So most of you probably know it’s September. That means it’s crunch time. You know, the holiday season. Where EVERY goddamned game on the planet comes out. Every year the AUN staff always manages to go, “well this is going to be a great year.” And it only expands from there. This year, however, is probably the best. But with the best comes a price tag. But just how big exactly? Sure, we look at the games and get pumped they’re coming out so close together. But when you actually look at it, they’re REALLY close together. We barely get a break to save this holiday. Pretty much no break at all. Sure you can say you won’t get them all due to lack of interest/consoles/whatever on certain titles. But what about the hardcore gamer who gets to every midnight release for every major title because he’s passionate as hell? Like companies and staff like ours? We’re out to get every major game release there is. I mean, not just for you guys. Of course a lot of it is for you. But we’re gamers at heart. We have been since we were old enough to pick up controllers. This isn’t something any of us decided to do while watching Pats games one day or something. We know our shit. Point being, I don’t think anybody has actually looked at the numbers involved this holiday season. Nor just how close all these games come out from each other. The featured image always gets a little boxed so I’ll post the one I made below showing off every major game release this holiday season, (also Jurassic Park, which I forgot and really want, but we won’t include that since I feel I’m the only person who wants it). Obviously it won’t cater to your specific interest, but this will still affect you.
Okay. So that’s every major gaming release starting with the release of Madden ’12, which was on August 30th. If you add up every game on that list at their respective retail price ($60 for console, $50 for PC, $40 for 3DS) you’re looking at $1300. $1300 of your hard earned money and you can have every game on that list. Let alone collector’s editions, XBLA games, accessories and what have you. Just software. This is all within about a 2 and a half month period, mind you. You’re KILLIN’ me, smalls. Sure, we get review copies from quite a few publishers, but we’re also blue collar gamers just like you guys. As workers too, we’re equally screwed. Let’s examine this breakdown by the calendar to make you even more frustrated.
August 30th: Madden 12 $60
One week later, September 6th: Dead Island, Warhammer Space Marine, Driver: San Fran, Resistance 3 $240
(Three Days Later, September 9th, Star Fox 3D, $40)
One week later, September 13th, NHL ’12 $60
One week later, September 20th, Gears of War 3 $60
One week later, September 27th, FIFA 12 $60
One week later, October 4th, RAGE, $60
One week later, October 11th, Forza Motorsport 4, $60
One week later, October 18th, Batman Arkham City, $60
One week later, October 25th, Battlefield 3, $60
One week later, November 1st, Uncharted 3, $60
One week later, November 8th, Modern Warfare 3, $60
(THREE DAYS LATER, November 11th, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim $60)
(Two days later, November 13th, Super Mario 3D Land, $40)
One week later, (FOUR DAYS after you dropped $60 on Skyrim, and just two days after another $40 on Mario) November 15th, Need for Speed: The Run, Saint’s Row The Third, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, and almost confirmed rumor: Star Wars The Old Republic, $230
Three days later, November 18th, Zelda Skyward Sword, $50
THEN you get a break. Congrats, you somehow managed to just spend $1260 on core packages of your most anticipated titles in just about two months. The other $40 would come from Mario Kart 7, releasing December 4th. Oh, not to mention living expenses. Not to mention it’s the holiday season and hopefully you’re buying gifts for loved ones etc. Yeah, we’re screwed. Look, obviously I’m not saying you’re going to run out and buy every single one of these on opening night. But as a gaming website, it’s our job to get stuff up there for you as quick as possible. Plus personally loving to get games at launch along with pretty much the entire staff, this is insane. And I thought holiday 2007 was bad. Save those bills, kids. You’re going to need them if you want to play even a FEW of your most anticipated titles this year. Which pretty much are all coming out back to back for three months straight. Boom, gaming community, roasted.