Well, Monster Hunter World has been out for a couple of weeks now, and in that span of time I ‘m pretty sure every one of my gaming friends has asked me multiple times why I haven’t jumped on board yet. I get it. Really, I do. Monster Hunter World is an excellent game, and from what I’ve seen of it, deserves much of the praise that’s been showered upon it. I understand that it’s a very good game, but that doesn’t mean I’m interested in playing it. Being great does not automatically make a given game into a good fit for every gamer out there.
I once wrote a post about how I was talked into playing Bloodborne and how surprising it was finding out that I liked it. It was a lesson in venturing outside one’s comfort zone for me, and I’ve been more willing to try different kinds of games ever since. This thing with Monster Hunter World is a bit different from that. It’s not that I think I wouldn’t like it, I’m sure I would. It’s all the grindy, loot-collecting, fun of Destiny with more depth and fewer loot boxes. I’m sure I’d love it if I started playing. It’s just that I really don’t want to start playing it.
There are actually many notable games that I’ve refused to play in the past despite their quality. The reasons range from practical to personal to admittedly silly. For example, I’ve never played a Grand Theft Auto game because the idea of playing as a serious criminal repulses me. The activities and the lifestyles depicted and played out in those games are things that I’m not the least bit curious about and have no interest in exploring. I recognize that they’re excellent games, but I’ll still never have the desire to play one. On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve never played the Metal Gear Solid games because I find the story line confusing and intimidating. I know they’re great, but I just can’t seem to get over the idea of having to delve into all manner of wikis and synopses in order to know what’s going on. I almost get a headache just thinking about it.
In the case of Monster Hunter World, the issue is a mixture of time and the social pressure that would accompany the game. I no longer have time for a game I need to play on a daily basis. My schedule is such that I can only play on the weekends and I don’t want to dedicate my precious weekend hours to the same game for the next several months. I also don’t want to be constantly invited to play the game. With so many people I know playing, many an invitation would have to be turned down, and the temptation to forget the night’s work and give in would be ever-present. Monster Hunter World may be an excellent game, but owning it would cause me all sorts of trouble.
Just because a game is good or even amazing doesn’t mean it’s something for everyone. Circumstances play a huge role in the games we play, perhaps more than we think they do. It may very well be that to sit out on a great game is to deny oneself hours of fun entertainment, but that loss is only a temporary one. There are new games coming out every day after all. It’ll only be a matter of time until another excellent game comes along that better fits one’s situation. Until then, I get that it’s good, but I still don’t want to play it, okay?! 😀
What are some games you’ve passed on for reasons other than quality? Do you think you’ll go back to them eventually or let them pass you by altogether?