"I don’t know or care if I’m the right person to speak to the publishers, but it is enough of their nonsense, and I want to say something."
- Jake Woolf (Gaming Like A Sir Columnist)
If you can find an unbiased, open minded gamer with no senses of entitlement . Then I would care to listen to such a conversation but till you can find one who will swear an oath to meeting all those criteria's on a bible. It will never happen.
I'll do it! :D
I've met a few publisher representatives at trade shows and development meetings for things I've worked on. Never once would I assume to tell them how to do their job, or think to call them out on things that I may criticize them on here for. More often than not they offered extremely helpful advise when it came to my own projects, things which should have been plainly obvious to me. While I don't agree with the way this gen has gone focusing on profits over innovation, there is no doubt in my mind that publishers...for the most part...do know how to market and sell a game. Obviously they make mistakes, but the big wigs aren't stupid, and they are not ignorant of what is being said about them. The guy writing this article would not be listened to by a publisher, as it's not very constructive. It's one long rant, despite some of the things he says being my own sentiments as a consumer.
So one gamer to speak for all of us? I doubt that his and mine opinion of games are the same? Nor would it be with other gamers.
And honestly if this hobby of ours angers you so much, maybe it's time to take a break and try something different?
I understand your digital monologue and the entertainment value you think it provides, but lets face it: "If A True Gamer Could Talk To The Big Publishers For Like 5 Minutes" - It'd most likely come to blows. The disconnect between Publishers and gamers is widening. A pub' views gamers as an exploitable income stream (ever more mindless) that just requires heavy enough advertising to sate. Gamers view pub's as the people who screw with games at the development level. Until the two groups can create a symbiotic relationship the situation isn't going to improve.
I don't think it was a guided purposeful shift in publisher attitudes that caused the policies that you see today. Game production costs for the most part have risen exponentially every generation. Most publishers I've met do like games, and want to make good games, however with the increased risk and budgets required to make games, it means that the money needed to fund them requires a much higher return on investment. This is why you see a lot of DLC practices and such which conflict with our consumer interests. Some publishers make really bad decisions when it comes to some games, no doubt, but in order to make those games in the first place, they have to insure as best they can that the initial investment will come back. There's a huge difference between last gens 1-2 million dollar budgets and this gens 10's of millions dollar budgets. It's a very different class of investor. Things aren't likely to change in the future in this regard...in fact they may get worse. I don't like them as a consumer any more than you do, particularly the really bad decisions, but I understand often times why they are done. Reasoned arguments could be made of course how this conflicts with a particular publishers history of seemingly being all about the money, say EA or Capcom, but that's a different discussion.
Good luck yelling in that deaf ear.
I guess i'd just speak with Namco , bare a few stuff that is still baffling to me (like no japanese audio for their jrpgs) and the lack of inter studio synergy (especially when it comes to their own in house 3d engine) , i'm quite cool and happy with them . I dont feel like discussing with any of the others . Only their studios
I have been faithfully playing games since the release of the original Legend of Zelda, around 25 years, so I would consider myself a true gamer. However I would never consider myself qualified to speak for the masses. Different gamers feel differently about games. A perfect example: gamers who use the word 'entitlement' as a war cry vs gamers (like me) who simply want value for the money they spend. Both sides love games, just one side has their lips firmly attached to the developers backside while the other side wants developers to make games that are outstanding and have no problem with voicing their disappointment if a game falls below their personal standards. And yes, both sides can be equally silly about their beliefs, that is what makes us human. Another example is the way I don't like having Multiplayer added to popular Single player gamers (for example Mass Effect), because it always seems to come at the cost of lowering the SP experience, but a fan of MP would feel differently. The biggest challenge game developers face today is trying to please the masses, while keeping their games fresh and interesting. While it is good for developers to keep their ear to the ground and be aware of what didn't work in a game, they need to be careful to not fix what isn't broken.
Well said sir, +1
Hands down I would chew square enix a new one.
please re-title that 15 minutes.
if they listened to someone who considers themselves a "true gamer" they would probably go under.
I would say that all profit is money in the bank. Don't chase the biggest fps or if you do don't exclude smaller niche titles. Yea it may only sell a couple hundred thousand but it may still make a few million bucks or hell even a half million is money earned. I'd tell MS and Sony to make smaller games even if you break even on them your providing jobs to industry people and get to reward your fans with a nifty new exclusive. Look at all the money MS has and they only try to make huge blockbusters these days. Maybe Lost Odyssey 2 wouldn't sell Halo numbers but it will at least break even and people will buy a 360 for it (although these days LO2 would be sell like crack with the recent jrpg resurgence). LISTEN TO US!!! Where are games we want like Shenmue 3, Valkyrie Profile 3, and other highly requested titles? LOCALIZE LOCALIZE LOCALIZE!!! Why can't we get Type-0, Valkyria Chronicles 3, and other games with subtitles released on psn? It would barely cost anything and will sell well. I'd rather have subtitles than no damn game. And we shouldn't have to beg to get one of the best games ever made (Xenoblade). Bring games to other regions even if its a digital release with subs. That is all.
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