This is an F2P-bashing post, but I’m only reading game news because I capped in LotRO this weekend, and I wanted to play something else tonight. Steam has a Holiday sale on Max Payne 3 right now, so I bought it.
Shockingly, Max Payne is a 35 GB download for a shooter, supposedly offering incredible graphics to go with an involved story. While waiting on that, I decided to patch SWTOR.
Maybe I’ll subscribe to SWTOR. I had issues with SWTOR due to EA pulling LGBT romance and lying about why, and then I had issues with F2P, but I really want to play a good knight or paladin character right now.
Neverwinter didn’t bother with good/evil roleplay. Secret World aligned good with Christianity. So where else can I go?
Three hours later, the 35 GB Max Payne 3 has now finished downloading on Steam before my existing 22 GB SWTOR install can simply patch itself. My new flirtation with SWTOR is going great already.
While waiting for ye olde downloads, I came across a recent Jim Sterling rant about the rampant double dipping and advertising that is all over the XBOX One. Here is an alternative link if that video doesn’t load. So. Watch the video.
I hadn’t realized the extent of this on the XBOX One. The idea of programming young players to find this acceptable is another good point. As I posted in the LotRO forums a few years ago, I feel sorry for young players growing up and thinking that games should be this way.
Jim mentions how game developers lost respect for their players years ago, but what about their own self-respect? What about basic dignity? No, the plan is to suck as much money as possible right now and damn the consequences, which are games with no integrity, franchises that zombify into grabby monetizing and advertising vehicles.
Turbine with LotRO was in the vanguard with that. Based on what I see in forum posts, they aren’t terribly liked by their players. How will the financial consequences pan out for Turbine as a company?
Turbine believes players will keep playing and paying. I kept playing, but I’d already paid for points for Helm’s Deep. Jim predicts a meltdown, a significant correction. This is something I have to hope for, like I said in the Rift forums recently.
How many times will players pay for that extra special mount or a lockbox lottery gimmick before the novelty wears off, and they learn their lesson? A sucker is born every minute. Are there enough minutes to support the entire F2P/double-dipping video game industry?