarina of Time, simply because you get so attached to all of the characters.

"Run pigeons, it's Robert Frost!"
October 4, 2008 8:39:13 PM

psychonauts, I'm not old enough for most of the games noted here but in my short (and not that diverse considering till now I had a radeon 9600) but psychonauts made me sit and play the entire game in about a week. even though I never finished it, I was stuck in the last level and eventually had to uninstall it to save space` but now I'm playing it again on my radeon 4870(!).
In holidays I usually sit on some shooter or RTS game for 5-6 hrs straight. till I got hungry :) .
October 5, 2008 12:56:23 PM

Metal Gear Solid 2 ate up 15 hours of my weekend when it came out, me and few lads from college wanted to complete it over the weekend so we could chat about it on monday, very worth it though :D 
October 5, 2008 1:39:46 PM



Other games that has taken up so much of my time...


Elite . BBC B on tape then disk...

Impossible mission...on the Commodore 64

I played this game contiunously until i completed it... I was at school at the time and was having a sleep over..

I waked my friends up at about 3am in the morning to hear Atombender shout NO NO Nooooooooooooooooooo.


October 5, 2008 2:11:46 PM

Nothing within the last few years has really grabbed me: Thief, Baldurs Gate 1-2, Civ 3, EQ2, Starcraft, Planescape: Torment, Undying, Dungeon Keeper

How far back are we going with this list?
Bards Tale, Ultima, SSIs "Gold Box"


Nothing I've seen has gotten to me like Thief's stealth concept. I remember my pager going off while playing this game, I jumped so high my knee hit the table and knocked my drink over.
October 6, 2008 4:30:23 AM

I am starting to get a life, so video games steal less of my life than it used too (still too much though) but play(ed):
Morrowind
Oblivion
COD4 Online
KotOR II
KotOR (never could get into this one much...i played the second one first)
Mass Effect

I think the worst was Morrowind. I would play literally all day, and sometime during the school year i had the stupid idea that I would try and beat the main quest as fast as possible...took me a week (practically straight). Video games...they're my life outside my life. I played video games when I had no social life...now that I actually have one it's hard to play it. Only when I'm supposed to be doing homework..
October 6, 2008 1:46:57 PM

Civ 2
Civ IV
Moo2
GalCiv2
Caesar 3
October 6, 2008 1:51:32 PM

Oblivion
WoW
Counter Strike Source
COD4
Command and Conquer generals
October 6, 2008 4:24:10 PM

Sid Meire's Civilization II

Galactic Civilization II


Contmeplating suing Sid Meire for my lost childhood.
October 6, 2008 4:31:18 PM

Suprised no-one has mentioned Everquest yet - the only game I've played for more than 24hours as a grown up :o )
October 6, 2008 5:54:45 PM

I've lost track of time playing countless games but two that jump out at me for specific reasons:

Madden, or really any sports game with a good GM mode. I'll get stuck in a dynasty wheeling and dealing all night long, but always feel very unfulfilled when it's all said and done. It almost always happens the same way. I start just wanting a little sports action which deteriorates throughout the night until I'm just simming season after season trying to build a dynasty. When it's all said and done I'm always like "Did I really just waste my time on that?"

The other game is Civilization. Anybody who's played these games know just how bad it can be. The turn based pace of the game is incredibly deceiving. The other thing is that despite the game not being storyline driven each game creates it's own unique story which sucks you in. Many a game has been dragged on and on throughout the night because I refused to go to bed before destroying the Japanese empire.
October 6, 2008 6:23:39 PM

Hellboy said:
Other games that has taken up so much of my time...


Elite . BBC B on tape then disk...

Impossible mission...on the Commodore 64

I played this game contiunously until i completed it... I was at school at the time and was having a sleep over..

I waked my friends up at about 3am in the morning to hear Atombender shout NO NO Nooooooooooooooooooo.


OH yes.

'Another Visitorrrrr. Stay a while. Stay foreverrrrr!'

Damn, that game is awesome. Wizball Kept me going for a long time too.

And Head over Heals.
October 6, 2008 6:27:41 PM

Yeah, I see a few here I've fallen victim to:
Oblivion
Caesar 3
Age of Empires series.

One I got hooked on for a while was Sacrifice. Anyone else ever play that?

And I've spend FAR too long playing the IL2 series of games.
October 7, 2008 6:09:21 AM

Civilization, Civ II, and Civ IV.....so many lost hours....

Civ IV is deceiving....Epic Spaceships are, in fact, epic.
October 7, 2008 11:53:11 AM

CoD4 and any mmorpg
and erm didn't some chinese and koreans die after gaming for 30hrs + so how do u guys stay up that long?.
October 10, 2008 7:38:51 PM

team fortress 2
system shock 2
bioshock and half life2
October 10, 2008 9:38:42 PM

I can only think of F.E.A.R. Extraction Point. Beated it in 1 & a 1/2 days. I started playing it on the evening on the first day, and the second day I spent most of the afternoon playing, and I stayed overnight playing it. When I beated it and realised it was past 3 in the morning, I knew the game had catched me.
I was kinda scary, playing the hospital level at 2 o' clock in the morning, with the sound pretty loud (if you played that game you'll know why that stage is scary).
October 11, 2008 4:49:05 AM

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also, i remember feeling so chuffed at figuring out how to use the trireme's in civ1 to cross oceans by only using one of it's moves. Ah to be young again.


Great Lighthouse FTW!!! I remember doing that ^
October 25, 2008 11:19:48 PM

I used to be much worse than I am now (probably because I have more bills to pay :)  but I remember losing days on master of orion 1&2 and diablo 2. I remember how I would suddenly wake up and realize I was desperate to go to the toilet or find without warning that I was sitting in a pitch dark house with only the light of the screen and a defeated cigarette to see by. Good times.

The weird thing is that you can zone out on mindless and mindful games equally as long as there's a number rising with every click or an item with a cooler name, or a building still left to be queued at that completely worthless outpost you spitefully decided to spawn 3 cigarettes ago just so the last terrified AI would have NOTHING and you would have EVERYTHING!! HARHARHAR!!! And then when their terror had subsided and you had wiped their little eyes dry with gifts and "trade agreements"....thats when all 10 of your uber-armies descend on them from every direction and deal out the meanest possible death available in the game.

And then you build a base there.
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