Up For Debate - What did you buy because the hype train was too tempting?

Written by Neil Soutter on Sat, Nov 9, 2019 3:00 PM

Games are big business. They can get oodles of advertising with massive marketing budgets to spread the word and get us gamers all juiced up and ready to buy. They normally want us to pre-order their games way before anyone has managed to tell us that they are actually trash or buggy, so they can bank a chunk of money before the game is even released.

So that got me thinking, I often get aboard the hype train and find myself hovering my finger over the buy this right now button. Only to stop at the last minute, realising I dont really want to play a techno boyfriend simulator that lets me ride goats around a VR amusement park, while strumming a plastic toy guitar...or whatever it is that is the latest craze. Actually that does sound quite fun and its NOW ONLY 4.5 of your hard earned currency tokens!!! BUY BUY BUY.

Another culprit of this is the Kickstarter fad. Where someone would put a tonne of effort into setting up a kickstarter campaign to lure us into thinking we could have our most desireably dream turn to reality if we just chucked a few buckeroons their way.

Me? Well I did it with Playstation VR that came bundled with Skyrim VR at a crazy good price, during a Black Friday deal. I played it twice. Sure its great I suppose, but I dont really care for it. And I dropped a tonne of cash on the whole set up despite believing it was a bargain bargain BARGAIN!

Now let me put this to you my GD fellows, its confessions time and hopefully it will make us all feel a little better knowing we're not alone in our hype stupidity. What have you ever bought because its marketing was too tempting, only to think afterwards, ahh crap...I didnt want that.

Have you ever succumbed to a hype purchase?

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22:59 Dec-02-2019

i just ordered rdr2. i haven't installed it yet cause i'm not home for the next week... sort of scared to install it after reading about amd compatibility. will it run on a b450 with an 1820 bios (agesa 1.0.0.3abba) or do i have to update?

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09:10 Nov-15-2019

The last game I bought on hype was No Man's Sky. That hype mainly came from my closest friend. He was so excited. We were going to play together and all that jazz. Then the game was released, and our expectations were utterly dumb founded. He's bought a couple games through hype since, where I haven't bought into hype since.

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09:21 Nov-15-2019

You have more self-control then most.

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04:31 Nov-12-2019

I've done some hype purchases on tech, not games, and it wasn't a complete let down, but I maybe wanted a little more performance.

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00:35 Nov-12-2019

I bought watch dogs preorder, what a waste of money!

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18:43 Nov-12-2019

This was my biggest preorder regret as well. :(

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21:25 Nov-11-2019

Age of wonders 3, which wasn't really worth it, but I enjoyed AoW: Shadow Magic sooo much when it was released that I wanted to support the studio/series

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17:30 Nov-11-2019

i dont see why would something other like mean that i will like it as well, clear examples for me would be dead stranding, rdr2, borderlands 3 and cp2077 at the top of hype train while all thos looks fine or potenitonally fun for me personally, none of them interest me at all even tho they all had enormoys hype, i was and i am hyped for few games (dmc5, doom eternal, Warcraft 3: Reforged) but hype got from games it self not becouse of other people

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17:26 Nov-11-2019

I am currently considering succumbing to the Cyberpunk hype and preordering. If i did it for RDR2, well, CDPR deserve it more than Rockstar.

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12:44 Nov-11-2019

Fallout 76...

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13:23 Nov-11-2019

I'm so sorry....

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14:06 Nov-11-2019

Thanks for the support mate

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19:08 Nov-11-2019

Same here. Totally regret it.

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08:13 Nov-11-2019

after playing Crysis 1 Ive pre ordered every other installment plus Battlefiled 3 plus NFS hot pursuit 2010 and Rivals(cause lets be honest ferraris were making a comback) almost preordered F1 2019 (havent pick it yet might get 2020 instead

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08:18 Nov-11-2019

I Pre-ordered Red Dead Redemption and now my motherboard is bust and in a 3 week replacement period. Though i really am waiting to preorder a 8core 16thread single die processor Clocked at 5ghz base from AMD cause then i know CRYSIS will be

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08:20 Nov-11-2019

running at stable 4k no issues plus 5ghz is now a dream since what 2009? and any other crysis remake remaster sequel or spinoff. along with NFS HOT PURSUIT 2010 remake or remaster!!! best ARCADE Racer of all time

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19:17 Nov-10-2019

I preordered FIFA 17 & WWE 2K17 until now...both good games, but I did learn my lesson from this years to not get hyped before the game launch, I don't think I ever will preorder a game in the future, maybe only if they make a Conflict Global Storm/Terror remaster or something way to good to blow my mind :)

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18:17 Nov-10-2019

StarCitizen...

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16:30 Nov-14-2019

Do you still play it from time to time?

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16:18 Nov-10-2019

Pokemon Sword. not really hyped game but im a big fan of pokemon and i dont care about national dex scandal.

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15:50 Nov-10-2019

I preordered Fallen Order (never preordering an EA game but this is an exception) because Iam a huge Star Wars fan and want this game to be good and everything I saw was really awesome. But it wasn't because of the hype.

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15:04 Nov-10-2019

i nearly bought Overkill's the Walking Dead on release day, but saw the reviews and skipped it

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14:10 Nov-10-2019

Arcanite reaper HOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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14:09 Nov-10-2019

Ghost Recon: Wildlands. What a waste of money that was. Haven't even finished it.

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08:11 Nov-11-2019

the only way you will enjoy that game is with a bunch of mates in co-op need to get from point to A to point B lets have a race with differnt vehicles, lets do a mission in stealth only with silenced handguns. those bits are epic

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12:57 Nov-10-2019

Witcher 3. First game i ever pre-ordered (physical copy). Other one would be Dark souls III.

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17:24 Nov-11-2019

I got on that bandwagon waaaaay late. I am currently enjoying Witcher 3 immensely.

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16:23 Nov-24-2019

Witcher 3 is still enjoying me for hours, days and months. I really love this game!

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09:38 Nov-10-2019

Rise of the Tomb Raider and Mafia III. RotTR was amazing. Mafia III was mediocre and the peformance was garbage.

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08:29 Nov-10-2019

Never had enough money to be hyped.

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01:58 Nov-11-2019

My man....

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08:05 Nov-10-2019

GTA 5 for PC. Game was good and ran good. But i had no one to play it with. Very little people i knew had good enough pc's and never played GTA before.
Then i did it with No man's Sky, big mistake though i did spend 30 hours on it when it came out. I just liked how it played but only for those hours.
After that it was either just after launch or a few weeks to a month after the launch. Though there are some games coming up that ill likely buy instantly.

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