This will be a brief posting for me, but I didn’t need to think about my least favorite gaming mechanism: Memory. This goes back a long ways for me, as I avoided classes in school that required extensive amounts of memorization. That’s why I leaned towards physics and math rather than biology and history – I would much rather learn a core set of principles (rules) and apply them to analyze and solve new, interesting problems.
Games that involve memorization as a core mechanism turn me off. The canonical example would be the classic Memory game. A more recent example is Dawn Under – I like my games to be relatively stateless.
Even when I play games with extensive hidden but knowable information, I waste no time tracking that information in my head other than in a very coarse manner. Examples would include many Knizia games (Samurai, Tigris and Euphrates) and games where card counting can give a serious advantage.
There’s probably some Myers-Briggs personality attribute I have that leads to this aversion to memorization, but I don’t know what it is. Intuitive? Analytic? Any shrinks out there that can help?