While sitting in on a developer demonstration for a game sequel, it’s not uncommon for them to ask those in attendance if they’ve played the first game.
In years past, when presented with a situation where I hadn’t played the original game in question, I had multiple answers ready, all various forms of lies.
1) “Yes, but only briefly”
3) “Well, one of my roommates/friends/co-workers did and I watched”
None of them were true, obviously. Since then, I’ve come to realize such answers don’t help anyone. I tell them I haven’t played their game. No apologies. I can’t play everything, though I do my best to try everything.
There are instances where a developer will be taken aback, as was the case earlier this week when I was checking out a sequel. I joked with the developer afterwards, telling him I could have lied, and he laughed it off.
“I would have found out,” he joked.
“No, you wouldn’t have,” said the voice in my head.