It always seems to me to be a real disappointment, when I find a game that doesn’t live up to the associated hype. One of the real difficulties that I have is with games that have been produced with the help of significant financial backing, but that simply don’t seem to deliver.
It’s often the case that such games are associated with movies or television shows. In these cases, I guess that the executives are relying on the fact that there is already a potential audience available. Those who watch the movies may be more likely to buy the games.
Unfortunately, it can sometimes be the case that rather too much money is spent on creating games that look good, rather than having that focus on whether they are fun to play. It may be entertaining to have video games experiences that replicate what you have seen at the movies, but how many hours of enjoyment will you really get?
My own suggestion would be that it’s often best to avoid those games that are associated with big marketing campaigns. You often find out about the best games in a rather more organic manner, without having to rely on numerous posters and television adverts. Instead, you find out about them from friends and family members.
It helps, of course, if you have friends and members of your family who enjoy similar games to you. That’s usually a fairly decent indicator of the fact that they will make informed recommendations. If you enjoy playing sports games, for example, then there’s a strong chance that you’ll want to find out about more within that same genre.
For my own part, I’ve often been surprised to find that I enjoy playing games where the content doesn’t seem particularly relevant to my own interests. Indeed, this is a situation that’s cropped up at fairly regular intervals. It’s led me to draw a number of conclusions, which I’d like to share with you right now.
Firstly, despite much of the talk about how games look, the reality is that it’s the challenging of playing them that always makes the real difference. Nothing else seems to matter much by comparison. Even if I’m not interested in fishing, to take an extreme example, that’s not to say that I wouldn’t enjoy a game that covers that subject and that has been well made.
There are times when it’s possible to learn more about a specific subject by playing relevant games. What this means is that it’s important to be open to opportunities that may present themselves. It’s always possible to find out more about a range of subjects. If that occurs within the context of playing an interesting and challenging video game, then this seems to me to be a very good thing.
Think carefully about what a game really offers and whether it meets your own gaming requirements. Don’t be confused by intelligent marketing techniques.