Ask a Dork: Twas the Week Before Christmas
Why don’t mediums like video games tackle seasonal issues more often? Or why don’t we get more holiday content in them.
Twas the week before Christmas and all through my face
was a thick cloud of sickness that caused me disgrace;
My computer stayed off as I layed in my bed
yet thoughts of this article had haunted my head;
The question was daunting and made my brain tickle
for I knew that publishers were profit-minded and tremendously fickle;
Their products had to be satisfying and last a while
this antiquated distribution practice meant a yuletide exile;
You see a game can’t be seasonal without risking its buyers,
and unhappy sales turn shareholders into cryers;
For who wishes to play a Christmas game in the summer?
To the retail world this limited reach was seen as quite the bummer;
But things are changing, I feel it in my bones
digital distribution means no reason to post-phone;
Games can be seasonal, cost effective, and cheap
with the right direction, they can even be deep;
Just look to Christmas Clix for the Nintendo Wii
it’s artsy, fun, and essentially free;
Great holiday games can truly exist
digital content is an avenue publishers shouldn’t resist;
Now leave me be as I pour a glass of nog
hopefully this rhum will see my sinuses unclog.