Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Prepaid Disappointment

Thanks for being so damn gullible. I'm talking to YOU, hardcore gamers. You spend your time online hyping a game years before it will ever see retail shelves. You buy crappy games you don't want in the first place (i.e. Crackdown) to get an invitation to debug a glitchy beta. The industry used to PAY people to do that kind of work. Then you plunk down $5 or more, often for the overpriced "Legendary Exclusive Limited Elite Collector's Edition". What's the collector's edition have that the regular edition doesn't? Besides a $95 price tag, it's got an art book filled with pictures that were leaked by the gaming mags a year and a half ago, a t-shirt to further help promote the game you just bought, and an action figure. How old are you?

Keep in mind, you haven't even played the finished game yet. If your disc wasn't scratched to hell, you spend the next 48 hours flaming Gamespot for only giving it a 9.5 out of 10. Let me ask you something. Will you change your behavior someday when years of anticipation are met with crushing disappointment? Or will you swiftly move on to the next much-hyped game?

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