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The Calm Before The Storm, Why No News?

October 6th, 2008 by Derrick Schommer · 2 Comments

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Journalists and bloggers around the Net are doing whatever they can to scrape up news on the gaming industry. What’s the deal, it’s a Monday and nobody in the gaming industry has anything really big to announce, talk about or “leak” onto this here Interwebs?

Sure, we can read about a 7 year old’s request for game design tips for Little Big Planet, more than enough DSi news beating down the same door over and over or pour through pages upon pages of Warhammer Online reviews. But, where is the news?

Here is some news for you: nobody wants to make waves in the game industry right now. Consumers around the globe are looking for what is hot and what is not for the holiday rush. Parents are watching their children and looking to see what they’re talking about to build an internal memory of this years wish list of items. Maybe a Wii Game or a DS game or a 360 console or perhaps the PS3.

Moms and Dads are looking at the entertainment industry to find the best bargains and deals so we can stow away our tech toys in closets, basements and attics for holiday mornings. You don’t have to celebrate Christmas to be looking for great game deals this holiday season.

The last thing a game developer or console manufacturer wants to do is accidentally talk about a near-future project, price drop or game delay. One reason why Microsoft will not discuss any rumors on a slim 360 or why Nintendo hasn’t committed on a DSi release date for North America yet is because they do not want consumer hesitation when they should be spending spending spending!

The game industry has given us E3, PAX and other events with the only last minute news coming out of TGS soon; this will discuss the far reaching future of the game industry. For today, gamers have gotten the news and reviews for the upcoming game releases; it is time for them to put their money where their mouth is and buy all this crap.

Game titles are arriving weekly, the hype is done and it’s time for us to buy into it or walk away from it. We’re going to be bombarded with “need to have” games with a very slim wallet (thank the banks and their inability to loan money to qualified people) and we’re going to have to pick and choose what we’re prepared to buy.

Let’s face it, we’re going to be having some serious problems in the future if every game developer and publisher is going to push out all their best titles in the span of two months while we sit awaiting great games for 10-months. This model isn’t going to scale if the industry is going to continue to grow. Pretty soon we’re going to have to save a few titles for the holidays and give us a well rounded selection of titles for the full year.

Until then, we’re going to have to sit in silence while publishers and developers cross their fingers that the right game choices have been made, reviewers write good reviews and consumers eat it up. We’re expecting news for current projects to be light from here on out.

Hopefully TGS ’08 will give us something to look forward to for next holiday season ’09.

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  • 1 The Calm Before The Storm, Why No News? | Game Stooge // Oct 6, 2008 at 5:09 pm

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  • 2 jonahfalconNo Gravatar // Oct 8, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Spoke too soon, Derrick. There’s a ton of salient news coming out, topped by the fact Sony’s not having any price drop for the PS3 this holiday season.

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