posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 04:24 AM
I thought I would add a comment here, to this thread, rather than starting a new one, because this thread has a title which already permits for the
subject matter involved, at least to some degree.
I now find myself also having fallen out of love with computer gaming of late. My reasons have nothing to do with forced morality, but they do have
to do with the nature of the intention of computer games, and the way that the industry, without any permission from the people who gave them their
fame and fortune (the players), has been changing the art form into something other than what it ought to be.
I just cannot justify spending money with these companies. Seems like all the titles which LOOK as if they have what I want in a game, have NOTHING
to actually offer a person like me. Many games no longer feature a properly involved single player mode, there is too much focus on multiplayer,
online aspects, and far too little to the proper gamers out there.
When I say the proper gamers, I am referring to those who understand the true purpose of games and gaming, and how to be a gamer. Being a proper
gamer does not require access to a network, or a server, or any matchmaking or other nonsense. Being a proper gamer does not necessitate a trophy
cabinet that can be viewed by other people, or any form of live service. Proper gamers can and have and would still, quite happily, sit in one spot
for hours a day, playing one game, alone. Its SUPPOSED to be an anti-social experience, not a social one. Its supposed to be immersive, its supposed
to steal all ones concentration, just the player versus the program. Nowadays? These days its the player versus corporate, and the player can never do
anything but be beat.
The industry is lost to those who made it famous, lost to those who should be the people guiding the shape of the industry, but are the last to be
served, despite being the first in line. I will not be updating my games system to the latest generation, unless of course the following things are
1) All forms of post sale monetisation, including all Lootbox mechanics, skin trading, and day one DLC are totally banished.
2) All persons enamoured of games as service or live service, are summarily ejected from first the gaming industry as a whole, and then kicked off the
planet for offences against the arts.
3) All corporate elements within games publishing companies, are banned, either by agreement with the playerbase, or by law if it comes to it, from
actually interacting at all with a development team, while a game is being made, or from in any way influencing the content, the mechanics, or the
structure of a game.
4) Players must become more important to games companies, than making money from making art.
Its my estimation that if you are not making games for the hell of it, because you love the art, and because you love the art alone, then you should
simply not be permitted to make them at all. I feel the same way about music. If it was made for a pay cheque, not because the artist is committed and
in love with the soundscape they produce, then not only should it not be released, but that artist is no longer an artist but a hack, and if there is
one thing that links music and games, its the fact that fake, for the cheque not for the thrills hackery, feels the same damned way.
I am tired of it. I want a return to the sort of game you CANNOT play with friends, either remotely or right next to you. I want a return to story
driven, single player experiences which are broad, and cost only what it said on the damned box when you bought the damned thing, to play, and I want
all that in a package which has all the polish, all the professional cleanliness, all the HD, all the bells and whistles benefits of modern games,
without the drawbacks.
The industry is basically unwilling to support that, and so I am unwilling to support it.
Both my middle fingers, as high as they can be raised, are pointed squarely toward the monetisation fanatics, the lootbox economy, the games as
service supporting bastards in the industry, but also, those supporting it from outside the industry. Appeasing this crap is almost as bad as
propagating it in the first place, and everyone involved should be ashamed of themselves, if you ask me.