Why Have I Become Obsessed with Breath of the Wild?

By Lizzie Fourman
December 18, 2017

One of the first two games I got on the Nintendo Switch was Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I was expecting the game to be time-consuming, to say the least. That’s the reputation the other installments of this series have received after playing them for years. I was happy to get a game that I could spend a ton of my time on. I’ve always been a completionist when it comes to games of this caliber and nothing has changed with Breath of the Wild.

On the other hand, I wasn’t expecting to spend so much time on this game. I might even dare to say that I’ve become down-right obsessed with this game. I’ve spent all of my allotted video-game time on this game alone. So my question to myself is: why have I become so obsessed with this game? I’m not even sure when the obsession started other than the idea that I’ve logged more hours on this game than any other game I’ve played yet.

I’ve put my other passion on a back burner to play this game: reading. I don’t read nearly as much as I used to, which almost disturbs me to a certain degree. I haven’t played any other games very much over the past 3 months. I’ve had the game since September and I’ve already logged well over 300 hours on the game. I wasn’t expecting to see this much of a change within myself since beginning to play this game.

Needless to say, I was kind of excited to get the game. I wasn’t expecting to spend this much of my free time playing it. I’m not complaining by any means, of course. I love playing this game as much as the next person who spends time playing it. I am always excited to clear some time to play the game, which normally wouldn’t happen to me. I love playing video games, of course, but I haven’t felt this level of excitement in years.

I have my favorite games but none of them have made me feel this level of excitement. I’ve hardly ever played a game that I’d want to play through a second time, let alone a third time like BotW. This is the thought that makes me wonder why I’ve become obsessed with this game. It also brings up a question I’m sure we can all answer: is this the game developer’s plan?

Is this what they wanted from fans? I’m sure there are those who answer “yes!” to that question while others answer “heck no!” without hesitation. Normally, I’d be one of the people who say “no” to that question but this time I’m not so sure about that answer. I’m sure there will be an answer from the developers and creators soon enough but I have to ask: who’s going to ask that compounded question? Perhaps I should find a way to schedule an interview with someone. We’ll see…we’ll see.

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