Please bear with me for a moment, I promise to get to the proper question.
This poll question features spoilers related to the following TV shows: The Sopranos, Mad Men and Preacher. You read on at your own risk
Like most people, I love certain TV shows. Sure, we don’t all love the same ones but we each have our favourites. I devout a significant amount of time and effort into watching a whole show from beginning to end. Considerably more than a movie.
I have written about this in the past. Poll Question 39 asked: “How important is the end of a game?”. I mentioned The Sopranos then and I am still smarting over it 9 years later!
Essentially, The Sopranos and Mad Men had such bad series endings that it spoiled the whole show for me. I don’t expect amazing endings for every show but I do expect fair ones and neither of those shows had them. I am so angry at the way The SOpranos finished, I vowed never to watch another David Chase TV show again (He was the producer, writer and director of the show). And I stand by that vow.
I truly believe that creators have a responsibility to their audience, if there success is due to that audience. For example, if I created paintings in my spare time but just kept them in the basement, that’s fine. But if the bread on my table comes from people buying those paintings then things are different. I am not saying that creators have to create what their audience wants but the symbiotic relationship must be acknowledged by both.
In the case of RTSL, it’s a threeway circle. RTSL depends on modders to release stuff, players depend on RTSL to find stuff and modders depend on players playing stuff.
A coupe of days ago I finished Preacher and was again deeply disappointed. I’ve never read the comics, so it’s not a question of comparisons etc. It’s a question of a silly ending that feels contrived. The excitement I might have been feeling about the questions and possibilities have been replaced with the sour feeling.
The anticipation we feel for “The Game That Shall Not Be Named” is both exhilarating and heart-breaking at the same time.
Now imagine that it gets released and for whatever reason you don’t buy it immediately (I didn’t get Episode Two until 2 months after it was released). Perhaps, you live in the mountains, perhaps you were on an oil rig or in prison. Whatever. You just didn’t get it.
But then you read the headlines “DON’T BUY HL3” etc.
Even me, the biggest softy there is, say “Don’t waste your money!”
What then? If everybody is telling you it’s terrible will you still buy it?
Are you the kind of person who has to do something when people say don’t? Don’t touch that water, it’s boiling. Don’t touch that wire, it’s live. Don’t buy that game, it sucks.
I suspect, we all will buy it, no matter how bad the reviews are.
We would just have to see for ourselves, wouldn’t we. Which probably means that no matter how good or bad HL3 turns out to be, it will still make Valve millions.
If somebody had told me not to watch the last ever episode of The Sopranos, would I have listened? Unlikely. SHould I have? YES!
Sometimes it’s better NOT to know, than to wish you hadn’t.
If everything you read about HL3 was really bad, would you still play it?
- No, I would take the advice of others. (12%, 9 Votes)
- Maybe, but only if Phillip or my BFF said not to (10%, 7 Votes)
- Yes, how could I not? (78%, 57 Votes)
Total Voters: 73