When it comes to video games, nothing makes an avid gamer salivate more than spying a juicy side quest appearing over the horizon. Not only does this mean we get to explore some of the wilder sides of the title we're currently living on, but it's almost supremely satisfying to be met with even more content to justify these ever-increasing costs to purchase the bloody thing in the first place!
Plus, as a kind of unwritten rule of thumb, side quests are usually where developers really let themselves off the chain and dole out experiences that are at once utterly unique and usually really, REALLY, fun. How could we forget trying to piece together a night on the tiles gone wrong in Skyrim, or passing judgement over your people in Dragon Age: Origins?
However, not all side quests are so cheery and joyful, because, for whatever reason, some developers take these asides and use them not to reward and entertain, but utterly brutalise the player! Maybe it's the long hours, the frustrations that build within, but regardless, we're the ones paying the price for these utter horrors masquerading as side quests.