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Marathonin’ On Games – Some Fond Memories Of My Favorites

“Video games are bad for you? That’s what they said about rock n’ roll.” — Shigeru Miyamoto

If you don’t count bathroom breaks (in which case it’s ~6 hours) or getting a snack (in that case ~12 hours), then my longest marathon is about 18 hours on GTA 4 right after Christmas ‘09.

I woke up sometime before 10 AM after a night of gaming at a friend’s house. The weather was awful (winter in Sweden, need I say more?), so we refused to go out.

Fortunately, we’d set up our PS3′s and 3 TV’s in the living room the night before. Plus, we’d stacked up on chips, Coke & pizza so we were set.

We spent the whole day from about 10 AM to 4 AM the following morning just grinding “Deal Breaker” (my favorite), “Hangman’s N.O.O.S.E.”, “Bomb Da Base II” and deathmatches.

GTA 4 - DealBreaker

Wiiieeeh!

Other than that games I remember spending countless hours on are:

Albion (Blue Byte)

Albion (Blue Byte)Settlers II (Blue Byte)

Settlers 2 (Blue Byte)Gran Turismo 1 & 2 (Polyphony Digital)

Gran Turismo (Polyphony Digital)Theme Hospital (Bullfrog)

Theme Hospital (Bullfrog)Heroes of Might & Magic 3 (3DO)

Heroes Of Might & Magic 3 (3DO)I kind of miss those marathon sessions, but at the same time I think I’d grow a bit restless around the 12-hour mark these days.

Don’t know yet, but “No Man’s Sky” might be the next marathon session for me. Fortunately my girlfriend’s looking forward to it as well, so we might end up spending a couple of weekends exploring it later this summer.

Besides being a blast video games helped me develop skills like problem solving, team work, critical thinking, just to name a few.

What video games do you remember marathoning and/or logging more than 1000 hours on? Did they teach you anything valuable?


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