El33t’s Question of the Day: When is hype dangerous and when is it useful?

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El33tonline Question of the Day

The videogame industry is both driven and crippled by hype. This excitement is generated at will by developers and publishers the split-second they announce and reveal upcoming games and hardware, but it’s a double-edged sword.

Deliver on your promises, and you’re a legend. Fail even slightly, and you’re decimated. This Question of the Day asks:

When is hype dangerous and when is it useful?

The release of Aliens: Colonial Marines wasn’t exactly coated in rich layers of hype, but there were gamers who were looking forward to it, and understandably so, seeing as how the universe is so well loved, but the game ended up disappointing these gamers even more because it nowhere near lived up to the excitement surrounding it.

The recent reveal of Bungie’s Destiny, too, fell flat to a certain extent because people were expecting so much more – hyped up by Bungie’s own run-up to the announcement.

Will the Sony’s PlayStation reveal on February 20th meet the same fate? Will the hype surrounding the announcement ultimately be the event’s undoing?

When is hype dangerous and when is it useful, and what can we as gamers do to curb ourselves so we don’t go in with unrealistic expectations? Should we?

Also be sure to answer El33tonline’s latest Facebook poll question to let the community know what games and announcements you’re hyped for in 2013.

(If you have a Question of the Day that you would like to put to the El33tonline community, mail it to oliver[@] and we’ll send it out, with credit of course!)

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