Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the NES was infamous for being super hard. For many, the game unbeatable. On the PC, though, that was actually true!
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Video games change a lot between announcement and release, but most of that happens under the hood. What the game looks like is usually set in stone. But that's not true of every video game, and it certainly wasn't true for Borderlands and Team Fortress 2, games that looked very different by the time they shipped.
When Final Fantasy VII arrived in 1997, it was unlike anything I'd ever played before. Late nights, lots of grinding, and hundreds of hours later, I'd reached the end. A few friends were watching as I took down the final boss, and we eagerly waited for the ending to play out. What we saw was...uh, unexpected.
Players have been waiting a while for Valve to release another Half-Life game. It's taken long enough that it's easy to forget all the drama that circled Half-Life 2's development. You know, like a hacker leaking an early version of the game in September 2003, more than a year ahead of its actual (delayed) release date.
The headline says it all, really. Public relations departments have a tough job: get people talking about your game. Some companies stick to the well-worn forms of getting things done -- TV advertisements, billboards, sending out copies to press -- while others decide to roll the dice and see what happens.