Are Video Game Previews Losing Their Power?

“You’ve been had! You’ve been took! Hoodwinked! Bamboozled! Led astray! Run amok! This is what they do!”. This popular “Malcolm X” quote seems perfect to set the ground for my thoughts regarding the declining power of video game previews, especially in the context of the recent Aliens: Colonial Marines scandal. For those of you who are not familiar with the case – a month ago, Gearbox Software and SEGA have finally released their long anticipated game. A game that was anticipated both by many Alien fans as well as regular gamers, especially after having watched numerous previews, trailers, and played the demo version available prior to the game’s release. People have patiently waited for over six years to get their hands on the game and when it was finally released… boy, were they in for a shock.

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