PLAY LIFE, LIVE GAMES: 2019 gaming habits very similar to 2018
I’ve been playing video games since the Atari 2600 days. And back then, the only time I got an indication I had been playing too much was if my parents told me to turn it off and and go outside.
One of the nice things about modern gaming is that all the major platforms do a pretty good job of keeping track of how you’ve been playing, if that’s something you’re curious about. PlayStation and Nintendo (the two platforms I play on) send out recaps of your gaming stats at the start of a new year.
So here is a look at my 2019 in gaming.
Most of my gaming time in 2019 was spent on the PlayStation 4 (964 hours on PS4 vs. 95 hours on the Nintendo Switch).
For the second year in a row, “Star Wars Battlefront 2” was my most-played game in 2019 with 462 hours. Since the game launched in November 2017, I have played that game for more than 930 hours.
Coming in as my second most-played game of the year, again for the second year in row, was “Friday the 13th: The Game” at 99 hours. I was surprised by my third most-played game of 2019 on PlayStation 4. In 2018, that spot went to “Red Dead Redemption 2” and I was expecting it to go to “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order,” but instead it went to “Minecraft,” which I played for 73 hours last year.
Other than the occasional random match, I stopped playing “Friday the 13th: The Game” on PS4 in August of last year, but that’s only because that’s when the game launched on the Switch. So August is when my use of the Switch really picked up.
On the Switch, I played another 65 hours of “Friday the 13th” last year. My second most-played game on the Switch was “New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe” at 18 hours, and third was the Switch’s collection of NES titles, which is counted as one game instead of a collection of multiple games.
This time next year will be interesting. I expect “Star Wars Battlefront 2” to again be my most played game this year on a PlayStation platform, but I have no idea what will be second and third since I’m playing “Friday the 13th” on a different platform now. I think a lot of it will depend on what the launch lineup of the PlayStation 5 looks like later this year.
Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached at email@example.com. He is currently playing "Star Wars Battlefront 2" and “Friday the 13th: The Game.” You can find him to play online through his PlayStation Network ID: DustRAG316.