Do you know what is surprisingly dangerous, can completely sour your opinion of something in the long run, and could be affecting you at this very moment? No, I’m not talking about food poisoning (although that sucks too). The answer I was looking for is hype. Too much buildup for something, just like too much of any good thing, is bound to be trouble. I should have listened to my mother.
I can still remember the first time I allowed my anticipation of something to negatively affect my enjoyment of it. The game was “Super Smash Bros. Brawl,” which was first announced in May 2006 and was released in North America in March 2008. Despite the less than two year wait from first learning about its existence to holding the game in my hands, the wait was excruciating. It was around this time I first began using the Internet, and the game’s creator had a website in which he made daily posts revealing information about the game. This constant source of information kept me hooked, and it drove my excitement for the game through the roof. Naturally, young Cody was foolishly setting his expectations impossibly high. Although I enjoyed the game, knowing so much about it ahead of time somewhat ruined the experience.
While everyone is different, and thus everyone is affected by hype in different ways, I’ve come to learn that often, I prefer not to know much about things ahead of time. For example, if I am certain that I am going to play a video game, see a movie, or read a book, I prefer to know very little about it before I can experience it firsthand. I’ve become wary about spoiling myself too soon. When the new “Super Smash Bros.” games came out last year, I was much more cautious with my expectations, and thus far they have not disappointed me.
If you learn anything from my cautionary tale, always remember to keep reasonable expectations. It would be silly to never get excited about anything, but don’t treat the upcoming release of a movie like the Second Coming of Christ. You will just be setting yourself up for disappointment. Like pretty much everything in life, a healthy balance is recommended. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have yet to watch my “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer for the day. Less than two months to go! Not that I’m counting.