Spoiler alert!!! Again!
Back in the days of the Commodore 64, if I wanted to know about a game that was coming out then I would have got hold of a copy of C64 gamer (or whatever it was called). The same rules applied when I had NES and a Megadrive and so on. Fast forward to the year of our lord 2020. When I want a rumor mill, I head to Twitter.
If I need leaked screenshots (which are often grainy rubbish) I pop over to Google. Instagram updates me daily on every single production situation going (to those I follow). This is all well and good, we want to be on the pulse, we need to be on top of absolutely everything all of the time. Don’t we?
Last night, like many of you, I tuned into the live UbiSoft event. I knew I was going to get a few more trailers, maybe some short gameplay vids. The Dev’s talking about lighting and shading and how many pixels it takes to make a realistic-looking toilet bowl. I had been logged in for about half an hour, but in that short thirty minutes, I felt I had seen the entire Assassins Creed Valhalla game played out in full. UbiSoft did a great job of plugging how exciting the game is.
The boss fights (yes there are boss fights), the drinking game (looks like an average Friday night), the inventory, and the skill tree. They even told me about the mechanics of the game and how you can get married! It was at this point when I felt that I had already seen way too much.
I write for DGR and one of the main points of DGR is to be on point with all the latest info. As gamer’s and writers its what we do. But I started to ask myself ‘Have we been too spoiled?’ The simple answer is yes. Of course, we have. But as a gamer I still want surprises, I want to be wowed when I play a game and find out some of the dynamics on my own.
I don’t need to see a thirty-minute showcase. Cyberpunk has the same issues for me. There are so many articles, videos, and screenshots (some of which I have written). We can already find a game guide for every game, so that if we suck we can just follow the white rabbit. But does that improve us as gamers? Or just make us lazy.
With so many titles on the horizon, it’s easy to get caught up and want to complete a game as fast as possible so we can get on to the next. And that requires a gamer who wants to invest. Invest the time to figure out the puzzles, learn the combat, or comb the map for hidden chests. For fifty quid a pop (soon to be 60-ish) I want it to take longer than 10 minutes. The speed at which we live affects the way we play. But it should be a time to kick back, slow down, and relax.
We see a trailer and we say ‘ooooh, aaaah’ and we are quick to pre-order. How many times have you ordered a game based on the trailer without seeing a single review? How many times have you loaded something up and thought ‘Meh’. For me, it’s too many to count. Maybe it’s time that we go old school and looked for reviews and screenshots without a trailer? Find a site or magazine that we like and stick to it. Too much choice can be a bad thing too.
I love to game and spend way to much time on my consoles (probably), but after watching the event last night I felt like instead needing to pre-order, I just wanted to wait. Do a review (or read one) then go an buy it based on that. Of course, I could just be old!!
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