The games I’ve played for the most hours, cumulative, in my entire life, arranged in descending order

  1. Minecraft (approx. 600 hrs)

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  2. Age of Empires (probably approx. 500 hours)

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  3. Age of Empires II: Age of Kings (ditto)

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  4. Age of Mythology (ditto again)

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  5. Caesar 3 (ditto, yes, shut up)

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  6. World of Warcraft (I don’t want to think about this)
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  8. Guild Wars 2 (I don’t want to think about this either) 

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  9. Sim Ant (well over 300 hours of my life)

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  10. Oregon Trail 2 (sometimes I still dream about this game)

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  11. Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (who the hell knows? 300 hours? More?)

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  12. Mount and Blade (>170 hours total)

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  13. Nethack (??????)

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  14. Star Wars: Republic Commando (ugh ugh too much time)

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  15. Mass Effect 1 (certainly more than 100 hours of my short, precious life)

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  16. Civilization 4 (same)

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  17. The Binding of Isaac (105 hours precisely)

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Things that occur to me after assembling this list:

  1. I used to play games for literally years at a time, as a kid
  2. I no longer have time to play games for long periods of time
  3. Although my favorite games today have strong stories, I didn’t play games with stories as a kid
  4. When I play games with strong stories, I generally do not spend hundreds of hours playing them
  5. Although RTSes do not even register on my list of favorite games genres these days, I have played probably thousands of hours of RTS games total in my life
  6. The number of hours you spend playing a game has nothing to do with how valuable that experience is to you creatively or entertainment-wise

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