What to Expect When You’re Expecting A New Game
First off, congratulations! Chances are, you already know what sort of game you’re expecting, but even if you just know the title, this is an exciting time. In the coming months (or years for some of you) you’ll be following every new development in this game–so to keep you sane, I’m providing some tips on how I keep from blowing a gasket when waiting for a delayed game, or simply the next in a series I’m in love with.
First, and probably most importantly, try to remember that the game you’re waiting for is worth it. If it gets delayed, as many do, take a deep breath and tell yourself it’ll be better in the long run.
Explore other options while you wait. It can be tempting to sit at your computer and read everything you can get your grubby mitts on about the game–particularly if you’re waiting for an MMO and it’s in beta. Let yourself play other games; maybe you’ll find one you enjoy, and that will make the wait seem so much shorter. And in the end, if the game you’ve been expecting isn’t your cup of tea, you won’t regret having missed out on other games while you waited.
Speaking of games that may or may not be your cup of tea; expect that your new game won’t be everything everyone has ever wanted. Expect that some people are going to dislike the game or say things about it that may make you want to punch them. (Of course, please don’t punch them, as they’re entitled to their opinion, even if it’s wrong.) Just un-bunch your panties and ignore it. It only really matters if you enjoy the game–if you get your money’s worth out of it.
You may be disappointed. I hope you aren’t, but that’s always a possibility. The game may take a direction you didn’t plan on it taking. If it’s an MMO, maybe the death mechanics won’t be ‘hardcore’ enough or ‘casual’ enough for you. Maybe it’ll require a monthly subscription, when you normally play a free-to-play game. Maybe the game will require you to buy DLCs to get the whole story. Maybe the DLCs will never come out and will be discontinued.
Hopefully these tips will help you keep your sanity while you anticipate your new game–whether it’s a short wait, or you’re in for the long haul. I’ve kept most of my marbles, although how many is up to debate. Just remember: breathe! Inhale, exhale, and repeat.