I made a few gaming resolutions back in my post of January 2nd, and I can now scratch The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion off my list of games to finish. There’s still a lot left for me to do in Oblivion, but I’ve put the main quest to bed which, although not specified in my resolution itself, was the requirement for completion. I still have the Shivering Isles expansion to go through in addition to many side quests.
Oblivion reminds me of what I like so much about single-player games. There were no external drivers forcing me to play, except for my resolution of course. I wasn’t under any pressure to get this or that faction, or to boost certain stats. I was in my own little world, doing my own thing, and loving it.
I haven’t logged in to World of Warcraft for about two weeks it seems, and I haven’t missed it one bit. There are still things I’d like to do, like polish off the last two levels to hit the cap, and do some questing in Icecrown. But truthfully, the only thing pushing me towards those goals is a sense of duty, not any overwhelming sense of desire. I don’t think I’m really having fun in WoW anymore, and I only seem to realize that when I break off and play something else.