I was in a local EB Games here yesterday killing time at lunch by browsing their ever-dwindling stock of PC games when I overheard the following conversation:
customer: (to the sales clerk) “What’s this Fallout 3 game about?”
sales clerk: “Have you ever played Oblivion? It’s just like that, but futuristic.”
customer: “No, I’ve never played Oblivion.”
sales clerk: “Well, it’s basically one of those huge multiplayer games.”
me: (inside my head) “What?”
customer: “Ah, well I already have Socom, so I don’t need another one of those.”
sales clerk: “Yeah.”
I suppose I could have said something, but that’s just not how I roll. I realize that just because you work in a video game store doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to know about every single game that comes out, but Fallout 3? It just released, on all platforms, and was marketed quite heavily within the very same store I was in! They had a giant Fallout 3 cardboard standee thing right at the entrance to the store in addition to multiple posters on the damn wall. Do you think maybe the sales people should be up to speed on one of the biggest releases of the year?
Furthermore, to call Oblivion, and by association Fallout 3, “one of those huge multiplayer games” is just plain crazy, not to mention the fact the sales guy let the customer assume that Fallout 3 was similar to Socom. Really? Socom? I’ve personally never played any Socom game, nor paid attention at all to the series, yet I’m still fully aware that just about the only similarity it has to Fallout 3 is that they’re both video games.
Anyway… I took another break from WoW last night in favour of Oblivion (the single-player version, not the “huge multiplayer” one) and started working towards finishing the main quest line instead of the million side quests I’ve got in my journal. I suspect I’ll be spending a lot of time in Oblivion until Wrath of the Lich King’s release.
Finally, it appears as though I’ll be delaying the publication of this weeks Screenshot Challenge (Boss Battles) given the fact that I’ve only received two submissions, my own and one from Kuarlos. Kuarlos will automatically receive 15 bonus points for being on time.