In your life as a gamer, you’ve likely bought a few horrible titles and have probably wondered how the heck you were ever fooled into buying the crappy game in the first place. Following are several very bad reasons gamers buy games – that they’ll only regret later.
Awesome box art
When judging books its wise – and commonly known – to never judge a book by its cover, but for some reason, this rule doesn’t always translate to the gaming community. It’s definitely wise to not judge a game by its box art, but box art – unlike books covers – are specially designed to trick gamers into buying the games stored inside them – whether crappy or kickass. A gamer is genetically programmed to buy any games with guns, blood, fire/explosions, and hot chicks and/or a badass protagonist in the foreground.
After buying a game – for its box art – and you’ve ripped the box to shreds and managed to jam the game into the latest gaming console, you’ll probably get to wondering how you’ve been tricked into buying yet another crappy game that you’ve shelled out upwards of $40 for. Once the cool box art is gone, oftentimes you’ll be stuck with a crappy game, so the next time you’re out title shopping; pay more attention to the game’s gameplay – not the shiny laminate the game’s developers have added to the game’s box art.
If you’re smart enough – or have fallen victim enough times – to know that box art isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be, you’ll probably start researching your games before buying them – but be careful, research can be tricky as well. YouTube is an awesome place to view game reviews and gaming commercials, but when watching commercials; be careful of commercials that only use computer graphics- not gameplay shots.
CG trailers can be very tricky because while they might be kickass, they never display any in-game footage – and, therefore, have nothing to do with how the video game will be played once you’re fooled into buying the ding dong dong game.
Being a fanboy/girl by definition means that you’ll likely make decisions or have opinions without clear thinking to support whatever your holy gaming system demands. As a fanboy, you’ll make silly assumptions like, I don’t know, any game in your fanned series will be a smash hit. Fanboyism is the only reason I forked over my hard earned cash for a copy of Halo Wars.
Being a fanboy is like wearing bear goggles for bad games and gaming developers know this. They know that they can ship out a crappy title in a famed series and all fanboys will buy it no matter what. Even more, being a fanboy means that you’ll eventually forgive the game developer and continue to buy their future games.
Pop culture “bandwagoning”
Hopping on the pop culture bandwagon is a lot like being a fanboy – minus the fan part. Game developers usually use this trick to get gamers to try out new pieces of technology and getting them to form a bias before it’s released. Gamers must have the latest and greatest and we resent being left out on the next big thing so we’ll often buy crappy games just to not be left out on the latest pop culture sensation. This method is the only reason that lots of hardcore gamers own a Nintendo Wii gaming console. The next time you hear about the latest and best thing to hit the gaming scene, it’s best to be critical, or you might run the risk of buying, yet another crappy video game.
For more, read 9 Video Game Series that Need to Die, but Keep Coming Back, 10 Video Games We Keep Buying, but Haven’t Changed in Eons, and 5 Most Pointless Wii Games Based on a Single Gimmick.
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