What is it about Fishing and Video Games? In truth, I’m not a big fan of real-life fishing. I’d like to give Fly Fishing a try some time but still… And yet, there’s something [I don’t know] just so inexplicably appealing about fishing in video games that I can’t help chuckling at the thought of it. Try to imagine for a moment the antithesis of what most video games are about – action, adventure, exploration, fights, bosses – and you would very likely end up with a mundane activity not unlike fishing. There you are with your character, standing there, inside the world of a video game, waiting… waiting… waiting for something to bite. A few examples that come to mind are the Zelda games and Harvest Moon series. A good number of MMORPGs probably have a fishing game in there as well. Why? Because for reasons unknown it turns out to be fun. I suppose I just don’t know why it’s so fun.
I’d love to know which was the first game that included fishing (not as the central focus but rather as a mini-game). How have fishing mini-games evolved over the years? What are some of the best ones out there? I wonder if a single game could be identified as deserving the ‘Best Fishing Mini-Game’ badge of honor?