I am no stranger to the infectious excitement of others, but I feel like I used to be able to successfully avoid the hype train.
Now, I find myself getting swept away by the excitement of games I never would have predicted.
Case in point: Horizon: Zero Dawn. I hadn’t been excited for it at any point until it released and the reviews started popping up. Once people started playing the game and the excitement reached fever pitch, I found myself swept up in it. If I hadn’t been sick for months, I have no doubt I would have already played through it by now.
But some games, like Mass Effect: Andromeda, while I know plenty of people and outlets who are beyond excited for it, continues to unmove me. It’s not that I am averse to space or sci-fi games (most of you are aware of my mad passion for Destiny); something about it just doesn’t click for me. I even watched a livestream yesterday of the first two hours and I couldn’t rustle up any interest.
Even if I’m not feeling it for a game, I like to watch gameplay and see what it’s all about. I’ve been surprised in the past, and I’d hate to not experience something just because it didn’t fall into my preferred wheelhouse. I love the surprise of playing a game I had no expectations for and enjoying the heck out of it.
For me, playing a new game when it comes out, particularly if it is a single player experience, is like going to an awesome party where everyone is dancing but they are all wearing headphones. It’s a strangely connecting, and definitively singular, experience.
If the game is multiplayer, then that adds another entire layer to the equation. Gathering with friends in a digital space is one of my favorite activities.
This is probably also why I love the friends features on various systems. I find myself looking through who is online and what they are playing. I love the “What’s New” feature on PlayStation, as well. I’ve found my excitement for various games build when I see others playing it.
Basically, I love it when people enjoy games and I love the resulting excitement.
Persona 5 releases next month, and it’s a game I’m not sure I’d have ever been interested in were it not for the nearly universal praise of Persona 4 Golden. I am awfully fond of Japanese culture, but I’ve never played a Persona game before. The more I see and hear of Persona 5, the more excited I get. I’ve never been huge into turn based combat, but that only adds to my interest. I like having those fresh experiences outside my comfort zone. I like expanding my interests as a gamer.
Do you find yourself often or occasionally swept away by the hype train? Has it ever introduced you to a game (or genre) you might not have played otherwise? Or do you like to go radio silent for new games and have the experience entirely fresh for yourself?
I am all kinds of interested to find out. Let’s talk!