This has been one of the greatest and worst quarters for gaming ever. Developers have shipped more high quality titles in the last six weeks than they have all year (Gears of War 2
, Resistance 2
, Fallout 3
, Red Alert 3
to name a few). While it's nice to see all these high quality titles it is a bit frustrating for gamers as there is simply not enough time to play them all. Personally I doubt if I'm ever going to get around to Fallout 3
or Red Alert 3
because I just don't have the time to play them as I'm knee deep in other games. This is amazingly frustrating as I would like to have time to play them but it's just not in the cards.
This is why Stardock's strategy
of releasing games early in the year makes a lot of sense. There's usually a lull in releases between January and March and without a lot of noise from other games it's easy to get your game noticed and in front of people. I would point out that we didn't see much of a lull this year and early next year will have Killzone 2 and a few other titles but it's still a great strategy and hopefully more publisher will realize that it's not about cramming twenty different games down the throat of gamers at the end of the year.