Published on August 24th, 2012 | by Sgt. Mettool0
Summer. For many, this is the time to live it up and live it large. It’s a time without academics; a haven for campfires, beach combing, parties, and overall just having some good ol’ fashioned fun. Some could say that it’s the best time to be truly alive. Go out and have yourself a barbecue, ’cause this is America, dammit. We live for the summer and everything that comes with it. After all, you only live once!
But for gamers, summertime is a practice in pain and anguish.
Summer just happens to fall in a lull in the economic year. It’s right there, smack dab in a six month stretch between Easter and Halloween , with no real commercialized holidays inbetween. Kids don’t really have a reason to buy games during the midyear, unless a birthday comes up or they cry loud enough in Target to get their Colla Dooty, bro. It’s a tough time in the industry. And with tough times come infrequent releases; either everything’s been pushed out the door earlier in the year, or publishers are saving their big guns for the holidays. And what does that leave us with? Maybe one good game a month. If you’re lucky.
I mean, it hasn’t been a particularly bad summer for games this year. Just last week, we got Persona 4 Arena; a delicious taste of weeaboo goodness that will tide us over until Persona 4 Golden comes out this November. And we got Theathrhythm Final Fantasy a month before that. Two big name games ain’t too bad. But still, two games when you could have dozens. I HATE SUMMER.
But why is it so bad? Because we’re thinking faster and want things sooner than ever before. The likes of the internets and the newfangled smart telemaphones have our minds constantly lusting for entertainment. It may just be three months, but its three months that seem like years to us now more than ever before.
Sadly, it’s all economics, my friends. It’s just unwise to release big name games in the summer time when nobody has a media-driven reason to buy them. So here’s three things you can do to keep yourself busy while we wait.
1. Play your backlog
I know you have a backlog of games sitting around somewhere. Any honest gamer would be lying if they said they’ve fully completed every game they owned. I muste have about fifty games sitting in my backlog pile that I need to finish. But I have this thin gabout playing older games… because I get far too critical about their age when I play them today. Hell, I tried to play Wild Arms a couple weeks back, and couldn’t take the visuals. I felt bad, because it was an otherwise decent game. Don’t let that stop you, though.
2. Play a game you didn’t anticipate buying
You know, for the longest time, I didn’t plan on buying Bioshock, because I was never a fan of brown and grey. Turns out it was one of the best games I had ever played, and I kicked myself in the balls (somehow) for not trying it sooner. Who knows? maybe you’ll see a similar success story.
3. Go Outside
Check out those graphics man. Doesn’t get any more real than that.