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.