Companies pay a lot of money to make good trailers. We all know this. The latest World of Warcraft intro cinematic didn’t cost $3.50 to make, obviously, and I’m pretty sure it’s not exactly cheap to produce a new trailer for DC Universe Online or Star Trek Online. Heck, it takes time and effort to produce trailers that just consist of gameplay footage, and that’s among the easier tasks to perform in the long run.
Here’s my question – is it worth it? Obviously, stuff like WildStar‘s lavish trailers made by carefully animating in-game graphics look nice, but at the end of the day these trailers are meant to attract people to the game. Do they work for those purposes? I don’t know, and so I turn it over to you, dear readers. Has a trailer ever convinced you to give an MMO a shot? Has a good trailer pushed you over the edge for a game you sort of wanted to try, or have you developed an interest in a title solely based on an attention-grabbing trailer?