We’ve all seen this cycle over and over – a game comes along that gaming media decides to put into hype-r- drive, they bang that drum for months (maybe years) then as soon as it comes out, harsh reality hits the buyers that they were sold on a scam. I recall that being the case with games like the first Chronicles of Riddick; Brute Force; Killzone on the PS3; Brutal Legend on the 360…I could go on.  One of the more recent example is Evolve. Hyped using an idea similar to what the WiiU should have offered in more games (i.e. asymmetrical games like a dungeon master vs. the players), if you watched nothing but the pre-launch coverage then it might have been hard to avoid buying it. People were just losing their minds – it was games like it that reminded you why you were a gamer! It just sounded so darn amazing that a game like Pac-Man would never hope to hold a candle to it 30 years down the road.

Well thanks to this video you can see how far the praise went…compared to how opinion changed when players themselves got a chance to experience the game. The lesson to be learned – patience continues to be a virtue regardless the march of technology. The more hyped a game is, the wiser you would be to wait and see how it actually shakes out.

(Strong language warning)



About Shaggy

I addition to my professional work in the arcade industry which has ranged from operator to consultant, I like to write about other subjects that interest me as well...if I can find the time.

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  1. Anidaan says:

    So glad i held off buying this one! A lot of games seem to generate a lot hype recently and I suppose it is a testament to the talent of the marketing teams behind each of those games. They seem to have figured out just what makes us gamers tick when it comes to stirring up that anticipation and sense excitement.

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