The Internet has Changed Gaming.

Thanks Captain Obvious! Now we can play with people without having to sit next to them or having the TV split up with less for you to look at. We can also buy games and have them available to us at all times without having to switch discs or cartridges. So what’s the point of this article? It is more to go into the negatives of the internet with gaming. No I’m not going into how it trains us to kill in real life (spoilers, science says it doesn’t) but the actual effects on gaming.

Yesterday I found a video that was shown at the Hobby Fair that just took place in Japan with an announcement that Super Smash Bros. for 3DS will be releasing September 13. Many may know Europe and North America are getting the game October 3rd and Australia is getting it a day later. Now here’s the part I’m getting to. I don’t think anyone was expecting Japan would get the game after North America but I was hoping it would be a lot closer. I remember back in 2008 when all I had for news was Nintendo Power and Super Smash Bros Brawl came out. I had no idea who was in the game. I also refused to play Subspace Emissary until I unlocked everyone. It was fun guessing when I had all the characters and when I thought I finally got there, I’d always unlock Lucario or R.O.B. and have to take another guess if there would be any more or if I had completed the unlockable character challenge! (Keep in mind I was 11 and this was my first Smash game so I had no idea about the roster lining up or characters like Jigglypuff that would obviously be returning). This guessing game will not be happening this time around (age and more logic have some influence) because the game releasing a month earlier in Japan will surely have all the characters documented and how to unlock them. Now you might be thinking it should be easy to avoid these right? Just don’t go looking for them. There is one major problem with that.

Twitter.

 

Back in 2009 when I joined Twitter I had no idea that in a mere two years I’d pretty much be unable to spend a day off Twitter. Now yeah, there will be spoilers on Twitter but can’t I avoid them? The problem is there are people I enjoy what they post that I know for sure will post Characters, Assist Trophies, Stages, Pokemon, Other secrets that in Brawl I would have found myself. Yes I could unfollow them for a month but there are others. There are some that I don’t think will post everything but will post stuff such as “Yes Villager is the first character to unlock by doing 5 matches!” or “OMG ISSAC IS PLAYABLE AFTER ALL!”. I have no idea who to unfollow to avoid those kind of Tweets because there are people who would just keep up with the news and only post a Tweet or two which wouldn’t help me avoid them. I’ve basically given up on avoiding Smash spoilers because I know I will not be able to stay off Twitter for a month.

So what do you guys think? Do you miss the days where you’d play a game and not know almost everything about it already? Or are you someone who wants to know absolutely everything about the game before purchasing it? Let us know in the comments.

Written by: Conor

Hi there. I’m Conor and I helped with the creation of Blazekick. I like video games, anime, manga and read visual novels. I do stuff relating to those on the site. I help run the Blazekick Twitter and Youtube accounts as well so drop by and say hi. My favorite games are Pokémon Emerald, The Walking Dead Season One, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, LittleBigPlanet 2, Tearaway and Uncharted 2.