I finally made the decision.
It would be an understatement to say that I had become disillusioned about The Division. The first couple of weeks with the game was pretty much a honeymoon experience and I really liked it, but the more I played the game the more I started to see the faults break through the seams of what is, on the outside, a solid game. The Division has pretty fun gameplay and a mildly interesting story to contain it all in, but there was a nagging itch in the back of my mind that only came to the light last week.
If you don’t watch Extra Credits on YouTube, you should. They do outstanding videos on game design, the gaming industry, and the culture we have built up around the medium. Last week their video was concerning how The Division takes a serious issue, the shooting of civilians without due process, and basically ignores the ethical implications. I highly recommend that you watch the video if you haven’t already.
It was after I saw this video that I realized what had been giving me so many issues. The idea of setting a game in America is cool and interesting, but it is illegal, not to mention highly unethical, for federal agents to literally walk into town, seize control of the local peacekeeping forces, and basically go around and shoot civilians without any sort of due process. It’s completely against one of the core principles of this country.
Because of all this, and because I had become bored with the game, that I decided to return it. When I bought my Xbox One I had made the choice to try to save all of my games, but this situation made me go against that. Also, I was able to use the money towards the purchase of my PS4 and my copy of Dark Souls III for the Xbox One. Also, the recent free update to Destiny had me back in and fighting the Darkness alongside my friends, and there was just no urge for me to go back into the streets of New York and commit treason anymore.