I’ve said this plenty of times…
Everyone has their priorities. If your priorities don’t align with Battleborn, so you’re not getting what you want out of it, then absolutely play something else. Don’t feel guilty about it, don’t look back. Forcing yourself to play something because you’ve some arbitrary reason for doing so will only make you miserable if you’re not having fun.
No one can tell you what you do or don’t find fun, right? Everyone has different priorities.
For me? I have different priorities. So I’m not just in it for the gameplay alone, I’m invested in this world and its characters. I’m a part of their story and that actually means something to me. On the other hand, I’ve no interest in Overwatch. I’ve actually read threads upon threads where its players have tried to figure out what relevance (at all) the world or story crafted for it have to the game itself. And no one seems to know.
I find Overwatch a generic affair. And not just that, but I think it’s a little bit unethical on a number of counts.
Their marketing seems to have turned people into frothing cultists. I remember when the Steam Battleborn forums were flooded by people attacking and bullying fans, trying to undermine them and outright trying to convert them. That, right there, is skeevy. I don’t want to be a part of that scene for that reason, I’d feel like I was joining a cult. I don’t like it when people act like that. It’s toxic, unnecessary, and… it doesn’t show a whole lot of individual thinking.
I like to decide things for myself, as I think everyone should. You know? So Overwatch’s community being so toxic and such a hivemind would actually be suffocating for me. In this community I’ve been welcomed despite all my eccentricities, and that’s awesome, but that’s really teh kind of people who’re attracted to this game. Just look at all the diverse, weird characters Battleborn has.
Which brings me to the other reason I’m not interested. I feel a bit uninspired by Overwatch’s characters. Now, if you’ll note, I haven’t said that they’re uninspired but rather that they’ve done nothing to really excite me. They’re all just sort of there. I think mostly they’re just archetypes like the characters in Street Fighter, not meant to be fleshed out. Which is fine, but not something I’d personally show interest in.
I’m genuinely invested in Battleborn’s roster though as they all have their destinies, dreams, aspirations, and callings. I’m also pleased by how genuinely diverse they are, providing escapist fantasies to groups who usually don’t get much in the way of attention. Shayne & Aurox is one of my favourite examples, aimed at young girls on Tumblr who’re into paranormal escapism (it’s handled in such a self aware way, too). And Reyna’s a body positive momma bear who’s just so confident she reminds me of both Whoopi Goldbert and Roseanne. I love her for that.
That’s the thing.
Whereas, to my mind, Overwatch can be very unethical and body negative. Whereas Battleborn empowers by providing real women who aren’t all sexed up, Overwatch does the opposite and undermines them. It’s a game that could easily do much to continue to hurt the confidence and self-image of young women if they happen to end up playing it. And these kinds of negative tropes have been with women since the very dawn of media.
I’m proud of Battleborn for not going there and having women that are just so positive, powerful, reinforcing, and charismatic. I’ve spoken with my partner about this. She’s chubby and she’s tired of dealing with body negative people, she’s had a lot of that kind of thing ingrained and it’s really hurt her. And she (understandably) really doesn’t like the Overwatch cast, either. But she loves playing Reyna.
My priorities are in line with these things. That Battleborn – to me – has the better world, story, and characters. It’s also free of things that are hurtful and damaging to my partner. As such, I am more than happy to stick with Battleborn regardless of whatever perceived issues there might be.
My point is? Everyone is going to have different reasons, and those reasons will always bee their priorities and their prerogative. If Overwatch is more suited to you then you go and play that and more power to you. No two people are the same, after all, everyone’s going to have different priorities.
So don’t feel the need to justify it or even say goodbye. If you’ve considered your priorities and made your choice, there’s little else to say.
I wish you luck wherever you go.