I don’t particularly like mini-games. I’ve done them occasionally when trying to fill some restless time. I’ve played Bookworm Adventures trying to fall asleep in a hotel room. I’ve baked with Cake Mania wasting time in a LONG and boring meeting. However, when it comes to game time – moments I explicitly reserve for gaming, a mini-game isn’t what I’m after. I tried them before dismissing them. Games like Puzzle Pirates don’t appeal to me.
Then there’s instancing which I hate. I lump zoning into the same category. All those things that take me out of the game and sit me in front of a “please wait and watch this static picture” while the clock is ticking on your game-play time. I accept that they exist in all MMOs on some level. But games that zone me in and out at every turn immediately raise my ire. Pirates of the Burning Sea didn’t have a chance with me because of the constant zoning and instancing. I have a hard time considering that type of game play as MMO, even if I do prefer to solo content, I don’t want to be off in a private space doing it.