Okay, Stop Talking About Crysis 2
Yes, I know. "Making a headline asking people not to talk about it is hypocritical; you're talking about it!" And yeah, our new poll focuses on the title in question, so that's more hypocrisy. Understood. But I'm trying to make a point; maybe we can stop this from happening next time, before it gets needlessly out of hand.
Look, I'm all for hype surrounding big games. It keeps gamers interested, it often makes for great headlines, and overall, I really do believe it helps the industry in terms of overall popularity and health. Generating excitement for any given product within an industry is rarely a bad thing, even if the "no such thing as bad publicity" philosophy doesn't quite hold true in gaming. Everyone talked about how miserably Haze flopped; this didn't result in anything positive for Free Radical. Even so, if the game turns out well, that hype will register in a big way. I understand all that and I can respect Crytek's defense of their game, especially if the accusations of an inferior PS3 version are actually false.
But since when does this result in six million headlines? Why? Do we really put that much stock into what some random source said about something they might have heard? This seems more like a "I want to prove you wrong" scenario more than a promotional, news-coverage situation, and that's what bothers me. It's as if every last headline is designed around the preceding concept simply for the sake of attention and traffic; just so one side can battle the other. Crytek's PC-oriented past and their well-documented bragging hasn't really helped, and neither has the PS3-hating crowd that will cling to any tiny thread possible in order to confirm their biased belief. In short, this almost isn't about the game; it seems to have downshifted to petty squabbling.
I'm just wondering if anyone even cares about Crysis 2. It seems like the entire Internet only cares about proving the PS3 got another shoddy port, or Crytek talked a big game and delivered a broken product, or the vindication that none of it matters, and the game came out great on all platforms. I'm willing to bet those attention-getting headlines got way more viewers than the actual reviews, and I'm not a fan of that. It's a nasty trend, really.
3/20/2011 9:48:25 PM Ben Dutka