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Do You Avoid Info And Media For Games You Intend To Buy?

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?

Tags: gaming, video games, gamers, gaming culture

9/17/2013 11:04:57 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (32 posts)

newchef
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 @ 11:21:09 PM
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im the exact opposite, i look up and research virtually every game before i buy it.

i spent 2 hours yesterday looking up Beyond: Two Souls and Batman: Origins

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Kryten1029a
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 @ 11:29:53 PM
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I don't place a lot of faith in previews because they can make even bad games look amazing, but I do read quite a bit of articles to stay abreast of what's coming. Comment sections can be hit-or-miss but I've found some commentators and journalists who I've come to place some trust in. You just have to learn to strain the nuggets of information from the gravel.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 @ 11:34:35 PM
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I think the media is good for games. Except when its announced to early. So many game this generation were announced, received tons of attention and then we either wait for a few years or they never release.

But thats just part of it. I stopped following games I intend to buy because too many times have the endings gotten ruined or vital parts been spoiled. I dont mind knowing about game play but story elements I stay away from. So Ive learned to just be patient. I only seen one video for The Last of Us (the first trailer) and that paid off huge.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 @ 11:37:56 PM
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Big stuff that's surefire great I try to avoid info and media about. New IPs and sequels that need fixing I'm fine with watching media about.

It can backfire though, if I had watched the media about TLoU before release instead of doing a blackout I'd have known it was a totally cliche story then I probably wouldn't have been so upset when I played it.

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bebestorm
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 @ 11:38:32 PM
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I think publishers do a great releasing just enough info. I do use youtube when Im on the fence about a game.

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Kratoskillall09
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 @ 11:46:35 PM
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I'm not like that at all. Any game I'm even remotely interested in I do as much research as possible. I know what I like in video games and I like to know if a certain game offers something I like or am looking for. I take this approach with almost all things I buy. It's especially true when it comes to electronics and video games. I like to be an informed consumer. I mean I've read just about every article and seen every video on Beyond:Two Souls and I'm so excited for its release. Everything I've seen and read on it tells me I'm going to love it. It's my most anticipated game this year. My point is reading previews on video games is nothing compared to actually sitting there with your controller and experiencing the game yourself. I don't believe you can be truly spoiled before playing any game. There's always more than a few surprises.

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JROD0823
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 12:17:49 AM
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I used to look up every piece of information for games that I was looking forward to getting, but after doing this for a long time I felt like I had already played parts of the game by doing so.

Now I look up a little information on each game, just enough to get a decent idea of how the game looks, and I check out IGN and this site regularly to read previews and general impressions, but I try to keep video clicks to a minimum.

That way I can get a genuine sense of surprise (hopefully) from the game as I play. :)

Last edited by JROD0823 on 9/18/2013 12:19:49 AM

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 12:31:38 AM
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Yes I avoid most of the info released for most games I have interest in. I've been a gamer long enough to know what I'll like or dislike just by seeing a game in motion on videos. If I'm on the fence about a title, I'll wait for some Youtube Let's Plays and then decide after watching one or two of those.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 12:58:13 AM
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Yes. Especially when it's a new Zelda game.

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Knightzane
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 1:14:16 AM

Wind Waker HD is going to be incredible. Thats all that's needed to be said lol

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Jawknee
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 3:51:22 AM

Indeed. :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 9:59:58 AM

I finally got Wind Waker running on my PC, looks HD to me! :)

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Jawknee
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 10:40:11 AM

Are you using that Dolphin emulator? I know that spacific emulator enchances the graphics. Not sure how much though. Either way, Wind Waker is one of those titles that's stood the test of time. Even playing the gamecube version on the Wii using composite cables, in progressive scan mode gets the game close to looking HD. Though it comes at a cost by way of noticeable scan lines on the screen.

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Sol
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 1:08:24 AM
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I only look up specific info, with regards to popularity and other things that influence pricing fluctuations to figure out where a game fits on my list. If I know it will sell well, I may pick it up later when the price drops, or the game gets a collection, or if a GotY edition (or similar) surfaces. That's one reason why I hadn't touch Ninja Gaiden 3:RE, Borderlands 2 or Skyrim yet. Now the definitive version exists or will at some point. NG3 was obvious though considering the originals faults/Team Ninja's Sigma trend..

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Knightzane
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 1:13:25 AM
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It depends. I don't normally read up on horror games, like TLOU, because everything needs to be a surprise to me.

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kraygen
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 1:16:26 AM
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Anything involving storyline I avoid like the plague, but seeing graphics and tastes of gameplay doesn't bother me.

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Ather
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 2:26:48 AM
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I like it. Helps me see what I'm getting (not talking about story spoilers, just game play). Sometimes, if I'm thinking about an older game, I look for video walk throughs to see if I like it. Having this stuff makes it easier to see what you'll be playing, and if you should be.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 3:06:54 AM
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I generally avoid any overtly spoiler-ish articles, and I very, VERY rarely watch any videos, especially after having Uncharted 3 basically spoiled because the pre-release videos gave away all of the setpiece moments.... So, yeah.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 10:01:34 AM

*shakes fist at set pieces*

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___________
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 4:22:34 AM
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never do, theres no need to avoid information as long as publishers are careful with what they show!
thats one area $ony and ND REALLY need to work on!
all the uncharted games have been really spoilled by showing stupid things.
than TLOU got the same treatment.
i remembered towards the end of the game hunting in the woods worried about what happened, but then remembered back to a scene ND showed off and remembered hey i havent gotten up to that part yet so what i was worried happened couldent of happened.
bruce actually apologized about that in a interview after release, said scene was actually cut from the game which was why i hadent hit that spot yet.
they just need to be allot more careful with what they show.

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PlatformGamerNZ
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 5:11:57 AM
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i do like see some game play before i buy a game unless it's rachet and clank or elder scrollers or AC or battlefield cos i kinda know what i'm getting into and thats usually a gud thing cos i know i'm getting a gud game so it can be gud but for like a totally new game or IP or series watever u might call it then sometimes i might wanna see a lil bit of combat or gameplay but not alot just to get a feel for what it looks like you know.

but yeah sometimes you do and sometimes u don't i really depends on the game and the time or curcumstances it really depends it really does maybe yes maybe no it's a hard one to call on a general basis.

happy gaming =)

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PlatformGamerNZ
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 5:11:58 AM
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i do like see some game play before i buy a game unless it's rachet and clank or elder scrollers or AC or battlefield cos i kinda know what i'm getting into and thats usually a gud thing cos i know i'm getting a gud game so it can be gud but for like a totally new game or IP or series watever u might call it then sometimes i might wanna see a lil bit of combat or gameplay but not alot just to get a feel for what it looks like you know.

but yeah sometimes you do and sometimes u don't i really depends on the game and the time or curcumstances it really depends it really does maybe yes maybe no it's a hard one to call on a general basis.

happy gaming =)

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fatelementality
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 6:29:15 AM
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I felt that Dishonored was ruined for me this way. I kept watching videos of it on Bethesda's site before the game was released. By the time I got it I felt like I had already played through it. Still haven't finished it due to lack of interest.

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Banky A
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 6:48:56 AM
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I like surprises. When I was a child I remember I would look up every Kingdom Hearts photo and video daily until the sequel came out.

Now I only investigate prices.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 10:01:07 AM

I looked up the PS1 FF game pictures, I don't think they had videos on the net back then due to dial up.

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Banky A
Thursday, September 19, 2013 @ 5:08:34 AM

Well I'm much younger than you :)

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bldudas1
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 7:15:05 AM
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Most of the time, yes. Very rarely will I look for info (previews, screenshots) about a game I want.

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big6
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 10:05:12 AM
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If I'm certain to get a game (e.g. any Metal Gear game), then I don't want to see any footage or know of anything that may spoil the game for me.
I'm also like that with movies. If I'm going to watch it for sure, then I don't want to see *any* footage or trailers for it. And these days, trailers pretty much show a summary of the movie from beginning to end. Not sure why they do that... annoying.

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gungrave
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 11:29:55 AM
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I check just enough, unless I'm on the fence about a game. If it's a game from an established franchise, I tend to steer clear of the comment sections if I haven't played all the entries. Fans love giving away crucial plot points and endings from previous games.

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Amnesiac
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 11:30:56 AM
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Its become something more and more I find I keep doing because lets face it most game previews or trailers these days don't tend to show actual game play only beautifully rendered CG sequences.

Last edited by Amnesiac on 9/18/2013 11:32:44 AM

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SpuckUnites
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 12:57:58 PM
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Considering how expensive games are I like to do a decent amount of research if I buy a game within it's first year of release. If I know I can wait it out for a year for it be cheaper then I tend to skip the research.

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PC_Max
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 3:00:51 PM
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There was a time when the dev/studio name made you buy the game on faith based on previous released games. Once in a blue moon your money was wasted.

Then came the rent a game stores for PC games in the 90's. They disappeared and then Blockbuster and others came along renting the games, allowing you to try before you buy.

Now its the internet and finding those reviewers you trust. That or word of mouth from friends.

As long as they are somewhat spoiler free.. the internet has its uses.

Keep playing!

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