We'll finally get a cure for cancer and VD,
The icecaps will stop melting instantly,
No more famine-ridden places,
No more flies on children's faces,
"I just hope 3D Realms understands that if this doesn't turn out to be history's greatest contribution to human culture and the cure for at least one type of cancer then I and every other reviewer on earth are going to saw its bollocks off."
I went out, and in Paul's Church-yard I bought the play of "Henry the Fourth", and so went to the new Theatre [...] and saw it acted; but my expectation being too great, it did not please me, as otherwise I believe it would.
— Diary of Samuel Pepys, December 31, 1660
"Sometimes a game gets a little ahead of itself. All of a sudden, what you've got in the box in no way lives up to the reputation that preceded it. It happens all the time: a title will coast to the market on a wave of hype, getting glory far beyond what was earned. As gamers, we'll stare limply at our monitors or TV screens and ask ourselves: "Everyone was excited about this!?""
— GameSpy, 25 Most Overrated Games Of All Time
"I probably wouldn't have had such a problem with it all if it wasn't for the fact that Nintendo advertised this thing like it was the Second Coming of Michael Jackson..."
"There was no way Duke Nukem Forever would have lived up to its hype. Given that it spent so much time in Development Hell, eventually it became a Running Gag about Development Hell and Vapor Ware, so it reached the point where it became more fun to wait for Duke Nukem Forever than actually playing the game. During the fifteen years it took for the game to reach our shelves, we've had other games jumping in to fill the void left by Duke Nukem."
"Is it really 'boring' to just not want to get hyped up or excited over anything, because you don't want to be let down?"
— A Tweet,
"If you caught this low-budget labor of love about a murderous simpleton named Karl Childers (mmm-hmm) just after its release, you probably thought it was a solid little piece of work worth rooting for. If you checked in after reading the four-star reviews or watching the Oscar ceremony in which the writer-director-star picked up the Best Original Screenplay award, you may be forgiven for thinking there's less here than meets the eye. So fast did the tables turn for Billy Bob that the backlash felt more like whiplash."