Hello all! I’m wondering how some of you have been able to avoid video game hype, and FOMO (fear of missing out). You might want to do this for many reasons: save money, not participate in mindless capitalist consumption, or participate more meaningfully in criticism.
I’m trying to avoid hype because
- I’m unemployed and don’t want to buy new games
- I want to avoid the manufactured discontent of capitalism
- I want to read/participate in criticism of older games, which can be lost behind coverage of the newest games
Here are some things that have helped me get out of the endless video game hype cycle:
- Listen to less video game podcasts/watch less YouTube
These are not inherently bad! But I found that when I was listening to every episode of Waypoint/Beastcast I felt like I had to be playing certain games that sounded fun. I wanted to keep up with the discussions, form my own opinions, and talk about them with people on the forum. My experience with said games was frequently less fun than the idea of playing and discussing the games. I now only listen to 2-3 episodes of Waypoint/month, and I’m enjoying it much more.
- Use Less Twitter
Twitter sucks for a myriad of reasons, but constant video game hype and advertising has really put me off recently. 280 characters is not enough for a review, much less a thoughtful critique.
- Play a Forever Game
I’ve been playing Animal Crossing New Horizons semi-regularly since its release. I’m satisfied, and don’t feel like I need much more. I know some people here love FFXIV and Destiny. There’s something for everyone.
- Play Old Games, and Write About Them
I’m playing Pokemon Platinum right now, and it’s just nice to return to an old game. I have thoughts about it, and am excited to write about it for my blog. If I want better criticism I can’t just hope it appears, I have to help create it.
I don’t want to begrudge anyone that is excited for new games, or by necessity (like the Waypoint crew) has to write about current games. I just think it’s important to think about our consumption of media and products. There’s no ethical consumption etc., but to be uncritical about consumption is unethical in my opinion.
I’d love to hear how you all avoid hype, and why you do it.