Weekly Rant - Opinions

Weekly Rant - Opinions

When it comes to unreleased games, everyone has an opinion based solely off previews and press releases. More often than not, there's more information available on building a nuclear weapon than there is on any of these upcoming games. Yet there are more opinions about unreleased games than there are homemade nuclear warheads. And that's just not right.

How is it I can read opinions based on games that aren't even released? Such as: "This game is totally going to suck." Some of these opinions even sound like reviews, as in: "The new Flabman game is going to be the best shooter ever produced. Square Eunuch has enlisted Tai Chi as graphic designer, and with the voice work of Tom Cruisecontrol and Morgan Freewilly, there's no way this can miss."

Hold on. I need to go off on a tangent for a bit. Personally, I've just about had it with Morgan Freeman. He is to movies and commercials what Phil Collins was to 80s radio. Enough already.

Weekly Rant - Opinions

Just had to get that out. Now back to the main rant.

There's a saying that everyone is entitled to their opinion. If everyone is entitled to their opinion, I'm entitled to totally disregard it. I'm also allowed to throw it back in their face with a heavy dose of scorn and ridicule, if I should feel so inclined. But that's just my opinion. There's also another saying: keep your opinions to yourself.

Now let's clear something up. An opinion is defined as a belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof. It's also defined as a judgment given by an expert or person with special knowledge. In other words, it's not what you think about an upcoming video game based on the trailer. That's speculation.

I've read through seemingly endless forums devoted to unreleased games, hoping to find someone with "special knowledge" so I could pass that information on to Cheat Code Central readers. Perhaps someone worked on the game or had a friend that beta tested it. But all I ever find are people expounding opinions based solely on a thirty-second trailer. And frankly, I "unlike" that. Heartily.

Let me share some "special knowledge" with you right now. A trailer means absolutely nothing. Sometimes the best part of a video game is the trailer. Some companies spend more money on trailers than they do on the actual games they develop. In fact, the graphics used in the trailer are often not even the actual in-game graphics. The trailer only exists to sell the product. Having an opinion on a game based on a trailer or press release is akin to having psychic abilities. You can have an opinion about the trailer, but that has no bearing on the game.

Maybe it's not your fault. Perhaps you don't know any better. Being excited about an upcoming release, you might find it difficult to act rationally. This makes you an easy mark for media marketing reps. They want you to generate buzz for their clients' products. They are controlling you. You're just another countless worker drone in the hive. Is that what you want?

Weekly Rant - Opinions

But I'm here to help you. So here's more special knowledge: wait until the game comes out. Then you can learn what other people are saying about it and make your mind up if you want to try it or not. Until then, shut the %#$* up.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Contributing Writer

*The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central.*

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