Like most geeks raised on the Internet, I love a good movie/video game trailer. Show me some cool visuals and help me get hyped for something I’m looking forward to – and now it’s EASIER THAN EVER.
You see, back in the day we couldn’t catch trailers online. We had to target what movies we thought the trailer would be attached to. One of the greatest examples of this was Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. Back in the late 1990s, the interest in that preview actually impacted ticket sales for other movies.
From a New York Times article from November of 1998 about the trailer:
Theaters showing films like ”The Waterboy,” ”The Siege” and ”Meet Joe Black” were crammed with people — mostly young men — who paid full admission just to see the trailer and left when the movie began.
Flash forward to today. Is saw this tweet in the my feed:
— Nerdist (@nerdist) December 13, 2018
And I’m, like, cool! I want to see the new Voltron preview to GET HYPE for tomorrow. So I click the link and what do I see? A commercial for Just Cause 4. (Here’s a screenshot.)
So I have to sit through a COMMERCIAL to watch a preview for a show… which, technically a COMMERCIAL.
I’m watching commercials to get the commercials… and this happens ALL THE TIME online on video sites.
So, fuck you Internet. Fuck you.