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Submitted by ryandebraal 880d ago | opinion piece

The Hype Tsunami

The big day is finally here! You’re installing the Microsoft Visual C++ runtime and Direct X drivers for the umpteenth time anxiously awaiting the experience that is going to eclipse all others. Then an hour later you feel like a chump whose been duped. Welcome to the near perpetual state of gaming in this day and age: disappointment. (Culture)

Conner6742  +   880d ago
There are rarely any games that I actually look forward to, but mostly because they don't really interest me.

I looked forward to Bioshock Infinite, and, after playing that, I was incredibly satisfied. I was how Batman: Arkham City was going to turn out, because I didn't think it could live up to the first game, but I ended up loving it as much, maybe even a little more than Arkham Asylum. Then, there was Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. It's Ghost Recon with an ability to turn invisible? AWESOME! And, after many delays, I finally got to play it, and...it turned out to be one of the most mediocre shooters...well, pretty much ever. I'm excited for Nintendo games, but I know I'll like what ever they produce.

But, then I look at my favorite games from last year, and I realize, none of those games I've really ever heard of until on the released date or well after. Deponia, FTL, Lone Survivor, Spec Ops: The Line, those are all games that have been sticking with me. There are games even further back that I still remember playing because they've been a memorable experience. I'll even revisit them from time to time.

It's not that games that I have been looking forward to have never been good(Bioshock Infinite is definitely going to stick with me), but the thing is I feel like most of the major games have been coming were never really meant to be memorable or special or noteworthy; they were meant to make money, so they take the safest possible routes out there.

So, if we don't care about a lot of the games that have been incredibly hyped after playing them, I think that says something more about the games and how the industry is taking advantages of us.
MkaY  +   880d ago
Well said! This is the exact state of the industry yet we can't really point a finger in any direction.

Games industry is business and there is simply nothing more to it. Marketing machines are only doing their work. Think it like this: The better they can create hype and sell more products while providing as little as they can to the customer, the better. Wouldn't you aim for the same goals if it was your wealth building up with every sale? Business at its purest form.

Is it fair for consumers? It is if you wish to ride the hype train. For developers and publishers? Of course it is.
CaulkSlap  +   880d ago
This is why I stopped reading much about upcoming games. They always give you unrealistic expectations. Just pick and choose after release (and price drops). Now I'm neutral going in and come out feeling generally positive about games.
Rob_P  +   880d ago
I guess I just have a good spidey sense about these things, 'cause the only disappointing game I've picked up at launch in a long, long time was Duke Nukem Forever. And hey, if you're gonna pick a stinker, might as well pick the worst turd ever.
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Jhandville1992  +   879d ago
Excellent article! :) You make very valid points pertaining to the near infectious hype surrounding soon-to-be-released titles in a clever and interesting way. I usually end up renting more than purchasing newly released titles because I'm always skeptical about the particular experience they will deliver. However, I ended up pre-ordering Bioshock Infinite (being an avid fan of the first two installments) and ended up being more than satisfied with my purchase.

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