[SilverDragon1979 talks about how much he hates all of the big name titles coming out at the same time during the end of the year for his Monthly Musing piece. -- CTZ]
The summer is about to end and it’s almost time to usher in that very cold period of the year known as fall and winter. With it will come a great many wonderful things, such as football, turkey, snowmen, and chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Along with all of those chestnuts will come a huge deluge of videogame releases. Now I’m not talking about a slight increase in the number of videogame releases, I’m talking about the Burje Dubai of videogame releases.
Between the months of October and November there are over 120 individual games being released in 2008. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the time or the money to play even a small percentage of these games, and that’s why I hate the onslaught of fall/winter videogame releases.
The Massive Number of Fall/Winter Game Releases for 2008
As I already mentioned, there are over 120 individual games coming out between the months of October and November. I know this because I actually took the time to count them all up. Now this number does not even include the different versions of each game coming out over multiple platforms. If you actually look at the number of games coming out over all platforms, it’s closer to the 400 range. That means that over the span of a year where 800 games come out, 50% of them are released in only 2 of the 12 months. This is just absolutely absurd
According to USA Today, the average age of people who play videogames are between 25 and 40. I am 28, and I can tell you that all these people who are between 25 and 40 do not have a lot of free time on their hands to play videogames. These people have full time jobs, relationships, families, yard work, and other hobbies that all take up their time. With all of these responsibilities, it can be very difficult to actually find the time to sit down and play a game for more then 1-2 hours a day. I don’t typically find the time to sit down until 10PM at night to play, so I can definitely attest to there just being too many other responsibilities that take up my videogame playing time.
Videogame publishers are a bunch of greedy bastards. I can’t blame them though, because their entire purpose is to make money and keep the stock holders happy. They don’t make the games. They don’t pour their hearts and their precious time into these games like the developers do. The publishers simply decide when to release the games in order to make the most money, and that happens to be right before the Christmas season. Who cares if it happens to correspond with all of the other publishers releasing all of their games at the same time, making it seemingly impossible for gamers to play them all. If they get their money they are happy, and let me tell you parents are going to spend the money. I worked at Electronics Boutique for four years and I saw how crazy people get during Christmas. If their kids want five games, the parents are buying them five games. It doesn’t matter how unpractical it seems for their kid to get five new games, because no one is practical during Christmas time.