GameCop vs. LameCop is a feature where Anthony and I argue about video game issues, taking on the persona of either the GameCop or the LameCop as we do so. The GameCop has your best interests as gamers at heart, while the LameCop is just what he sounds like: a total loser.
This week, we tackle several issues including pre-order incentives, video game hype and Nintendo re-packaging GameCube games and selling them for the Wii.
GameStop is offering pre-order bonuses like better weapons for CoD:World at War. This is similar to Battlefield: Bad Company offering DLC content like a special gun for players to use in Multiplayer matches. Fair or foul?
Big foul! This is a trend that I really hope does not continue. Who came up with this? EA and Gamestop. Do you need to know anymore? If I said that Hitler and Osama bin Laden had a great idea…would you even need to hear it to know its not going to be good for you?
Just because some people want to throw down their money before a game is even in the country does not mean they should get an unfair advantage. What if you get the game for Christmas and the person buying it for you had no idea about the preorder deal? What if Best Buy has a sale and it’s 20 bucks cheaper? What if you have a family or a life and their needs come before your need for a pseudo-BFG to shoot 12 years old with online?
What then, Eddy? WHAT THEN I SAY?
It’s clear that people are completely overreacting about this issue. It’s not GameStop’s fault that you’re too stupid NOT to order from them in the first place. Why walk into a regular electronics store and get the game at your leisure when you can go to GameStop and get badgered by employees and then put on a waiting list for a game that is readily available everywhere else?
And as to the issue of having better weapons online for a small fee or a pre-order… This stuff has been going in organized competitive sports since the dawn of time. Would you restrict an athlete from buying the best shoes? Or the best baseball bats? Or HGH? You probably would, because in your perfect world everybody is a noob and needs to start with the same exact weapon. Fine, I’ll be a part of your bland world, Anthony, devoid of choice, variety and probably fun.
Every year, the hype train pumps up gaming’s biggest releases, from Halo 3 to Gears of War 2 to LittleBigPlanet. Do massive levels of hype help or hurt gamers and the industry?
Well if you’re talking about hype that goes to insane levels, you’d have to look no further than the Halo franchise, which took things to the absolute extreme last Fall. From the “Believe” ads (which ultimately had no bearing on the actual game) to the Halo cheet-ohs or whatever else got released, hype absolutely built an insurmountable obstacle for that game. I think games this year are doing much better, and have seemed to tone things down. Epic is managing the GoW2 info pretty well, and Sony seems to be handling LBP content with similar grace, seeing as how most of that hype is content coming from its users.
I think that the real strategy is just to let your game speak for yourself. Gamers aren’t idiots. Well, most of them aren’t. They can see through garbage, and your hype is more likely to kill the excitement for your game than prop it up.
Eddy, once again, your ignorance is as staggering as seeing the Hammer of Dawn for the first time. Hype is AWESOME. Without hype, would Final Fantasy VII, a game that is basically an Excel Database with polygons, have done nearly as well? No, is the answer. In fact, in the spirit of hype, NO WAY IN HELL EVER.
You complain about Halo’s hype, but without that hype, it would be awfully lonely on Xbox Live at 4 in the morning with no one to play with. Don’t believe me? Ask someone who still plays Ultima Online. Hype makes a crappy game like Facebreaker into the Punch Out of this generation. Hype made the Wii a success, because as anyone who has a Wii can attest, it sure as hell isn’t fun playing the 3 good games out there. Hell, hype made Super Smash Brothers Brawl into a giant success and its a game where whoever hits the A button fastest still isn’t guaranteed a victory because it’s all random! Hype works again!
Eddy, your point about hype is clearly the dumbest thing ever put on any of the Internets. Sure the first Halo made it without hype and so did the first God of War. But if it weren’t for hype, would so many people have bought Fable, which now has paved the way for Fable 2, which might live up to the hype of the original? Once again, the answer is no. But not any no. A big NO, on a billboard in Times Square during rush hour with a concert in the middle of the street and a movie tie-in promo on a passing bus.
Hype is awesome and anyone who disagrees is the biggest moron in the world and the worst thing to happen to the world since The Hills.
Nintendo is re-releasing several GameCube games on the Wii this Fall and over the course of next year. Can’t gamers already play GameCube games on the Wii, anyway, at a cheaper price? Fair or foul by Nintendo?
Nintendo once again extends a giant middle finger to its consumers. Want new Wii games? Denied! You get Gamecube retreads instead! That’s right, some of the 3rd-best-selling-system-of-last-generation’s greatest hits will be coming to the Wii with Wii controls added! Awesome- games that were made for a traditional control scheme will get a new one pasted on. I’m sure that won’t create any problems at all! And since its some of the more popular games that are getting this treatment, that means that most people have already played them!
What this appears to be is a marketing test by Nintendo to see exactly how brain dead their consumers really are. Soon, they will start releasing Nintendo 64 games with Wii controls, instead of focusing on making new and exciting games we have never played before! You know how some people just clamor for Final Fantasy remakes and how old that gets? You ain’t seen nothing yet!
What do you have against retro games, Anthony? Bring ’em all on, I say! Re-release some Virtual Boy with waggle controls and charge me $40, I’m good for it. Just because you don’t have the money to replay all of the classics the REAL way (waggle ftw!) doesn’t mean that you have to punish the rest of us with plenty of money to blow on the most inane luxuries.
Give me Superman 64 and Mario Sunshine, I’m dying to play something, anything on my $250 coffee table decoration. Haven’t you heard, Anthony? Nintendo only made the best two consoles ever in the NES and SNES, so who are we to question any of their decisions from here on out? Sure, their track record has been bad since I dunno, 1996, but this is Nintendo. Nintendo! It’s the same as that senile great uncle that shows up every Christmas in his pajamas, taking money out of your change jar. How can you not love the old rascal?
Now that you’ve seen the GameCop vs LameCop stance, what are your thoughts on these issues?