I'd like to start of by saying I struggled finding an image for this blog so instead I used an image from the Mega Drive/Genesis title Alien Storm. In the picture we see gamers as the dude electrocuting the dubious ideas of game developers, in the face.
The term console war is stupid. The fact is the people involved in them are even more stupid. They are inanimate objects. They play games and do a few other bits which frankly, I don't care about.
With the PS3 and 360 you had two excellent consoles which competed brilliantly for a long time. I played titles on both that I loved. I won't name names as everyone will have different opinions on the subject. Ok, screw it, here are 2. Uncharted and Lost Odyssey. I loved them.
Anyway, I digress. I wanted to discuss the suspect practices that were introduced in this generation. I am talking disc locked DLC, gross overcharging for map packs/costumes, micro-transactions, online passes, releasing incomplete experiences and asking us to pay for the rest and releasing broken games that needed patches and in some cases never got fixed.
I live in the UK so I support these developers (supported may be a better word, past tense and all) by dropping £40 on the counter of my local gameshop and running home to play them. I then found myself biting my tongue incredibly hard through all the nonsense they forced me through.
Gone were the days of unlocking extra costumes in beat em ups, I had to pay obscene prices for them. Rich companies ship a game with just a few multiplayer maps and then wants £15 from me for a map pack with just 3 more (Unreal Tournament had bucketloads, better designed as well). 3 measly maps that should have been in the full title. I missed out on chunks of games entirely (Bioware/EA) simply because I had not preordered but with the resources they have I sat there and thought to myself 'why is this not included anyway? Why would you want some people to not experience this?' There are always haves and have nots, I know, but spending hard earned money on your product, and having supported you by buying it brand new I felt it was a kick in the teeth.
I bit my tongue through it all, because idiots on the internet claim nonsense like 'oh, you are just an entitled gamer'. No i'm not, i'm a consumer who wants a little fairness for all of us. I want all of us to be able to enjoy every aspect of gaming without having to concede to developers greed and why should we? We put them there. You think EA would be around if I and many others hadn't of purchased Urban Strike and Road Rash?
Then came the Xbox One and MS. And up until then I took it, but i'm done.
As far as i'm concerned if you go out and buy one you are an anti gamer. A passive fool who will eat anything fed to him even if it has a huge warning sign on it. Essentially by buying an Xbox One you are becoming Microsoft's 'enabler'. 'Hey, it's fine if you strip my rights as a consumer away, I don't care'. And I hate that.
I commented this earlier at a certain poster.
'If you don't care about your rights and the suspect practices of gaming companies such as EA/MS/Acti/Capcom now then I hope you don't complain in the future when they bend you over at a more extreme angle and do terrible things to you.
And the worst thing is I, along with many others will pay for your attitude'.
That is how I feel right now. I know MS had some cool looking games and I know it is your choice and money but don't be so bloody minded that you just stroll straight into Microsoft's ultimate control trap.
This is no longer a silly console war of 'but teh exclusifs'. This is a serious matter involving everybodies consumer rights. I'm not even saying buy a PS4. Buy a Wii..buy a PC, buy an Atari 2600, buy a Sega Saturn, buy a used tractor and plough some fields gratis, but PLEASE don't support Microsoft's route. It will not end well.
I said a while back when EA abolished online passes that they were preparing for something far worse. I was right then. If i'm right this time then things will get much worse in the long term.
What this industry needs is some kind of trading standards coverage to prevent gamer abuse by large corporations as that what this is turning into.
I'm sorry if this seems like an overlong rant but I needed to say it and I think it needed to be said.