If you were to cast your mind back to the 90s, and an age where The Internet was still in its infancy and information was still spread through physical media like newspapers and magazines, you would find a game industry still brimming with surprises and secrets to thrill and delight gamers around the world.
These days, however, thanks to the rise of The Internet, even the smallest rumour can be spread in a matter of seconds which more often than not spoils any hope of a surprise down the line. This Question of the Day asks if the removal of surprise is a good thing for the game industry.
El33tonline often reports on these rumours as a means to discuss them (they’re fun to talk about), but very often there’s no smoke without fire. Call of Duty: Ghosts, for example, was rumour mill fact weeks before it was revealed, while even yesterday’s announcement of Wolfenstein was taken for granted with trademark filings and rumours floating about.
Do these rumours and speculation now serve another purpose in helping build excitement for game industry surprises, or would you rather publishers and developers were able to make announcements out of the blue without your prior knowledge?
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