This question is partly inspired by the latest ep of the podcast talking about how people who you may perceive as respectable, knowledgeable and up-to-date with the latest in Video Games, and possibly even on other topics (Hardware, Cars, Clothing), influence whether or not you give up your hard earned dollary-doo’s to purchase them.
If I remember correctly it was a letter sent in by Steve, who may or may not be 25% Irish, and Danielle who read it out, the gist of it was that those people who are in Games Journalism talking positively about a game slowly transforms in my mind into meaning “This Game is Good”. This has been on my mind for a while, but the letter and the chat about it afterwards really brought those thoughts to a fore, and I kind of had to see how everyone else felt.
Personally I felt like this happened to me in the last little arc of conversation with Prey on the podcast. I went out and purchased a physical copy, which I NEVER do, just because the guys on the pod had been talking so much about it. Luckily I’m thoroughly enjoying the game, but I’m not sure how I’d feel if it was just the influence of the guys on me, and I actually didnt really like it, not to blame them if that was the case, in the end its my purchase. But it’s really strange, I can see that it’s happening but I still go through that process of influence upon me.
I guess it’s like Advertising, where it plants a seed in your brain that slowly grows right? How do you guys feel about this, or deal with it?