kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
"It's been a strange week in video game land, particularly on the front of the unfortunate war between gaming fans and the gaming press, which is reaching new levels of insanity. All this week, every forum thread I read is decrying the state of the gaming press. My Twitter feed, conversely, full of gaming journalists, is decrying the state of the gaming public."

"All this week..." huh. Only that long? Yeah, this article is mostly about that thing I posted about the other day in which I have little interest, outside of the whole "cover-up conspiracy" angle of it that some are pushing. I find the rest of it, the whole feminism/feminism-is-bad/white knighting/social justice warriors/tumblr/etc. bullshit, to be exceedingly tedious, though, so I'm not even going to get into that at all.

I only have this to say concerning the subject of video game journalism in general: Video game journalism has been a joke, on the whole, for much, much longer than simply the breaking of this latest scandal. Video game journalism has pretty much been a joke for almost a decade now, perhaps two. This certainly isn't the first time that I've written a post about an article in which a video game journalist has felt the need to defend video game journalism and in which the author of said article went on a tirade against the "gaming public."[1] Probably won't be the last either. The mere fact that video game journalists are so often feeling the need to defend video game journalism itself says plenty enough about the state of video game journalism, at least to me anyway.

Rare are the occasions when video game journalists themselves admit and shine a light on how shitty video game journalism can be.

(EDIT) Also, say hello to my new video game journalism tag. I didn't realize that I'd written that many posts about this shit already (and there are probably more of them down in my archives that I haven't found yet). (/EDIT)

(EDIT 2) Also also, on a completely unrelated note, I hate Forbes's new layout, where all articles are appearing on the same scrolling page now, rather than having their own separate, dedicated pages. The comments don't show up until you click a separate thing now, rather than just being there by default as it used to be. Why, oh why, do Internet websites so often feel the need to "fix" what wasn't broken? (/EDIT 2)

[1] - That said, I do agree that many members of the "gaming public" are indeed actually just as bad as these video game journalists think they are, and that the "gaming community" as a whole is also kind of a great big fucking joke. There are definitely an imperial fuckton of misogynist, sexist, racist, homophobic, bigoted asshats out there, too true. I've ranted about similar issues before, with regard to gaming "news/blog" sites in particular, and I think this is at least a small part of the reason why video game journalism has gotten as bad as it has in the first place. However, I just don't think that the assholes are the majority of the gaming public who think that video game journalism is a joke, nor do I think pointing out those assholes in any way mitigates or validates how terrible video game journalism has become, or, perhaps, always was. (The important thing is that I've found a way to feel superior to both. ¬_¬)
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
Is this for real? o_O From what I can make of it, some video game dev is being accused of having sex with game journalists to boost the score on her game or something, and (the thing that is actually interesting to me) any news about it is apparently getting deleted all over the Internet. If this shit is true, that's one of the most pathetic things I've heard in a while.

(EDIT) Turns out it was mostly not true. Turns out it was 4chan being 4chan. (/EDIT)
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
And... here's the next thing to come down the old sewer pipe from the AAA video game industry. Sadly, I can pretty much guarantee that many modern gamers, with lips firmly attached to said sewer pipe, will suck this down and ask for more.

(EDIT) Yeah, with this, modern gaming is starting to get up toward 1980's era level of suckage. Well, here's to hoping this trend continues. (/EDIT)
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
A few days ago, EA announced that they were making "The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection" available for free. The catch, however, which EA neglected to mention, was that it contains SecuROM. So, just to be clear, it has SecuROM in addition to being tied to their crappy Origin "service."

Good going, EA. Even when they do something supposedly "nice," they still end up utterly sucking at it. Glad I didn't jump on this like so many others apparently did. (Then again, I'm pretty sure that The Sims 2 has always had SecuROM in it, so I'm probably already infected with remnants of that shit from where I installed TS2 way back before I started caring about DRM and such. Fortunately, it never destroyed my computer like it did those of others, but still.)
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
This whole thing smells like one of the scammiest of scams to me. Glad I stopped caring about Yogscast at all years ago and thus never had more than zero interest in supporting this thing in the first place.
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
Hmm. HMM.

Well, better it be Obsidian than fucking BioWareEA, definitely. The only reason KotOR 2 got panned as much as it did wasn't really Obsidian's fault, given that they were heavily rushed by LucasArts and had to cut a lot of content and make a shitty, rushed ending to what otherwise would have been a masterpiece. And yet, even in its shoddy, rushed state, KotOR 2 is still one of my favorite games. Maybe not as good as KotOR 1 was (requiescat in pace, BioWare), but still pretty damn good, and it had the missed potential to be so much better.

BioWare, on the other hand, sold out to EA and then made what could have and should have been KotOR 3, but wasn't, because it was made as a shitty MMO game.

Oh well, in any case, this is definitely some pie in the sky shit right here, regardless.
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
And of course, right there under this article, the very first goddamn comment, given a "Score:5, Informative" by the heroes on Slashdot, is some typical "it isn't just women blah blah blah, men get it even worse yadda yadda yadda" bullshit, which immediately turned into a wholly expected total clusterfuck in the gigantic thread below it.

Help me, Clippy, you're my only hope.

(EDIT) I'm not complaining so much about the veracity, or lack thereof, of the statement in that comment as I am the simple fact that any time, any where, someone posts an article about or makes a comment about sexism against women and how it's not a good thing, invariably some dudebro shows up with that defensive "not all men" or "men have it just as bad as/worse than" crap. It never fails to occur, and it is beyond tiresome to me. (/EDIT)
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
So the whole charging exorbitant amounts of money for "early access" thing really has become the newest shitty trend in the AAA video game industry, and this time with a NDA attached to boot. *facepalm* It's like they looked at how indie devs did things with early access kind of stuff (e.g. Minecraft), and then decided to take that model and pump it up to ludicrously extortionate levels. The worst thing, though? People are buying into it. Some even think it's a "good deal." And that, right there, is why the companies are able to get away with this asinine bullshit and why they continue to do it.
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
Premium membership, huh? Well thanks, EA, for continuing to give me an ever increasing number of reasons to not buy The Sims 4. Not.
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
*facepalm*

Yeah... that's about all I have to say about that.
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
Oh please, EA. You're not fooling anyone. It's not like you couldn't have held the game back another month or two to add these things in. You just want to nickel-and-dime everyone, same as always, except that this time you're being more blatant about it than usual, even despite your dissembling.
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
Well, for me, the reason I never complained about this crap is incredibly simple: I never bought Assassin's Creed IV in the first place, and thus didn't even know about it until now. But now that I know about it, I'll definitely say that I do indeed think it's some bullshit and I certainly will still resist bullshit like that. Seriously, one of them is a $1 "DLC" unlock that apparently does nothing whatsoever besides uncover the hidden stuff on the map. Like the article says, it's not the "cheap" price that's the issue (though I personally think that it's $1 more expensive than it should be), it's the principle of the thing, whether it was one dollar or one cent. That said, it's not like AC4 is the first game to sell shitty, pointless "cheat code" DLC like that though, so this isn't some outrageous new thing to get super mad about. It's just more of the same old shit. It's just something to roll your eyes at and sigh wearily about and is another reason to lament how the video game industry got to this sorry, piss-poor state. I really think Ubisoft sucks for this, one the one hand, but as I've said in the past, I'm really starting to hate the clueless and/or apathetic consumers that blasely buy this shit and thus enable the companies to do it even more than I hate the companies who are greedily exploiting these stupid, stupid consumers in the first place. After all, they only continue to do it because they know that they can easily get away with it.

Come on video game industry crash. You can't come soon enough for my sake.
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
Well, it certainly wouldn't be the first time that Peter Moore has been wrong about something.

Read more... )

I sorely believe that the video game industry needs to experience another 1983-like crash, and the sooner the better, if not necessarily for the same reasons the original crash occurred. Hopefully, if it does happen, the terrible companies like EA will be washed away, and the current crop of indie developers (which actually include a lot of veteran former-AAA developers who simply got fed up with the current AAA-industry bullshit) will rise up to take their place as the de facto standard of how video games are made. Then, we'll have a decade or two of "golden years" before it all mucks up again and becomes in need of yet another crash. ¬_¬
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
Here is an article that delineates another reason why I won't be getting The Sims 4 any time soon (as I've already said probably too many times before). I don't want or need cowplants or spaceships in my Sims game. I don't even necessarily want or need that stuff in an expansion pack to come later, let alone in the base level game as it stands now.
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
Okay, guys, this here joke... I get it. It's not funny, mind you, but I do get it. Now, then, can we please stop trying to be funny with these "games" and get back to making actual, real games again?
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
Found this via slashdot. It's basically a brief history of cheat codes in video games and why they pretty much no longer exists these days.

The take-away quote from that article, for me, is this: "'The rise of strategy guides has probably contributed too, with guide maker no doubt encouraging game publishers to withhold cheats to avoid lost strategy guide revenue,' Sorrell says. 'Of course, least positively of all, another angle for many publishers is in-app purchasing – why provide a feature as a hidden cheat when you can get people to pay money to unlock it?' Seavor has also noticed this trend. 'Bigger publishers have now realised you can actually sell these things to players as DLC. Want that special gun? Think you can unlock it with a cheat code? Nope! You've got to give us some money first!'"

So yeah, it's not like "cheat codes" have gone anywhere, really. You simply have to pay for them now, that's all. It's just one more reason on a vast pile of reasons as to why the advent of DLC has been mostly shit.
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
In the past, I made a few posts about the X series of space-trading PC games, and in those I mentioned more than once that I was looking forward to the, at the time, still unreleased X Rebirth. Then, I never mentioned it again. This is a good reason why that is the case. I bought the game, played it for... *checks Steam* ...about 22 hours (which also includes more recent failed attempts to get back into it again), and then just went back to X3 Albion Prelude, into which I currently have 611 hours, according to Steam. This is not even counting the 484 hours I put into X3 Terran Conflict, which is more or less the same game as Albion Prelude.

X Rebirth was indeed "an appalling, broken mess" when it was first released. The previous games weren't remotely perfect on launch either, mind you, but nothing as bad as X Rebirth was. And the fact that X Rebirth "was originally conceived as an entirely separate game from the X series, with a new setting, different mechanics" is definitely evident for anyone coming in from the previous games. I agree that they'd probably have been better off just making it its own thing rather than shoehorning it into the X Series. That said, I knew that this (and many of the other things, such as only controlling one ship and such) was going to be the case going into it, so I don't hate the game nearly as much as some of the more vehement anti-fans in the comments under that RPS article or on the Steam forums or elsewhere appear to, but I'm not a big fan of it either.

If someday Egosoft manages to turn it around into an actually viable game, then I might go back and give it another go, but for now, well... I'm still not finished with Albion Prelude yet, which I recently restarted as a Terran in order to wrap up the Terran plotlines that I'd neglected by playing as a Commonwealth character for so long, well after the point where their plotlines had ended. I'll also continue waiting for a proper X4 as well, which X Rebirth most definitely was not and will never be. I hope they leave the whole "walking around on the stations" thing out of X4, though, assuming they ever do make it someday, of course.
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
I haven't been following Cracked as much lately as I used to, so I'd somehow missed this two part article until now. This is another one of those "funny, but also important, and everybody (in the AAA video game industry at least) needs to read it" Cracked articles.
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
This article isn't anywhere near as dire as I was expecting it to be going into it, based on that headline. It's just an interview with Notch where he mostly talks some more about the recent stuff going on with Mojang vs the pay-to-win server guys. Nothing new being said, really, but it reinforces why I've always thought Notch was pretty good people for the most part, as far as game dev guys go. He certainly doesn't seem to be the huge asshole that he could very well have become after the success of Minecraft (and that some people on the Internet nevertheless try to make him out to be anyway).

(EDIT) Well, I thought that up until he sold his game and company to the devilMicrosoft, anyway. (/EDIT)
kane_magus: (The_Sims_Medieval)
Didn't this Phil Fish dude already get mad and leave the industry at least once before?

Well... I guess technically he's not wrong, though a lot of game devs don't mind Youtube Let's Plays and such, and many of them even actively encourage it. That said, there's absolutely nothing stopping Mr. Fish from trying to claim copyright on any and all Youtube Let's Plays of his game and get all of that phat ad money funneled to him rather than to the creator of the video. Hell, if Hasbro can do it with stuff that they should legitimately have absolutely zero right to claim, then I don't see why Fish can't do it on Fez videos. I'm not saying he should do it, mind you, only that it's an option that he has. It certainly wouldn't make him look like any bigger of a dick than he is already making himself out to be, after all. Either shit or get off the pot, dude. (But then, given that he apparently already deleted his Twitter account, I guess he decided to get off the pot. Again.)

Oh, and I eagerly await Cliffy B's inevitable rush to defend this guy again.

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