Un-Expect the Expected
Two months ago, I wrote an article called, "The Advent of Cyberpunk 2077," which challenged the reader to find joy in the waiting for an anticipated game that had been delayed. After eight years of production, Cyberpunk 2077 released this past week. Since this release, the game has been chastised and harshly judged for suffering from a myriad of bugs and glitches. These can be expected during the early stages of the game. What has raised more trouble is that the game is supposedly unplayable on last gen consoles, despite it being implied to work by the game development team CD Projekt Red.
As a nerd pastor, I don't see any point really getting involved in the business side of things. Whether or not CD Projekt Red was seeking out the best sales or made some unethical choices - I honestly have no stake in the game. When I see folks talking about how this has upset them to the point of depression, anxiety, and placing death threats on the developers, then it becomes my domain.
I want to encourage anyone whose world has been rocked by this game release to take a deep breath and a step back from the game for a minute. Think back to your favorite game of your childhood. Remember how it looked? It probably wasn't great. Mine was on the Gameboy Color. Then the Nintendo 64. Polygonal character models blew my mind.
Can you remember that childhood innocence? Take a moment and experience Cyberpunk as a child might (a child who can play games rated Mature, please). We may be tempted to try to force something to live up to our preconceived notions, but expectations are toxic. So, un-expect it. Approach it with an open mind, a curious mind, a patient mind. Your brain, emotions, and friends will thank you. Off the hype train, onto the hope bus.