[For his Monthly Musing, Wrenchfarm talks about how disappointing it was to see Alan Wake sell so poorly. Want to share your own disappointment from last year? Check out the Monthly Musing topic, then go write a blog! -- JRo]
2010 didn't really suck, in fact it was a fantastic year for gaming. Check out the titles dropped in the last year - Mass Effect 2, Super Street Fighter IV, Squablefields: Bad Company 2, Super Meat Boy, Fallout: New Vegas, Amnesia: The Dark Decent, Red Dead, Halo: Reach, continued updates for TF2 and L4D, and on and on. Another year where the problem wasn't if there were any good games to play, but that there was never enough time to play them all! It would take a crusty old miser of jerk-bag to point to this year and make any serious complaints against the quality or quantity of games released this year; it's just not reasonable.
Up to the launch of Alan Wake, everything looked good. There was buzz on the blogs, early reviews were coming in solid, and the hype machine was in full effect. Microsoft threw its weight behind a brand new IP that was set to take all your expectations and turn them inside out. At the time, you could be forgiven for placing your pre-order for Alan Wake 2 and asking who was rumoured to be directing the movie adaptation; it seemed like we would be following the adventures of Alan for years to come. But then two weeks after its launch, the game had barely sold more than 100,000 copies.
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