For those who wish to remain surprised about a new game they desperately want, the Internet can be an evil place.
There was a time when buying a new game was pretty much a crapshoot. Sure, you might recognize the title (it may be part of an established franchise, like Mario or Zelda ), and perhaps you saw a fuzzy screenshot in Nintendo Power or something, but that was about it. When you popped the game in, you were seeing it for the very first time. It was all brand new.
But these days, just heading to a standard game forum can put you face to face with tons of spoiler-ific links. And I don't mean story-based spoilers; some gamers consider any footage of a game to be a "spoiler." And if that's the case, they really have to avoid reading headlines and checking major site updates, because those often come with videos and trailers. Furthermore, because we're learning about new games earlier and earlier, and publishers release more and more information on a routine basis, the media and info is everywhere for long periods of time.
Are you one of those people who love to see the game beforehand? It does help, doesn't it? You don't want to spend your hard-earned money on something that sucks. And trust me, we young'uns lost a good deal of allowance money by purchasing total duds back in the day. But now, if you do just fifteen minutes of research, you should be able to see the game in action. In fact, you'll be able to locate plenty of different vids and countless headlines, especially if it's an anticipated game. That can be good…and it can be bad. Sometimes, people just go- "damnit, it feels like I've seen the majority of the game before I've even played it!" That's admittedly annoying, and the "new" game suddenly feels almost…old.
How do you feel about the barrage of info and media?