-by Dylan DiBona
I don’t like overuse of social media and I only use Twitter to keep up with my favorite online content creators. They usually post about their project, creativity beliefs and sometimes about the games they’re playing. I try not to succumb to the hottest trend because they’re just that- a trend; it’ll pass before we know it.
Four times come to mind where I bit my finger and decided to listen to what everybody was saying by purchasing a game hot on social media. They were Undertale, Stardew Valley, Owlboy Night in the Woods in that order. Today we’ll be talking about playing a video game alongside everybody else on the internet.
For some strange reason ever since Undertale released and received perfect scores from plenty of reviewers, it was labeled a cult classic. That “cult” proved to be huge as everyday I went on YouTube there was somebody talking about Undertale. Finally I bought it and I was greeted with one of my favorite RPG’s ever.
Playing it with the internet felt special. Every meme made sense to me, every video intrigued me and every topic board on websites sparked thoughts within me. When famous YouTuber SmoothMcGroove uploaded an Undertale marathon of videos, I was beyond excited.
I’m usually a selfish person when it comes to entertainment; I like certain movies and games to feel like their “mine”. My experiences with games like Undertale and Stardew Valley were great because of the opposite. I remember going on reddit to ask if Stardew Valley was worth buying and I was met with plenty of nice comments from the loving fans of the game.
I’m not the most outgoing person in the world and I’m certainly not one to buy into fads. With gaming it’s a little different; it’s like everybody can come together a love a game as a whole.
I won’t do this with every game I play from now on; I felt Owlboy wasn’t my cup of tea despite the plentiful amount of fans declaring it’s greatness, same with Night in the Woods. If you’re a fan of indie games or especially PC gaming, try taking a risk by buying the hottest new game- you might just enter a new fandom willing to have great conversations.
Have you guys ever bought a video game because of it’s hot status? Let me know down below and I’ll try to reply! As always, thanks for reading