I received quite a shock last night when I opened an e-mail newsletter that I somehow started getting from EB Games. You see, I haven’t been up to date with current gaming since the Gamecube was around and kicking. I noticed that it happened when I went through a lot of effort to reserve and purchase The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker the day it was released and then never played more than an hour of the game until over 2 years later. It was then that I realized I didn’t have to buy games right when they come out to enjoy them.
We still don’t own a Wii, for several months leading up until Christmas Day we would go into every store we went by and ask if they had any, but never found one. Then it happened, on December 26th we were walking through Best Buy when lo-and-behold there were over 30 Wiis in boxes behind the customer service counter. We laughed, thought about getting one, but decided to wait in the end. We did buy an X-Box 360 back in November but we are still for the most part playing games that came out over a year ago (with the exception of Assassin’s Creed). For the love of god, we’ve only played Super Smash Bros. Brawl a handful of times and I haven’t even SEEN Mario Galaxy being played in person.
There must be some kind of ingrained marketing scheme to get people to buy games for the most possible money, making gamers think that if they don’t play the game right away the experience will be sullied somehow. Sure, if you haven’t played Final Fantasy 7 by now you’ve probably had a plot twist or two spoiled for you, but in general games are just as good a year or two later as they are the day they come out.
What got me thinking about all of this? Well, back to that newsletter I was reading, I discovered very much to my horror that a crap load of games I’d like to play and that I’ve been looking forward to for a while are coming out VERY soon. I’ll present them in more of a list just to make it easier to skim through.
Mario Kart Wii – This is just crazy to me that it’s coming out on April 27th, I remember spending hours playing Mario Kart for the N64 the day it came out. Also countless hours were spent on Double Dash attempting to beat the cheatsy computer opponents, and now it’s coming out for the Wii and we don’t even own the console! I’m dubious about the whole steering wheel accessory thing, and I think it’s sad that they did not stick with the two-characters to a kart concept from Double Dash, but the addition of the motorcycle is really cool (and already negates the complete effectiveness of the steering wheel).
Grand Theft Auto 4 – I had no idea until last night that this was coming out in just 6 days (April 29th). Becky’s copy of GTA 3 was a huge hit with our entire dorm throughout our first year of college, and I’d hate to let another experience like that slip by.
Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures – Coming out on May 20th, less then a month away, and I don’t know if I’ve heard very much about it since the early stages of development. Is death still semi-permanent (ie – lasts for a week)? Is it no good since we haven’t heard anything about it lately?
Ninja Gaiden 2 – I don’t even think I’ve heard anything about the sequel to one of my favorite games, and now it’s coming out on June 3rd. Probably means I should get working on beating the first one!
News like all of that (it’s new to me, anyway) forces me to steel my resolve against the urge to buy everything the day it comes out. I can only hope that the experiences will be the same a year or more down the line if/when I finally get to trying them out. One experience that I know can never be recreated is the first couple of weeks in WoW where everyone was finding their footing, you couldn’t solve a quest with a simple search online, and hitting level 20 felt like a huge accomplishment!
Are there any other super-awesome games coming out dangerously soon that I should know about?