I tend to have a compulsion to play games in order, in the same way I don’t like skipping movies or books or seasons in TV shows.
Which, in the case of games, is often frustrating, as it blocks progress when you either don’t own or can’t finish or can’t get along with an earlier game in the series.
The Witcher seems to be the main one that comes up for this. (I got distracted half way through tW1 and have been meaning to go back for over a year now… but with RPGs the longer you step away the harder it is to go back. Maybe I should just jump to tW2… but…)
I know Chris Thursten on the C&C podcast was talking about wanting to play tW3, but feeling he needs to play tW1&2 beforehand, despite everyone telling him he doesn’t need to and that 3 is the best. So it seems like a relatively common feeling.
I get it most with story based games though… personally I haven’t played any AC games, but for me the main appeal would be running around historical locations, and I heard the story is pants anyway, so for that series I don’t think I’d have any problem jumping in at another point.
Similarly, something like Mario Bros or Tekken or Doom or whatever, I don’t think I’d care about starting at any point.
Though I do sometimes worry that by playing a later game with better graphics or improved mechanics, I may make it harder to play the older games in the series.
So, yeah, for story based games, but not so much for other genres.