When I play a game, it has to keep me engaged all the way to the end. Sometimes the game's story makes me want to see the end, sometimes the gameplay is so fun I play through to the end (and then wish there was more), and sometimes it's just so short that I can't help but finish it.
Like others have said, I don't worry too much about not finishing games because it's a leisure activity and not serious business. Am I gonna put "successfully finished 85% of all of my games" on my Résumé or something? I don't think that's going to impress anyone except maybe someone hiring a game critic, or a beta tester or something. --- http://raptr.com/badge/arleas/uc.png http://www.speedtest.net/result/3201564081.png
It's usually learning of the whole story and watching the ending that compels me to complete games. --- Oh, I don't want to walk that far. Anything that takes more than 12 steps isn't worth doing! Eh? 12? Get it? Steps! Hehehe.- Homer J. Simpson
Technically, a vast majority of the population of a typical first-world country could be diagnosed as having "Symptoms" of ADD. It may very well be a real condition, but many are quick to slap it on when it is just a simple case of absent mindedness or simple boredom.
Anywho...as for the topic...I don't. If a game isn't actively *fun* or enjoyable for me in some way, it gets dropped for now. Time is too valuable to be wasted playing a game (Something meant to relax, entertain, or kill time) you DON'T enjoy. Yes, you bought it and have it in the backlog...But if you force yourself to play something you don't enjoy, you're now wasting precious time along with the money you spent on the game.
Play something else you're in the mood for or enjoy, and get back to the game you weren't feeling later. Rather it be another day when you're in a different mood, or weeks/months/years later when your taste in games might have changed and an old bore might spark new interest.
At the same time, I have a bad habit of not wanting genuinely fun or enjoyable games to end and will start shortening play sessions to try and extend the last bits, since when I "Beat" a game it's usually left out to pasture and I move on to something else. --- PC: http://i.imgur.com/zgyKBAY.jpg
1. It's just such a great experience that I can't seem to stop playing it. 2. I've already invested too much time already, so I might as well get the rest of it overwith in hopes that it might be memorable.
The first is usually games around 10 hours.
The second is usually games over 20 hours long. I hit that 20 hour mark and it just seems to have dragged on way too long. --- http://penguinpetes.com/gallery/MyWalls/pigeon_chess.png