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I Like Lists… Yahoo Has Lists… August 11, 2010

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in Ancient Gaming, entertainment, Nintendo, Nintendo DS Hardware, Sony Online Entertainment, Warhammer Online, wii.
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So let’s visit Yahoo.

Or Yahoo!, as it is correctly written I suppose.  I always leave out the exclamation point.

Yahoo seems to have some sort of list in its top stories on the main page.  Things like Signs You’re a Green Hypocrite and such.  But once in a while something related to video games makes an appearance.

There were two such lists in the last week that I thought were interesting.

The first was the Most Overhyped Video Games of All Time.

You’ll have to go read their criteria and such, but the list was:

  • Pac-Man for the Atari 2600 (1982)
  • Diakatana (2000)
  • Enter the Matrix (2003)
  • Star Wars: Galaxies (2003)
  • Killzone (2004)
  • Wii Music (2008)
  • Too Human (2008)
  • Spore (2008)

I like this list for a few of reasons.

First, I bought that horrible, horrible version of Pac-Man on the Atari 2600.  I saved my money and spent it on the game.  $30 was some serious money back then.

It was so bad.

It was so very bad that we cannot let go of the disappointment almost 30 years later.

So bad that it is blamed for hurting the video game market.

So bad that it even has it’s own sizable entry on Wikipedia.

I think that game broke my relationship with the 2600 for good.

Then there is Star Wars: Galaxies there in the middle.  An MMO that isn’t Warhammer Online being tarred with the hype brush.  Well, that is refreshing!  And SWG being called out for something besides the NGE!  It is a two-fer!

And Wii Music.  I’ve already been down on Wii Music.  Not sure how the hype really was, but the game itself… rubbish.

Finally, Spore.  So much hype.  So much copy protection.  Such a “meh” game.  Even the Zero Punctionation review of the game was probably the most mild review Yahtzee has ever done.

Still, is that really the definitive list of most overhyped games?  I mean sure, Duke Nukem Forever didn’t make the list, having never actually shipped, but I’m sure there must be some other worthy titles out there.

The other list that caught my eye was the Top Selling Video Games of 2010 so far.

I immediately took to this list because its focus was only titles that were released in 2009 and 2010, so the whole thing wasn’t weighed down by the various boxed versions and expansions for World of Warcraft and The Sims.  Or maybe it was just a consoles only list.  They didn’t say that anywhere… in fact they were pretty sparse on the parameters… but these titles don’t totally go against what you see elsewhere.  Have Sims sales dried up?

Anyway, the list for this year, so far:

  1. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
  2. Pokemon SoulSilver (DS)
  3. Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360)
  4. God of War III (PlayStation 3)
  5. Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
  6. Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
  7. Pokemon HeartGold (DS)
  8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360)
  9. Just Dance (Wii)
  10. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)

My first reaction was, “Wow, that is a lot of Nintendo focused titles.”

Club Nintendo Indeed!

Nintendo seems to own us with 7 of the 10 titles on that list.  At least only two of them are Mario.

That was quickly followed by “Wow, that is a lot of Pokemon!”  If they hadn’t split them out, combined HeartGold and SoulSilver would have been on top.

And then, I started to wonder how soon StarCraft II would break into that list.  According to that other source I linked, it is closing in on the Top 20 world wide, is already in the Top 20 in the Americas, and has the usual Blizzard momentum behind it.

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1. Wasdstomp - August 12, 2010

I would love to see a most overhyped MMO category. I could rattle off about twenty off the top of my head.

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2. SynCaine - August 12, 2010

Lists are indeed fun.

As for the top selling videogames, that’s always been one ‘issue’ with a Nintendo console; Nintendo sells a TON of games, but 3rd parties never do well. Hence you get systems like N64, GC and Wii, where every year you have a few must-have titles, and then everything else is absolute crap. Of course the easy answer to this is “make better Wii games”, but even that has not always worked in terms of generating sales.

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3. Wavemanns - August 12, 2010

I’m sorry I don’t agree with SWG being on that list. I honestly think that it was worth all the hype, until of course they completely ruined the game with the NGE.

The community was amazing, the graphics were really great and the complexity of the crafting, player made housing and cities, shifting resource qualities and cycles really floated my boat.

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4. Wilhelm2451 - August 12, 2010

@Wavemanns – This is why I wanted to repost this list. I do not remember SWG being over-hyped. I remember being mildly interested in trying the game, it being Star Wars and all, but deciding to give it a pass. But hype? SOE is generally known for not being able to create hype on their own.

But then perhaps I just missed the hype. And as you point out, it is only hype if it doesn’t deliver. For a bunch of people, it did deliver.

How did SWG hype compare to Vanguard “Vision” hype and Warhammer Online hype?

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5. Wavemanns - August 12, 2010

It was nothing compared to those two.I remember all the especially for Warhammer that it was going to be the be all and end all of MMORPG’s.

Star Wars hyped itself to being a sandbox game with great graphics and it really was. My wife was addicted like crack to this game and I don’t know if she ever did any of the built in questing/storyline things.

She was involved in the community created content of crafting/selling and grouping with friends. I did both the storyline, community stuff and tried every single class and race.

I was one of the ones who put their money where there mouth was. I bashed the NGE and said I would quit unless they rolled it back. Two weeks after they released it I cancelled both of my accounts, my wife stayed on for 3 extra months but then they made it even worse and discontinued her main character’s class.

No SOE product has ever or will ever enter our house again.

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6. PeterD - August 12, 2010

SWG was overhyped, but not to the extent that Warhammer online was, and NOT by SOE itself. It was overhyped by the fans. SWG was going to be The Next Big Thing and everyone was going to live in blissful Star Wars heaven forever.

Then the game released and . . . yeah. Not so much. That was a result of overhyped expectations rather than marketing though, completely unlike Warhammer Online where the developers themselves hyped the game to the moon and back, then failed to deliver.

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