I guess this is hwy I don't pay much attention to game journalism.
Most of what gets attention in journalism is completely and totally irrelevant to me.
I recently heard a mainstream news report on gaming, and they talked about the following titles, none of which I have ever heard of, or have any interest in:
- Hi-Fi Rush
- Metroid Prime Remastered
- Some new Zelda game
- Fire Emblem Engage
- A new Kirby title
- Hogwarts Legacy
- A Space For The Unbound
- SEASON: A Letter To The Future (A bicycling photography game???)
And I'm not sure if it is ME who is out of touch when it comes to gaming, or if it is journalism.
I mean, sure, Metroid was great on the 8bit Nintendo in 1986. That's the only Metroid I've ever played or ever will play. Same with the Zelda franchise. I played the original Zelda and Link on the 8 bit Nintendo, but I'll likely never play anything in the franchise again. Same with Kirby. I vaguely remember a Kirby game on the NES, but I didn't even know this was a franchise. I just thought it was one oddball title with a pink blob.
Hogwarts Legacy I ave at least heard of, though it is not for me. I'm in the "too old for Harry Potter" age bracket. The rest sound stupid at best.
I've also never played anything in the Resident Evil franchise. It seems completely uninteresting.
In 2023 I am looking forward to:
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 (if it ever comes out in spite of the war in Ukraine)
- The Outer Worlds 2 (if it stays on time)
- Atomic Heart (Interested, but concerned about rumors of data harvesting in game)
- System Shock (Remake)
- Countr-Strike 2? (Maybe, I am kind of over Counter-Strike at this point, but I'll still probably buy and try it)
I can rather easily list the only games of any relevance to me since 2010, and they are as follows:
2022 - Dying Light 2
2021 - Far Cry 6
2020 - Doom Eternal (haven't gotten around to it yet, but I will at some point)
2020 - Cyberpunk 2077
2020 - Black Mesa (for old times sake)
2019 - Borderlands 3 (Sort of, I played it, but it wasn't a favorite)
2019 - The Outer Worlds
2019 - Metro Exodus
2019 - Far Cry: New Dawn (This one was actually kind of bad, but I forced myself to finish it)
2018 - Far Cry 5
2017 - Prey
2017 - Wolfenstein: The New Colossus (Sort of, played it, but I wasn't a huge fan)
2017 - Player Unknowns Battle Grounds (Briefly, it was less bad in beta than the final product)
2017 - Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
2016 - Far Cry: Primal
2016 - Doom (Sortof. Probably wouldn't have played it if it didn't come nearly free in a bundle)
2016 - Deus Ex Mankind Divided
2016 - Homefront: The Revolution
2016 - Sid Meier's Civilization VI
2016 - Dishonored 2
2015 - Fallout 4
2014 - Far Cry 4
2014 - Wolfenstein: The New Order (Sort of, played it, but I wasn't a huge fan)
2013 - Metro: Last Light
2013 - Bioshock Infinite
2012 - Far Cry 3
2012 - Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (sort of. I have played it at least)
2012 - Borderlands 2 (Sort of, I played it, but it wasn't a favorite)
2012 - Dishonored
2011 - Red orchestra 2
2011 - Deus Ex: Human Revolution
2011 - Portal 2
2011 - Homefront
2010 - Singularity
2010 - Sid Meiers Civilization V
2010 - Metro 2033
2010 - Bioshock 2
2010 - Fallout New Vegas
And that's pretty much it. Games are one of my few remaining hobbies, and if it isn't on that list, in the 14 years covered since 2010 (inclusive) I didn't play it, or even have any interest in it at all.
I don't get the Japanese games. They are completely irrelevant and uninteresting to me. I also don't get most things non-First Person, and fantasy genre and I have outright "eww" responses to things like Final Fantasy.
The thing is, I'm a member of many PC Gaming groups and forums. Most people there talk about and are interested in the same games I am. Yes, they are also interested in the Hogwarts Game which I am not, and also many are into those "Call of Modern Battlefield" titles which I am not. I als0 expect to hear people talk about Fantasy games like World of Warcraft and the like, which I am also not into. But for some weird reason the games that I am into, and that everyone I talk to are into, generally get very little coverage.
Instead the media talk about things like Final Fantasy, Pokemon Go, this Hi-Fi Rush game, Animal Crossing, etc. etc.
It's just so weird, because whenever game segments come up in the news, I almost expect to know what they are going to talk about, because, hey, this is kind of my hobby, and then with very rare exceptions they just come out of left field with all these weird casual and/or japanese titles, and completely neglect to cover all of the "real" games.