Saturday Morning Rant: Release Delay Reactions

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…REALLY GUYS?!

A couple weeks ago I talked about No Man’s Sky and one of the things I talked about was the extremely toxic community that ended up becoming white knights for the game and the developer, willing to make every threat under the sun to those who said anything slightly considered negative towards the game. This week however, we’re going to focus on the people that are even dumber, the people who after hearing a game that they don’t know how good it’s going to be, is getting delayed, they freak the fuck out.

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I really…REAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLY hope this was a troll and not a real person. Even if it is a troll, it’s still absolutely ridiculous that someone thought this’d be a fun thing to write a person, but if this truly was a real person sending this message to a journalist doing his job by reporting games news, such as in this particular case a major game getting delayed for two months, there is seriously something very wrong with this person and they needed counseling years ago.

To take the news of a game you think you might like being delayed for a couple months, to take it that far, it’s absolutely fucking crazy. There’s no nice way to put it, you are fucking crazy if that’s your reaction to a fucking video game being delayed for two months. Oh no, two whole months, what ever will I do?! I don’t know…maybe play some other games until then? Maybe watch some stuff until then? I don’t know…maybe go make some friends outside of my own little world? There’s a few good ideas, those are things that can keep you busy for another two months until the next game in question comes out. There’s always ways to keep you busy, so the time is no excuse, even if it’s a year or longer away.

But let’s take the extreme folks out of the equation here and just ask the simple question: Is the general reaction to game delays fair enough? Maybe 10 years or so ago the answer could be yes. But with the Internet in full swing now, absolutely fucking not. A game could be delayed one more day and the game’s subreddit would explode like the developers kidnapped an entire class of children and killed them one by one through torturous methods. No Man’s Sky is a big example of when people take a release delay way too hard, Final Fantasy XV’s recent delay until the end of November also elicited a very negative reaction from fans, death threats also being sent.

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I’m not the most patient person in the world, but holy shit people! Do you not own any other games on your respective systems?! Do you not have TV or apps like Netflix, Hulu, or Crunchyroll?! Like seriously…do you not have anything else to do except wait for a single game? It’s really not that difficult to keep yourself amused. Like for example, I was getting set for the Final Fantasy XV release in September, but when it got pushed to November it didn’t affect me. Why? Because I have other things I can do, such as:

  • Trails of Cold Steel 2 (Vita) on September 6th
  • Destiny: Rise of Iron (PS4) expansion on September 20th
  • Many games to finish such as Tokyo Mirage Sessions (WiiU), Fire Emblem Birthright (3DS) and Persona Q (3DS), just to name a few
  • A ton of games I can go back into and spend a few hours here and there such as No Man’s Sky, Minecraft, Hawken, GTA V Online (the Super Stunts races are so much fun!), Rocket League and so much more and that’s on my PS4 alone!
  • Weekly anime on Crunchyroll

So it’s safe to say I’m in a pretty good place to keep myself busy until November 29th when Final Fantasy XV is currently slated to come out. The same will go for games like Persona 5 and Mass Effect: Andromeda which are both set to tentatively com out in February and March next year respectively. There’s so much I can do to keep myself busy and I’m not even counting older games on older consoles I can go back to, like my Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2, there’s also the tons of super old games that I admittedly can play on emulators through my laptop, I have around 200 games on Steam that I’ve gotten through Humble Bundles and other promotions that I’ve yet to even touch and I also listen to a ton of podcasts as well. I have so many different options to go through and keep myself busy and I’m not exactly a big spender per se.

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I think it’s very harmful for people to be putting all their eggs in one basket or in this case, all their attention on one single game. You’re taking a massive risk on just automatically assuming the game in question is going to be the best thing ever. I mean granted, I have Trails of Cold Steel 2, Destiny: Rise of Iron, Final Fantasy XV, Persona 5 and even Kingdom Hearts 3 (which may never come out) pre-ordered. But the difference between me pre-ordering games and the average gamer pre-ordering games is that when I do pre-order a game, it’s a game that I will play even if it ends up being a 1/10, the shittiest game in existence. I don’t pre-order anything unless I am absolutely confident that not only will I enjoy the game, but I will keep the game and not trade it in. In the past few years, only one game has not fallen into that category and that was Tom Clancy’s The Division, a game I admittedly put too much hope into, wanting a secondary-Destiny to play when Bungie’s MMO is in a slow period. But you know that there are people that will pre-order a ton of games, just for those silly extra rewards and because they’re told to pre-order.

By doing so, you’ve now bound yourself into a contract with this game. I mean how many times have you pre-ordered a game and then suddenly pulled it back, very rarely does something come into play that’ll make you change your mind, game companies have gotten really good at not showing their hands to expose their game, but show just enough to keep you interested and financially invested. But it’s still your own fault for falling victim to a lot of these companies that manage to get your money early for a game that you actually aren’t 100% behind. But because you’ve put your money forward, you still feel a sense of attachment, that you have to defend the money you’ve spent on the game, ESPECIALLY after it’s come out. But going back to when these games get pushed back from the “promised” release date, you also freak out because you put the money forward and you were told that this would be the date, you put your money forward expecting to have this game in your hands on that specific day.

Here’s the thing most of these people seem to forget. These are estimations made months in advance based on the projections of how the teams are moving along at their current pace. These estimations don’t account for things such as game-breaking bugs that need to get fixed, employees getting fired or getting sick and being missing for a while, having to create a demo or an alpha/beta version of the game, hell even some places have had to deal with major disasters, such as equipment being stolen, suddenly going bankrupt or even having your studio getting flooded. Shit happens and for the average game, you almost have to assume that the first release date listed will probably be changed.

There’s also the dangers of getting a game too soon. Take Street Fighter V for example, how fucking stripped and clearly not ready at launch was that game? The risks companies run at sticking to a release date are very high, games being released in a super buggy state, major features being missing, the game overall just being shit. There is never a bad reason for delaying a game’s release date because what that means is the game is getting extra time to be polished, for more to be added in. How is that a bad thing?! How is a game being released with more content and in a more stable state possibly a bad thing? Sometimes, good things are worth waiting for, y’know?

So relax, folks. If a game gets delayed, it’s not that big a deal. There’s other games to play out there, you can wait. Just try.

One comment

  1. Death threats over a game? People really need to get some perspective.

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