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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.

Saturday Morning Rant: No Man’s Sky

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There has been no game this year that has been more polarizing than No Man’s Sky. Since it was first shown off at the VGX Awards in 2013, you could not go anywhere on the gaming spectrum of the internet without seeing people talking endlessly about how awesome this space exploration game from Hello Games was going to be.

When I first saw that VGX reveal, I was amazed at what I saw, it looked absolutely beautiful. I remember consciously thinking that this game has great potential and could be one of the best games of the year whenever it came out. Fast forward to 2016 and with the game still not out and a myriad of showings of the game, but never really saying much about it, leaving us in mystery as to what this game was going to be, I wasn’t nearly as psyched about the game. Was I still planning to get it? Absolutely, my plan was to wait till it dropped in price and then grab it. But I ended up getting it on Day 2 of its release as I had a 15% off code that was going to expire that day.

I really should’ve used it on something cheaper.

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Now I’m not saying the game is as terrible, as insulting and as life-threatening as everyone on the internet is crying saying about it, in fact I half-ass enjoy the game. For me, No Man’s Sky has become what Minecraft used to be, what grinding materials and glimmer in Destiny still is for me, it’s a background game for when I’m listening to podcasts and such. No Man’s Sky in its current state is basically an exploration game with mining and light upgrading mechanics, nothing more and nothing less.

So I have to address the biggest elephant in the room, did Hello Games lie to us? Did they mislead us? Did they under-deliver? Yes to all of those, to varying degrees. It’s very clear that the game did not deliver to the expectations that Hello Games and the gaming media gave to all the people that planned on purchasing the game, especially on Day 1. It’s also very clear that the game we were shown at VGX, at E3, on Stephen Colbert’s show and many other places, that game is not the same game that was released to us on August 9th, in fact at best it feels like we got 50% of the game upon release, as if the full release of No Man’s Sky was akin to an Early Access release on Steam, or a beta on consoles.

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What we actually got upon release was a game that in my opinion has the exploration pretty much down pat, minus the absolutely terrible spaceship controls and nothing else. Which if the game was half the price, I honestly wouldn’t have an issue with. The fun I’ve had in the game has been exploring each planet and moon and taking breathtaking screenshots of what I’ve seen. Also within the gaming community of Destiny players I’ve been a part of for over a year now, I’ve had fun naming planets after members of the community and making quips about the world in relation to them, it’s been a hilarious point of contention in the community chat. But in terms of the rest of the game, there’s not a whole lot else to do.

When I was telling my friends in my community’s chat about the game, I referred to it as Space Minecraft, thinking that was the easiest way to describe the game. However upon further review, I’m giving No Man’s Sky far more credit by calling it that. Minecraft has infinite building mechanics, No Man’s Sky has none of that, in fact it astonishes me that Hello Games released this game without any ability to build a home on a planet you discover. You can go into all these alien-built buildings (and all of them suspiciously look the same), but you can’t make your own stamp on the world beyond drilling holes into giant formations of gold, emeril, nickel, copper, aluminum or whatever other materials have these massive crystalized formations around the world. That’s the closest you can get to having a house, drilling a few holes in a giant chunk of gold. Minecraft has a myriad of unique enemies and a hefty amount of combat. No Man’s Sky has two types of Sentinels that are easy to kill, a few random creatures that will attack you in the same way and space pirates that are either super easy to kill or super frustrating because the controls are terrible.

At best, No Man’s Sky is 25% of Day 1 Minecraft, there’s nowhere near enough substance to the game to have it remotely close to the same level of a game like Minecraft, at best No Man’s Sky is your typical Early Access survival game on Steam that has randomly generated worlds and creatures. The game in its current state to me, is a space exploration game with a emphasis on mining materials so you can explore more worlds. That’s it.

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But what’s really gotten on my nerves is not the game itself, rather the reactions of people who clearly were way too invested into this game and suffered from the same stupid problem that so many people fall into the trap of doing: over-hype. For fuck’s sakes, people! You need to stop getting so emotionally involved in a video game, a film, a TV show, a sports team, all that shit, anything that you can get yourself so overly psyched up until Day 1 and then when it finally happens, when it’s released or the season starts and things don’t go the way you wanted it to, you get super pissed off about it. I’m not saying don’t get invested, don’t get interested, but please tone down your expectations.

Take for example Mass Effect: Andromeda, this is the game highest on my list of anticipated games yet to come out. I’m not watching every single piece of content that comes out for it, I’m not spending hours on end on the game’s Reddit page, community forums or anywhere else talking a big game about it and becoming an evangelist, an apologist, a walking, breathing advertising billboard for the game. I’m also not going into the game’s release next year (hopefully) expecting a 10/10 game, a game that’ll be on the level of awesomeness as Mass Effect 2. My expectations of the game at best are at an 8/10 level, I just want the game to recapture my feelings when I first started playing the original trilogy. I’m not expecting the game to change my life, change the entire foundations of the gaming industry or anything so unobtainable that it could never happen. I’m going in with light expectations so that if the game fails to be what I expected, it’s a light disappointment and nothing more.

I can’t imagine taking a single game so seriously, I don’t understand how people were and still are so defensive about No Man’s Sky, both before and after the game’s release. It’s a fucking video game folks, unless you were on the team who made the game, you should not be this emotionally attached to it. It got to the point where it’s very obvious that a lot of the “fans” of the game have turned into cult members, brainwashed by the game’s doctrine. I mean come on, if you’re going to go as far as sending death threats to a games journalist for saying the game was going to be delayed another couple months, you’ve been drinking the Kool-Aid, my friend!

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The game was indeed a massive disappointment, there’s no doubt about that. For a full-price AAA level of game, we got nowhere near the value one would expect from a game of this price point, this caliber. Hopefully upon further patches, DLC (hopefully the first bit isn’t priced, but I’m betting it will be) and PC mods, the game will become better in time and maybe reach the level it was supposed to upon release. But as of right now, it’s not that and don’t pretend like it is. I’ve put 20 hours into the game and I’ve enjoyed my time with the game, but I also haven’t drank the proverbial Kool-Aid so I’m in the right state of mind to say that this game is nowhere near worth $60 and this game is at best a 6/10, y’know…the 6/10 that means it’s passable and not shit like current reviewers give 6’s out for.

But if you’re enjoying the game like I am, maybe even more than me, that’s fantastic and all to you. But please, can we stop with the whole “You have a different opinion than me, so fuck you!” bullshit already? We’re not all the same person, there will be different and conflicting opinions. Grow the fuck up, stop acting like a petulant child because people aren’t saying nice things about the game you like, because the game wasn’t what you expected, because you over-hyped yourself for a game that was never going to reach the potential you gave it.

And seriously folks, do we need anymore reasons to not pre-order games? How many fucking times do you have to get burned before you learn your lesson? WAIT FOR THE FUCKING GAME TO COME OUT!!! It’s not that fucking hard!

Top 10 Games I’m Looking Forward to in 2016

2015 was a pretty good year for gaming, a lot of great stuff came out. But who gives a fuck, it’s 2016! So with that, let’s do the Top 10 games I’m looking forward to in 2016!

 

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When I initially saw the concept of No Man’s Sky, I was blown away. Now those parts of me that were lost have returned and haven’t felt much wind since. Because the game is getting closer and closer to launch and I still have not much of a clue what the game will actually be like in full, I’m becoming more and more skeptical as time goes on. Granted, the game looks fucking gorgeous, the art style is fantastic. But the game itself is still a bit dodgy, considering we don’t know much about it other than you explore and name things. If it’s more than that, awesome, if it’s not much more, that’s worrisome.

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IT’S SO FUCKING CUTE!!! Seriously though, it’s really freaking cute! I would’ve actually been okay with just this announcement at Sony’s E3 conference, but I guess the Final Fantasy VII remake reveal was pretty good too. I’m not 100% sure what to expect from World of Final Fantasy yet, but at least in terms of its design, it looks like a fun little game to play. I just hope there’s at least some sort of cohesive story to it and not just chibi Lightning still being a bitch in it.

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Another game I would put so much higher on this list, but over time its value has decreased based on what I’ve seen. Ubisoft alone based on their track record the past couple years is part of it, but the constant pushing back of the game’s release date is also a little worrisome. Though I’m still very excited about the potential this game has to keeping my attention much like Destiny has been doing, just instead as a realistic 3rd-person shooter. Though to be more addictive than Destiny is a feat I’m not sure anything can do to me right now.

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This is a game that continues to interest me the more I see of it. The idea of being alone in the beautiful, yet slightly unnerving environment is really interesting. The fact you have someone talking with you the whole time counterbalances that alone feeling too, so you’re not stuck experiencing one side of the emotional spectrum. The “story” that we’ve seen so far is very interesting and I cannot wait to play this game when it releases, it sounds and looks like a nice, short experience.

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My brain still continually tells me this game will likely be okay at best, but I cannot help myself for being as excited as I am for this game to come out. The initial trailer at E3 this year had me hooked, I love the world, I love the concept, I love the battle mechanics and I love the main character. Everything about this game so far spells awesome to me, but only a matter of time will tell. It’s also been very quiet since about this game, so that could be taken as a bit of a bad sign. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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I’ve liked Fire Emblem games since they started coming out on the GBA in North America, but when Awakening came out on the 3DS, that was it, the series had me hooked. And yes, it was partially because of the more casual mode where permadeath isn’t a thing (I’m really bad at these games, I kinda need it!). Fates is really exciting for me, though I’m still a bit miffed about the two separate copies. But if the games are good enough to be worth the asking price, I’m all for it.

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I had almost zero intentions of playing the game at first, mainly because ever since Final Fantasy XII, Square has shown me that they’ve forgotten how to make a good Final Fantasy game. But then the demo for XV came out and I shut the hell up, it was fantastic, I love the new battle system, it’s far more intensified now. I’m not 100% sure how I feel about the main cast, I really didn’t get a good idea as to what they’re all about. But I did get Cidney (Cindy). And I’m pretty happy about that.

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So you’re telling me that my favourite series of the past decade in Shin Megami Tensei is getting mixed together with one of my other favourite series of this past decade in Fire Emblem?! Nintendo didn’t ever have to show me any game footage, I already had pre-order plans for this game. And I don’t pre-order shit anymore.

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Like I just said, my favourite series of the past decade and the Persona games are the reason for it. Persona 3 was fantastic and Persona 4 was fucking phenomenal. By that logic, Persona 5 is going to blow me away. The music already is as great as it has ever been, the art design is beautiful and weird as fuck at the same time, the characters look awesome and interesting and of course the gameplay looks solid, somehow even better than Persona 4. I’m ready, Atlus. Take me.

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This game is slotted for Q4 of 2016. I don’t believe for a second that date will last, my best case scenario is March of 2017 to be honest. But that won’t stop me from listing this as the easy #1 pick for the game I’m looking forward to the most in 2016. The Mass Effect trilogy was an incredible (albeit a little weak on the ending) journey that introduced me to a ton of characters I’m in love with still to this day, tons of memorable moments and an entire universe I can’t wait to go back to. Here’s hoping when this game is released, it’s everything we ever dreamed of and more.

 

And that’s the list everyone! Hope you enjoyed it. As always if you have a different opinion, don’t hesitate to list your top 10s in the comments below!