I think everyone gets it. Everyone has their favorite game series. Be it Halo, Call of Duty, Fable, whatever. When a new iteration of the series nears release, everyone starts to get excited; sometimes they go overboard on limited edition consoles, versions of the game, accessories, so on and so forth.
My itch stems from Halo. I've always been a huge fan of the series, and over the last several years that has progressed to the stage at which I adore Bungie more than I do the games they make. There is something about a studio that baths itself in mystery and wonder that appeals to me. Everything they do, their history, their games, and all of the people that work there, for whatever reason, intrigue me.
I don’t know if that is something anyone else can relate to or not. I certainly haven’t ever felt the same adoration, or admiration towards another studio. Is it something about the games they develop? I mean, is it a onetime thing? If I had played any other game instead of Halo: CE that fateful night I fell in love, would I have still come to feel the same as I do now about Bungie?
When I say I adore the company, it sounds creepy to me, in my own head. I feel like what you might think a stalker feels towards their prey. I soak up any knowledge I can about the studio, leaving no stone unturned. I’m rambling, back to the reason I’m here, and kind of tying this all together, I love bonus content.
When a really popular Triple A title nears release, developers and publishers go crazy with limited edition consoles, games, accessories, art books, and whatever else they think hardcore fans will plunk down cash for. Personally, if a limited edition doesn’t have behind the scenes content, I’m not buying it. You can have all the crazy awesome special edition consoles, tons of extra toys and gifts, but if you don’t have that behind the scenes content, I won’t bite.
Come to think of it, maybe that is why I adore and admire Bungie so much. On just about everything they’ve released in the last 10 years they’ve included behind the scenes footage. Any footage they’ve released with a game, through vidocs, or on their site randomly, I’ve gobbled it up. If I were to guess how many times I’ve seen the videos they included with the limited and legendary editions of Halo 2 and Halo 3 respectively, it would be in the hundreds, each.
As I said before, something about the studio appeals to me. I’ve watched those videos so much I could name all of the employees if they were to walk into my room right now. Again, I’ve gone off topic, but I’m trying to convey exactly why I get the itch every time a Halo game developed by Bungie is released.
Am I the only person who cares about a videogame developer so much that I plunk down $150 for their swan song, just to get access to behind the scenes footage? Am I doing it for all the wrong reasons? As I write this, I feel like my itch is better expressed as love. I love the industry, the developers, the community, and the bonus content so much that I write about them on websites, and gush about them with complete strangers at midnight releases. I hope everyone reading this loves the industry as much as I do. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go and raise the money for a limited edition reach console.