This is a wiki page I've thought about creating for years but haven't had the time to get it going! Seems like the sort of thing that'd need a good table, like Song Title, Artist, Game Thing References, Relevant Lyrics or something.
I remember not liking Trampoline Terror! very much, but that's probably because it didn't have enough skulls in it. Actually, I guess Sword of Sodan probably had some skulls in it, and that's one of the worst games I've ever played. Hmm.
In most cases it doesn't matter at all. There's typically plenty of time between announcement and launch for the marketing to kick in and replace any bad sentiment created by a half-cocked announcement or leak.
The only time I'd say it can cause an issue for a game is when a game is doing something different and the details leak out without an explanation. Take Black Ops 4, for example. Having the "no single-player campaign" bit leak out on its own probably doesn't sound like a good thing, but if paired with the rest of the info, there's at least some explanation. Actually, they barely explained that one and their messaging wasn't great, so maybe it's not a great example, but hopefully you get my point. At the end of the day, a leak just screws up a coordinated rollout campaign... and that stuff barely matters by the time the game actually goes on sale.
I've started watching YouTube videos at 1.5x speed. It's still easy to follow and the videos are much shorter so I can fit in a little more than I would otherwise. When I go to watch a premium GB video, everything seems SO SLOW now.
I feel like this is a chilling story that has effectively ensured that I'll never play around with playback speed in any of my own video viewing.
So if you haven't heard, an old mailbag video of ours recently showed up in an episode of a BBC show covering a murder that happened some time ago. Figured I'd give a little context on it.
A few days after that mailbag video full of weirdly expensive stuff showed up we were contacted by an officer who was assigned to the case. He requested that we box it all back up and get it off to him, which we promptly did. At the time I looked into the case details a little bit, but the info was relatively spotty. We were told that it was a murder case and there was a little bit of local reporting about it, but I don't really remember the specifics of what was known then versus what came out later.
There was a bit of hemming and hawing over what we should do about the video. Our legal team suggested that, given that it was an ongoing case, we probably shouldn't do anything like take the videos down. That's more or less where I was leaning, too. Taking it down would just turn in into a "rare" video that people would trade back and forth like contraband, considering the video had me shooting Dan with an airsoft gun in it. People would've probably assumed that it was "too hot" for Giant Bomb and it'd Streisand Effect out a little bit... that seemed like the opposite of what we'd want. Given that we let users download videos, it wasn't something that was just going to "go away." So we left the video up, to languish and be forgotten alongside the thousands of other videos we've published. We never heard anything else from the authorities.
After that, it didn't really come up. I got a talking-to from someone internally about shooting my direct reports with fake guns and that was pretty much the last we heard of it until extremely recently. For those who asked, yes, we recently became aware that the BBC was producing something on the case.
The person who sent that package will now hopefully rot in prison for the rest of his days.