So, a hot story right now is how WarZ's description lied, how features listed on Steam are not included in the game (yet), how it's basically a paid beta, how Steam is now pulling the game off the store. Etcetera.
I can't help but laugh.
Allow me to start off by saying this: the outrage is justified. WarZ IS a huge joke. The developers totally dropped the ball by misleading their fans, and now they are paying the price.
But I still can't help but laugh.
Remember a big-name open world game from a little while back that promised greatly improved combat and animations? It promised a more polished (less glitchy) product. Remember how a lot of gamers got burned on that game? That game is Skyrim. But when Skyrim came out, upset fans were labelled as "haters" while the big videogame journalists high-fived one another and handed it Game of the Year awards. Yeah, despite the fact that the game was borderline broken on all three platforms, despite the fact that it's STILL borderline broken on the PS3, despite the fact that Bethesda failed to deliver on many of its promised improvements and added features. But of course, we can't talk ill of Skyrim. That would be unjustified. We'd just be "haters", right?
Remember a big-name sci-fi adventure from a little while back that promised to make your choices matter? It promised that each player's outcome would be greatly affected by each player's choices from previous games as well. Remember the "choose your explosion color" ending? That game is Mass Effect 3. But when ME3 came out, upset fans were labelled as "haters" while countless journalists rushed to defend the game's so-called artistic vision and - shock and awe - hand it Game of the Year awards. Yeah, despite the fact that the game was a straight-up shooter with barely any of the RPG elements that fans had been asking Bioware to bring back. Despite the completely lame and short and generic ending that Bioware ended up "fixing" with a Director's Cut after several months of fan outcry. But once again, it would be rather hater-ish to hate on ME3, wouldn't it?
I could go on with countless examples of big-name, big-publisher games getting a free pass for these issues. Halo 4's "free maps" debacle. The numerous botches in Dragon Age II (and it still won GotY from some outlets. Haha!). Skyward Sword's "improved" combat and overworld and everything else ended up being incredibly mediocre. Max Payne 3's unplayable status on PC. The countless online server issues with Diablo III. Resident Evil 6...okay, that game got pretty slammed. And of course, the BIG ONE: ever notice how all year long gamers and game journalists complain about how the series is "just the same thing" and yet when launch time comes around everyone plays it and everyone gives it 9/10 and 10/10 scores? Yeah, way to be consistent, gamers. These are just a few examples. I'm sure you could think of many more.
But WarZ gets slammed for doing the same thing. I can't help but laugh. It's funny because we are so brainwashed by advertising and hype that we rush to the defense of these games, but when a smaller, ambitious, no-name dev screws the pooch, we ALL jump on the bandwagon, shake our fists, and demand it be fixed. I'd certainly be proud of my fellow gamers if we did this for EVERY game, not just the ones that are easy to pick on. But instead, we're too afraid to pick apart the "sacred cow" games. You know, the ones backed by millions of dollars of advertisement and its own Mountain Dew flavor? And let me say it again: I'm not defending WarZ. The game sucks, and it's a crying shame the devs deceived their fans like this. However, I'd like to see just a tiny bit of this same passion (and outrage) toward the AAA, massive-budget games that come out every year.
Our beloved game journalist watchdogs aren't doing us any favors. Y'know, the people who get paid to go to the conventions we could only dream of going to? Y'know, the people who get paid to preview games for us and let us know how development is coming along? Y'know, the people who get paid to review games and warn us of unforseen issues with a game (and also point us in the direction of underhyped gems). These journalists are all so willing and eager to jump on the bandwagon and rag on WarZ, but where are these journalists in regards to...oh, I don't know...Skyrim's current status on the PS3? When did they attempt to call out Microsoft for the "free map" crap they pulled? Were these game journalists playing the same Mass Effect 3 that I did when they claimed it concluded the series in the most brilliant way possible? I wonder, but NOW they sure are rushing to our defense to make sure we don't buy that evil, deceptive game called WarZ, aren't they?
Gamers, we've shown that we can demand improvement when it comes to WarZ. When will we demand the same from Activision, Nintendo, Sony, EA, Ubisoft, Rockstar, etc.?