No Preview Coverage? Blame Arcanum

Posted by on Jun 17, 2010 in Commentary, Previews |

Okay, at this point I think it’s fair to say that we’re being bombarded with Cataclysm information. You’ll notice that I haven’t been writing about it. It’s by choice. I tend to ignore previews because of the fact that they’re temporary. I’m not sure if what I’m seeing is going to make it in the final product and I don’t want to spend the time and energy involved in keeping up with every little update. I also don’t want to deal with the eventual disappointment if something I’m looking forward to gets cut in the end. Just take a look at what they’re removing now and you’ll see what I mean.

Now, this is something I do for all games, not just WoW. I’ve been there before, folks. I’ve felt the anticipation, the excitement—then the game comes out and all you have a shell of what it was in the previews. So no, I don’t want to go through that. I’m going to get Cataclysm when it comes out whether it’s good or not. We probably all will.

I’ll tell you where it came from instead. I blame Arcanum. I’m a Fallout fanboy. Fallout 1 and 2 are two of my favorite games and I used to spend hours talking about them back in college with another friend of mine. Arcanum was created by the same guys so I saw every preview I could, bought every magazine that featured it. This was before Gametrailers, folks, so online preview videos were virtually unheard of. If you wanted information about a game, your best bet was to buy a magazine that covered it.

Then the game finally came out and it all went downhill. The real-time combat was too fast and awkward. The turn-based combat looked downright silly albeit more rewarding. The whole magic versus technology bit that they were trying to pull off came out half-assed. It was just a train wreck compared to Fallout. I hated it when it was released. I eventually played it after a few months when all my expectations were dead and it was only then that I appreciated it. I’ve been very wary of previews since.

So, going back to Cataclysm, if I find something interesting then I’ll write about it. For now, please don’t count on me covering previews and anything related to them.

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