@mbun That's so funny to hear you say that quality of life has improved, I can't imagine how hellish the previous entries were to play. New Horizons was my first AC game, and it had to be the most tedious and tiring game I have ever played - certainly within the past 5 years. Its unfortunate too because I liked it at first - the vibes, visuals, and sounds are all very charming. In the end though, it just feels like a never ending time sink with little to do outside of mundane chores. I'm holding myself back from being very harsh because I know people like it, and there are things I like about it; but its just something to me that cannot be paraded around as a well designed game. Again, I don't blame anyone for digging into it and playing a ton of hours - its just too severely flawed for that kind of an award.
By the way my post wasn't a shot at you or anyone else enjoying a game - Its honestly just shocking to me how well the game was critically received by people and its going to pain me to see publications nominate it at the end of the year.