…you guys must have broken it!
To continue on from; my quite fun rant, last week; I think we should delve a little deeper today – whose fault is it for broken games these days?
For me, it is far to easy to blame the developers. Sure, there are some notoriously bad developers out there who don’t seem to care about their consumers at all – like Bethesda games on the PS3, did Skyrim EVER get fixed? Not all of them are like this though, the majority of developers want to see their games do well, after all, that is how studios grow and they make their money. I am going to stick up for them a bit, developers are usually under huge pressure from not only fans, but from where I think the main problem lies …
Usually eager to make their initial investments back, publishers give their developers usually unmeetable deadline dates, resulting in broken games and ultimately job loses and closures of studios. Of course some developers demand a lot more respect due to previous work (CD Projeckt Red, Naughty Dog), but a lot of smaller studios or pressurised teams fall on their sword a lot as we have seen towards the end of last years releases (DriveClub, Assassins Creed). They are also the reason for stupid pre-order bonuses, resulting in many features being ripped from the base game, like a multiplayer mode. This is not good news for…
…Us, the consumers – why do we let this happen? A lot of us have a massive say to pre-order bonuses and broken games when they are released, but do we actually do anything about it? There is a small vocal minority who do vote with their wallets, and refuse to support these practises. But why don’t we all? After the mess of a release of some of these games, will we really abstain from buying the next Assassins Creed or DriveClub 2? Probably not, and that’s the worst thing of all.
We can all vent our anger on Facebook, Twitter and official forums for these games, but when the money is still rolling on, they will never change? After all, why should they? They are getting the same amount of money, for less work – RESULT!
Have you purchased Assassins Creed: Unity, Driveclub or anyother ‘broken’ lanch in the past year?
Do you regret your purchase or are you perfectly happy with it?
Have you ever boycotted a developer or a publisher after being burnt with a shoddy product?
Tell us in the comments below!