To be, or not to be, isn’t that the question? Well, for video game players, the real question is, “To buy, or not to buy.” For after all, it’s up to us to determine whether a game is worth are time. Do we follow the hype and take a risk? Or do we wait, bide our time, see what people say, especially the ones we know and trust? It’s a complicated thing, and there’s nothing worse for a gamer than buying a game that wasn’t worth your purchase.
For Redditor namesareannoying, this is a situation that honestly doesn’t have to struggle with. He notes on Reddit that he’s only bought 12 games over the last couple years. Yes, we said YEARS. Seven to be exactly…which in my mind is horrifying, but I digress.
So, how does he do it? Well, he takes a step back, watches walkthroughs and Let’s Plays and then decides whether the game is worth his time. He doesn’t listen to hype, he listens to himself.
It’s an interesting thought process, and one I bet many gamers would like to adopt. How many times has hype blinded us from issues that made a game less than what we thought it would be? Destiny 2 is certainly one that fits that moniker. Or Battlefront II if you want to be more recent.
And yet, we still do it. We buy games we don’t know will be good based on hype, trailers, and maybe earlier reviews and previews. Is that right? Honestly, there’s no answer. Because every single gamer is different. For all the hate that’s thrown on “bad” games, there are often people who love them. And while some may wait for reviews, others are fine with hoping that a game will be good, and then seeing whether it is.
Personally, I like to see the game. I observe the trailers, see what the game is about, and whether I feel I’ll have fun playing them. Yes, sometimes hype does blind me, but I feel like my tastes are refined enough that I know when I want/need a video game, and when I can wait.
So if you want a game? Go get it. If you want to wait and see what others say? That’s perfectly fine. Do what is best for you, and no one else.