Let’s assume that you’re confined to a desert island. The rest of humanity will continue to exist. The world will keep on turning. Xbox Live, Steam and the PSN Network will not be flustered by your absence. Developers will continue to make games. Consoles will still be manufactured, released and improved. But you, you will be stuck on your desert island. Alone. With just one video game.
For argument’s sake, we’ll say that you’ve got plenty of food and water. You’re able to survive – but you’re not going anywhere. There’s no hope of you fashioning a raft so that you and your volleyball friend can escape, at least. Let’s also assume that, whichever game you choose, you’ll have both the means to play it, as well as the means to play it online. So if you picked FIFA 17, for instance, you can play Pro-Clubs or Ultimate Team to your heart’s content.
Choosing a game for the long run
So which game would you choose? Would you pick a game with hours of content, like Skyrim, Dragon Age: Inquisition or Minecraft? Would you go for a game with re-play ability, like NHL 16 or Rocket League? Or would you go for a simple platformer, like Rayman or Max: The Curse of Brotherhood? OR, perhaps an online game with endless possibilities, like an MMO / MMORPG along the lines of Star Craft, World of Warcraft, Elite Dangerous or The Old Republic? Variety is the spice of life, after all.
But you’re not getting variety. Nope. You’re getting one game, for the rest of your life.
Personally, if I was being sensible, I think I’d go for an MMORPG. World of Warcraft, to be specific. I’d pick something that gave me the best of a multitude of worlds. I could play it for hours, even with other people (thus mitigating the need for creating myself a volleyball pal). There’s also a wealth of content, quests, characters and areas to explore. I could live my life vicariously through my in-game character – helping me to forget my desolate, deserted, desert existence.
Going with your head, or your heart?
That’s what I’d pick if I were thinking with my head, at least. Were I thinking with my heart, I’d probably choose my favorite game. The one game that I can play over, and over, without ever getting bored. That game being Oblivion. I’d explore Cyrodil to my heart’s content. Save the world from Oblivion gates and lead the various guilds to untold glory and riches.
But how about you? Which one game would you gladly play for the rest of your life? Let me know in the comments below!