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FFD: How would you “fix” the gaming industry?

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Gamers are a bunch of whiny, entitled asshats quick to vent their disappointment, frustration and anger at video games, the industry that surrounds them and the people who make them. Video games, they assert, are being ruined by people in suits, by money-grubbing corporate suck ups and bad decisions .

DLC is a scourge, games cost too much, and uPlay and Origin are abominations. Too many games featured tacked on multiplayer, too many games or too multiplayer centric. This game’s too long, that game’s too short – whatever the reasons, many people don’t want to buy games, and the AAA games industry is on the precipice of a crash. Just like the one that very nearly destroyed it in the early 80’s. Maybe.

There’s a perception, among those who’d call themselves core gamers, that the industry is broken. How then, realistically, would you fix it?

What do you think is wrong with video games, and how would you go about making it better?

Last Updated: May 27, 2016

176 Comments

  1. Danny Baromen

    May 27, 2016 at 10:33

    More support and recognition for indie developers
    If a title is to be released on multiple platforms… can we maybe release it for all of them at the same time?

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    • Gavin Mannion

      May 27, 2016 at 10:37

      if indies make good games they get tons of recognition.. the problem is a lot of indie developers make average games… at best

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      • Pariah

        May 27, 2016 at 10:38

        This ^

        There is a LOT of trash in the Indie scene. The good ones truly do shine as a result though.

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      • Danny Baromen

        May 27, 2016 at 10:38

        Prison Architect, Banished, Stardew Valley, Minecraft…all awesome indie games

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        • Jonah Cash

          May 27, 2016 at 10:40

          I think Minecraft did pretty well though. How much did Notch get again? $2.5 BILLION

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        • Gavin Mannion

          May 27, 2016 at 10:41

          you can’t say Minecraft isn’t getting coverage…

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      • Darren Peach

        May 27, 2016 at 13:01

        This times a zillion. Just cause it is indie, why do the games have to be so………….. indie ?

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    • Strawman Jim

      May 27, 2016 at 12:16

      Most indie developers release absolute tripe, it’s only on the rare occasion that you see something quite magical coming from indie developers.

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  2. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    May 27, 2016 at 10:33

    Get rid of EA

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    • Jonah Cash

      May 27, 2016 at 10:37

      What would I play every night if I can’t play Fifa?

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 27, 2016 at 10:38

        PES

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        • Jonah Cash

          May 27, 2016 at 10:39

          Nie eers as dit die laaste game op die aarbol is nie. Dan speel ek eerder sokker in die straat saam die kinders…

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          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 27, 2016 at 10:40

            XD

      • Pariah

        May 27, 2016 at 10:47

        Something fun, perhaps.

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        • Jonah Cash

          May 27, 2016 at 10:51

          Hahahaha! But it is fun to me I swear!! Hahahaha

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          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 27, 2016 at 10:54

            Rocket League is more fun

    • chimera_85

      May 27, 2016 at 10:52

      I love EA

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 27, 2016 at 10:54

        I used to love them, then they stopped making Westwood, Bullfrog and Origin games

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  3. Ottokie

    May 27, 2016 at 10:35

    • VampyreSquirrel

      May 27, 2016 at 10:41

      Duct tape fixes everything.

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    • Cyberats

      June 6, 2016 at 01:25

      No, just NO !

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  4. VampyreSquirrel

    May 27, 2016 at 10:36

    No more exclusives!

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    • chimera_85

      May 27, 2016 at 10:52

      Imagine getting all those games on consoles haha, not gonna happen

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      • VampyreSquirrel

        May 27, 2016 at 11:02

        No more console exclusives then… I want those games on PC.

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  5. Jonah Cash

    May 27, 2016 at 10:37

    Stop making every game an open world game. Uncharted 4 showed again that a linear story driven game can be brilliant! Not every genre needs to have 100km’s between the start and the end and small marks on the maps where I have to go and search for the story. Let the story hit me in the face the whole way through, I am happy with that.

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    • Yondaime

      May 27, 2016 at 13:02

      You know what, as long as its entertaining i’ll play it.

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      • Darren Peach

        May 27, 2016 at 13:03

        Yep.

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  6. HairyEwok

    May 27, 2016 at 10:39

    If I ran the gaming empire I would fire Ubisoft and EA and promote Naughty Dog and CDPR. I would then let demo’s make a return and ban all micro transactions. Mobile games can GITS and the pirates.

    Seriously though, I believe that yearly releases need to be halted, let the game developers have more time working on a game rather than rushing it. This will promote better optimized games and thorough stories.

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  7. Pariah

    May 27, 2016 at 10:40

    You can’t fix the industry. It’s the people, us gamers, that are broken. Companies are just trying to keep up. Mostly. We are the reason they adopt DLC, MT’s and various other practices that we “hate”. We enable them. We are the problem.

    But instead of doing anything substantial, we simply whine on the internet and wish things would change themselves. And 10 minutes later buy the season pass pre-order for the next hyped up game.

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    • HairyEwok

      May 27, 2016 at 10:44

      I can proudly say I’ve never purchased any season pass. I’m fixing the industry Han Solo style.

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      • Dutch Matrix

        May 27, 2016 at 10:54

        Shooting first?
        (SPOILER ALERT!) Taking a Lightsaber to the chest?
        Snogging the girl whose father is pretty much the embodiment of the dark side?
        Snogging the girl whose brother is pretty much the embodiment of the good side.
        Snogging a girl that snogged her brother and never went eeeewww when it was first revealed they are indeed siblings?
        In 12 Parsecs?
        By saying I know?

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        • HairyEwok

          May 27, 2016 at 10:58

          Reading that…. Han has been through a lot shame man.

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          • Dutch Matrix

            May 27, 2016 at 11:03

            SPOILER ALERT! But that Lightsaber that has been through a lot of Han,right?

          • HairyEwok

            May 27, 2016 at 11:10

            It was gut-wrenching…

        • Mark Treloar

          May 27, 2016 at 12:49

          You forgot always stroking his own Wookie.

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    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      May 27, 2016 at 11:02

      I’m not buying EA games anymore, I’m sticking to my guns. Missed out on every single game they’ve released in the last 5 years. Same goes for MT and most DLC(Thankfully there’s GOTY games) But for everyone like me there’s thousands and thousands of “gamers” dumping cash on this crap. What else can we do?

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        May 27, 2016 at 11:21

        EA are the lunatics in charge of the dairy. ME3 was my last EA game. I’m sure I’ve “missed” some good games, but I haven’t missed them because… I played something else.

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        • Captain JJ bound

          May 27, 2016 at 11:22

          Agreed.

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          May 27, 2016 at 11:22

          Exactly, Dragon Age, NFS, PvZ 2, Titanfall are all games I had interest in and the only way I’m playing the new Mass Effect is if someone buys it for me

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      • fleshtwister

        May 27, 2016 at 11:49

        I hate them. What they have done to Dungeon Keeper alone is unforgivable..

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        • Captain JJ bound

          May 27, 2016 at 11:50

          ^ This

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    • Skyblue

      May 27, 2016 at 11:17

      Exactly why I haven’t purchased a new game since the last Steam Sale. My list of AAA games I haven’t even tried yet is reaching an all time high as I’m just not prepared to pay insane prices to play them now.

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 27, 2016 at 11:20

        You should buy DOOM

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        • Skyblue

          May 27, 2016 at 11:22

          My ass has been itching for it since it was announced and I managed to walk right past it yesterday and resist again. I Considered cracking open the eBucks at TakeAlot but I still can’t bring myself to pay R800 for games anymore.

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          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 27, 2016 at 11:23

            Yeah…. it’s a lot. But I’d happily do it again

          • Skyblue

            May 27, 2016 at 11:25

            Maybe time I took my stack of X360 and PS3 games in to BT and do a trade. Most of them are backwards compatible with Xbone or available as HD remakes on PS4 now…

          • Darren Peach

            May 27, 2016 at 13:12

            Tip. Don’t. I have been doing that for years and I often feel depressed about the fact that the small fortune I have spent on gaming has vanished in to thin air.

    • Captain JJ bound

      May 27, 2016 at 11:20

      As true as it is, there are a lot of old-school gamers that won’t stand for the shit they’re doing today. So, yes, I miss out on quite a few titles, but I refuse to support them, even if they get more than enough support from other idiots and will keep doing what they do.

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 27, 2016 at 11:24

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 27, 2016 at 11:24

        Idiots is right

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      • Pariah

        May 27, 2016 at 11:25

        We make up a small minority of the market. We may be vocal, but the people that make up the reason for the entire issue – they don’t care. They’re happy with the latest stuff, and they just want it all. There’s little sense of “this has value” and more a sense of “I want all the things”. And there are more than you may realise.

        And yet, there are those of us that are vocal, but will still buy the games on sale. Still buy the season pass pack a year later. Still buy the odd hat, because why not. It’s just 1 hat. Every little thing.

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          May 27, 2016 at 11:27

          I hate that, it’s worse than healthy people who has handicap stickers in their cars

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          • Pariah

            May 27, 2016 at 11:28

            It’s actually not worse. And that’s why it’s so prevalent. There is little to no punishment for it, only a sense of reward and money spent on entertainment. Because in the end that’s all it is – us paying twice the price for our popcorn and coke at the movies, instead of buying the DVD for a fraction of the cost.

          • Captain JJ bound

            May 27, 2016 at 11:29

            Except Vegans. They are handicapped. 😛

          • Pariah

            May 27, 2016 at 11:29

            XD

        • Captain JJ bound

          May 27, 2016 at 11:28

          I agree completely, but I’m not going say: “When in Rome” and go support these bastards just because “what’s done is done and can’t be changed”. I still at least have some values.

          But there’s a difference for me between companies that do have MTs and DLCs and all kinds of stuff, built around a very well-planned and realistic model, and then the companies like EA and Rockstar who don’t give a rat’s arse about their customers and care only for the shareholders and lining their own pockets.
          I know it’s a business, like any other, but what makes an admirable business and a good one, is one where the people running it are passionate about what they do.

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          • Pariah

            May 27, 2016 at 11:31

            But still, the consumers enable those practices. That’s my point here. The businesses wouldn’t continue with those practices if they weren’t giving results. Consumers drive the results – not the companies.

            I don’t mind buying things on sale. But I don’t complain about MT’s and DLC. I see them for what they are, and I decide on each whether or not I’m willing to spend my money on them. So yes, I may be a part of the problem, but I’m ok with that too.

          • Captain JJ bound

            May 27, 2016 at 11:33

            I agree. Completely. But I’m just saying from my own viewpoint, regardless of what others are doing or supporting. I’d rather three copies of Bastion to support Supergiant than buy Inquisition on sale for half the price.

          • Pariah

            May 27, 2016 at 11:35

            And it’s good that you know where you stand, and stand there. 😀

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 27, 2016 at 11:38

            I get irritated by people who use the “it’s just business” defense on behalf of corporations. Because usually they’re telling you to just accept it. My “business” as a customer is to get value for my money. If it’s right for corporations, why’s it wrong for me? We’re flip sides of the same game coin.

          • Pariah

            May 27, 2016 at 11:41

            To be clear, I’m not saying it’s right. I’m saying the bigger issue is us, rather than the corporations. “its just business” is enabled by us. Doesn’t make it right, but does make us more wrong.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 27, 2016 at 11:50

            I don’t think anyone is more wrong than anyone else. We both want value for money.

            They have a choice. They’re in complete control of what DLC is released and how it’s priced. Just look at the different release strategies between CDPR with W3 and someone like 2K/Gearbox with Borderlands 2.

            And we have a choice, we can either buy it or not.

          • Pariah

            May 27, 2016 at 11:52

            We’re all wrong. But what that means – the industry can’t be fixed.

            I still think it’s us though, not the companies. Not the vocal, smart & savvy us. The rest of us.

          • Captain JJ bound

            May 27, 2016 at 11:55

            You’re damn right we’re savvy! 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 27, 2016 at 11:58

            GET THE RUM

          • Pariah

            May 27, 2016 at 12:00

          • Pariah

            May 27, 2016 at 11:58

        • Cyberats

          June 6, 2016 at 01:28

          You’re on your own on that one.

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    • Luc Wolthers

      May 27, 2016 at 12:06

      I think its ultimately masochistic and reductive to assume gamers are the problem, or to point at our own complicit acceptance of abuse as evidence that we endorse or want it in the form of manipulative DLC or season pases. Saying its our fault for continuing to buy them ignores how much people hated them when released up till now.

      it also overlooks how much buyers appreciate transparent and valuable DLC options, no one moans when Borderlands comes out with 88 dlc packs because they add value to the base game, same with the Witcher 3.

      Do not begrudge the consumer for having faith in the company providing the product. Even if those companies consistently deliver disappointing products.The internet and “whining” is one of the ways we can voice our dissatisfaction, and if you don’t think it works then I think your ignoring the massive change in overall tone we have seen in shooters this year.

      I am interested to see how this discussion continues.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        May 27, 2016 at 12:21

        I did. Borderlands got on my shit list when they started releasing a skin & head for $3 and even worse, paid level cap increases.

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        • Luc Wolthers

          May 27, 2016 at 12:38

          Fair point well made. I do however wonder how many sales it got and whether they will continue this behavior.

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 27, 2016 at 12:40

            Well, because of that they lost me when it came to the Pre-sequel – and I was very happy with Borderlands & the season pass.

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 27, 2016 at 12:45

            pre-sequel still confuses me, the game was good, but after the 2nd playthrough, i just couldnt be bothered.
            and the seasons pass was disappointing AF: “30$ seasons pass will include ALL the content” then they release one worthwhile DLC pack and i didnt even get to use the increased level caps because bored.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 27, 2016 at 12:49

            My opinion is the Pre-Sequel was a cash grab made from the offcuts from Borderlands 2 development. Might not be right, but it feels right. 😉

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 27, 2016 at 12:52

            it totally was, although i like to think of it as a funding project.

            its the same game, just with a new story in a new location, but that aside.
            The cash grab came in with the seasons pass. 1/4 of the content of BL2, but 10$ more. marketing made it out to be more value than it actually was.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 27, 2016 at 12:53

            That’s Randy Pitchford for you.

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 27, 2016 at 12:56

            That feel when you cant find a video of MorningAfterKill shouting “RRRRANDY PLEASE” when he talks about borderlands stuff he doesnt like.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 27, 2016 at 12:59

            My favourite is from Jim Sterling: “The only way you could be more dishonest is if your name was Randy Pitchford.”

          • Luc Wolthers

            May 27, 2016 at 12:51

            I pray then that pre-sequel sales figures reflect a dissatisfaction with DLC policies, which they will fix in Borderlands 3.

        • Matthew Holliday

          May 27, 2016 at 12:42

          borderlands 2 isnt on my shit list, but they were definitely walking a fine line.

          the increased level packs werent exactly balanced and the skins really did feel like a cash grab.
          and the headhunter packs released at the end, granted they were cheap, were pushing it.

          but the first level cap pack was included in the seasons pass atleast, the seasons pass was jam packed with content and content within the base game was well worth my money and the DLC was also pretty stellar.

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  8. Alien Emperor Trevor

    May 27, 2016 at 10:40

    Slash their marketing budgets. Half the crap they pull with pricing comes from trying to recoup their costs on that. And repeatedly PK every single MBA who thinks the gaming industry should work like the movie industry until they get the stupid slapped out of them.

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  9. Ghost In The Rift

    May 27, 2016 at 10:41

    Stop making every game a cash grab, DLC that has value in content, remove anything that resembles micro transactions and more important, release a bug free game, no more day 1 5gig patches.

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    • Gavin Mannion

      May 27, 2016 at 10:42

      but surely cosmetic micro transactions aren’t bad for the industry?

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      • Jonah Cash

        May 27, 2016 at 10:45

        There aren’t many games that stop at just that though?! Destiny would never have microtransactions… 2 years later, boom! Come buy Silver, it is in your best interest.

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        • HairyEwok

          May 27, 2016 at 10:47

          Or a even better example… Payday 2…

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 27, 2016 at 10:52

        People tossed their toys when Capcom did it for SF. The industry does what it wants because people get used to it eventually. Say no to horse armour

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      • Ghost In The Rift

        May 27, 2016 at 11:06

        Sure i have no beef with cosmetics, there is a market for that and simpletons that fall for it, as long as its not forced upon a person, i’m just talking about your basic single player game, with MMO’s or any other online multiplayer game i get the Micro Transactions, nothing can be done with that cause when they started and saw the amounts of cash they rake in it was the n pretty much set in gaming stone.

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      • Matthew Holliday

        May 27, 2016 at 12:38

        In a free to play game, no, micro transactions for non-essential and non-gaming changing elements is 100%
        but for games that cost R800 to buy, the line between cash grabbing and value added content starts to blur.

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        • Darren Peach

          May 27, 2016 at 13:14

          Blame our economy.

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  10. Jonah Cash

    May 27, 2016 at 10:44

    Oh and for the love of all that is good, Fifa can be bought once and every year they can just release the “new” version as DLC for half the price!!!!!! The changes over the last 3 years have been shit to say the least, all they did from 15 to 16 was to piss everyone off by changing how we pass the ball. They just put a brick in the ball for 16 and said there now it is “new” again. DLC every new season and they will probably make more money by getting more fans into it.

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    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      May 27, 2016 at 10:49

      They’d do it if people would just stop buying it.

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      • Jonah Cash

        May 27, 2016 at 10:50

        ………

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      • Pariah

        May 27, 2016 at 10:51

        There we go.

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    • Mistake Not...

      May 27, 2016 at 10:57

      “They just put a brick in the ball for 16 and said there now it is “new” again.”
      Fifa 2020:
      http://i.imgur.com/1krzm.gif

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      • HairyEwok

        May 27, 2016 at 11:02

        I see some DLC there to. The “All New Fake an injury” DLC.

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      • Captain JJ bound

        May 27, 2016 at 11:35

        ^ me in multiplayer games

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  11. oVg Whippersnapper Post Review

    May 27, 2016 at 10:48

    Remove everybody over 50. Hopefully one day, 30 years from now, all directors, suits, investors, CEOs, Producers, salesmen, marketing directors and executives will be GAMERS and understand the craft first hand, so we dont get a repeat of the FAILED concepts behind the Bone launch and stupid ass decisions made by massive producers in the aid of acting over productive and hip for investors. Nintendo, you are next to go.

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  12. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    May 27, 2016 at 10:49

    Publishers need to regain our trust, we’ve been turned into sour cynical grumpy people. It doesn’t help that EA prostituted Dungeon Keeper on mobile or forced people to play SimCity online. Releasing Battlefront with less content than my end of the month Salticrack. Promising Raid 2 would never have DLC and now it does. Warner Brothers releasing broken games on PC and shrugging their shoulders. Activision milking the same cow year after year after year till they’ve ran out of ideas and the internet revolts as well as releasing a shitty skateboard game just to keep hold of the license.

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    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      May 27, 2016 at 10:50

      *Meant Payday 2

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      • Pariah

        May 27, 2016 at 10:51

        DAMN YOU AUTOCORRECT

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    • HairyEwok

      May 27, 2016 at 10:54

      CoD:IW is still 2nd as the most dislikes video ever on youtube… Unfortunately 1st place is a really strong contender.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      May 27, 2016 at 11:12

      I for one welcome our corporate gaming overlords and the simplicity they’ve instilled in the gaming industry by turning me into an unquestioning indentured servant.

      New game? Yay, take my money. It’s got a season pass? Yay, take more. It doesn’t work on launch? Aw that’s okay, game development is so complicated & I shouldn’t expect it to work. What? I need to buy some DLC before you work on the patch? No problem! Hey, did you see that person complaining about all this? What an entitled, whiner amirite guys!

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 27, 2016 at 11:20

        XD

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  13. Mistake Not...

    May 27, 2016 at 10:50

    Just do what CD Projekt Red does.

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    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      May 27, 2016 at 10:55

      And naughty dog

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      • Darren Peach

        May 27, 2016 at 13:06

        ID after Doom. Bethesda.

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          May 27, 2016 at 13:32

          YES

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    • oVg Whippersnapper Post Review

      May 27, 2016 at 10:56

      Comment of the week.

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    • Strawman Jim

      May 27, 2016 at 12:34

      Comment of the Year!

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  14. chimera_85

    May 27, 2016 at 10:52

    For me it’s just delay the game instead of releasing a broken one ffs

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    • oVg Whippersnapper Post Review

      May 27, 2016 at 10:55

      But then how do they do marketing analytics if you are not hooked up to their servers for a forced patch and sell all that data to second parties?

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      May 27, 2016 at 10:56

      But then the shareholders get upset because the quarterly sales figures aren’t met & they don’t get those sweet, sweet returns on investment & all the high-up suits don’t get those sweet, sweet bonuses. So when choosing between upset shareholders & upset customers, they choose shareholders because it’s not only in their own self-interest, but also because many customers are stupid & desperate for the latest shinies.

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    • Mistake Not...

      May 27, 2016 at 10:59

      The game isn’t broken. The users are just playing an active role in the continuing development of the product. i.e. I’ll pay $60+ for the game so I can be the QA tester.

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  15. iusedtobe(a)regular

    May 27, 2016 at 10:58

    I think the youngsters are the ones who whine and complain. Ok if a game is not good then its not good but the nitpicking and dissecting in the industry today, not just from your avg gamer but from the journalists as well, has gotton out of hand. Back in the good old days of pure gaming, all I wanted to do was save the damn princess or damsel in distress, no plot, no story, no trophies just the goal and the obstacles in your way and dammit if I wanted to repetitively elbow my way through the game I would do it and enjoy it.

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    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      May 27, 2016 at 11:03

      Ah shucks, you think I’m a youngster

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      • iusedtobe(a)regular

        May 27, 2016 at 11:06

        I dont know. Do you complain allot about current games?

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          May 27, 2016 at 11:08

          I complain about everything

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          • iusedtobe(a)regular

            May 27, 2016 at 11:09

            Well thats being called an adult. So I reckon you’re ok

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        May 27, 2016 at 11:07

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          May 27, 2016 at 11:08

          XD

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        • Darren Peach

          May 27, 2016 at 13:08

          Looooooooool. That’s definitely me. I am just slightly wider.

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        • iusedtobe(a)regular

          May 27, 2016 at 14:28

          Lol!

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      • miaau

        May 27, 2016 at 12:29

        I think so. We are all young at heart here.

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          May 27, 2016 at 12:49

          Yes we are 😀

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        • iusedtobe(a)regular

          May 27, 2016 at 14:30

          If you can remember playing Tank on Atari then you are definitely young at heart.

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  16. Greylingad[He Charges!]

    May 27, 2016 at 10:59

    Start by releasing Demos. When you let someone play your game, not as a massively multiplayer Beta, no, a proper 1 hour demo that anyone can access and play to their hearts’ content. When people give you feedback, improve on the game. That’s the start…

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    • Mistake Not...

      May 27, 2016 at 11:00

      Oh god I miss demos.

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    • HairyEwok

      May 27, 2016 at 11:07

      Copycat, I totally said demo’s should return first :P…. I really do miss demo’s, they were the best way to get a feel for a game and see what you would buy… But then again demo’s back then could be seen as the Beta’s now.

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  17. The Sten

    May 27, 2016 at 11:12

    Stop believing your opinion matters on games that you dont play. No amount of upvotes and likes on social media can change that.

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  18. miaau

    May 27, 2016 at 11:14

    If I am honest, I cannot think how you can fix the gaming problem without re-writing society.

    As per Pariah, but he stops short of a solution.

    1. 3 targeted BIG BOY Nuclear Strikes, Indian Ocean, Atlantic and Pacific oceans
    2. Flood about 50 % of mankind, killing many, many innocents.
    3. All thought will go to survival and basic needs
    4. Mankind learns to get along and pull together.
    5. Star Trek universe co-operation starts amongst the battered nations and peoples of Earth. Joint resources for all.
    6. Time passes, technology and lifestyle develop at an amazingly fast rate.
    7. Space travel hits
    8. Gamers have AI’s that create games as they need, in a platform that creates images and interactive personalities based on extensive databases and resources. (Holodeck, for Emp Trevor)
    9. We live in a 22nd Century Utopia, starting to explore stars.
    10. Gamers are happy.

    Who is really the villain here?

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      May 27, 2016 at 11:15

      ………holo…… what? RRRRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

      Reply

    • Pariah

      May 27, 2016 at 11:17

      So mass genocide is your solution.

      Effective, but impractical.

      Reply

      • miaau

        May 27, 2016 at 11:33

        Vision is all that is required.”So mass genocide is your solution.” is so harsh. Maybe 50%. Of course, most of South Africa is GONE. Hmm.

        I think I would make a great Villain. Maybe in XXX 4, the return of X?

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        • Pariah

          May 27, 2016 at 11:34

          50% is still 3 billion people worldwide. I’m not so sure it needs to be that drastic. I propose something a lot more peaceful.

          Find the right people. Invent cryo-chambers and space travel. Find an inhabitable planet. Start again.

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    • HairyEwok

      May 27, 2016 at 11:17

      I guess the bombs would be the villain, but just for a little while.

      Reply

      • miaau

        May 27, 2016 at 11:34

        Guns don;t kill people, Bullets do. Or something.

        Reply

        • HairyEwok

          May 27, 2016 at 11:48

          This popped into mind reading that.

          Reply

        • Captain JJ bound

          May 27, 2016 at 11:50

          And you’re all out of bubble gum, right?

          Reply

          • miaau

            May 27, 2016 at 12:27

            yes. completely.

    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      May 27, 2016 at 11:19

      Yes!

      Reply

  19. Ghost In The Rift

    May 27, 2016 at 11:15

    The 1st step into fixing anything is to admit that there is a problem, good luck into convincing gamers their the problem, and EA for that mater huehuehue!!!!

    Reply

  20. Captain JJ bound

    May 27, 2016 at 11:19

    Just remove Always Online functionality from games that can be played SP.
    I’M LOOKING AT YOU EA!

    Reply

  21. konfab

    May 27, 2016 at 11:20

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with the business side of the industry. They are making money and people do enjoy the vast majority of games that are produced.

    The real problem is it is a hotbed for identity politics and all the fun that goes with it.

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  22. HvR

    May 27, 2016 at 11:26

  23. Original Heretic

    May 27, 2016 at 11:27

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the industry. There are so many titles out there, a little bit of something for everyone. I don’t enjoy sport games, but a whole bunch of people do. I love Dark Souls, but many people hate it.

    People are always going to have something to say. You cannot please everyone with a single product.

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    • Pariah

      May 27, 2016 at 11:30

      Here’s a unique perspective. I quite like it.

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      May 27, 2016 at 11:35

      You can please most with the same product every single year apparently

      Reply

      • Original Heretic

        May 27, 2016 at 11:38

        The COD junkies. I certainly NOT in that category. I prefer to be way more selective with that I play.

        Step 1. Read the review
        Step 2. Check my bank account to see if I actually have money to buy a title that intrigues me
        Step 3. Try and find the time to play it.

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  24. Strawman Jim

    May 27, 2016 at 12:19

    By killing off the enthusiast press! Death to Game Journalism! Death to Polygon!

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      May 27, 2016 at 12:22

      VIVA UNENTHUSIASTIC PRESS!

      Reply

    • Pariah

      May 27, 2016 at 13:25

      So death to Lagz & this great community we have here?

      Reply

      • Strawman Jim

        May 27, 2016 at 14:22

        Nope, Lagz isn’t Game Journalism. Lagz is Games Reporting. HUGE Difference 😀

        Reply

        • Pariah

          May 27, 2016 at 14:25

          So it’s about ethics in Games Reporting?

          Reply

  25. Strawman Jim

    May 27, 2016 at 12:21

    Honestly, it’s working as intended – maximising profits, capitalism, freedom and more profits! – VOTE TRUMP!

    Reply

  26. MakeItLegal

    May 27, 2016 at 12:22

    for one , good dam spilt screen mulitplayer ,
    stop season pass , and Rather charge more upfront and give free content through out its life , if rock star can do it , u mofos can to

    also spiltscreen support for consules games as a fucking standard , playing halo 5 alone sucks , couch co op lack of , is what killed the gaming industry straight up

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  27. Luc Wolthers

    May 27, 2016 at 12:25

    I think the industry is trending towards fixing itself as the demands of consumers shifts, as well as routes letting gamers express themselves become more visible.

    The most interesting part of our modern industry is the break out hit, the indie darling and the ability for users to voice, very audibly, when policy or value estimations are not met by the users. Empowering the end user (petulant and churlish as they may be) is always better! and the strides in diversifying the types of games, and appealing to users of a myriad interests and niches, has certainly led the AAA companies to learn a bit about what consumers do and do not like.

    And to see its effect look at how many noteworthy triple A games have foregone Season Pases, or how many provided free or very content packed DLC. ( I refer here to Witcher 3 and Far Cry Primal)

    The balance between consumers and companies is always going to err towards one side as companies try to nickle and dime, and the consumer does the same. The glory of the internet age is our ability to vocalize these directly to the companies, and their ability to respond and adjust accordingly. This is not a failure, it is a success.

    I am super interested to hear what other people think about this 🙂 .

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  28. Kromas GG

    May 27, 2016 at 12:25

    Fire every single CEO of every single gaming company that can’t pass a test that would show their gaming affinity. Hire actual people who know what is going on. It really is that simple. Apple was almost run into the ground because of a CEO that was formerly with PEPSI (or Coke or something I forget). First rule of business is know your Product and many of them don’t.

    Also lock Anita far away from any technology.

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    • Kaihaku

      May 27, 2016 at 12:32

      The CEO of Nintendo during it’s glory years (80s and 90s) was famously not a gamer. CEOs have become glorified mascots instead of what they should be – leaders who are good at developing other people and using their talents. The CEO of a gaming company doesn’t need to be a gamer, they just need to step back and let the people who know gaming handle that angle while they solid up business priorities.

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        May 27, 2016 at 12:38

        That. A good manager is someone who gets and lets people who know what they’re doing do the work.

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      • Kromas GG

        May 27, 2016 at 12:45

        I am going to half disagree with you on that. Back in those days gaming was not the multi Billion Dollar industry it is today. Hell it was a baby still trying to find its place in the world. Even if we look at apple or even Microsoft you can see that both their original CEO’s was pretty much pioneering the industry. Then the next CEO stepped in and their respective companies dropped stock like you wouldn’t believe. You have to have passion for your industry above all else but you still need leadership skills. An example a bit closer to home. Just because you are the CEO of Absa does not mean you can be the director of the police force.

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    • Strawman Jim

      May 27, 2016 at 12:33

      Anita is a spent force, ever since she let Jonathan “FullMcintosh” McIntosh go, she hasn’t had the same success. No one except the SJW thinks she has any impact any more, and fortunately there are more of us, then there will ever be SJWs.

      Reply

      • Kromas GG

        May 27, 2016 at 12:45

        Yet she still makes tons of money for trolling gamers and that pisses me off.

        Reply

        • Strawman Jim

          May 27, 2016 at 13:01

          Yeah, I know, but eventually her perpetual victim shtick is going to run aground. Just look at the recent backlash against DePaul University. Those are normies (not gamers)! Normies are gettting sick and tired of their shit. The tide is turning against the rainbow-hairs.

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  29. Darren Peach

    May 27, 2016 at 12:54

    It has problems but let it run free. Who knows where it will end up.

    Reply

  30. Yondaime

    May 27, 2016 at 13:04

    Release the whole game? or a Game that doesn’t need a ridiculously huge day 1 patch to even work?

    Reply

  31. alcatraz5953

    May 27, 2016 at 15:07

    I’ll just sit back and play The Witcher some more

    Reply

  32. distantsmoke

    May 27, 2016 at 15:10

    Totally, completely deregulate it. Let’s see what a *real* free market can do.

    Reply

  33. Deceased

    May 30, 2016 at 11:39

  34. Cyberats

    June 6, 2016 at 01:23

    Ignore gamers completely for one, have someone with a scope and vision run your game project and bring it to finalization, before Sale. No more milking cows for online servers, give each game a 3 year server free time as a built in option, then cut it off completely. No cheats online, no hacks and absolutely no mods. Your campaign and one time selling price is your bread and butter. Come up with a new game in 3 years.
    Compete or Sink.

    Reply

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