Sorry Sports games, it’s not me, it’s you!

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been looking back at the games I have and which ones I want to play while confined to my home during this 2020 lockdown. When I was most invested in video games, it was Sports, Racing, and RPG genres that had the most of my attention. Action-adventure games have joined that mix and are typically my go-to games of choice lately. Looking at my overall collection, I can confidently say that while I have an interest in many genres, 75-80% of them are Action-Adventure, Racing, RPG, or Sports.

My created player from NHL 20's World of Chel, taking a shot on goal.
World of Chel is a lot of fun but the small community makes playing against others a bit of a challenge.

But lately, my interest in sports games has really decreased. As someone who wrote about them at GameSpot, then worked for EA SPORTS, I don’t think I ever imagined I could burn out from the genre. But alas, in 2020, I have almost no interest in playing or investing any sizable amount of time in a sports game.

This has been a slow transition. It wasn’t like I just woke up one day and said ‘you know what, I don’t want to play sports games’. I still care very much about the genre and the games that come out. I just don’t see enough effort being put into their development to keep me interested in the long-term.

Putting aside my earlier work history for EA SPORTS, this is a problem I have with all sports games. It’s not as though I felt that since no longer work at EA, I should immediately start hating sports games. But watching the genre as an outsider, I really see how I am not its core audience and that the developers aren’t sure how to target people correctly.