Spoilt For Choice
How crammed release dates are spoiling gaming
by Lyndsay Noir
© 2012 Lyndsay Noir
With the 2012 October to November game and console launch window being one of the most promising and exciting yet, gamers all around are rejoicing at the vast collection of games and consoles that they can purchase during the year’s last months.
I personally have a massive list of must buys that I have only just started to reduce thanks to the recent releases of Dishonored and Fable: The Journey.
However the problem many gamers will now have to address is the issue of expense.
Spoilt or spoiled?
This is tough due to many reasons.
Firstly, it will suck if your friend completes the game you decided could wait for now, and then proceeds to ruin the spoilers for you. Or you could find the same problem by just turning over the wrong page of a magazine weeks after its launch.
Secondly, you pick the wrong game, even after all its hype, it just didn’t live up to the awesome standard you built it up to be in your mind, and damn… You’ve gone and bought it and now have to complete it, wishing you had the other! We all know that feeling right?
Lastly, if you pre-order, you often get pretty neat extras that come with the game. I mean I personally pre ordered Black Ops II, and this was partly due to the fact that I’d get a real life care package!
Too Many Games At Once
So my issue is, that with so many releases all at once, I mean I’m talking Halo 4, Assassins Creed III, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Hitman Absolution and Little Big Planet Karting, along with plenty others, all before Christmas, how are we average Joes going to afford them all?
Or choose which ones we want to play?
I’m not too sure if many people agree with this problem, and frankly it is quite minor on the worldwide scale of things. I mean perhaps it is about time we showed a little more patience rather than expecting to buy all the games all at once.
But perhaps if release windows were not crammed so close together we’d benefit and developers may even benefit as gamers wouldn’t be choosing between a handful of titles and would instead be able to purchase more new releases as and when they came out.
What do you guys think? Should prices be reduced? Windows be spaced better? Or is it fine as it is?
© 2012 Lyndsay Noir
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