Confession: I Watch Credits To The End
A few months ago now, Dean tried out something a little different to our usual articles, in which he confessed to certain personal habits of his and left the floor open for others to discuss these habits in terms of their own. Now I’m not of the level of perversion that he is (I don’t think anyone could hope to even come close) but I’ve decided to add to these confessions, with a few of my own, starting with the following:
I watch credits to the end because I feel I owe the developers that much after finishing their game.
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Granted it is quite the silly notion, after all I’ve given the developers my money so do I really owe them anything more? But I can’t help it. Regardless of how long the credits sequence is (and trust me, I’ve sat through Far Cry 3 and Assassin’s Creed III) I will sit through the entirety of the credits sequence and try as far as possible to note every single name that flows by, on my screen.
This has various benefits, of course. Sometimes there are cool outtakes or other such videos which we get to watch, including for example, a video of Ken Levine with voice actors Troy Baker and Courtnee Draper, performing a song in the BioShock Infinite credits sequence. Sometimes there are even cool post-credits sequences which I always appreciate, an example again being BioShock Infinite. “Anna?”
Sometimes you just get some really cool music, and you get to learn a bit more about the development ties of certain games. As an example, I learned that Rocksteady had some contribution to Hitman Absolution, which is as we all know, primarily a Square Enix title. Sometimes of course, it is just a laborious slog through walls of text, but I do it anyway because I feel I owe the developers that much, having just sampled their game.
Imagine you worked on something, say an elevator, and it worked flawlessly for years, but nobody so much as stopped to look at that elevator and think, “Wow, someone really did a good job today, else I’d surely have been fucked in between floors five and six.” Nobody does it.
And yet we claim to enjoy the games we play…
Watching credits is absolutely the least I can do. Possibly literally.