Monday, 6 March 2017

Completionism

I'm just going to warn you now that this post is likely to get away from me, so sit back and enjoy the ride.

As an avid Pokémon player I recently got the Pokémon Bank app for my 3DS. This basically lets you store the creatures online, ready to deposit and withdraw whenever you need them. There's just one tiny problem with this; my completionist attitudes kicked in. See, I kind of want to store one of every single Pokémon, which means evolving them once or twice to fill in all the gaps. This also likely means owning every game in order to get all of the unique Pokémon. I wonder how long it will take me to give up on this idea. Probably not very long.

See I'm not really much of a completionist. If anything, I'm not a major fan of completing things. Especially when I write stories. My writing input drastically goes down the closer I get to the end of a story because I just want it to keep going for a little bit longer. I tend to be the same with books and other games. There will often come a point where I just get tired of something and will rush to complete it, which is a shame because it takes away from the sense of completion. Rather than being satisfied that I've finished something, I tend to just be glad that it's over.

I can have a bit of an obsessive personality, so when I do get the desire to really complete something and go all out; I really do go all out. I've spent plenty of time "grinding" as they call it, which is when you do the same thing over and over in a video game; often for experience or items. So who knows? Maybe I really am a completionist and I do a good job of suppressing my desires.

I knew this post would get away from me in the end, but I didn't know what else to write about today. How about yourself? Are you a completionist?

6 comments:

  1. Some things I complete, some things I don't. I'm not bad at grinding either. Grinding is a life skill, both at home and in the work force. Is that statement too cynical?

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  2. Nice introspective post. Once I start something I like to get it done, limits how many things I start and their complexity.

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  3. I want to be, but if I play like one I get sick and tired of the game before making it even halfway through the main arc or whatever. It's hard to not play like a completionist though. "Can I find something extra here?" "Oh, I can now go back and do that one thing I passed." "Ugh fuck this grind."

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  4. I love to start things but get board easily so not as keen finishing them off.

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  5. I used to be. Now I feel less guilty if I don't say, finish a book. Often, things don't need to be as long as what they are.

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  6. I am a true completionist, which is why I can't have things like Pokemon banks, because I'd neglect my job and my wife and my own general health in the name of getting every single kind of Pokemon. I just barely finished Skyrim last year because I wanted to do every single thing. Mods included.

    Every. Single. Thing.

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