Gamers today pretty much take it for granted that any new release they get their hands on will be a veritable orgy of graphics and sounds. When you look at promotional materials for a game like Call of Duty: Black Ops or Rock Band 3, you know that what you see in a commercial, a trailer, or a poster will pretty be much be what you get when you play the game. This was not always so. See, there was a time when the surest way to draw the attention of a gamer was not by showing real game play (although that was part of any ad campaign), but through attractive packaging. And up until, say the mid-'80s, there was usually a fairly substantial disconnect between what you saw on the box and what you saw on the TV or PC. People more cynical than I have called this bait and switch of a kind, b
I'm usually part of the chorus railing against Hollywood for dusting off old ideas for movies rather than inventing new ones. Still, my inner (and outer) geek is pretty jazzed about this teaser trailer for the upcoming Tron movie (which is currently called Tron Legacy but was previously known as Tron 2.0 and the much cheesier TR2N), slated for a 2010 release. I'm not even all that concerned over how the "legacy" of Tron is handled. Let's face it, the original was lots of fun but wasn't exactly rich in character development or plot complexities. It survives because of the initial wow factor (and maybe the Journey soundtrack). I just don't know if the new one will be able to pack the same punch in a post-Matrix world. Still, it's got Jeff Bridges so how bad can it be?