Sometimes there are games that are just achingly painful to wait for. One such game from my past was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I remember my obsession with every little detail I could scrounge up about that game leading up to its launch. I’m also young enough that I didn’t have a job and had to wait for the Holidays to come in order to get my hands on it (if I was lucky). The wait for that game seemed unbearable then, and in hindsight I still remember it taking for-e-ver (thanks, Squints). But man, what I remember more than the wait was the day I finally unwrapped that Christmas present to see the golden box beneath.
In Ocarina of Time’s case, the wait was more than worth the end result. That game is still cemented in gamers’ collective consciousness as one of the best ever created. The way playing that game felt after waiting so long for it without access to any “beta” or head-start programs is exactly why I decided to write this post. As “press” (I put that in quotes, because I’m pretty sure I’m just a fan who gets paid to ramble incoherently) I get to/have to view a lot of games before they’re released. There are precious few that I can sit back and wait for.
As hoity-toity as that might sound, from my side of the fence it’s a luxury. Nowadays with MMOs too, you can pretty much get into any game’s beta at some point just by dropping $5 on a pre-order. I’m looking forward to a lot of games on the horizon. I’m probably going to cover most of them here on this site. When launch day for DCUO, TERA, Rift, JGE, Guild Wars 2, The Old Republic, etc. comes I’ll be right there with all of you playing for the real “first time”. But I have to contend that part of me misses those days when I had to just wait. When Christmas seemed like forever from now, and it felt like I was never going to play that brand new awesome game which just came out.
As I was reading some posts in the DCUO forum about players waiting to get into the Pre-Order beta, this whole topic occurred to me. Savor that waiting period. Don’t be too hurried to get into the beta. It is after all, just a beta. And when launch comes, if you’ve spent hours and hours in the testing phases, you’re not going to be as anxious to log in and join the rest of the population on those first real steps into the game’s life.
Okay, this just got way too serious for a blog about games. My point is: sometimes having to wait can be a good thing. In games, and in life. And just to be sure I bring the seriousness back down to a more tolerable level.
There, that about does it.