Something I notice myself doing with video games these days is rushing through them. I wont skip dialogue or cut-scenes but for the most part I don't seem to do anything other than the bare minimum required to make the credits roll. I think the last game that I played "properly" was Skyrim and that was probably about a year ago.
I've recently played through The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker and though it was a pretty good game but I was in too much of a rush to bother with exploration and the likes. If I couldn't figure out what to do or where to go, I'd open up a walkthrough and find out that way. I still experienced the game but I feel like I missed the point of it. Exploration is a big part of games like that and I overlooked it. I've done the same things with other games too.
I think the reasoning behind it is that I don't have as much free time to spend playing video games as I used to and I also have a lot more games that I want to play through. By the time I get mid-way through one game I feel compelled to start playing another, so I'll rush the game so that I can start on the other one and the process will repeat. It's a habit that I really want to break because I find it harder to be immersed in a game when I play like that. It makes the games feel like a chore rather than a form of entertainment which is obviously a bad thing. I just miss being able to feel so involved with a game.
So I'm curious, how do you guys play video games? Do you rush through them or take your time? Do you complete optional content or do you just do what you're told to do? Share your experiences.