Last week my column was about Uncharted 5, a few weeks earlier I was writing about the Nintendo Switch Pro. Both texts shared that the triggers for them were “rumors” or “leaks”, although both the game as well as the console doesn’t really exist, at least not officially.
Rumors in the gaming world, a fascinating subject! Well, at least it intrigues me. Sometimes without a really recognizable trigger, some half-baked assumption rocks so high that suddenly everyone is talking about it becoming a fact for a broad group of people, more often than not followed by great disappointment when the supposed disclosure turns out to be hot air.
So are rumors the damnable evil? No, I definitely don’t think so. I think they are a wonderful and actually fulfilling pastime if you approach them with the right attitude and enough residual skepticism.
Even more, they can even promote the discourse on otherwise perhaps overlooked topics and in rare cases even ensure that the former dream becomes a reality.
About the author
Source: Lukas Schmid
Lukas Schmid has been working in various functions at Computec Media and thus at PC Games since 2010, first as an intern, then as a freelancer, then as a volunteer, editor and now as editor-in-chief for pcgames.de, videogameszone.de, gamesaktuell.de and gamezone.de. He loves action, adventure, action adventures, shooters, jump & runs, horror and role-playing games, you can hunt him with strategy titles, most rogue likes and military simulations. Every Saturday at around 9 a.m. he tells you in his column what is annoying or happy about him. Hate comments and love letters in the comments under the column [email protected] or on Twitter @Schmid_Luki.
Everything can (be), nothing has to be
The problem is that some people take it too seriously. Let’s be realistic: only a fraction of the supposed sensational reports ultimately turn out to be true. As often as GTA 6 has already been released or will appear soon, half of Germany has to be an insider at Rockstar Games.
Then this or that doesn’t happen or happens at the wrong time, and many waiting fans are left disappointed and, in the worst case, angry.
First of all, video games shouldn’t be considered more important than they are. They are an entertainment product, and ergo you shouldn’t react with excessive reactions to announcements or, in this case, non-announcements.
To be too good to be true
If a rumor goes around on a topic that means something to me personally – be it Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, the Nintendo Switch 2 or one Successor to Primalthat Sony is finally supposed to announce – then I don’t want to get involved. I see this more as an invitation to deal with a topic again that I like to think about.
I wallow in memories, set up theories, and on the basis of rumors and supposed leaks I paint what this or that game or this or that console might look like.
Important: I realize that these are just a pipe dream. And should a rumor turn out to be true – all the nicer! But neither do I lose myself in despair because it isn’t.
The question, of course, is: Why does this huge world of leaks and “secret information” even exist? There is probably the part of human nature behind it, that people like to present themselves, even if it is with false information – and apparently just as like to poke fun at other people.
But once again: a little bit of whispering, even if I personally can’t really understand this drive of the Internet trolls, is not the greatest evil in the world, and therefore hatred is also inappropriate. You should always be aware that information is to be regarded as potentially incorrect until it has been officially confirmed.
In terms of media literacy, you should always check where the information comes from before you unhealthily get in on it. Is it someone actually linked to the company they’re spreading gaming rumors about? Has he proven himself through correct predictions before, is he an industry insider? With Jason Schreier, for example, given his excellent reputation, you can be pretty sure that there is something behind his leaks, a new user without a profile picture on Reddit may be a less credible source.
And yes, I know that on pcgames.de you often read about rumors, and sometimes the verification is not done enough, for example if a leak has already turned out to be definitely wrong. That shouldn’t happen, but sometimes it slips through.
But in principle I don’t find anything wrong with reporting on alleged leaks and Co. if they are classified as not confirmed and not presented as facts. We find them interesting, you find them interesting, and especially in the gaming world, in which many people associate strong emotions with the products, in my personal opinion it doesn’t always have to follow the dry formula “XY was announced and here are the basic facts” .
Finally, rumors that are generated can even be positive, even if they aren’t true. For manufacturers, the reaction of fans to a “leak” is ultimately always a good indicator of how great the interest in a topic or a game is, and accordingly a lot of positive feedback on a false disclosure can subsequently ensure that the wish becomes a a few years later actually comes true. You like to see this in April Fools’ jokes, for example, which later become real games – Pokémon Go started here.
My other columns
Uncharted 5: Wishes for the action adventure for PS5
Gimmick Versus Substance: Why It Takes Two Is Better Than Half-Life: Alyx
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – this is what a remake for Switch should look like
Not PC and streaming: the future belongs to console gaming
The power of sound: how music brings games to life
Identification with video game characters: a bizarre sham debate
Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 – 10 wishes to the Switch successor
Live service games: If you have to, then please do it right!
They all look the same: Why do modern graphic styles bother me?
Nintendo Switch 2: a flop with an announcement? That’s why Nintendo has to be careful …
Electronic Arts vs. Creativity: At the end of the day, everyone is spoiled
Is violence awesome? Why some games go too far for me …
Remakes, remasters, and reprints are a mistake
Well-known on the PS5: Sony has a creativity problem
Whistle on creativity: Dear developers, steal ideas!
Achievements, trophies and co .: Stop doing stupid tasks!
Realism is annoying: Why games should just be games
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