The gamers in the forums were drooling over Crysis the other day, which is the latest in a string of "Next Big Thing" games. We gamers always have one of those at the center of our conversations, a too-awesome-to-be-true game that's always JUUUUUST over the horizon. Once it arrives, we believe, it will crash down onto the gaming world like the fist of God.
As pretty as the above pic is, a still image doesn't really do it justice. If the below video isn't a complete hoax, then the level of immersion with Crysis appears to be beyond anything you've experienced:
There's a point about two minutes into that video where, if you don't feel a sudden warmth spreading in your chest, then you do not have the heart of a gamer, my friend.
It starts with that tank, the one that comes roaring toward the fragile-looking shed you've unwisely chosen to take cover in. The tank meets that building and just runs that shit over, spilling hunks of wood and tin like matchsticks. It's so satisfying to watch, it makes you want to buy the game just so you can find a tank and just drive around crushing virtual buildings all weekend. Though the guy mowing down an entire jungle with a minigun was nice, too.
Do you want it? Well, too bad.
To play Crysis on the "recommended" settings, you need:
Processor - Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.2GHz
Memory - 2GB RAM
GPU - NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS/640 or similar
Sure, you may meet the first two requirements, if you just bought your computer in the last couple of months. That last thing on the list? The video card? It's about $400. Yep, that part alone costs more than a whole XBox 360.
Now, if you're not currently a gamer and you'd like to get in on the Crysis action from scratch, a new computer that can run it (according to the Dell website) will cost $2,639. So, adding in the game itself plus shipping or tax, and you're up around the $2,800 mark.
Holy shit. That's an XBox 360 and 40 games. That's a Wii and 51 games.
I don't begrudge anyone their expensive hobbies; golfers spend thousands on their clubs and I've sunk five grand into the huge speakers in the back of my El Camino. But, even if you're REALLY into gaming, isn't that starting to stretch your fun-per-dollar pretty thin? It seems you could do a lot more with three grand. Just off the top of my head, you could:
You know, I just realized that every single one of those is illegal in most states. So, maybe that's the attraction for the high end gamers, that it's the most fun they can have
How did these hyper-specific tropes spread so quickly?
Most rich kids just want to be pop stars.
The Hollywood rumor mill has been playing games with celebrity deaths for at least a century.
It's easy to work the system and win these awards even if you don't deserve them.