Ok, so I have been thinking about how most people have a game or movie that they frequently will return to out of nostalgia or love of, and how that parallel between the two mediums is fairly easy to make. But what about the movies we don’t want to revisit? Y’know, those movies. The ones that for whatever reason leave such an indelible mark on you that you just can’t bring yourself to seek them out again. You think about them, talk about them, sure, but never sit down and watch them again. Where is the video game parallel to those?
It would seem that games are, if not succeding in invoking this kind of reaction moreso nowadays, then at least seeking out to do so with greater frequency. An argument could be made that the inherrent pursuit of that goal is a bit misguided as it seeks to hit what at its core is a deeply personal and subjective mark, and therefore terribly hard to design towards as a goal. another reason could be that since games inhabit the space of funcionality as well as artistry, a very easy way to ensure that people won’t want to return to your game is just to make broken as fuck.
Never the less I want to hear if anyone else have had at least some sort of experience with a game at one point in time, where for some reason or another we have finished a game that left a very profound impression on you but you for some reason just can’t bring yourself to go back to it.
For me personally, and this is such a friggin’ cliché, I have still not been able to return to Undertale. Undertale works for a lot of different reasons, chief among them being it’s character work and how it makes you care deeply for those characters through the insane meta story the game tells. I also think the gameplay is great, and there are parts of it that I wish I could return to right now so I could play them again. But I can’t. Well, I can, but I won’t, but I honestly don’t think I can get myself to do it. I have tried booting up that god damn game 3 times since I beat it and I just can’t bring myself to do it, such is the connection I felt to what I readily accept is in actuality just a bunch of ones and zeros.
That got a bit longer than I expected but oh well, feel free to post your own examples!