I'm not at the ending of scratches yet so don't know if I'm going to wind up really liking it in spite of the slow frustrating beginning or not. There are a lot of things in it that I really like a lot.
I just think that some games make the solutions too obscure and if it's too frustrating it can take away the fun because it distracts you from the story. I'm hoping this one doesn't turn out that way but too soon to tell. Running around doing a bunch of silly chores to move on, can sometimes be fun because of the side quests though.
I also play to have fun and unwind and get into the story. I love a good story that wraps me up in it and flows seamlessly. I find that the mood fitting the game is very important too though and something that really bores me today, may be just what I want tomorrow.
I get masochistic in regards to finishing a puzzle because I'm too stubborn to let it beat me but not as far as an entire game goes. I've learned ot just quit it and play something else if not having fun.