Recently I had to do it again…kill a sheep to get enough wool to craft in bed in Minecraft. A bed that I needed to sleep away the darkest nights when there isn’t a lot to do in my Minecraft world. I knew there was no other way, I needed the bed and to craft it, I had to kill three sheep. So I gritted my teeth and went about it. What made it worse was that they tried to run away after the first blow. Poor animal, grazing away, minding its own business and then to be savagely butchered. That’s how it feels to me when I have to kill an animal in a video game.
That was the most important reason that I didn’t take to Monster Hunter.They made it even worse there, blood spurting everywhere. In Rune Factory I had the same problem, killing the sheep, chickens or cows to get much needed materials. But in that game I knew I’d only have to do it until I was able to tame such an animal, because after that they would give me their produce for free. Once they liked me enough to give me wool and milk for free, I always left the critters in the wild alone, on the understanding that if they didn’t bother me, I wouldn’t bother them.
Although, writing this article I realized that I might be just a little bit of a hypocrite. You see, I don’t mind killing monsters in games like Final Fantasy or Bravely Default. I happily chop away to progress the story and to level up my fighters. Maybe it’s because those monsters don’t look anything like real animals? And on top of that, one of my favorite games is Viva Piñata, a game that really takes sacrificing animals to another level. Strange that I almost completed that game, although in the beginning I did really have a problem with letting my Whirlm be eaten by the Sparrowmint that visited my garden. But I overcame my own resistance, convincing myself that these animals were clearly filled with candy and that they had no other purpose in live then to bring joy.
I was wondering, how does it work for you? Are you happy that you can finally slay some beasts, something you don’t do in real life? Or do you dislike doing what sometimes needs to be done as much as I do?