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With internet granting us immediate access to countless sources of information, allowing us to see and learn about things before even experiencing them firsthand, are we in reality crippling our actual impressions when we do get to try these things out in person? I believe the best gaming experiences I have ever had came from playing games that I knew very little about.
Take Oblivion, for instance. My aunt buys me a magazine and on the back cover, there's an ad for Oblivion. I think, "Hey, this looks like a cool game!" I buy it, not knowing a damn thing about its mechanics, its gameplay features, etc. and every single aspect of it blows me away. Everything about Oblivion felt fresh, felt interesting, and most importantly, felt mysterious, since I knew very little about it. I actually discovered most of the game on my own. In comparison, I read several impressions on Skyrim, learned about most of its mechanics, analyzed countless reviews, and simply put, that feeling isn't there. I know how things will happen. I know how the game will progress. I know how my character will evolve. Suddenly, that 'mysterious' factor is long gone and it's as if the game is missing something.
And while it's important to actually know what you're putting your money down on, it seems this predetermined knowledge mostly acts as a double-edged blade. I believe the purest, most truthful, and most awe-inspiring of impressions only come when little do you know on what you are about to experience.