I don’t even have a good definition for ‘mainstream’, but I kinda thought FEAR was/is. But then at the wedding I was at over the weekend, nobody knew why I found it amusing that the best man was called Jankowski.
OK, I was finding it more amusing than it technically was, but nobody?
High end games are targetted at hardcore gamers. There’s really nothing mainstream about them, and as long as the market stays that way it won’t attract too many others. But then, a lot of the non gamers view gaming as a huge waste of time, and won’t be bothered to try it anyway, so that’s alright.
You say the whole crux of the issue was that the best man was “called” Jankowski. Was he called that because it’s his NAME? Or is it a nickname he acquired because he plays FEAR a lot or looks like the guy in FEAR or for some other reason that is also a sideways reference to FEAR?
Cause if it’s the latter, then I could maybe see your point.
But if it’s the former, then you got all up in a laff-riot over the mild coincidence of a guy in real life having the same name as a guy in a game. A coincidence made even less remarkable by virtue of the fact that the shared name is a pretty common one, if you travel in circles of big Polish families (and I should know, being married lo these many years to the beautiful and Polish Old Lady Gravy). And in that instance I’m going to have to declare you a huge dork, and speculate that some of the people who denied it actually did know what you were giggling about, but were too embarrassed to admit it.
I would honestly be very surprised if most people at any weddings I attended recognized the name Gordon Freeman, much less Jankowski. I think you, like probably many of us here, sometimes have a hard time realizing the magnitude of our geekiness when we’re around people lower on the geek totem pole. :)
The only games I’d possibly even consider mainstream are the Sims and any EA Sports Game. World of Warcraft is pushing it, because while people might know the name, they probably won’t get any jokes about it…