This whole text is against the hype culture, not against no man’s sky. Of course this game will be my main example, but just understand that in no way I hate the game itself as it is right now.
It’s Minecraft in space, it’s pretty good but it’s kinda shallow. If you are the kind of person that loves those kind of games I’m sorry for the harsh words I may use towards this game. With that out-of-the-way;
What’s the deal with No man’s sky? (enter Seinfeld base guitar sound effect here please)
It’s not a bad game per se, it has problems of course like the shaky user interface and the lack of real direction. Some planets feel like wastelands (that, in a way, can be also considered a plus side) and some says that it feels empty as a whole. ”It can be so much more” some of you might say. Of course it could, but I think it’s the main problem. I could have been but it isn’t. I was not INTENDED to be ”more”. The game was sold like it is right now; endless space exploration with ungodly amount of different biomes, a ridiculous number of planets and a high replay value.
The actual problem is the hype that blew out of proportions. The developers actually had to come out and say that the game not everything people on the web said it was. That’s the thing that is dangerous with the hype culture.
Actually just before I talk about the down sides, I’ll talk about the positive. The game is born out of hype. The game is one (if not the only) kind of games that is randomly generated that way. The algorithms are way too complicated for me to wrap my head around fully, so explaining it to those of you that are not familiar with it might be a hard task. Just understand that everything in the game is generated with random numbers and it creates all the planets, from each rocks, plants, atmospheres and even the wildlife.
It’s a big, a HUGE step in the video games industry. That means that in the future it could be applied to multiple games genres. So the game is more a proof of concept of something greater than it is an industry defining game. It’s a lot like Spore in that regard, the game might not be the best but with that came a whole lot of cool ideas for characters creation tools.
If we go back to the positive side of hype (I actually got carried away with my explanation hehe) we can safely say that the game would not be talked everywhere if it wasn’t from the initial hype. Games like shovel knight is similar that way. Both were from a smaller developer that had a good concept. Yacht club game did build an awesome game although. It’s just that the game was born from the hype. I’m sure that it would have been discovered anyway without the huge community following but the hype helped the sales a lot. I’m pretty sure there wouldn’t be DLCs for the game without it. Same for games like Undertale. Of course in that example, it was more let’s players that carried the game to the public eye but you see my point.
So I’m saying that hype culture is good? A little hype can’t kill a game, right? Let’s see… do you know a game called Mighty No 9? The game looked fine at first, but more time passed and people were looking toward the release date in anticipation. More delays, more down time, not many answers, then out of nowhere we got a sneak peek of the new ”style” of the game with the combo points and ”absorbing” of simple enemies. What happened? Was it that Mega man’s creator lost his touch? My understanding is that the hype was so great and the anticipation of the fans scared the creator; he had to create more, to ”upgrade” the franchise. But you know what? That’s just like my opinion man (find where that quote come from yo).
In the case of No man’s sky, the hype got too far. The game was a divine intervention if you were to listen to some fans. It was ”gonna change the face of gaming”. I’ve seen the game on PS4 at 20$ at Best Buy this week, it didn’t really happened. I think that the game would actually sold more copies if it wasn’t blown out of the sky (#seewhatIdidthere).
You know what the worst part is? It’s not a bad game. Far from it actually! Many gamers got disappointed that it wasn’t the game that the internet promised that it hindered it chances at success. So internet killed No man’s sky. Do not trust the internet folks. Don’t trust me either, I’m actually a dog with a keyboard writing articles here.