Gamers are Finally Getting Tired of Developers’ Crap, and That’s a Good Thing
For all my fellow basketball fans, I am sure you saw the recent clip of Lebron James against the Utah Jazz walking about five steps without dribbling the ball and getting away with it, just because he’s Lebron James. Well growing up, the video game industry had quite a few video game developers who were basically Lebron James.
Traveling with a ref looking right at you? Now that’s power you can’t buy.
Growing up, some of my favorite video games were the Megaman: Battle Network series, and Alpha Protocol. The Battle Network series caught flak for having derivative gameplay in later entries in the series (A criticism that I would argue is false).
You know what series didn’t get much criticism for it’s relatively unchanging gameplay loop? Pokémon.
As much as I love Alpha Protocol, there was no real way to defend the game when it first came out. Most of the technical issues are gone now, but at launch, the game was laughably broken, and only the biggest masochists of the gaming community would dare play it. So rightfully, the game was heavily bashed. If we are being honest, all Obsidian titles were, from Alpha Protocol, to Knights of the Old Republic 2 and Fallout: New Vegas.
You know what games weren’t bashed for their woeful at-launch states? Bethesda titles like Skyrim and Fallout 3. It seemed like as long as you were a Lebron James in the industry, you got more of a pass than other developers.
In the last few years, I have noticed a nasty shift in attitude among consumer bases. Be it video games, TV shows, movies, etc. the art of constructive criticism seems to be a dying species. If you criticize anything, no matter how constructive your criticism is, you are labeled a hater, whiner, and a crybaby. This is especially prevalent among the younger generation, and this is really annoying.
We seem to have entered what I like to call the pig consumer era. We, consumers, are the pigs, and the video game developers are the farmers who own us. The slop that they pour into our troughs are their products, and since we’re pigs, we just eat up what we’re given.
This mindset is incredibly harmful both to people and to the video game industry. It dulls people’s ability to think critically, and it gives video game developers the impression that they can do whatever they want because gamers aren’t going to be complaining about anything they do. I firmly believe this is one of the reasons why Triple AAA gaming is in such a bad and stagnant place. And definitely why some Triple AAA games are little more than glorified mobile games with better graphics and FPS. We are giving developers a pass once again, and now, apparently all Triple AAA developers are Lebron James.
Luckily for all of us, however, things look like they are changing. In 2019, gamers have been very vocal about some of the games that have been released. EA’s Anthem, and fútbol and football casino simulators FIFA 20 and Madden 20, respectively. The annual basketball casino simulator NBA 2K20. NetherRealm’s Mortal Kombat 11 and its awful-at-launch Krypt grind. Pokémon: Sword and Shield for all the controversial game mechanic changes. Wolfenstein: Youngblood, otherwise known as the most cringe-filled, positive reinforcement fest, and forced open-world game ever made. Activision Blizzard for being awful about almost everything nowadays. And of course, Fallout 76. With microtransaction lies, more bugs than an Aburame clan member and a saga of drama spanning more episodes than the fight between Goku and Frieza, Fallout 76 may be the worst game in recent history.
Ignore the shiny paint jobs. They’re all lemons.
Whether it’s because gross monetization practices, an abundance of technical issues, or annoyance at blatant pandering or political interjection, or anything else, gamers are getting very vocal about the video games that are being released. And whether or not you agree with what dissenters are saying is irrelevant. We should all be happy that gamers are letting their voices be heard.
Gaming isn’t getting any cheaper, especially with the video game industry about to enter its ninth generation. So, why should gamers just sit back and take whatever these video game developers give us? Especially when they have made it blatantly evident that they have no issues giving us absolute crap?
So, ignore the entitled gamer nonsense that you hear about nowadays on social media platforms and in mainstream video game “journalism.” The label is thrown around excessively, and more times than not is just used as an attempt to shut down any valid criticism you may have. If you have an issue with a video game, then speak up! Developers are getting out of hand, and it is up to us who line their pockets with our hard-earned cash to keep them in check.