EDIT* It seems that video games are filled with incessant propaganda and the community itself infiltrated by unsavory characters. I give up talking about games because they are getting worse and worse, nickel and diming us more and more, and filled with more and more propaganda.
Games Suck Now
Gamergate was pretty much the confirmation we needed to see that the gaming industry is like any other industry. Corruption all throughout the gaming industry is rife – from the funding game developers receive, to their product outcomes, to the journalists who report on the gaming industry, to their scamming of customers and collusions with government compromising their privacy. These revelations may shed some light on why, for the past decade or so, games have sucked…
Money and scams – Video gaming is a mainstream industry in which one of the main goals is to make money (take your money) … Video gamers are nickel and dimed at every turn.
- If a movie DVD doesn’t cost $60 to buy at the store (unless you buy the whole box set), why does a video game?
- Commercials and trailers are often false advertising.
- Everything has a sequel or two or three or… up to fifteen (dragged out story with no closure or clarity)
- DLC / Add-ons – Buy a game that is not a full product then pay later to get more gameplay options for the full experience.
- subscription to play – Like a cable subscription, keep paying to keep playing. This is fine if you agree to this. A subscription to play a game should be no more than $5 – $15 a month
- pay to win – In some games, someone who pays money or more money than you is given gameplay options which are unavailable to those who don’t pay
- free to play scams – Some free to play games do it right but most games that do this are more of a scam.
- kickstarters, early access and/or alpha and beta access games – On paper, this concept seems great. Allowing the customers to actively participate in and fund the projects they want to see… but most of these games are unfinished and/or broken games. Why buy a game that is literally not completed and/or broken when you can spend a similar price on a game which has been completed and (hopefully) tested for bugs and etc.?
Laziness and lack of creativity by the developers leads to lack of immersion for the players (this is often linked to monetization of video games taking more importance over their artistic or entertainment value)
- Bugs, glitches (not negligible)
- Features and/or content that you will expect or take for granted will not be in the game for some weird or mysterious reason (but later on it will be available for purchase through add-on DLC)
- Almost all games follow a sort of typical formula for whatever genre they are.
- Even down to the soundtracks there is not as much effort put in, or at least the outcomes are not as memorable as there used to be.
- Characters are not memorable or just stupid and unrelatable; who cares?
- Linear games
- Most games have been “dumbed down” compared to some of the previous versions they once were