I hate game trailers

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Nov 29, 2012

I hate game trailers by 3bbb7 at 11:32 PM (2,415 Views / 1 Likes) 49 replies

  1. 3bbb7
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    I always watch game trailers to see what the game is about but most of them are cutscenes or videos that have no gameplay in it.

    i only watch them for the gameplay to see what its like ...

    Anyone else hate this too ?
     
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    I usually go to youtube, and search for " gameX consoleX gameplay " , and I'm never disappointed.
    As for gametrailers...they have some interestinf stuff like pachattack and Angry Videogame Nerd's episodes.
     
  3. Hells Malice

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    Yeahhhh I avoid trailers like the damn plague. Useless crap. I do what Arm73 does, I just go to youtube and search for gamename and "gameplay". Usually get tons of results. Worst comes to worst, you could also sit through an LP for a bit to see gameplay...but they can be pretty annoying.
     
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    Eh, I see nothing wrong with trailers really.

    Not every trailer has to be a gameplay trailer nor would I ever want that. Gameplay nowadays hardly makes a game. Games have evolved to a point where gameplay is just one piece of a larger puzzle. Trailers need to show off story, environment, music, just as much as they need to the gameplay. Of course if depends on game to game and gameplay trailers are necessary, but they do what they're designed to do. Not entirely inform you about the game but get you interested.

    Nowadays, there's demos and tons of Let's Plays and walkthroughs that trailers are designed to get you interested and let you do the rest.

    If you want a good example of a good trailer...



    Not only does it show off some gameplay, but it lays a basic story down and show you some breathtaking moments. Like I would never be sold on a game about Raiden (being the annoying emo cunt character he is) unless it was this trailer. Seeing this crazy shit happening and the utter scale of it all made this my most anticipated game of next year.
     
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    He's not talking about GameTrailers the site. Also, Pachter is a fucking idiot and anybody who thinks he's smart is an even bigger idiot.


    @OP: Some trailers aren't bad. I mean for some games, you already know what the gameplay is like, so a gameplay trailer isn't really needed.
     
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    There used to be a distinction between a Trailer and a Teaser - remember those days? Y'know - with Trailers being gameplay footage with little to no cutscenes and some text overlays and Teasers being CG animation only, usually from future cutscenes, that was supposed to, y'know, tease you into being interested in the game? Those were the days... :P

    What I don't like about Trailers nowadays is not so much that they merge the two ideas into one - it's actually the fact that the gameplay footage is often doctored to look better or originates from early builds of the game with scenes that were made to look good for the sake of putting them in the trailer, later to be modified or scrapped in the final product.
     
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    I can only think of one trailer that has both teaser and trailer into it, and the other being a teaser that I wish was in the game:


    And just the teaser (which I think would make a kick ass movie):
     
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    It doesnt really bother me all that much.
     
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    Game trailers are extremely annoying these days, and honestly, if a trailer DOES include gameplay, I feel more interested in it, regardless of how good the gameplay really is.
     
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    This.

    I flat out avoid any trailers, teasers and what have you. I honestly don't care how well they can pull off cutscènes: at best, I watch them once, thinking "when do I get to do some stuff?". The gameplay itself is what matters to me.
    I can see your position. However, I disagree on all these points (okay, aside from the "trailers are designed to get you interested" part...it's just not working for me).
     
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    You seem to have an slightly angry management problem here.......
    If by implying that whoever doesn't share your beliefs/opinion is just a f* stupid, retarded, moron etc.. then by all means, go ahead and call everybody stupid if that makes you feel better.

    I kind of like watching Pach Attack episodes, I guess I have to admit I'm the biggest idiot.
     
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    Jokes dude, dont take the net so seriously -__-
     
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    OK, no offense taken.
    Cheers dude...;)
     
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    If all you play is AAA FPS/RPG titles on consoles than yeah the trailer's not showing you much... because there's not much to know other than "the new modern big-name FPS/RPG is coming out now".

    But what about something where the gameplay is actually the focus? Those things exist, you know.
    • What about those tens of thousands of games with no cutscenes? Is it better they make up things to show, or just show gameplay?

    • How would a cutscene show off an MMO? The focus is often user interaction and the gameplay, not the few cutscenes there are.

    • What sort of cutscenes define the game in the latest Mario platformer? We all know the basic story, but want to see the game.
    I agree that most game commercials and trailers not showing the actual game is annoying, and I second going to youtube to find gameplay videos.
     
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    I would like someone to point me to the general time range when trailers weren't like they are now. I keep hearing "OH IT'S JUST STUPID MODERN GAMING TRAILERS" but there's probably a huge wealth of factors that make trailers the way they are today. Rise in industry equates to higher production values, more cinematic storytelling, and the use of Youtube all influences trailers greatly.
     
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    They're copying movie trailers, when it's a different type of product.
     
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    Even a movie trailer throws you off the scent , making you think that the film looks worth a see , when infact they have shown you all the good stuff in a 2 min trailer.
     
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    Perhaps because gaming is becoming a lot about spectacle and experience rather than levels?

    It's not even a criticism, gameplay is hardly the deciding factor in a game nowadays.

    They have trailers that show story, trailers that show gameplay, trailers that show every little aspect about a game. I really think trailers are better and more diverse than ever before.
     
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    The point is the difference between the content. If you took something like Mass Effect 2 and reduced it to nothing but the cutscenes, you'd have a movie instead of a game. This is how most trailers for games nowadays depict it, which is the problem.

    Here's the official trailer for the latest WoW expansion.



    You see those graphics? That's not what the actual game's graphics are like.
    You see that combat? That's not the combat that's in the actual game.

    Notice that nowhere do they show anything from the game. No actual game content is shown, it's all pre-rendered cutscenes. You can't even tell it's an MMO from just the trailer.

    The commercials they're showing on TV for the expansion are the same thing. All of them are pre-rendered custscenes, nowhere is the game itself shown.

    I don't know what sort of planet you live on, but games that have no cutscenes at all are out there, there's thousands of them, and some of them are the best selling games of all time. However even these games, when it comes time for a commercial, present pre-rendered cutscenes (often of things that don't even exist in-game).

    I don't know what sort of trailers you've seen, but that's false, which is the point of this thread. The majority (by far) of trailers nowadays focus on cutscenes and little to no explanation of what the game actually is. In fact there's some major ones out there that show nothing from the actual game itself,
    1. What if movie commercials never showed anything from the movie?

    2. What if a vacuum commercial never actually showed the vacuum?

    3. What if a Wendy's commercial never actually showed any of the food?

    4. What if a commercial for a training program never showed any of the training, or any people that had taken the course?
    All this shit would be stupid, right? Borderline false advertising? But no, AAA/console game devs do it, so it's fine...

    That's the problem. Accepting this sort of stupid decisions because it's what other companies do? That's stagnation.
     
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    I got to admit: Those Gametrailer Countdowns were actually interesing.
     

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