In every sound, the hidden silence sleeps.
So… I sort of promised a list of hidden gems that I would tweet about each Wednesday (or was it Tuesday?) but I came to the stark realization that figuring out what constitutes as a hidden gem is hard! I’m taking the phrase to literally mean a video game that has some relative obscurity, which not too many people are talking about or know about, and which is actually fun to play. A game that people missed out on, what not, but the issue is, how do you gauge that?
Of course, I’m thinking in very general terms. Generally speaking, some games are much more hidden than others. But which ones? We’ve been having a bit of time chatting about it in Mage Chat on Discord with the contributors and the patrons but deciding what’s what where everyone can agree is a difficult task.
This demonstrates how subjective “hidden gem” is. We may not be overly familiar with a game and therefore think it’s an unknown, or we may think a game is an unknown because of our immediate circle of influences only to find that there are many others who are completely acquainted with it… and this probably was compounded with personal pressure when several friends of mine suggested (hopefully jokingly!) that I tag Metal Jesus in my list of hidden gems! Hahaha not a chance!
So anyway, as I continue to develop this secret list of secrets, I’m continuing to ponder this question. How do you decide what games are hidden gems, which are obscure and fun enough to qualify? There may be no completely fool-proof way to figure it out, but I am curious as ever whether any of our readers have any methods in place to aid in this classification.
I know that each game should be prefaced with “to me this is a hidden gem” but clearly there are differences between Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Katamari Forever, and Ghost Lion, so taking some quantifiable data like sales and amount of posts/videos/coverage could help.
I’d like to hear your thoughts! As always, you can leave a comment here (be detailed!) or you can share your ideas on hidden gems in a full-blown blog post! If you do, just be sure to give us a link here so we can find your response. C’mon, NPCs, I usually ask questions out of the interest in conversation but I could actually use some help with this one!
-The Well-Red Mage
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