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Why I will never again fall victim to the hype machine.

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Some gamers have taken an automatic negative attitude towards all upcoming games, and I'm closer than ever to understanding why. I've been disappointed too many times in the past to be able to muster much enthusiasm for new games.

The tipping point for me was undoubtedly Mirror's Edge. Like a large proportion of other gamers, I was quite enamored with the demo and quite underwhelmed by the final product. I had the game preordered, waited patiently for the release day, and when it came the 'nice' people at GameStop had just run out of the messenger bags that were supposed to come free. So that day I not only picked up a lame (short) game for full retail price, but learned that GameStop actually doesn't have any obligation to give you your promised preorder bonus.

I seem to also remember getting worked up about Marvel Nemesis, one of the few games that I was glad to sell back to GameStop for a pittance.

I have not yet plunged fully into an inky black pessimism towards the game industry as a whole, but try to maintain a careful indifference to upcoming games, even games that I think I'll like.

This of course doesn't mean that I don't want to hear any game related news. I like to hear about new games, but not why X new game is going to rock so hard it will outshine the second coming. No game can live up to that kind of hype.

For example, I was interested when DToid alerted me to Henry Hatsworth, and equally interested when RetroforceGo delivered their verdict (that it's awesome), but I never for a moment maintained anything resembling anticipation for its release.

Perhaps a little of this attitude could be a good thing around here. I for one have seen too much hype leading up to the RE5 release, and there's currently way way too much hype for Bioshock 2, the sequel to one of the most overrated games ever.
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About Tyler Jonesone of us since 9:02 PM on 10.20.2008

I received an SNES console for Christmas when I was three years old, and my life was changed forever. Looking back on it, I realize this was only one month after the console released. My parents rock.

I've been an avid gamer ever since then, don't have the good fortune of living near very many people who like games in the same way I do. Please friend me on this site, XBLA, or PSN if you want to PLAY VIDEOGAMES or TALK about VIDEOGAMES some time.

Follow me on Twitter @TylerJones429

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My favorite things:
Arcades
Super Nintendo
Dreamcast
PS2
DS
PSP
Megaman
Castlevania
Demon's Crest
Actraiser
Darkstalkers
Fist of the North Star
Everyone on Destructoid
RetroforceGo!
Rockmelon Soda
The Protomen
Vegan food

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What I want to do:
Make video games
Play video games
Talk about video games
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PSN ID:LegendaryVegan
Steam ID:JusticeDude
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