Timed Challenges In Games

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No matter the game, there are usually timed challenges along the way. In classic Mario games, each level is timed, though it’s subtle. You don’t notice it until you have 99 seconds left and that well-known jingle plays. Some other games have smaller parts like when you push a button to open a door and you need to rush to it before it closes again. Of course, there are also speedruns that people try out as well. Where do you stand on timed challenges, Kris?

I dislike them. I mean, if it’s a small challenge in an otherwise not-timed level, that’s fine. Even the Super Mario levels for those classic games, the time didn’t bother me since they’re so generous. However, games that always have that timer ticking down tend to bother me. What about you?

It definitely depends on the game for me. However, I get stressed easily and feel the pressure. Games like Mario don’t bother me too much because, as you said, the time is generous and it’s not in your face. With quick things here and there – like the door I mentioned – make me hold my breath but are okay. The first time I had to run from Tubba Blubba in Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64, really freaked me out. It’s not bad now, but then I didn’t know what to expect. Technically, that’s not even really on a timer, but it’s a chase scene so it’s kind of is timed in a way.

Chase scenes always ramped up the pressure, haha! To me, I always liked the freedom and exploration aspect of video games. It’s one reason why I prefer, say, Breath of the Wild over Majora’s Mask in the Legend of Zelda franchise, for example. I disliked the three-day limit to Majora’s Mask and much preferred the open concept of Breath of the Wild, and even Ocarina of Time, when it came to saving Hyrule.

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Ah, yes. Majora’s Mask. Someday I will play and beat that game. But I know, the three-day time limit makes me sweat just thinking about it. For a gamer like me who can’t think quick on her feet, having an entire game be timed isn’t exactly ideal. I want to be able to explore the world and take my time as well. Though, it definitely works with Majora’s Mask. It’s supposed to be a darker game and there’s no taking your time when the world is about to end.

Oh, absolutely, the mechanics definitely work for Majora’s Mask. It’s just not my cup of tea. On the flipside, many mobile games — especially free-to-start games — put a time limit on certain events or make you wait to gain more energy before you can continue the game. What do you think of those?

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Oh, that’s just annoying. Especially since I’m doing mobile reviews now, it really makes it hard to get the game started. You’re already level one and can’t do much so when you have to wait – even if it’s just 30 seconds or a minute or something – it’s annoying because the game is so stop-and-go.

I agree those are a bit annoying, too. I understand having some in-game purchases to help the game along but, when it comes to the stop-and-go aspects of the game, I almost wish we could just purchase the game outright. All in all, I could probably do without most timed challenges in video games!

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Time Management

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

With the time that this post is going up, I may as well be encroaching on Rachel’s Tuesday posts. I suppose this is fairly fitting with how busy we’ve been a little lately.


For a couple of bloggers who enjoy writing about playing video games, Rachel and I haven’t been playing too many video games lately.

It’s a bit of a shame, and I’m wondering if it’s partly due to the time of year or if we just really suck at managing our time between the day jobs and other writing to actually sit down and play a game or two. Case in point is how late this particular blog post is being published — I was coming up empty with ideas on what to blog about today when we were planning out this week’s articles.

Lately, however, there hasn’t been a game that really sings for my attention. Of course, we’ve been playing some great games lately — Wargroove, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, going back to the last chapters in Octopath Traveler — but nothing in particular that makes me want to carve out time to sit down and play.

Video games was never something that I wanted to schedule. They were always something that I would turn on to play when I wanted to relax or immerse myself in a different world. They’d be something I would come home to after the day job, something to look forward to that would make the hours at the office go by quickly.

Now, perhaps, I should carve out more time for video games, actually put them in a schedule. For one thing, it would help me not be blank on blog post and publishing it later in the evening. For another thing, some scheduled relaxation isn’t a bad thing, right?

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Finding the Time

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

Lately, I’ve been struggling to find the time to actually play video games.

Does anyone else have this problem?

To be honest, I think I’ve been playing more video games than I used to because I have this blog as an excuse to play them. It’s like I’m doing research, I’m “working.”

Overall, though, it’s pretty hard to find the time to play games when you’re focused on trying to write a couple of novels, you’re running two blogs, and you work three jobs. The days are limited, the hours are short.

This is partly why there haven’t been that many game reviews on the blog lately. Between my schedule and Kris’s, our gameplay has been slow-going.

I wish I could at least get through one game a week. Or two weeks, depending on how long and in-depth the game is. I want to enjoy the games, not rush through them.

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It’s times like these that I wish I could play the Song of Time and play all the video games I want.

How do you find the time to fit video games into your schedule?