Published 16 September, 2013 | by Sam Hewitt2
Too much information is ruining gaming – Rockstar did it right with GTA V
It has only been a matter of days since GTA V was leaked or released early, and already, everywhere I look there is ‘GTA V gameplay footage’ videos and they are getting tons of views. We have access to far too much information and I feel it has a huge impact on our gaming experience. I am personally keeping myself well away from all of these videos taking over the web. I will be playing the game for myself very soon and will like to experience it all for the first time in person, not by watching someone else play it on YouTube!
I remember a few years before Final Fantasy X was released, I was watching every single video that was put onto the web for it. It ruined the experience for me, I was going through the game and on so loads of occasions I knew what was going to happen next.
One of the biggest culprits at the moment of giving out way too much information on their game is Ubisoft with Watchdogs. They have released so much official gameplay footage, I actually wonder if there is going to be anything in the game that is going to surprise me when I play it. Personally, I thought they should have released that footage they showed off at last year’s e3, this year. Then they wouldn’t have needed to keep on releasing more and more footage to keep the game fresh in our minds.
The way Rockstar has been handling GTA V has been spot on. They were showing of little glimpses, enough to keep us on our toes and then blew our socks off with their first official gameplay footage video which was released only 2 months before release. The icing on the cake was the last few seconds of that trailer, where they teased us with GTA Online, with the narrator saying “And then there is Grand Theft Auto Online. Which we will show you soon.”
True to their word, Rockstar released the trailer for GTA Online a month later. Both of these trailers combined added up to around 8 minutes of footage. Because the trailers were so well made, it made me extremely hungry for the game. This is coming from a person who thought GTA IV was TERRIBLE! I wasn’t even that bothered about GTA V till I saw the first gameplay trailer, since then I have been ticking the days that go by, just waiting for it to be in my hands.
I really hope more gaming companies follow Rockstar’s suit and keep the gameplay footage’s to a respectable minimum. We need to stop getting spoon-fed so much information and let us use our imagination through the little tidbits companies release. Also, Rockstar are looking into investigating stores that allowed the game to be sold early.
Marcus Beer (Annoyed Gamer) coincidentally talked about this same subject in his latest video. Markus worked in PR for around 10 years and he is saying it is now getting ridiculous. You can see the said video by clicking here.
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