Let’s face it—being an adult sometimes sucks. Not only do you have more obligations and serious concerns to think about, but your time becomes far more precious. You’re lucky if you can spare 20 minutes for yourself. One of the downsides of developing an interest in video games later in life is not being able to spend as much time as you want on it. You either have to take care of more pressing issues going on in your own life, or you want to be able to play another game you have been meaning to play from your backlog. I’m coming to terms with probably not being able to get to every game I currently own, but at the same time, I’m thinking maybe the workaround to getting close to playing everything is cutting out most side quests from my gaming time.
In between my Animal Crossing: New Horizons obsession I’m also fitting in time to play more of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Considering it’s a fairly large RPG type video game to play, one that will take time to get to the ending, I’ve been pretty sparse in exploring the side quests Witcher 2 has to offer.
Before playing any of the Witcher games I have heard how the side quests are actually worth playing, and aren’t the usual tedious and sometimes boring fetch quests you would find in Dragon Age or Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. The Witcher’s side quests actually contribute something to either enhance the main story or enrich the world itself. I did manage to do at least one or two of the side quests in Witcher 2, which I found to be a lot of fun to play, but then I remember how much I don’t want to get sidetracked by doing what is considered optional and not required to advance the story in any way. One of the main reasons I became more interested in gaming was the surprisingly deep stories and characters that can come out of them.
But with my time and responsibilities being what they are these days, I’m making the calculated decision to largely skip or trim down my engagement with side quests. Will I be missing on some really great experiences and moments? Possibly, but as an avid reader and aspiring storyteller I always have to know how something will end. If there’s one thing I hate about starting any game, movie, TV show, or book is not knowing how it ends. There are some exceptions, of course, but most of the time I want to see something through to the very end.
RPG video games are my number one favorite type of games to play, and it’s a shame I have to cut out certain parts in favor of completing them a little more quickly. But if I can at least focus on finishing the main story, then it becomes more of an attainable goal for me than pushing to finish everything down to unlocking every single achievement. I admire those who are still able to do that. As for me—who the hell has got the time for that?
How has your gaming habits changed? Do you forego all side quests to concentrate on the main story? Or do you manage to finish every single thing the video game comes packaged with?