Ever since I started this website I felt the compulsion of reviewing everything that falls into my hands. The process of reviewing a game is harder than it might seem: you need to dedicate hours, you play the game with a critical eye and you need to pay attention to bugs and technical problems. But regardless of your approach to reviewing a product, there’s an undeniable truth: you have to finish that game and believe it not not, this is one of the hardest parts. Although I start playing most games with the idea of writing something about it, lately, I’ve been giving up most of them and instead of feeling like a drawback, quitting some games feels liberating.
Of course, not a lot of people can relate to the review process I mentioned above because most people don’t necessarily play games for that specific purpose. But like most of the people who are reading this article, I started playing games because I love the medium. Over the years though, playing video games stopped being a luxury and it became more common (games became less expensive and I have disposable income I can spend on consoles and games,) so finishing all the games I get quickly became impossible. But at the same time, I wanted to play at least a fraction of those games to what they were about. My solution to this problem (if having too many video games to play can even be considered a problem) was to play a game until I didn’t enjoy it anymore. And while I’m not writing as many reviews as I used to, it works.
The advantages of giving up games you don’t like are obvious: it’s liberating to stop doing something you dislike and you play enough of most games to at least develop an informed opinion about that particular title. This doesn’t mean that you aren’t committed to your past time, but simply that you value your time. Additionally, you might give up playing a game you don’t like to, hopefully, check out something you do. If you’re willing to quit games, you have more chances to discover something you love and you get to play more (and more varied) games.
Of course, some people disagree with this view. They might argue that if you quit games you don’t get the full picture, if you don’t play a game until the end you might miss on valuable content or you may never get to see a game’s redeeming qualities. Finally, some might say that quitting games makes you detached to the medium you love and shows no commitment o your part.
Despite what some people say, I strongly believe that you shouldn’t force yourself to play something you don’t like. If you review games for a living, you might not have this opportunity, but those who do should definitely take advantage of it. Life’s too short to do things you don’t like and video games shouldn’t be a punishment.