This was a problem for me maybe 20 years ago. Not only via emulation/roms but also with bootlegs and finding myself with spindles of PSX discs, and then not playing any of them. Even with legit games, e.g. buying Gamecube games, starting up something like Metroid Prime, and not getting more than an hour in there, before being distracted by something else. This went on for a long time before I realized 1. I wasn't having any fun playing video games anymore like I used to and 2. I started to not even like them, period.
When I was younger, I'd could only afford a single game at a time and then I'd play it until I'd finish or master it, and I always had a blast. So I'd say it was maybe within the last decade I made the decision to try to go back to that mindset, before I had game overload. i.e. "One game at a time". or more accurately "One game at a time per system" (e.g. GBA - Pokemon Fire Red, Switch - Zelda, Xbone - Call of Duty, etc.). Yeah it requires a little mental discipline, but I'd say I'm much more happier enjoying gaming this way. I don't torture myself though. if a game sucks or I simply tire of it, I move on. But if I choose something on a console, I try to stick with it when I play that console.
For VCS and emulated arcade games, it's a little simpler since often they're meant to be played pretty quickly. The only thing is I give them the good try and not "5 minutes, and.. next". Gotta dive in man.
Edited by NE146, Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:47 PM.