Am I The Only Person Not Playing BioShock Infinite Today?
I, Cavie, am ashamed to admit that while the world urged me on, practically waited with baited breath for me to do so, I did not preorder BioShock Infinite…
I’ll give you all a moment to foam at the mouth and simultaneously judge me.
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Done? Cool, let’s move on, shall we?
I’m pretty sure nobody’s actually reading this anyway since you’re all playing BioShock Infinite. I thought I’d take a moment to explain my reasoning for not preordering BioShock Infinite, over and above the fact that I’ve spent money on more long-term investments recently (a new monitor, keyboard, mouse, and so on) which didn’t leave much for games. The thing is, is a game ever that good that from the very first trailer — and I do believe we were all taken aback by Infinite’s debut trailer, in which Booker used telekinesis to shoot a shotgun in mid-air — we are all sold and, much like that Futurama Fry meme, clamouring for Irrational Games to take our money?
I want to say that it’s the BioShock brand but then I remember that BioShock 2 didn’t do as well as the first one did, and the first one was a cult classic more in the sense of critical reception than in the sense of initial sales. Overall it sold well because as it gained in repute, there was supply to satisfy the growing demand. But initially. I mean, the game released in the same window as such games as Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Mirror’s Edge, Assassin’s Creed and Crysis. To name but a few.
But gamers seem to have irrational amounts of faith (see what I did there?) in Ken Levine and his development studio, formerly known as 2K Boston. Why not? They delivered a sterling experience with BioShock, they were good before that, and now they’ve developed what some are calling a near-perfect game, in BioShock Infinite.
And I’m sitting here a little red-faced because, let’s face it, we all knew the game would be solid gold. But in 2013, after such sagas as Assassin’s Creed III, DmC and Aliens: Colonial Marines in quick succession, I guess it’s just too easy to assume that a game won’t be worth its asking price. Perhaps I needed to not allow myself to get excited in case it really was a failure, unlikely though that might have seemed, because I didn’t want to put myself through that again. Who knows. All I knew was that had I preordered BioShock Infinite, and it been underwhelming in some way, that I would feel that it was money that could have been better spent elsewhere. I’m Indian, that way.
My last actual purchase of a game was Far Cry 3, which I managed to swing for R100 off the asking price. This year so far I’ve bought Max Payne 3 for R200. Both for Xbox 360. But asking R600 of my money for a game based on a whole bunch of trailers and interviews… I mean if ever a game deserved it, it was Infinite. And yet, I didn’t. Is this a sign of how the gaming industry has changed me? Where I am so cautious that the most infallible piece of gaming media since Half-Life 2 still isn’t enough to get me to commit.
Oh well. Right now, I’m looking to save up enough to buy BioShock Infinite. Derp.