Don’t Believe the Hype, pt2

As you get older, you lose a bunch of things. And its sort of random in what order. Some lose their hair. Some lose control of their bodies, mind, etc.

For me, I feel like the first thing I lost is the ability to be hyped about something.

Not excited about something you are consuming….like you got a new album or a new game. What I mean is the kind of hype that I feel like young people really have. When something gets announced, or a teaser image, or something is set up but hasn’t happened yet. Truly hyping something that doesn’t exist yet.

That is most definitely dead in me.

Let me analyze two things….

One note before we start. There will be a ton of talk of video games in this post, but this can apply to everything. Sports. Whatever. Anything where the thing doesn’t happen yet.

I have a friend who the Wheel of Time series is their favorite book series of all time. Since we were kids together. Fuckin love those books.

So Amazon announced they were going to do it. No trailer yet. No director. No cast. Just announced they were going to do it. My friend was fucking STOKED for it. All he could talk about. Big time hype.

And the whole time I was just like… “Man that shit is complicated. If it works it’ll be a miracle.”

The trailer came out and it was like poof…the air went out the building. Looked cheap as fuck, everything seemed trite. Etc.

But my friend moved on. Obviously this was years ago…and he can still get hyped about stuff…I am flat out not sure why.

This one….I hate to do it…but imma do it.

I will never give this the kind of justice that the fucking genius gave the game. I watched hype die real time that day. Go from something where the art…looked great…. the music…looked great.

But when you got to the game…was just fucking suck.

Still the only video game return I have ever done in my life was for Anthem.

Go read that other blog, but I will say this Anthem should be a cautionary tale for anyone about everything.

And that leaves me. I have had this happen so many times in my life that my hype is dead.

Like that Doom trailer at the top. Just came out…fresh off the presses. Lot of hype there. And hell, I am excited for it. But I know…no Mick Gordon…idSoftware hasn’t been kind to the man in the press. Development feels a bit rushed…

I’m probably going to play the game, but I cant find that hype energy. Not going to make the background of my computer Doom the Dark Ages. No telling people they got to play it. I want to play it first to make sure its not shit.

So like, what happened to me…..that part of me died.

I’m not going to fully blame people building up the trust to ruin it. I am sure that’s part of it, but that’s not the whole deal. I just can’t even bring myself to go that route. I cant give in to a blind fandom or excitement of any kind anymore. I’m not playing early access (more on this another day).

When the shit is released, I will consume it and give my thoughts. That’s how I feel about the new Doom game. That’s how I feel about everything.

I often feel like Debbie Downer, just ruining everyone’s good time. I guess I am, but I’m also not a cheerleader. If the team manages to win, Ill tell you that they will. But I’m not here to celebrate a nothing that hasn’t happened.

And that’s yet another way that I know I am old.

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