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Should We Ban Video Game Previews?

"It has been brought to my attention that after the lovely Aliens: Colonial Marines ordeal, hurt gamers are now calling for the “ban” of previews from gaming websites. Does their desire to ban video game previews have merit, or is it just another desperate attempt to further the “gamer entitlement” agenda?

From the moment a game is announced, the hype train starts chugging along. Back in the day, the hype was purely between a magazine ad and a group of friends. There weren’t season passes, day one DLC, crazy preorder bonuses, and official merchandise in Hot Topic a week after the game was announced. We had discussions purely about the game, without any of the tacked-on crap deluding our thoughts. Now we have to worry about if the season passes are worth it, if the DLC is already on the disc, where we are going to preorder the game at to get the best swag and if the Hot Topic hoodie symbolizes the success or immediate death of a franchise." - Dustin Triplett of Geekenstein.com

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AssassinTRIP1315d ago

Online and offline video game publications as a whole. PC Gamer, IGN, N4G, Geekenstein.

BillySpandex1315d ago

It depends are previews merely glorified advertisements or are they essentially informative pre-reviews. A way for publications to tell their readers whether game A is worth it or not. If it's the former than I think publications have overstepped their mark, and we should reconsider the need of previews.