BS Translator: Dragon Age Awakening Game Length?
I’m proud to Announce that our Patented “Bullshit Translator” is Back! And even more exciting is that our Tech Division is hard at work at an all new version for the future! But of course, without fail, the PR Bullshit continues to fly – and its our Job to Weed these corporate responses out and Translate them into pure Unaltered Truth*! *Give or take a few bits
This time we focus on the Response Given to the question, “How many hours are you planning to add to the Dragon Age Experience (with this Expansion)?“
Gamespot asks a question that most Interviewers have ignored when talking about the New Expansion to Dragon Age Origins, Just how many gameplay hours are waiting for us?
Priced at $39.99 it seems fair to me that players should have the right to ask just how many hours they will be getting. However EA & Bioware clearly came prepared for this one, regurgitating a rehearsed corporate response perfectly – Producer Fernando Melo replies with;
Its a really good question actually – the first thing that tended to come out of origins that we realized is that hours was a really poor way to try to communicate how much stuff was exactly in these games, uhm awakening is cut from the same cloth, in origins we saw people that finished the game in 30 hours, some people were finishing at over 100-120 hours, uhm and awakening very much so the same way with the number of options you have, the party members you bring with you, the side quests your taking – your mileage is going to vary quite a bit. I think what would be fair to say is that just like with Origins nobody is going to be upset with just how much stuff is in actually in here – its just as big as most full games these days.“
Uhm, Except that the question wasn’t how much stuff is in “these games”, it was just how many gameplay hours are the story lines, side quests included. Nobody asked about “the stuff”, like weapons or armor or spells or reading books for hours, none of that. We simply want to know ballpark how long the story is, it doesn’t have to be an exact number, estimate.
Alright, well forget this were obviously not going to get a straight answer before the game releases so lets run this quickly through the BS Translator at a Low Setting and see what we get;
We don’t like having to quantify our game into “hours”, because if we have a direct measurement, however wide ranging, it might be easy to compare the games overall length to that of our competitors. If the game isn’t perceived as long enough it might make potential buyers hesitate about purchasing it on day one.
Hmm, okay, thats a bit more like it, lets see what we get when we turn it up to the Highest Setting;
Dragon Age: The Awakening Expansion is half as short, 12-15 hours, as similar full retail expansions such as Oblivion: The Shivering Isles at around 25-30 Hours.
Ah, no wonder we got such a well crafted answer at first. While not always entirely accurate, the technology within the Bullshit Translator as been proven to get to the core of the issue at hand.
Despite this i’m still incredibly excited about Dragon Age: Awakening and plan to purchase it on Day One – I just hope its not overly short. Time will tell!
Preview Hype: 8/10
How long would be an acceptable length for you to purchase an RPG full retail expansion? and Should the Bullshit Translator be featured in the AngryJoeShow again?
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Producer Fernando Melo Corporate Response found in Gamespots DA: Awakening Interview Video Posted Here: