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handoflixue comments on Justified Expectation of Pleasant Surprises - Less Wrong

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Comment author: handoflixue 12 July 2011 07:01:58PM 1 point [-]

It's interesting realizing that I have the most fun in "Metroid" style games - I know I will get upgrades, but not the nature of them, and there is no choice involved.

I actually had to quit playing WOW because I kept anticipating the things I would future-enjoy and couldn't appreciate the current game play at all. I just recently picked it up again and have been making an effort to try and just enjoy the present, and it's been a lot more fun for me.

Oddly, while I want to say I enjoy "make choices with full knowledge" to "make choices blindly", I've generally had a lot more fun with games where I had a momentary "bad news: you could have had a pony!" to games like WOW where I can spend hours crunching numbers to figure out exactly how to ensure I get the pony by level 53, and then spend the first 52 levels going "I want a pony! :("