Creston wrote on Nov 16, 2012, 12:37:
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Nov 16, 2012, 11:32:
What I hate is the amount of amazing titles that struggle or fail because people won't broaden their horizons beyond one or two yearly franchises.
I think a lot of Call of Duty's customers only buy a few games a year, actually. So why would they risk buying something that might disappoint them when they know they will enjoy CoD's MP for hundreds and hundreds of hours?
My wife's a middle school teacher, and a lot of the kids in her classes have been talking about the BLOPS2 launch, as it's typically the only game they get all year. (It's a school in a pretty poor, rural area.) It's not that hard to see why they'd stick with what they know. After all, I do the same in a restaurant.
Yup, plus it's the herd mentality, but not in a bad way here. Take those kids: they only get a handful of games a year, so they'd better damn well make sure they are coordinated. If there are 20 of those kids, and 15 buy BLOPS2 and 5 buy BL2, well, those 5 are going to have some hard times finding matches with each other.
If everyone is buying the same game you know you'll get longevity out of it. While it may not be the exact game you want, and there may be better games out there for you, in the long run you're better off getting what your friends play.