Will you live long enough to play Mass Effect 3?

Today Electronic Arts announced that they´d release some games until 2010, Mass Effect 2 being one of them (and Dead Space for Wii, awsome). We´re at the beginning of the year 2009 now, so that´s one year from its release. And ME3, because this franchise was announced to be a trilogy, has no set release date, yet. There are many games that share the same fate, or should i say, many gamers.

It´s not really that news of today that got me starting to think about this, i rather use it as a pull towards this topic. Games, but also movies, are often announced many years before they´re released. Some examples are Square Enix and the Final Fantasy-series, the Lord of the Rings-movies, where you knew, you would have to wait 3 years to see them all…not even counting the time these movies were in work. Or you have Nintendo, who usually release only one game per franchise within the span of a whole console generation.

There is no way i would complain about all of them taking their time for the highest possible quality, but…you have to look at all that from another perspective: Your life´s.

How old are you going to be? 65? 70? 80? Maybe 100 and then some. But if you´re not super lucky, around 75 years would be a good achievement. Now think about that: Today you get to know: The game you want so much will be released in three or four years. One reaction could be a positive one, because you now know that this game is in development. But you could also wonder about that: Will i live long enough to be able to play this game?

My problem on this matter is that three or four or five years, whatever the time span between announcement and release is, makes a substantial part of your very own life time. Or look at it like that: If you´re going to become 75 years old and your started gaming with 10, you´d have 13 generations of consoles that are released within your life time. Though everything points towards longer console life circles, so make that less than 10 generations. Basically, if you´re now 25 years old, you have around 5-7 generations of consoles ahead of your life. Now take specific games and you´ll see: You´ll see Final Fantasy 20…but you´re not going to see Final Fantasy 21. Because you´re dead.

Of course, many would answer that 5-7 more generations of consoles are enough for them, but there´s a closer problem: Within the span of 3-5 years, many things can happen. Especially today, where all kind of horrible diseases are floating around. Don´t forget stupid traffic accidents and crime. To make a long matter short: The speed game´s are produced at nowadays, is so slow and the wait so long that the wait for them is effecting a gamer´s life. No, i´m not talking about some nerd gamers that can´t live without games, i´m just talking about your average gaming enthusiast that loves a certain franchise…and knows that it´s going to take five more years until he can play his game. Games may not have the priority to be super worried about all that, but as i guy that loves his hobby, i can´t help myself and stop thinking about how horrible long those development times are. And if i´ll be able to play the next Zelda-game. I could be dead by then.

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9 Responses to Will you live long enough to play Mass Effect 3?

  1. bullrag says:

    Pffft. By the time you reach 70… you wont be playing games. You’ll be too busy cleaning out the colostomy bag to worry about that shit.

  2. bullrag says:

    PS: worry about something else.

  3. drewmcgee says:

    Wow. I’m not entirely sure how comedic this post is supposed to be, but if you’re living your day-to-day life with such anticipatory zeal for a franchise game’s release, I suggest working on your own game – something you have complete control of as far as when it is released.

    • mfauli says:

      Of course, i am not thinking about all that on a daily basis.
      My point is that publishers take it too easy when they announce a game and proceed to say “Oh, and it´s out 3 years from now” without thinking about what they actually do.
      You know, i dont know what i´ll be thinking about when im approaching death, but i certainly will feel like a little piece of sh**, if i was 95 years old and some director says “hey, we´re making a sequel to the LOST-series, 6 seasons, will probably take 6 years to finish it”, when i know that i wont live that long. Insert whatever show/game/movie/book-series you absolutely love, that it.
      It´s not about being a media-freak that only thinks about something like that, but it´s annoying how easy people who announce all that without a single thought. Announce a game a year before its release, and it will be enough time to hype it, yet it wont be a deadly (haha) wait.

  4. baghead says:

    wow, your article was really well received at neogaf…lol
    seriously, if you do something else in the meantime, three years will pass in no time at all
    i remember anticipating zelda twilight princess after the kickass trailer
    the first few months of waiting were horrible, but as time passed i had more important things to do (some gaming-related, most not) and even though it was delayed for half eternity, i was never angry/worried that it was taking too long except for the first and last few weeks of waiting
    same story with halo 3, metroid prime 3, etc

    • mfauli says:

      Yeah, i guess it´s different for someone like me, who doesn´t buy a game every month or even every 2-5 months. Im only picking up the most promising games, thus resulting into long waits. Maybe you guys could understand better if you imagined there was your absolutely favorite game-series and you have to wait 3-5 years for its release.

  5. baghead says:

    you have a wii and a 360, right?
    i have both too, and am only picking up the finest games for both systems
    currently i have 13 xbox 360 games and 5 wii games (not including xbla and wiiware), and will buy at least 3 games in the next two months
    i think you’re being overly picky with your games…there’s tons of good games for ps360 and a decent number even for wii

    • mfauli says:

      I dont really want to talk about this, because it makes me look arrogant if i say “im really only picking the best”. Let´s just say, i do know what games are on sale and i get all the info about them that you can without buying them.
      After years of gaming, im looking for unique, satisfying experiences. Games like Endless Ocean and Mass Effect.
      Im really out of all the mindless hyping of so-called big games, i dont care about Resident Evil 5, Mirrors Edge or Killzone 2. It´s always the same.

      Im actually thinking about intentionally buying games that i´d never buy otherwise and leaving the big games until they´re cheap…hm…

  6. Brad says:

    I really liked part one. I am so anxious for part two and I am so sure part three will be great as well. I hope to see more details on part 2 and 3 soon.

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