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Reader Discussion: What’s The Best Reason To Buy A New Console On Launch Day?

Console launches are exciting, but they are also risky. The first batch of a new technology is rarely the best batch, the games are usually underwhelming, and it's expensive, but many are still eager to adopt on day one. Why do we do that?

I am excited for Switch because I want to play a new Zelda on a new console and I also have the luxury of yelling, "It's for work!" at the people questioning my financial irresponsibility. I can't deny, though, that one of the main reasons, possibly the main reason I am getting a Switch on day one, is because it's exciting to be part of the early adopter crowd. I don't want to be left out. It's not a good reason, but it's the true one.

What about your reasons? What is your reason for getting a console on day one? Alternatively, what is your reason for waiting?

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Reader Discussion: What’s The Best Reason To Buy A New Console On Launch Day?

Console launches are exciting, but they are also risky. The first batch of a new technology is rarely the best batch, the games are usually underwhelming, and it's expensive, but many are still eager to adopt on day one. Why do we do that?

I am excited for Switch because I want to play a new Zelda on a new console and I also have the luxury of yelling, "It's for work!" at the people questioning my financial irresponsibility. I can't deny, though, that one of the main reasons, possibly the main reason I am getting a Switch on day one, is because it's exciting to be part of the early adopter crowd. I don't want to be left out. It's not a good reason, but it's the true one.

What about your reasons? What is your reason for getting a console on day one? Alternatively, what is your reason for waiting?

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Reader Discussion: What’s The Best Reason To Buy A New Console On Launch Day?

Console launches are exciting, but they are also risky. The first batch of a new technology is rarely the best batch, the games are usually underwhelming, and it's expensive, but many are still eager to adopt on day one. Why do we do that?

I am excited for Switch because I want to play a new Zelda on a new console and I also have the luxury of yelling, "It's for work!" at the people questioning my financial irresponsibility. I can't deny, though, that one of the main reasons, possibly the main reason I am getting a Switch on day one, is because it's exciting to be part of the early adopter crowd. I don't want to be left out. It's not a good reason, but it's the true one.

What about your reasons? What is your reason for getting a console on day one? Alternatively, what is your reason for waiting?

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Reader Discussion: What Game Do You Wish You Had Played Earlier?

We've all got that one game, right (well, maybe more than one)? The one we put off playing for a year, saying we'd get to it later. A year passed. Five years passed. A decade.And then you actually try it for the first time and it just hasn't aged well at all, or you don't get why people loved it.

For me, that game is Psychonauts.

I've always appreciated Double Fine's humor and had heard about how good Psychonauts was. However, I loaded up the game for the first time nearly 10 years after it released and it was…fine. I didn't love it. I found the game's characters enchanting, its world interesting, but it was such a chore to play. Not necessarily the game's fault since it was nearly a decade old, but I still couldn't help but be disappointed.

What about you, reader? Let us know in the comments below.

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Reader Discussion: What Game Do You Wish You Had Played Earlier?

We've all got that one game, right (well, maybe more than one)? The one we put off playing for a year, saying we'd get to it later. A year passed. Five years passed. A decade.And then you actually try it for the first time and it just hasn't aged well at all, or you don't get why people loved it.

For me, that game is Psychonauts.

I've always appreciated Double Fine's humor and had heard about how good Psychonauts was. However, I loaded up the game for the first time nearly 10 years after it released and it was…fine. I didn't love it. I found the game's characters enchanting, its world interesting, but it was such a chore to play. Not necessarily the game's fault since it was nearly a decade old, but I still couldn't help but be disappointed.

What about you, reader? Let us know in the comments below.

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Reader Discussion – Who Is Your Favorite Video Game Character Of All Time?

Some video game characters can resonate more strongly with you than others. Maybe it's because they were a solid lead, relatable, or had personality traits that you admire. Games can speak to us on an intimate level that can create a strong connection to these fictional beings, and it's one of my favorite things about interactive experiences.

With that said, who is your favorite video game character? Did this character do or say something you admire?

Ellie from The Last of Us absolutely had a lasting effect on me, probably because I felt like I identified with her. She's strong willed and is able to overcome a tough past by bonding with Joel, even if it starts off rocky. Thane from the Mass Effect series also stands out to me, mostly because he was incredibly intriguing from the get-go. There is an interesting contrast to his personality; he is a badass assassin while also remaining incredibly zen through his spirituality.

Which fictional character from games do you most admire? In contrast, is there a character that you felt a disconnect with for one reason or another? Let us know in the comments below!

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Reader Discussion – What Game Would You Like To See Adapted Into A Television Show?

Today news came that Amazon was greenlighting an animated show of Double Fine's Costume Quest. Costume Quest might not necessarily be a game that the masses have been clamoring to see a television adaptation of but it's definitely got potential, I think.

Anyway, I started thinking about games I'd love to see adapted into shows and I think both a straightforward serialized version of Grand Theft Auto IV or a prequel to Bioshock based on John Shirley's Pretty Good Tie-In Novel would be my choices. I also would dig a Saw-inspired take on Zero Escape.

What about you, readers? What games would you like to see adapted into shows? Let us know in the comments below.

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Reader Discussion – What’s Your Favorite Side Quest?

Earlier this week we ran a feature about how developers create side quests, those delicious extra bits of story or gameplay we love to revel in. Side quests can make a game's world feel more lived-in, let you learn more about your favorite characters, and sometimes, they're the best part of the whole game.

So we want to know: what's your favorite side quest? Mine is probably the "Anju's Anguish" side quest from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's mask. It's an elaborate, twisting quest designed around the game's three-day cycle. You probably won't be able to unfurl it the first time you see it poking out and calling to you, as it requires items from other parts of the game to complete in full. But when you finally put it all together, and manage to get execute it within a single cycle, it not only offers the best exploration of the game's most divisive concept, but also a tender love story that's perfectly in line with the game's sad tone.

What's your favorite? Partial to the Loyalty Missions in Mass Effect 2? Love Batman: Arkham City's mix of collectibles and optional bosses? Let us know in the comments.

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Reader Discussion – What Do You Think Of Call Of Duty Returning To Its Roots?

Earlier today, during an earnings call, Activision revealed that the Call of Duty series would return to "traditional combat." Despite leading November's NPD sales charts, Activision seems unhappy with Infinite Warfare’s performance. Sledgehammer Games is the next studio lined up to develop a Call of Duty title, and this one will focus on more traditional combat, but what does that mean?

What do you think of this return? Is it good for the series? Bad? Are you hoping that Call of Duty will return to modern day? Or do you think this means that Call of Duty will go all the way back to WWII? What would you prefer? Personally, I think that Infinite Warfare was one of the series' best entries in years, but I'd be excited to see the series return to WWII. I think we've had a good break from that classic shooter arena.

Let us know in the comments below.

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