I grew up in a generation where there wasn't intelligent AI…you could pretty much master any game once you had the timing down.
As far as graphics
were concerned…there wasn't anything mind blowing and/or really all the
visually appealing…honestly you could build most, if not all the games
characters/landscapes with your Legos if you wanted to.
There was no Hollywood
quality plotlines either…we had the typical good vs. evil…march forward and
save the princess and/or sometimes even save the world from some kind of
Pretty much every game
had the same core gameplay mechanics too; which was to be expected seeing how
the controllers only had two buttons and a D pad/joystick.
It was just a matter
of who had the flashier packaging…most likely they would be the one getting
your money in the end.
You know something
though; all things considered we had a lot of fun with what we did have and
what also seemed like a lot less complaining.
I read reviews all the time before I purchase a game…just to make sure I'm
making an informed decision…new or used it doesn't matter. I even started
writing a few myself, but I found I was dissecting the games I was playing more
than I was enjoying the game for what it was. That's why I put the reviewing
thing on hold…because I wanted to get back to the care free days when games
were played for fun…not played to rate.
It was as if I was
playing games like a college professor would grade his students term papers…I
was looking for its flaws and short comings and also its successes and shining
moments…so I could grade it appropriately…instead of playing it in the manner
of a child enjoying his new toy.
Case in point, my girlfriend bought me Mind Jack because she overheard me
talking about…so she figured I wanted it. With the mindset that the game was
horrible based on all the reviews I read…but not wanting to risk hurting her
feelings…I decided to give it a try.
I'm not going to lie
to you, the first thing I did while I was playing through the first few levels
was critique everything…after realizing I wasn't playing the game for fun but
as a means to tear it apart I took a break from it. After coming to conclusion
I did I decided to start the game over and play not with the mind of a critic
but with one of a person who enjoys gaming as an outlet and a way to relax.
Now the game didn't
blow me a way and I didn't have a winning the lotto moment, but I did have fun
and truthfully the game isn't as bad as I was lead to believe.
I'm not saying every game is worth picking up at full price…that's a given. I'm
also not saying we don't have the right to complain and/or voice our opinions
over poor quality…but do you think as a whole we are expecting too much from
We expect all FPS to
be of Call of Duty caliber, all MMOs to be WoW and all action adventure titles
to be like Uncharted and/or Gears of War? I know the titles I listed aren't for
everyone, but I'm sure we call all agree they are at the top of their game when
it comes to their respected genres.
Because of the
aforementioned titles, plus many others, do we expect a masterpiece every time
we put the disc in the system? Do you avoid games because of negative reviews,
or do you actually try them for yourself…whether it is when they are first
released or even when they hit the used market?
I don't know about you, but a so called crappy
game becomes a lot less crappy when I pick it up for about two thirds off the
original price…for example Quantum Theory…a game in my opinion that was judged
before a trial…just because it resemble the Gears of Wars series.
It's a great time to be a gamer…we have the internet which is a plethora of information
to help us to be better informed and to make more sound decisions, the used
game market is flourishing which allows us to pick up more titles at cheaper
prices which in turn lessens the overall risk and of course video games are so
much more mainstream then they were back in the day that the big retailers are
competing amongst themselves for our sales dollars…with the outcome being in
our favor with better sales and incentives on newer titles.
I'm not saying we as
consumers shouldn't want to get out monies worth out of our purchases, whether
it be $60 new or $10 used. What I am saying is…are we expecting every game to
be a five out of five?
A three or four out of
five could be worth your money too…and sometimes even more so…but if it's not a
five we just don't think it's not worth it. For example, I loved the game Dark
Sector…it wasn’t really all that well received when it was originally released…I
was lucky enough to pick it up used at a very good price but honestly if I did
paid full retail I still would have loved it.