Thursday is upon us, which means it's time for me to find a game for my parents to play! I have no idea what to pick, so I'm going to pour through your suggestions again. Whatever it ends up being, I'm sure the choice will be great! See you in a few, short hours.
There always seems to be a vicious cycle with popularity. More often than not, you see something become so popular that it becomes popular to hate on it. The very reason people start to dislike something is because so many others really love it. I will never get why that is. I don't understand why someone would hate something because others love it. I can understand getting annoyed when anything is shoved down your throat at every turn, but does it really make sense to hate that thing? If I catch a trend that millions are into, it gives me reason to check it out! I know that if I like something, I'm always very eager to share it with others.
One of those popular things right now is the toys-to-life category. There's no denying that Activision hit on something really big with toys-to-life. Everyone thought they were taking a major gamble when they turned Spyro into a toy-related affair, but the decision really paid off. The Skylanders brand alone created what is now a billion-dollar industry. Activision still holds onto a huge chunk of that cash, but many others have come in to try and turn a dime as well.
What was once a brand-new market is now full with toys from all corners of the industry. Disney was quick to jump on the bandwagon with their Disney Infinity series, which seems to have done quite well for itself. LEGO is getting in on the action with LEGO Dimensions in about a month's time. Nintendo also gave the genre a shot with their ever-growing amiibo lineup, which is certainly a different take on the idea. Still, these are all well anchored into the toys-to-life genre, and there are many other examples out there.
I'm trying to gauge just how into/out of people are with this type of game. I'm not against toys-to-life in any way. I actually really enjoy the idea and am more than happy to buy a few toys for a franchise I enjoy. I'm not going to collect every figurine and I won't unlock all the game's content, but I'll certainly see a lot of what there is to offer. I also don't mind having the figurines themselves, as they always look nice to display! With that said, I know there's a vocal crowd out there that is very much against this current trend.
Are you into the toys-to-life category? Have you dabbled with it but fallen out? Are you still into it in a big way? What franchises do you support? Will you be checking out the newest installments in established franchises as well as the new contenders? Leave a comment and let us know!