RPS Asks: What Games Have You Had To Uninstall?

'Steam says he's played this game for 600 hours.'

Last week I uninstalled Football Manager 2014.

It wasn’t for the first time. The problem with Sports Interactive’s foot-to-ball games are well documented, but 2014 is the first in the series in over ten years to get its cleats into me. It got to the point that I wasn’t being productive in other projects anymore. It got to the point that I wasn’t playing other games anymore. It got to the point where I wasn’t even really having fun playing Football Manager; I was bored, but playing habitually because there was never a natural point to call it done.

So it’s gone, for now. And I’ve been wondering: What games have you had to uninstall from your computer to stop yourself from playing them? What are your problem games?

For me, my relationship with FM14 is not because it’s about football, a sport which can inspire a frightening level of devotion. It’s that the management sim can feel simultaneously like relaxing, in that it’s a pass-time of absolutely no consequence, and like productivity, in the sense that it gives you so much to think about that you always feel like you’re accomplishing something or working towards accomplishing something.

We’ve all uninstalled games because we didn’t like them, or didn’t like them anymore, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about the experiences that have become if not “addictive”, with all that word’s awkward connotations, then at the very least an obstacle to your personal happiness and goals. Maybe it’s a multiplayer game that made you unreasonably angry, or a comfort blanket you wrapped around yourself so you could avoid confronting your real world problems. Probably it’s something that was deeply fulfilling and useful to you until one day it wasn’t anymore. Whatever the case, let us know in the comments.

217 Comments

  1. SAeN says:

    Spelunky. I just couldn’t stop cave diving. And I had to do it every day.

    • wwwhhattt says:

      Spelunky too, although for me it was just too easy to start playing instead of doing coursework.
      I had the same problem with Tidalis, and now RPS, it seems.

    • disperse says:

      I find Spelunky is a great game when you don’t have a lot of time to spare. I limit myself to only playing the daily challenge which takes anywhere from 15 – 45 minutes a day (more if I’m really successful, less if I fail badly.)

  2. bateleur says:

    Everyday Shooter.

    Endlessly fun, but it was literally hurting my hands after however many hundred plays!

  3. Arvind says:

    The Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers: 2014/13 : Too many subtitles games are my only weakness, which is surprising because I have never played paper magic and probably can’t afford to. Have uninstalled every single one after playing about 200 hours so I can get some work done.

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    Craig Pearson says:

    Team Fortress 2. I’d averaged 30 minutes for each day the game had been released, so I wiped it.

    I also deleted it one Xmas to give myself some time over the holidays.

    • Wildbow says:

      I had to uninstall TF2 as well, but for slightly different reasons.

      I logged a ridiculous amount of time playing it -965 hours over about 5 years [deleted further numbers- thanks dijeangenie]- but I hit this point where I was just getting immensely frustrated with the game, yet I couldn’t and wouldn’t stop playing it. It was habit.

      Some weapons or some maps or weapon-map combinations that would come up, complete and total anti-fun (Natascha at its peak, the laser weapon update – spammy engineer laser pistols, stickies filling lone chokepoints in poorly designed maps) where the only way to overcome it was to not step out of cover, exercise amazing skills (against stuff that required none), or coordinate with the team, and you couldn’t coordinate a PUG. I’m not a rager, but I’d get genuinely upset (silently) when my team collectively failed to do something fundamentally basic, like even trying to stop the flag carrier or defend the chokepoint.

      I’d start playing, then walk away, and my mood would be worse than when I’d first sat down to play. Consistently. But it was still my go-to game. I uninstalled to force myself to seek other avenues for entertainment.

      • Dijeangenie says:

        That isn’t two hours a day!

      • Bostec says:

        TF2 as well, I have about 1200 hours logged. It was my stress relief and my drinking game. Unfortunately it got to the point where my finger was constantly on the scoreboard, I was calling my team shit everyround, I would have fits of anger, swear and bang my fists scaring the shit out of the gf. I think once in a drunken rage I slapped my hand on the keyboard and hit the sleep button, the stuff that came out of my mouth on that embarrassing moment.

        I’v been free for about 2 and a half months now and even my gf has noticed the difference. I don’t think I will ever play it again. A shame that Steam won’t allow permanent deletion from your library. I like to get rid of a few. Especially TF2.

      • zontax says:

        Totally unrelated but I just wanted to say I love Pact and can’t wait for the next chapter, worm was amazing too just keep writing!

      • strangeloup says:

        Same game and same reason for me. This isn’t the first time I’ve uninstalled, but on this occasion I’ve made a point of selling all my valuable items so I’m less tempted to go back to it.

        I managed to sell one thing (a Strange Professional Killstreak Kritzkrieg, if anyone’s counting) to a friend for £70, which still strikes me as deeply weird.

      • Noodlemonk says:

        TF2 was my go to game for quick matches of silly multiplayer without much to worry about, although a game with clear objectives. As I got less and less time on my hands the past couple of years, I only jumped in maybe once a month, but the game rapidly grew more and more insane with weird lasers shooting all over the place and characters dressing up like any and everything. I found the new TF2 to be utterly confusing and hence not really that much fun any longer.

        I would love if Valve ever added an easy way to play vanilla TF2 with newer maps added, even if it would mean I’d had to give up my truste Huntsman and smelly Jarate. I’ve tried a couple of servers, but they’re generally pretty rare and often still stuffed with unlockable dress codes.

    • Enkinan says:

      Funny, TF2 is the one thing I never delete, (my trouble games will be below). The great thing about TF2 is that you can jump in and out quickly and it’s not really a huge deal to step away mid match if anything comes up.

    • MattM says:

      After 500+ hours I found myself getting angry and rude when teammates weren’t playing well so I decided to uninstall until I was able to play with a better attitude.

  5. Axyl says:

    During my 20s, when I had Deus Ex on Playstation 2 (I’d previously played it on PC, and at the time didn’t own a gaming PC, so was slumming it) my friend’s had to take it away from me and trade it in at the local GameStation as I’d played it for 28 hours straight and was starting to get a lil… umm.. strung out.

    Jabbering nonsense and sweating a lot.

    I’ve since rebeaten the game, just to prove it wasn’t going to defeat me.

    I’ve also stopped playing games for over a whole day straight as it’s just not healthy. :D

    • Tacroy says:

      I was actually given two different copies of Diablo II by friends who were trying to quit it.

  6. mickygor says:

    I don’t have the resolve to uninstall games I play too much.

    • bills6693 says:

      Exactly, I’m happy to be addicted to a game and not spending on other games instead (ah, to be young. This’ll be stopping soon for real life as I’m graduating in July! (scary times :P))

      I have to uninstall regularly, but for reasons of hard drive space. Last year I uninstalled all totalwars and installed them on my external hard drive, but decided I couldn’t do without having Empire on my normal hard drive and Rome wasn’t very big.

  7. Richard Stanton says:

    EVE 4 LIFE!!!!

    • jkz says:

      EVE here as well, I’ve been free of its evil second job clutches for a number of years and am staying strong. Luckily no other MMOs interest me.

      • AshRolls says:

        Yup EVE for me as well, clean since 2011. I had played for 4 or 5 years achieved everything I wanted to in game, after that it was just burning a whole in my life. I sold my character for £175 on the black market so that there would truly be no way back. The itch remains strong though, once an addict always an addict.

        Also Football Manager 2014 over this winter absolutely killed me. Never again. 5 hours sleep a night for 4 months is not good for the brain, I actually feel slightly damaged after that experience. It has been a while since I went cold turkey and I’m still not feeling right.

      • Maxheadroom says:

        Eve too although I recently re installed it (using the PLEX i left in my hanger when I last quit) just to get my name on that monument thing. Sub expired again now so re uninstalled

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      Hammer says:

      I’ve started playing Eve again. Glad to find that I can drop in for a few hours a week (barring quick logins to change skill training). Best MMO in terms of being able to play a few hours and then just turn off having had some fun.

    • Notelpats says:

      I’m the same with EVE. Thankfully it only took me 2 months to realise I should never play it again. I’ve been itching to dive back in for years, but so far I’ve been able to resist the urge.

      Also, World of Tanks, Football Manager(s).. and Hearthstone most recently.

  8. mpk says:

    I uninstall EVE every month.

  9. noizy says:

    Facebook account.

    • Fontan says:

      Same here. I got rid of it around two months ago and it’s been very good for my dissertation.

    • Crazy Horse says:

      Yea, killed it a few months ago.

      I’m resolved to never open it again just because of that snarky “We look forward to seeing you back soon” closing message when the site tells you that you can reactivate your account any time with your same password.

      Zuckerberg can go pound sand.

    • Synesthesia says:

      i never had one! feels good. I communicate the way true humans do

      by mail.

      But now, seriously, the prosthetic friend world of facebook will always make me feel very, very sick to my stomach. It depresses me enormously to see the success it has. Well, at least i know for sure we cannot be saved from ourselves.

      • aerozol says:

        Hear, hear, I’m sure non of us would use artificial mediated means of communication!

        … oops

      • Gap Gen says:

        My sister and I send cards to each other occasionally for no particular reason, even if we do also have Skype, Twitter and email.

    • Gap Gen says:

      Same; I was having problems with depression and seeing everyone post holiday/engagement/baby photos made things worse for me. Plus it got to the point where I was only checking it compulsively, and wasn’t interacting meaningfully with people through it.

    • Darth Gangrel says:

      I don’t use facebook that much and I don’t have that many facebook friends (less than 70), just the ones I know personally quite well in real life or old classmates that I used to know. It doesn’t take up much time, because it’s not that fun to hang around there, not much to do.

    • Enkinan says:

      Been clean for a few years now, it was a great move.

  10. Keiggo says:

    Tiny Tower on my telephone. I was essentially playing it all day at work. Dark days.

    • DanPryce says:

      I know that feel bro. I was fortunate enough to be working in social games at the time so I could kind of get away with saying it was research, but my tower got so high it took a solid 5-10 minutes to restock everything.

  11. Broslovski says:

    Borderlands 2 ended up being my digital crack. Mrs Broslovski & I probably managed about 400 hrs between us in the first game so I realised it was a risk, but I’ve just managed to uninstall it after just over 500 hours in game. And we’ve just reinstalled the first one. Doing it wrong, methinks.

  12. PsychoWedge says:

    Anno 1404 can be quite dangerous at times…

    • doodler says:

      There is something about the production management sims that just melt the hours away for me too, Factorio being the latest… Gotta thank Graham from that recommendation

  13. Hunchback says:

    A lot of F2P shooters, every now and then. Installed/Uninstalled WoT 5-6 times, DOTA2 2 times, MechWarrior Online 4-5 (just reinstalled it the other day \o/)…

  14. El Spidro says:

    I was playing so much Space Station Thirteen that it was scaring me and endangering my household pets, so I got rid of the Byond client.

  15. Atrocious says:

    I will probably have to uninstall FTL next week, if I haven’t gotten all unlocks by then.

    • Oozo says:

      I would honestly delete FTL from my Steam account if I could. I tend do think that I like it fine, but then I get annihilated again for no other reason than running into an enemy ship that had just too much luck in the weapons draw. Even though I have beaten it, it feels too often like a glorified slot machine, and it is too damn often frustrating. And still, I keep on playing.

      The same is true, though, for other roguelites… I have also uninstalled Don’t Starve for similar reasons. The only two roguelites I make an exception for are Spelunky and Binding of Isaac, which are more based on skill.

      I also had to uninstall Dota, because matches took too damn long and it asked a laser focus of me that literally would keep me from sleeping, even when I managed to shut down the computer in time… seems like my brain has to take too long to shut down and give me sweet dreams after having played. What I can say about Dota, though, is this: the time felt never wasted the way it does feel on FTL — even if you got your ass handed to you, you always feel like you have learned something. (In roguelites, that’s only true to a certain point, from then on out, you have to rely on luck, too…)

      • bills6693 says:

        Imagine how much money they’d have made if the game was free, and you paid $0.10 for every game of it you played. But you won $0.50 for a win.

  16. FurryLippedSquid says:

    Uninterestingly, none.

    I save all my powers of addiction for alcohol, cigarettes and porn.

    • AngelTear says:

      I’ll consider myself lucky, then, for not liking alcohol, cigarettes and finding the vast majority of porn gross :D

      • OpT1mUs says:

        Tacky names and avatars being your only weakness

        • All is Well says:

          What a mean-spirited and pointless thing to say.

        • Text_Fish says:

          Says “OpT1mUs”.

        • AngelTear says:

          I don’t like your avatar either, nor the use of numbers in words, and random capitalization, but I don’t feel the need to insult you for some reason.

          Must be another one of those addictions ^_^

        • Michael Fogg says:

          AngelTear is some schoolgirl’s ancient Myspace account that somehow gained conciousness

          • AngelTear says:

            I didn’t have internet yet, when myspace was a thing. My mother was terrified of internet porn eating my brain.
            But I would totally have been a myspace kid, when I was 13, if I could have

            I chose this nickname when I was about 17. I had (and have) depression, and being Emo was a thing, and it influenced me a bit, even though I was more of a goth kid. I probably wouldn’t choose it now, but it’s my nick on several places online already, and I still like it enough to keep it.

            Now, can we move on, or does anyone else feel the need to comment on my online image? Thank god I don’t have Facebook.

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    Hammer says:

    World of Warcraft. In the late ’00s, it was a crutch for me to justify depression, pretend I had a social life and keep me from Uni work.

    • Atrocious says:

      Oh right MMOs: I deliberately quit EVE when I started studying. I wouldn’t have gotten anything done otherwise. When I started working, I also started EVE again.

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        Hammer says:

        Yeah, I ended up installing WoW again again when I started working. Thankfully by that point it had gotten too repetitive for me and all my guildies had moved on, so it didn’t keep my attention for more than a week or two.

    • Scumbag says:

      In 2011 I purposefully lost my authenticator when I moved house. Not regret it once to be honest.

    • ix says:

      I also had a similar problem for a while, but eventually learned to balance things a bit better. I kept playing, but ultimately realized I mostly just logged in and drove my mount around whatever city I happened to be in chatting to guildies. Now and then we would do an easy raid, but I think I kept playing more out of habit than anything else (and talk to my guildies, I guess). I quit, and now have most of those people on Facebook or other social media, and do still talk to them occasionally.

  18. doodler says:

    Most games burn out for me after a certain time no matter how much I initially enjoy them. Usually happens around 300-400 hours if it is a game that really grabs me but there are always those that go the distance of 1000ish hours. That doesn’t happen in a short burst, those are the games I just play periodically and that time has added up over the years(left4dead, natural selection 2, smite, anno).

    Right now I can’t stop playing Factorio after reading the recommendation on here, for some reason I find it relaxing that there is always some small way I can improve the processes and I like to give it an hour every day now when I get home from work… Something about not having to focus on the game completely makes it that much easier unlike say Titanfall which demands every ounce of attention…(I usually have netflix up on a separate screen when playing games that aren’t competitive)

  19. Jeroen D Stout says:

    Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri
    Transport Tycoon
    Rollercoaster Tycoon

    There was a time I was convinced I had un-installed Transport Tycoon and found it on a partition. Not quite sure what happened afterwards, the next few weeks are a bit fuzzy.

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      teije says:

      Scary, same list as me. But my list has about 80 more games.

      I’m an addictive player, so over the last 25 years, I’ve uninstalled and thrown out all my gaming CDs (back in the day) on multiple occasions. I still rue the clean out that got rid of all my classic RPG disks. I can get them all again on Gog of course, but I still miss the hardware…

      Nowadays I just move to a new laptop and “forget” to install games. And lose the keys. And forget where the Steam and Gog sites are. And wipe my memory clean. And… it’s pointless, resistance is futile.

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    Lexx87 says:

    Fallout: New Vegas/Skyrim.

    I have spent so many hours with these and there is still stuff i’m finding, such as an underground fighting club I had no idea existed after 200 hours with New Vegas. I have to get rid of them and continue with my backlog!

    Also Graham, this discussion seemed to have come from the Crate & Crowbar podcast you used to link to, keep linking to it it’s great!

    • Ross Angus says:

      I didn’t know about the fight club. Interesting.

      I feel I never finish Bethesda games: I just abandon them. I think I prefer Bioware’s approach: always leave the player wanting more.

      • Vendae says:

        SPOILER, I guess.

        The Thorn, Westside. It also gives you a long fetching-hunting quest which yields a lot of caps and xp and optionally a unique weapon. And unlocks sex.

        I tend to prefer Bethesda to ME, the only Bioware I have played. More open world with both meaningful and timesink-esque things to do.

        My last FO:NV character has lived for 120 hours and counting. Reached an impasse as I cleared all the secondary quests and content in the vanilla but cannot decide whether to go through the DLCs (which I disliked) or proceed through the final steps of the main quest(s).

        • strangeloup says:

          The New Vegas DLCs are a bit hit and miss, but come on, Old World Blues is amazing.

          • Vendae says:

            Perhaps I play them the wrong way, but with OWB I felt that it was very wacky (not necessarily bad, but still) and they could make do with four or forty research facilities alike, as Big MT feels more a (wacky, quirky, funny) container than anything.

            So definitely a hit or miss for me for all DLCs.

  21. Veldzhes says:

    MWO

  22. Scumbag says:

    No one individual game, but since returning to education I’ve uninstalled Steam multiple times in a hope to kill the distractions.
    I reinstall it a day later usually when I find myself playing solitaire.

  23. Hanban says:

    EVE is the only one, I think.

  24. amateurviking says:

    Actually just uninstalled XCOM Enemy Within last night for this very reason. Loads of other stuff I could be getting on with but it’s just there and kind of perfect.

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    AndiK says:

    Factorio just a week ago. Conveyor Belts!!

  26. AngelTear says:

    Several months ago now, I had to uninstall The Secret World for your same reasons. I wasn’t really having fun anymore, but I had invested so much time and effort in my character, in the world, in making friends with people and with my clan, and although I didn’t want to continue I also didn’t want to stop.

  27. Gothnak says:

    I had to uninstall Trials: HD from my xbox. Every time i turned it on, i got a bit higher on my friends leaderboard, but i would swear so much while playing it, i realised the game just made me angry.

    I also had to uninstall FM when i realised i had no idea why i was entirely randomly winning and losing with the same team and trying different tactics never helped me understand what the hell i was doing right or wrong.

    • Tinotoin says:

      Totally agree with this, Trials seems to give me the amazing ability to create brand new swear words on the fly.

  28. P.Funk says:

    Crusader Kings II

    • Dave Tosser says:

      A friend was explaining to me why maps and marriage meant so much to him.
      “I hate grand strategy mapfuckery games,” I confessed to him, eloquently.
      “You’ll like this one,” he said, “You get to run a medieval dynasty.”
      “By moving low-poly giant men from one garishly coloured territory to another?”
      “No, by delegation, plotting for many years and weeding out poor genetic traits from your bloodline.”
      “Right. So in reality just awful load times and a Byzantine interface. Heh, Byzantines. Are they in this game?”
      “Yes, and if you play as them you get to castrate people.”
      “Oh. How does that work?”
      He rubbed his hands together, grinning like only someone who considers Stephen Donaldson and George RR Martin to be the height of literature can.
      “There’s a button to castrate prisoners. You click it and you order them to be castrated. You can, say, capture the only son and heir of an enemy kingdom, castrate him, and usurp his titles by placing someone in your dynasty as next-in-line. You could capture the pope and castrate him, if you wanted.”
      It would be weeks before I ventured into the outdoors again.

  29. BooleanBob says:

    If I could quit you, Dota 2, my life would be very much improved, ruined

    • vivlo says:

      improved or ruined ?
      i didn’t play dota2 since september due to computer problems, which i could solve but chose not to in order to get away from dota. I end up watching dota streams circa 1-2 hours a day. i’m beginning to think reinstalling the game would be an actual improvement.

  30. mft-dev says:

    Hello, my name is mft-dev.
    I’m an addict.

    crowd: Hello, mft-dev

    My last login was 2 years ago.
    I’ve uninstalled Everquest more times than I can count, but it keeps tugging at me, like an unfinished chore or term paper.

    I started playing Everquest back in ’99. It took over my life so completely that I quit school, job and friends to raid during night time (being European in an American world is harsh).
    At one time I was upholding 5 monthly subscriptions to be able to form my own group without help, because the noobs weren’t up to my skill. I’ve conquered raid zones meant for 72 players, alone.

    I’ve spent literally years hooked (true, my oldest character has over 700 days online.. days…). In my own head I was a goddamn legend.

    Then one day I realised that all I was doing was manipulating values in a database and the spell ended. No badge though.

    • Grygus says:

      EverQuest is my answer, as well, but I can’t start talking about it because then it will be re-installed, so we’re done here.

    • DerekG says:

      That does not surprise me. Some of my friends got divorced in part due to Everquest.

    • jenkins says:

      …MacAxe? Is that you? I was just taking a stroll down memory lane and fondly remembering the times I wandered by a player that used to five-box his own party.

    • myelbow says:

      EQ was my poison as well from ’99-’05. I had hundreds of days played across 8 toons. I have come and go since then just to check things out, especially since it went F2P and I was so far behind I didn’t need to spend any money to experience a shit ton of new content. I think I’m finally over it though and only randomly login via Steam now to check for old friends who I only had contact with in-game during the old days.

      That game was probably the height of my game focused interests in 38 years on this earth. I’m beginning to think there won’t be any other games that capture my interest to the degree that Everquest did and I guess that’s actually a good thing, being in a long term relationship with a toddler these days.

      Responsibilities, both boon and bane imho. Similarly, I do and don’t regret all the time spent in that game during the early years as I enjoyed so much of that time but shudder to think of what I missed IRL or what I might have become were I to have focused on something useful.

  31. Crazy Horse says:

    LOL

  32. KevinLew says:

    I’m sure that many people know this, but MMOs–at least ones made a decade ago–are designed to encourage obsessive-compulsive behavior. I was already borderline OCD and MMOs brought it out in the worst way. Today I can’t play any MMOs ever again because of how badly they can manipulate me. It’s weird to think that I had an abusive relationship with a video game, but that’s what it was. I loved MMOs more than anything, and I devoted all my time and effort to them. But in the end, the MMOs just took my money while stringing me along–vaguely promising me that my effort would be rewarded, and of course they never did.

  33. shamann says:

    Dark Souls. I rather grew to hate it, but I kept going back nonetheless. Once I realized I was just obsessing for no other reason than to obsess, was time to uninstall. The urge to re-install is strong.

    • Cinek says:

      Dark Souls 2 for me. Horrible controls (click, wait till animation is over, click again) mixed with pathetic PC port made me quit it before getting into even 1/3 of a game.

      • Fiyenyaa says:

        Wait, DS*2* is a “pathetic port”? You are joking right?

      • jrod says:

        just because you are not good at it doesn’t make it a bad game (said by someone deep in the throes of DS2 addiction)

  34. Kitsunin says:

    Not exactly uninstalled, per se, but Neptune’s Pride 2. After an newbie game without any intrigue really, I joined another game, starting in the center and quickly allying with everyone surrounding me, tactfully trading technologies to take advantage of the weaker opponents while remaining useful to the more powerful. It was absolutely brilliant fun, but I realized it had completely devoured those three days and I forced myself to abandon the game before I could somehow become even more invested in it, and never look back.

    God do I wish I had time for that, it was fantastic.

    • Dave Tosser says:

      Solium Infernum nearly became my life for a few months once.

    • tormos says:

      this. Quit Neptune’s Pride after 1 game and realizing that it had become all I talked/thought/dreamed about

    • blind_boy_grunt says:

      that brings back memories, i had something like that with “blight of the immortals”, the first game was on easy and thanks to luck i dominated that game, so i wanted more. The next one went ok in the beginning but than there was that guy… he bested me at every move, this is a coop game so we didn’t directly compete but somehow every one of his move lead to me getting weaker and him stronger, i could see what he did but never quite do the manouvers myself. He got the map points i wanted, i needed to win some cities, so i started to take bigger risks, which didn’t pay off, and he could sweep in and take over easily after i had weakened the ai-army.
      I don’t think i played that badly but he always had minutely executed plans, where he had to have waited in front of the pc to pull them of(i told myself that his freakish time commitment to the game was the only reason i lost).
      I was getting frutrated but i struggled on. I saw an opening. There was a juicy ai-controlled city. I saw him waiting for me to attack it, i was waiting for him, someone had to do something because zombie reinforcements where on their way. I started my attack, he started his, arriving at the city shortly after me, but i had a plan, i only had to get up at some ungodly hour, delay the attack and come in after him. I worked out that he must have been in roughly the same time zone as me, and i thought noone would be so crazy to get up in the middle of the night just for a game, noone.
      So i set the alarm, and… overslept and came in 10 minutes after my army was decimated. I’m still not sure if my plan would have worked, or if he wouldn’t just have had another trick up his sleeves. But i was done with the game, i’m still not sure if i should be grateful because i don’t know how long i would have played if i hadn’t been beaten so badly. In the end i gifted my empire to another player just to mess with my nemesis, but when i looked at the game a day later or so he already had large parts of my former empire in his hands.

      (it’s been a long time so i’m not sure if the actual mechanics i describe work out but the getting up and seeing my army destroyed i remember)

      edit: sorry, that has gotten longer than i expected. Those were some deeply buried memories.

  35. DukhaDave says:

    Alpha Centauri was the big one. Grabbed it in a GOG sale towards the end of 2012 (the first time I’d played it since the demo in ’99) and it completely took over my life for January and February.

    Also, curiously, Crush! Deluxe.

  36. Chuckaluphagus says:

    When FTL was originally released, I put in something like 50 hours in the first two weeks. Mind you, I work a full-time job and have a family, so really the only time I was playing FTL was at night when I should have been sleeping. I realized I needed to uninstall it after I started dreaming all night about my ship being on fire and my oxygen system being broken.

    Of course, it has been reinstalled and played tons since then, after a suitable downtime.

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    Hodge says:

    Happily I’ve never had to go as far as to uninstall anything, but I do force myself to stop playing certain games if they’re getting in the way of more important stuff. The Binding Of Isaac is the most recent one I’ve had to do that with… though all bets are off once the new version arrives.

    I have, however, uninstalled games on the grounds that they’re complete shit (ah, Stalin vs Martians, I will never live you down).

  38. Fenix says:

    The Binding of Isaac. Twice. At one point I even had promised a friend I would stop playing it after 200 something hours and 100% achievements but then I reinstalled it and he caught me playing it on Steam and actually came to my house in person to make me stop.

    …I still follow McMillen on Twitter and plan to drown myself in Rebirth :(

    • disperse says:

      The Binding of Isaac is the other game I allow myself to play daily. One run a day, I stop even if I die on the first level. It takes longer than the Spelunky daily challenge if there are lots of arcades or I make it to the late-game levels but it still has a natural ending point.

    • Iainn says:

      I also uninstalled this game. Not because of addiction, but because I absolutely suck at these kinds of games. I knew when I picked it up in a Humble Bundle sale, I should not claim it because I wouldn’t be able to play it. But I had a lapse of concentration one day, I claimed and installed it. I got to the first boss (Pin?), and I got him down to about 1/3 health when I died. Quit game -> Delete Local Content. Maybe my kids will play it when they grow up a bit? Who knows, but for now it will gather digital dust in my uninstalled Steam catalogue.

  39. giei says:

    Towns
    Football Manager
    Dark Souls
    Entropy
    From Dust
    Karateka
    DayZ

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  40. hemmingjay says:

    Dwarf Fortress sucks you in once you get involved in the psychology and madness of the individual dwarves and their generations of offspring. It becomes compelling to improve the wealth and stature of the civilization and to create a living history. It’s madness and all consuming.

    Also, at 21 I lost my job(high paying) and eventually my apartment because I went out and bought a cutting edge computer and played the just released Team Fortress(classic) for days on end. It was the birth of cable internet and with the hot new computer I was an untouchable sniper and literally terrorized players night and day until I realized I had lost my real life and five months to the game. TF2 was great fun but could never capture the magic of TFC, thankfully. I now spend my free time helping others who fear they are in danger of losing real life to games despite working in the industry and developing addictive games myself.

  41. db1331 says:

    The most recent Thief. Not because I couldn’t stop playing it. Because it was so terrible that just the thought of it sitting on my HDD made me sick.

  42. whexican says:

    FTL, Terraria, World of Warcraft.

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    Bluerps says:

    I’ve thought about this for a couple of minutes, but I can’t come up with anything, despite the fact that I’ve been playing games for over tweny years now.

    I do get into games pretty hard sometimes – for example, I had a few weeks in which I more or less played Minecraft to the exclusion of everything else, apart from eating, sleeping and work – but sooner or later, it always peters out on its own. With Minecraft, I was in the middle of constructing a castle wall, when I suddenly thought that I didn’t want to do that anymore. I quit the game and that was it.

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      particlese says:

      I have a vaguely similar story to tell: many games played over many years, some played hard for a while until beaten or boring, others played bit by bit as time and interest allowed.

      Minecraft is the closest thing I can come up with to an addiction. When I first got it, I played it all the time (minus work and sleep) for a week or two, and I even forgot about a dinner or two (and therefore had midnight spaghetti on a work night). After that first week, I moved everything to my backup drive in disgust and didn’t touch it for a good third of a year or so. Since then, I’ve had a couple relapses or multiplayer invites that lasted a day each. The result is a house barely made; a bunch of tunnels; some underground dirt cathedral thing; and a bunch of landmarks, each consisting of the tallest dirt pillar possible which still allows for a tree at the top, a bed at the base, and an arrow pointing home or to the next homeward dirt pillar. I genuinely enjoy the exploration, discovery, and creative opportunities in the moment, but when I stop, I’m consistently disgusted by the tedium (creative mode is worthless to me since I much prefer Blender for my “make whatever you want” time).

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      Bluerps says:

      To clarify, for me it’s not really that I feel uncomfortable about all the time I put into the game in question, it’s just that the appeal of the game vanishes after a time. That feeling of closure, of being done with a game, one gets after finishing a game with some fixed goal, just spontaneously appears on its own for me when I play an open ended game.

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        particlese says:

        Ah, yes, that. GTA 3, Vice City, and Saints Row 3 for me, I think: Played a bit of the story here and there, dicked around a ton, then stopped satisfied and haven’t gone back. Morrowind is almost in that category, but I’m pretty sure I’ll go on a nostalgia binge there some day.

  44. Rymdkejsaren says:

    After something like six weeks of pouring all my waking time into WoW (back when it was first released), I had an epiphany. I was spending literal days farming turtle shells on a beach. The turtles each took several minutes to kill and the droprate was very low. I needed over a hundred to make the full set of shiny armour I wanted.

    It was dull, mind-numbing work. It did not challenge me in any way and yet I sat there like a drone. When I took half a step back and asked myself why I was actually doing it, I had no answer whatsoever. So I promptly uninstalled the game and got back to my studies.

    I would like to end this story with “I am now a successful doctor and live in a house made of cake with my supermodel wife”, but well… at least I am not a game addict anymore!

  45. Zenicetus says:

    I think WoW is the only game I uninstalled because I thought it was an unhealthy way to spend my time, after a couple of years. Haven’t been interested in any MMO’s or online competitive games since then.

    I’ve uninstalled plenty of other games because I bounced off them, or just wrung out the last bit of fun. But WoW is the only one in that category of “I need to quit this.”

  46. Niavlys77 says:

    Diablo 2 + it’s expansion, Lord of Destruction. I uninstalled it probably around 10 times, sold the disks a couple times, and also threw out the disks twice. And before it’s asked, yes – I bought the D2 and D2:LoD disks on at least 5 different occasions.

    I still have the urge to play it these days haha – luckily Diablo 3 has finally (after RoP expansion) quenched my Diablo thirst.. still missing tons of things, but it’ll do.

    EDIT: Forgot – EVE Online was another one I uninstalled on maybe 4 occasions. Something about that game that just sucks me in – but it’s one serious time consumer. I’ve been EVE free for about 6 months now…feels good lol.

    • Stevostin says:

      Yeah, me too when it was released. Strangely thus I came back to it a pair of years ago and found it very dull and boring.

    • Horg says:

      That somehow keeps finding its way onto my hard drive every year for about a month. Usual cycle is pick a build I haven’t tried before, get it to Hell, start gearing up in late Nightmare, get bored and try another build, get it to Nightmare, get bored and try another build, get it to act two normal, get bored and uninstall. I was just thinking about why I even do this last week so this article is well timed. See you again next year, Diablo.

      • Skeletor68 says:

        D2 and Nethack are the only two games that never leave my drive

  47. whorrak says:

    I’ve uninstalled the client and canceled/sold my account for Gemstone III / IV more times than I can count. Every couple of years, though, I get the itch again…

    Right now, I’d love if i could uninstall Card Hunter.

  48. Laak says:

    For me, turn based games do the most damage – XCOM and CIV being the two i have had to delete to get anything done.

    • silentdan says:

      No more turns.

      “I just want to live a normal life, with my loving wife and our two beautiful children.”

      “We have three children.”

      “I …”

  49. WhatAShamefulDisplay says:

    Well, it’s not a “game” per se, but I’ve had to force myself to stop browsing/posting on /v/ several times over the last three or four years. The convenient lack of registration as well as anonymity always seem to make this a fool’s errand, but it can suck up hours of your time debating with people who just cannot understand the idea that just because they’ve said something is “clunky”, with no further qualification, this does not mean that they have “highlighted objective flaws”. It’s still vastly better than the godawful reddit gaming boards (“DAE remember le Call of Duty! OMG, I played that game, what about le arrow to le Skyrim! xD), but at some point you just realise that you’re spending hours of your time debating with anonymous people who aren’t listening anyway and are supremely confident that their opinion is right. Besides, if you ‘win’, they can just stop posting and leave you high and dry waiting for a reply.

    In fairness, the increasing prevalence of Dark Souls and eff all else has made it a much easier decision to stop, but I know I’ll be back. It’s just one of those cases where the site’s strengths (anoynimity, ease of posting and lack of censorial moderation) are also it’s weaknesses. (anonymity, ease of posting, and lack of censorial moderation).

    • surv1vor says:

      I couldn’t name a game, but for me it was /fit/ (and occasionally /g/) for a long time, my opinions of the board largely reflect yours of /v/. Haven’t been back on in a number of months now, but I do have a lot to thank them for, I’ve now got a good body (about 80kg – 12% BF), gained a new girlfriend and a shit tonne of confidence. Doesn’t change the fact that they were a bunch of spiteful, whiny social introverts. I just decided my life would be better without them in it.

  50. Geger says:

    all of them. but i still come back here to check out what i am missing .