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Submitted by Pozzle 1308d ago | opinion piece

Those Who Boycott Games On Principle Just Miss Out

WC writes: As humans, it’s natural to feel disappointed, upset or even angry over certain decisions. We’re all guilty of this. However, there is a point where some people take it too far. A rather popular way of voicing your opinion lately is by boycotting a game, meaning not buying it. While game companies do make some questionable decisions at times, the only person you’re harming is yourself. (Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Hufandpuf  +   1309d ago
Boycotts don't work if the developer doesn't care.
Kyosuke_Sanada  +   1308d ago
But the publisher does if the sale drops too low.
WeskerChildReborned  +   1307d ago
Aha, you got a point there.
Yi-Long  +   1307d ago
I don't think I'm missing out, even though I boycot games/developers which are DLC-milking...
... at most, I just have to wait a little longer to play the game (IF I'm still interested by then), but it will be much cheaper and have all the DLC-content, when I pick up the 'complete' release.

It's developers like Capcom who will have to start worrying, now that more and more gamers have caught on to their greedy ways, and will now refuse to buy a Capcom game on day 1 for full price, knowing a bigger, better and cheaper release will be coming within 12 months!
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dangert12  +   1307d ago
Miss out how? the game Is not what people want or were lead to thinking It would be I would much rather spend my money on something else I actually want, and not just spend money cos It will do
Queasy  +   1309d ago
Missing out on things because of your principles is kind of the point of having principles...
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ShinraE5  +   1307d ago
Post of the day right here.
Dark_Overlord  +   1308d ago
So the author is saying regardless of how badly you're treated, just bend over and take it?

No thanks
pixelsword  +   1307d ago
That's about the size of it.

I don't support games that are offensive. I have gone as far as buying used games for very cheap or renting them to verify my suspicions, but I won't put money in the pockets of ignorant developers.

Although I don't believe homosexuality is right, I won't support a game that condones the persecution of homosexuals.

I don't support games that promote racism, sexism, or ageism.

I don't approve of occult ideologies when it's to the degree of propaganda, but I will play them if it's a plot device. I also won't play a game that aggrandizes a religion opposed to me (i.e. a caste system).

I don't like "pure" Communism and disapprove of Communism in general; but again, if it's a plot device, I will tolerate it.
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CaptainPunch  +   1306d ago
Then gaming isn't for you
pixelsword  +   1306d ago
It wouldn't be for me if I could not read comprehensively; but since I can, it is.
showtimefolks  +   1308d ago
really OP so we should shut up and just take what's given?

i rather not.

we all blame activision for COD every year from the looks of it now every year we are gonna get a battlefield game than the next medal of honor

so what's the difference both evil empires are making the same kind of games.

to each his own like david jaffe has said many times speak with your wallets and they will listen
joab777  +   1308d ago
No. I just think we have to pick and choose r battles. It only makes me feel gratified if I boycott something that only a few others r boycotting. If it were a huge movement and had an effect... then ya..if it's a good reason. Online codes are interesting because they help fight against used game sales and piracy. Even if u boycott, chances r it's less than what would have been lost from stealing. Believe me, companies that do shocking things that piss us off know that they will lose some sales but r willing anyway...hmmmm. It is great if it makes u feel better, but rarely has an impact because so many gamers are not even aware of the issues. Companies are emboldened because they know we r basically incapable of affecting sales on a large scale. But, we absolutely could do it if we really wanted to. But we don't. We wanna play.
Kyosuke_Sanada  +   1308d ago
Peer Pressure, Peer Pressure!
applepie_svk  +   1308d ago
Yeah another company kissing journalist.... *cought*

Previous Mass Effect games were lot of better than Mass Effect 3, in third game they skip thru atleast dozen of issues which made previous games better and ending, Ah please we should dismiss that claim... because there is no ending, otherwise these supposed endings destroying any try for sequel in future aswell destroying why fans love ME franchise.
Fans are still upset and disgusted not just from game itself but also from BioWare behavior in few last months - PR lies, silence and another lies... Why should I blindly followed company which is turning back on me as customer ?

Best quotes which said someone from BioWare was about reunion dlc which is fans collecting surveys right now - that we should imagine own reunion... Well than what was point of EC when they totally retcon their original ending for same issue ?
josep1001  +   1308d ago
Who hires these writers to make these stupid A#@ articles? How old is this guy 14?
Hicken  +   1308d ago
I don't think we "miss out" on something we have no intention of buying, regardless of the reason.
jessupj  +   1308d ago
And that's why the US government gets away with so much crap, because so many people take the authors philosophy.

It's also thanks to people like that, that overpriced DLC that barely adds anything to the original game still exists. I hate it!
kesvalk  +   1308d ago
why would i miss out from something i don't want to play even if it's for free?

seriously, i wouldn't play COD/BF even if i had it for free...
hazelamy  +   1307d ago
i'd play it if it was free.

well the campaign mode anyway, well, once, just to see the story, such as it is, and then probably never again. ^_^
kesvalk  +   1307d ago
not even the story for me, i just can't get into "realistic shooters"
Dfooster  +   1307d ago
This whole online pass thing doesn't bother me. I rent a lot of my games these days unless they are something like skyrim, forza or GTA (ie massive and worth 40 quid). I recently got battlefield 3 sent through the post I played the single player realised I couldn't play the multiplayer so sent it back and got something else. I haven't lost out because I didn't know what I had missed. Had I have had access to the multiplayer and loved it I might have gone out and bought a retail version and bought every consecutive sequel after that. As it is another franchise will get my money. I'm just getting into mass effect playing from the beginning and half way through number 2 I know when number 4 comes out its a day 1 purchase for me because it's value for money.

There are too many good games to play to get upset over missing one thing because the publishers are getting greedy.
FCOLitsjustagame  +   1307d ago
In regards to ME. I thought the same thing till I got to the end of 3. Now 4 would no longer be a sure thing for me just as Dragon age 3 is not and thus now anything from Bioware.

I agree on the battlefield. When you rent its like a big "demo" if you really really like a game especially a long lasting MP type game you may go out and buy it. However if all you can do is single player then its no longer a "demo" you can simply finish it in the rent window and send it back. I think ultimately they lose some sales that way.
ToonarmY  +   1307d ago
This is the stupidest thing iv ever read, so the author is basically spineless and willing to bend over and take it at the whim of every big fat cat company fucking over the little guy...
Somebody  +   1307d ago
I hated Ubisoft's decision to use always-online DRM for all their PC titles. So I joined the global boycott and didn't buy any Ubisoft games since 2010. Not really sure whether my effort have an effect but Ubisoft is now ditching the system.

Then Blizzard came and introduced Diablo 3 with a similar DRM. I didn't buy it and told a friend not to. Unfortunately what happened to Ubisoft is not effective against Diablo 3.
andrewsqual  +   1307d ago
So Crapcom don't mind if they "miss out" on money from me for RE6? I think the guys that made Enslaved missed out on my money too and that didn't go too well for them either. They actually did more bitching post release then pre release which I didn't think was possible. Hope your DMC flops too.
Baka-akaB  +   1307d ago
That idea is flawed , of course most of us will compromise and budge sometimes , but there are times you'd be too annoyed to be enjoy such games . In such cases you wouldnt be missing much
ginsunuva  +   1307d ago
Let's boycott this website!
hazelamy  +   1307d ago
don't forget, these publishers need us more than we need them.

we can always find something similar from a more worthy publisher, but if they drive away their customers, they're screwed.

there's no game in existence that i would die if i never played.

and of all the things i'm missing out on in my life, a game from a publisher that sees me as an exploitable resource is not something that will keep me up at nights.

besides, if it's a game i really want to play, i'll wait six months to a year and pick it up dirt cheap preowned, if that's an option.
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kagon01  +   1307d ago
I may be missing some games out of principle, but at the very least I'm not hypnotized with worthless crap like the rest of the cattle that call themselves "true gamers"...
gcolley  +   1306d ago
that is how you vote, with your wallet.
mananimal  +   1303d ago
Miss out on what exactly? Principle is all that matters in the End.
Compromising your integrity only makes you weaker mentally & easier to control by those who would want to take advantage of you in the future.

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