You need to pay a tithe to Microsoft Studios or a third-party developer if you want to be on the platform, and it’s likely to cost you more money to avoid Xbox Live exclusivity.
This is disheartening. Some of the best games are from independent developers. My absolute favorite: Natural Selection 2. Also, this is why we can’t have Dust 514 on Xbox. If Microsoft wants their digital future, this needs to stop.
Cheaper games. Easier sharing. The end of discs. The Xbox One would have been just fine despite the chorus of haters, would have been a better system for ignoring them. Microsoft losing its nerve on this isn’t just disappointing for the features we lose. It’s unfortunate because it shows just how heavy an anchor we can be.
It’s clear that used games do more harm than good to gamers, so it’s disappointing to see Microsoft bend to allow them. Worse, though, is that doing so made some of the futuristic features that we were going to enjoy got axed as well1.
Granted, Microsoft should have done a way better job of showing off why their proposal was better for games, but oh well. There’s still hope that we can still have some of these features by buying the games online.
I think that may be the mark of a truly masterpiece game - when a game’s experience is so good, that I want to do it over and over, rather than needing new choices or paths to create new content and make it fresh again.
It’s so true. Most new games claim replayability by having new choices to make, but I find that many times, the gameplay just wasn’t amazing enough to play again with different choices. Yet, some games you play over and over, despite no new choices.
The makers of Game Dev Tycoon, a game where players run a game development company, released a “cracked” version of their own game. It worked just fine, but as the pirates would play, they would start to see this beautiful message:
Boss, it seems that while many players play our new game, they steal it by downloading a cracked version rather than buying it legally.
If players don’t buy the games they like, we will sooner or later go bankrupt.
You’ve noticed that terrible practice also, right? The one where you see a game trailer, and then at the end it tells you the list of stores you can pre-order it from, and which bonus-piece-of-crap you’ll get from each?
If you buy the game, you’re voting that whatever the developers, publishers, or retailers did, worked. It doesn’t matter if you only liked some of it, and didn’t like other parts, the money speaks for you.
We’ve been told by the media that our hobby is somehow different and other in some unspoken way, as though it’s okay to have a drink after work and watch a football game, but playing XCOM is somehow wrong.
We’re already running the country. We treat you when you’re sick. We help you fill out forms for your home loan. We protect you in court, and we may arrest you when you break the law. We send our children to school and we raise them well.
This is one of the best articles I’ve read on “being a gamer”, ever.