So Just WTF Is Wrong With Video Games?

In the latest Life, The Universe and Gaming column on EGMR, the author discusses Phil Owen's booklet entitled WTF Is Wrong With Video Games, as well as how the industry can do better and be better by being critical of games (but not the politics surrounding them).

raggy-rocket3204d ago

Microtransactions done wrong (They can be done right), overly greedy dlc plans, obscurity designed to get season pass sales before content is even known, full price for multiplayer only games (I don't mind them, but only at lower prices), too much focus on visuals rather than gameplay and overly critical feedback of those who choose the other way around and rushed development cycles leading to games with cripplingly bad content, sometimes due to focus on visuals, sometimes due to greediness. We need more games made just for fun, loads of content and reasonable prices for any dlc (or free! :D).

We musn't forget many games don't suffer from these problems, many more than games don't than do, but the games that do seem to make a lot of money anyway, and people need to stop buying into the rip off microtransaction model and obscure season pass model. The fact that these do make lots of money is making them more and more prominent, but I believe gamers voices are already being heard, which is why we're seeing free dlc and a focus on content on some games, but a lot of games (and devs) have a long way to go, and probably a lot more internet hate, before they'll make changes imo.

brokenbracket3204d ago

I know people hate people who say this, but PC is the way to go. I finally broke down and built a PC and I must say, I have thoroughly enjoyed having a PC. Being able to purchase games super cheap through third party sites is so rewarding. I mean, for instance, I bought a code off G2A.com for the first Dead Space for $0.69. Yeah, that's not a typo. It's still listed on Steam for $19.99. I'll never overpay for a video game ever again, unless it's a PS4 exclusive obviously.

SteamPowered3203d ago

No shame in being a PC gamer. There are many perks if you have the initial investment funds. You save money on games and have backwards compatibility as well. It's an overlooked feature unfortunately, but an incredible asset.
Plus with the AAA releases becoming more prominent, now couldn't be a better time to be a PC gamer.
Check out Cdkeys.com and cheapshark. Worth a peek.

vanity293203d ago

I built one too after being such a hater and i can say i love it. Only problem im having is the fact that its amd and isnt what i want it to be performance wise, but its still good.

GrimDragon3203d ago

Greed, lack of innovation, restrictions to creative freedom due to ratings board, budgets and time constraints. Stores not carrying AO rating games, feminist bullSh!t about female video game characters being objectified, micro transactions, indie games, broken launch titles that cost way more for the full package with dlc.(see destiny and evolve) hd remakes of old games, remakes of a remade game, rehashes of old games to name a few.

solar3203d ago

They were far more enjoyable before they were mainstream.

itsjustexuma3203d ago

The thing that's wrin are the people who call themselves journalists, those are the people that ruin gaming.

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Neil Druckmann: Philosopher gamer behind 'The Last of Us'

who is now the sole leader of Naughty Dog, “I promise you, we will not be ‘The Last of Us’ studio forever.” Numerous games, he said, are in the works, including “multiple single-player projects.

Lightning7740d ago

I know he has a celebrity like status but unless he's announcing his game soon idc what he has to say from this point on.

We need announcement something from him.

Crows9038d ago

The dude is a nobody. He's also wrong. Naughty dog is the uncharted and Jak daxter studio.

They only made one universally praised last of us game. They're not know as "the last of us studio" but they are currently known as the "remake" studio.

Lightning7738d ago

I like his games tbh I'm just more upset at the fact that he's been talking and talking and not showing anything. I'm an actual fan of his work, don't cars if that's that's a popular take or not.

If he has nothing to show or talk about. I don't care about his interviews, his red carpet appearances or what's next for last Of Us 2 TV, leave that to Hollywood. You don't see SP, Bend, or any other studio doing what he's doing. They're remaining quiet and focused as most PS studios do. He should do the same. The next thing I wanna hear him say is "now heres our game" we know that probably won't be for another year or so, so he needs to remain silent and stay out of the limelight for awhile.

AsunaYuukiTheFlash38d ago

You are wrong. LOU2 won a lot of GOTY and was highly rated. It's okay to dislike the game but saying that ND just made one critical acclaimed LOU game is just hating at this point.

rippermcrip39d ago

Kind of a weird interview. No substance, hardly any questions. It's almost like they forgot to post the whole thing or something.

neomahi39d ago

Oh brother...... It's like a balloon filling with helium. He's got nothing new to say. Naughty Dog went from being a studio of numerous developers to being about him and what HE does. Bruce Straley was the co-creator of The Last of Us, and he left--I think for the same reason Christophe Balestra left and since then, Naughty Dog haven't been the same. PlayStation is incredibly woke, as all businesses seem to be these days, ignorant to what's really going on sacrificing the greater for peanuts, but I think they left because of the uprising political atmosphere. They knew there was nothing they could do about it and an attempt to try and combat it, in today's society would end them up in legal trouble so, they just left, what else can you do when the opposition behaves like a child, screams and yells louder than you want to in raged fits, and will throw lawsuits at you at whatever chance they can, but you don't play that way, so they left. And Naughty Dog hasn't been the same since.

Naughty Dog was huge at one time! They were the underdog that became the top dog but, the direction it's fine, just watch and wait. It's ego, and Druckmanns ego of thinking they're untouchable and can just coast along, will drop them rock bottom, in due time, they could see the same fate as Xbox's teams met. Fans will turn on Naughty Dog because A) Naughty Dog aren't producing, they're not what they once were.
B) Gamers ARE growing tired of the woke culture overtaking their lifetime hobby. They're just more silent about it, it's the quiet cool

anast39d ago

Non of this makes sense. I would like to think you didn't spend too much time writing it.

Crows9038d ago

I hope you didn't spend much time reading..it...cuz obviously you didnt understand it. But that's okay. There's many other comments to read...


You project your own views on the world, and that is a mistake.

Crows9038d ago

Um...so you project someone else view on the world? What are you talking about?! We all project our view on the world lol...smh

anast38d ago

It's called perspective. I understand that. But I don't understand the poster.

smashman9838d ago

you know it's not his fault that people are interested in what he says, right?

Also, Naughty Dog is bigger than ever.

Crows9038d ago

Smaller....where's their last big game? Yeah...I remember when they were actually releasing heavy hitters.

smashman9837d ago

@Crows90 It was in 2020 and despite what a vocal minority says it was critically acclaimed and the 2020 game of the year. Not only that but The Last of Us is also a critically acclaimed television series and PlayStation's most successful foray into Film and TV yet.

So yes, Naughty Dog is bigger than ever, and just because you don't vibe with them or whatever does not change that fact.

anast39d ago

He's a solid theatre arts person, but he's not a philosopher. Being good at one thing doesn't mean he's Descartes.

DarXyde38d ago

I believe that philosophers are more principled than Druckmann, to be honest. It's fascinating that The Last of Us Part II was literally inspired by the Israel-Palestine conflict and was a needed commentary on humanity and ending the cycle of violence, only to have some questionable commentary after 7 October.

I don't hate the guy as some others seem to. He's been a big part of some great games, but I'll never understand the obsession with hanging on all of his statements.

Chard38d ago (Edited 38d ago )

That's a good point in relation to 7 Oct - a far more important issue where valid criticisms could have been made of this guy, but most here seem thoroughly distracted by trivial issues

anast38d ago


Like all artists he has a signature. People that have an agenda will try to look for that signature and use it. This is why a lot of "journalist/game influencers" hang on every word. Most of us just enjoy his work and get hyped when he mentions something about a possible new game.

"a far more important issue where valid criticisms could have been made of this guy"

Which is?


Sony should try and stay radio silence outside of hard reveals.

It’s painful to wait for any info at all, but it’s less painful than skimming an interview that avoids all details whatsoever.

Commit to radio silence, Sony. You can afford to leverage the trust in gaming output that you’ve cultivated.