Anyone remember when you could actually trust major blockbuster games to be good?

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#1  Edited By DarkTemplar
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#2  Edited By Nate

I think you're dreaming. I think there have been disappointing blockbuster games as long as I've been gaming (early nineties). Before that? Well, maybe - but I sure don't remember.

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#3  Edited By harvey_the_pooka

Are you saying that every major blockbuster game is not good? I mean Drake´s Fortune, Red Dead and many others come to mind which were REALLY good.

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#4  Edited By RVonE

No.
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#5  Edited By TheSeductiveMoose

Nah.

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#6  Edited By DeeGee

Nope.

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#8  Edited By EquitasInvictus

I remember being really hyped up for Gears of War due to one of my friends constantly raving about how it'd turn out prior to its release. I definitely wasn't disappointed either - I was actually rather blown away! 
 
I'm an impressionable person, though. So even if a game would actually turn out being mediocre, I'd still find something to appreciate it for. Although, maybe I shouldn't have voted "Yes" just judging by my one experience with GoW, since that's really the only one blockbuster I was really looking forward to that turned out even better than I anticipated. I'm might have spent more time on that game's multiplayer that even any of the recent Call of Duty games...

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#9  Edited By Skald

Someone is nostalgia trippin'.

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#10  Edited By MattyFTM  Moderator

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial would have probably been considered a major blockbuster prior to release by 1982's standards, and it's widely considered one of the worst games ever made. And even that was years before I was born. So no, I don't remember this magical time where major blockbuster titles were always good, and I find it hard to believe that such a time ever existed.

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#11  Edited By MayorFeedback

When, exactly, was this time you're referring to, man? 'Cause...

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#12  Edited By mesoian

Nope. That's why games media gets so much attention when it comes to reviews and previews. 
 
Hell, Dues Ex 3 is going to be one of the biggest games of the year and I am scared to death for it because I am not convinced it will live up to the legacy's name.

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#13  Edited By JoMate

well no and yes, I used to be a whole lot less critical about my games so even bad games (anyone ever played bugdom, a game that would standard come with apples when it was still mac OS9) would be considered good, but I was just fooling myself it turns out

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#14  Edited By Video_Game_King

No, as there was never a time when that happened. Wait, let me guess: you think all indie games are super awesome, right? That would seem to be compatible with your line of thought.

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@ninjakiller said:
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Seing how he created a "funny" (and thankfully closed) COD video thread, followed by this nonsensical poll, I'd say the OP is high.
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#16  Edited By Afroman269
@atomic_dumpling said:
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Seing how he created a "funny" (and thankfully closed) COD video thread, followed by this nonsensical poll, I'd say the OP is high. "
How dare you accuse him of something like that, I go out of my way to avoid the forums when I'm high so I don't make myself look like an idiot. OP is just silly.
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#17  Edited By armaan8014

no

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#18  Edited By MEATBALL

It seems to me that it's easier to trust blockbuster games to be 'good' than it has ever been. A significant amount of releases these days are of high polish and general quality. I'm not saying everything that gets released is great, but it feels like we get very little in the way of straight up bad games these days - aside from the shovelware that is so easily ignored.

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#19  Edited By ninjakiller
@Afroman269 said:
" @atomic_dumpling said:
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Seing how he created a "funny" (and thankfully closed) COD video thread, followed by this nonsensical poll, I'd say the OP is high. "
How dare you accuse him of something like that, I go out of my way to avoid the forums when I'm high so I don't make myself look like an idiot. OP is just silly. "
Hmmmm the mods apparently scrubbed my original upload.  I MUST RETREAT TO THE BATCAVE TO FORMULATE A RESPONSE TO THIS VILLAINY!!  *WHOOSH!*
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#20  Edited By danielkempster

We still can't flag polls? I thought Top Men were working on that issue ages ago. Threads like this prove the function is still very much needed.

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#21  Edited By infininja
@harvey_the_pooka said:
" Are you saying that every major blockbuster game is not good? "
How did you reach that conclusion?
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#22  Edited By jmfinamore
@MEATBALL: That's what I've always thought, actually. It seems to me that more games are decent and enjoyable now than ever before. 
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I remember that time...and then it ended and the only good games I bought were made by Bioware :/

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#24  Edited By FancySoapsMan

No.
 
When was that?

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#25  Edited By IchiroYagiza

Not really...

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#26  Edited By ryoma122

sorry my memory just isnt up to that level of use these days

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Vaguely, I remember that there used to be this thing called the Seal of Quality where some of the big name games not only had to be big but had to make it through an entry process... oh those were the days.

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@Altered_Confusion said:
" Vaguely, I remember that there used to be this thing called the Seal of Quality where some of the big name games not only had to be big but had to make it through an entry process... oh those were the days. "
Indeed. Games based on blockbuster movies like Friday the 13th, The Nightmare on Elm Street, or Back to the Future.
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#29  Edited By imsh_pl

CoD 4.

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#30  Edited By 234r2we232

I think he's referring to the fact that Rockstar haven't changed their formula in a decade, but their trickery still worked again last year with Red Dead Redemption. I hear you on that :)

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#31  Edited By Bones8677
@Altered_Confusion said:
" Vaguely, I remember that there used to be this thing called the Seal of Quality where some of the big name games not only had to be big but had to make it through an entry process... oh those were the days. "
Yeah Nintendo used to pride themselves on their seal of quality back in the NES days. Now, they don't give a fuck.
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#32  Edited By HandsomeDead
@Bones8677 said:
" @Altered_Confusion said:
" Vaguely, I remember that there used to be this thing called the Seal of Quality where some of the big name games not only had to be big but had to make it through an entry process... oh those were the days. "
Yeah Nintendo used to pride themselves on their seal of quality back in the NES days. Now, they don't give a fuck. "
You actually believe the Seal of Quality meant something?
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#33  Edited By Bones8677
@HandsomeDead said:
" @Bones8677 said:
" @Altered_Confusion said:
" Vaguely, I remember that there used to be this thing called the Seal of Quality where some of the big name games not only had to be big but had to make it through an entry process... oh those were the days. "
Yeah Nintendo used to pride themselves on their seal of quality back in the NES days. Now, they don't give a fuck. "
You actually believe the Seal of Quality meant something? "
Well, back then they at least made a big deal about it.
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#34  Edited By raiz265
@HandsomeDead said:
" @Bones8677 said:
" @Altered_Confusion said:
" Vaguely, I remember that there used to be this thing called the Seal of Quality where some of the big name games not only had to be big but had to make it through an entry process... oh those were the days. "
Yeah Nintendo used to pride themselves on their seal of quality back in the NES days. Now, they don't give a fuck. "
You actually believe the Seal of Quality meant something? "
It LOOKED cool!
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#35  Edited By Famov
@Bones8677 said:
Well, back then they at least made a big deal about it. "

What you mean to say is that you took it seriously because you were a kid. Unless I'm very much mistaken, the Seal of Quality went on any legally published game on a NIntendo platform, which is exactly what happens now. 
 
Nothing has changed.
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#36  Edited By HandsomeDead
@Bones8677 said:
" @HandsomeDead said:
" @Bones8677 said:
" @Altered_Confusion said:
" Vaguely, I remember that there used to be this thing called the Seal of Quality where some of the big name games not only had to be big but had to make it through an entry process... oh those were the days. "
Yeah Nintendo used to pride themselves on their seal of quality back in the NES days. Now, they don't give a fuck. "
You actually believe the Seal of Quality meant something? "
Well, back then they at least made a big deal about it. "
No, they didn't.
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#37  Edited By Bones8677
@Famov said:
" @Bones8677 said:
Well, back then they at least made a big deal about it. "
What you mean to say is that you took it seriously because you were a kid. Unless I'm very much mistaken, the Seal of Quality went on any legally published game on a NIntendo platform, which is exactly what happens now.  Nothing has changed. "
Actually no, I didn't get into games till around the N64 era. I'm just going off of what others have said.
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#38  Edited By Bones8677
@HandsomeDead said:
" @Bones8677 said:
" @HandsomeDead said:
" @Bones8677 said:
" @Altered_Confusion said:
" Vaguely, I remember that there used to be this thing called the Seal of Quality where some of the big name games not only had to be big but had to make it through an entry process... oh those were the days. "
Yeah Nintendo used to pride themselves on their seal of quality back in the NES days. Now, they don't give a fuck. "
You actually believe the Seal of Quality meant something? "
Well, back then they at least made a big deal about it. "
No, they didn't. "
Dude, whatever.
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#39  Edited By PrivateIronTFU
@Famov said:
" @Bones8677 said:
Well, back then they at least made a big deal about it. "
What you mean to say is that you took it seriously because you were a kid. Unless I'm very much mistaken, the Seal of Quality went on any legally published game on a NIntendo platform, which is exactly what happens now.  Nothing has changed. "
This is a true statement. If it wasn't, my NES copies of Bayou Billy and Widget wouldn't have the Seal of Quality stamped on them, that's for damn sure.
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@MattyFTM said:

" E.T. The Extra Terrestrial would have probably been considered a major blockbuster prior to release by 1982's standards, and it's widely considered one of the worst games ever made. And even that was years before I was born. So no, I don't remember this magical time where major blockbuster titles were always good, and I find it hard to believe that such a time ever existed. "

Seems a bit ridiculous to go back as far as that. I don't really think any videogame could have been considered a blockbuster then; there weren't the sheer numbers of home console owners there are now.  
 
Even if you go back ten or twenty years, though, you'll find exactly the same idea: much like movies, quality isn't a given, regardless of decade. Looking through rose-tinted spectacles doesn't help anything.
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#41  Edited By HandsomeDead
@Bones8677 said:
" @HandsomeDead said:
" @Bones8677 said:
" @HandsomeDead said:
" @Bones8677 said:
" @Altered_Confusion said:
" Vaguely, I remember that there used to be this thing called the Seal of Quality where some of the big name games not only had to be big but had to make it through an entry process... oh those were the days. "
Yeah Nintendo used to pride themselves on their seal of quality back in the NES days. Now, they don't give a fuck. "
You actually believe the Seal of Quality meant something? "
Well, back then they at least made a big deal about it. "
No, they didn't. "
Dude, whatever. "
Someone's upset.
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#42  Edited By cornbredx

There has never been a time this happened. Sometimes big games are good, sometimes they are bad. There was never a time when a game came out and wasn't disappointing or surprising.
 
I only mean to say that bad big budget game have always been around. This isn't something new, it's just becoming even more common now it seems.
Then again, some years are really good, and others are really bad. So you never know, 2011 could be a really good year for gaming. We'll see.

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#43  Edited By ninjakiller
@HandsomeDead said:
" @Bones8677 said:
" @HandsomeDead said:
" @Bones8677 said:
" @HandsomeDead said:
" @Bones8677 said:
" @Altered_Confusion said:
" Vaguely, I remember that there used to be this thing called the Seal of Quality where some of the big name games not only had to be big but had to make it through an entry process... oh those were the days. "
Yeah Nintendo used to pride themselves on their seal of quality back in the NES days. Now, they don't give a fuck. "
You actually believe the Seal of Quality meant something? "
Well, back then they at least made a big deal about it. "
No, they didn't. "
Dude, whatever. "
Someone's upset. "
Clarification to the point.  They made a big deal about the seal, but in terms of quality it didn't mean jack shit.  it just meant that the software was licensed through Nintendo and the big n got their tithing.  It didn't mean shit in terms of quality of the game.  
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#44  Edited By CL60

Let me guess, you're one of those people who think a game is garbage and bad if you don't like it?

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#45  Edited By Video_Game_King
@CL60 said:
" Let me guess, you're one of those people who think a game is garbage and bad if you don't like it? "
Isn't that how most people think?
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#46  Edited By BeachThunder
@GetEveryone said:
" @MattyFTM said:

" E.T. The Extra Terrestrial would have probably been considered a major blockbuster prior to release by 1982's standards, and it's widely considered one of the worst games ever made. And even that was years before I was born. So no, I don't remember this magical time where major blockbuster titles were always good, and I find it hard to believe that such a time ever existed. "

Seems a bit ridiculous to go back as far as that. [...]"
Just pretend that he said Daikatana...
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#47  Edited By CL60
@Video_Game_King said:
" @CL60 said:
" Let me guess, you're one of those people who think a game is garbage and bad if you don't like it? "
Isn't that how most people think? "
Yes, which I hate. Just because something isn't for you doesn't mean it's garbage.
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#48  Edited By McGhee

I don't answer loaded questions, dawg.

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#49  Edited By Video_Game_King
@CL60: 
 
But in my experience, yes, a lot of the games I don't like are garbage. I know we'll hotly debate this in a few minutes, but are you willing to defend Bubsy and Dudes with Attitude? Eh?
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#50  Edited By CL60
@Video_Game_King said:
" @CL60:   But in my experience, yes, a lot of the games I don't like are garbage. I know we'll hotly debate this in a few minutes, but are you willing to defend Bubsy and Dudes with Attitude? Eh? "
It's fine to say a game that is universally disliked by 90% of the populace is bad. But I hate it when people come out and say games like Final Fantasy 13 are garbage, or Mass Effect is garbage. When they really aren't they just don't like them.