|Loads of new stuff added to games I've left to gather dust...|
So yes, games - the likes of SFV and KOF have had loads of new updates with extra characters and more added but I've fallen behind and haven't felt the motivation to get back to them (as much as I enjoy(ed) them before). Then there's the likes of Breath of the Wild which I absolutely loved getting stuck into when it was released but haven't been back to for ages (I think my next destination was the Gerudo village but I'd been messing about an exploring for hours instead). Games like this are huge and almost overwhelming in their size/scope and so I have no idea what I was doing before my break, where I was in Hyrule etc. etc. Yakuza 5 on the PS3 is another one: amazing game but for one reason or another, I stopped playing it and now I doubt I will remember all the combat moves that I'd unlocked or what sidequests I was in the middle of. The main reason I've not returned to these kinds of games however is the fact that I can easily sit in front of them for a good few hours at a time, immersed in their worlds and to an extent, they demand this kind of attention from the player if he/she wants to get the most out of it. I just haven't had that kind of free time recently.
(On a related side-note, I gave up with Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen on the PS3 because I'd left it so long that I had no idea what I had been doing or how to play the game. I ended up selling the game on ebay but ironically, a new PS4 port is on the way and I'm sorely tempted to give it a second chance...with very limited time however, is it even worth it?)
|I actually had hype for this until Capcom revealed their DLC strategy...|
Then there's the issue of most games I look forward to turning out to be disappointing. I began to feel some hype for Marvel Vs Capcom Infinite for example but as soon as I saw the Marvel movie universe-based costumes and that Capcom have already come up with a DLC programme, I just lost interest. I feel that this game will turn out to be another Street Fighter V: no content for solo players, just tons of DLC and a focus on tournament goers. Graphically (in terms of art style at least) it is boring and Marvel's battle with 20th Century over the X-Men characters means that they will be cut for Infinite as Marvel do their best to kill the X-Men's popularity and force Fox into giving up the license (a continuation of what they have apparently been doing in the comics).
Maybe I'm wrong (I hope I am) but I simply no longer trust Capcom to listen to genuine, reasonable criticism and produce games that don't have more content available as DLC/updates than is on the basic disc. You just know that it's all DLC and making players pay for things as small as colour swaps. Some people will say that this is just how modern gaming is and that I should deal with but I'd rather just deal myself out so to speak. Considering that there WILL be bits of DLC that I'll want to pick up, I'll want the retail disc for a cheap price (no more than £20) and this will mean waiting for a good while.
I'm also tired of so many games have multiple collectors/special/limited/Day One editions. Sometimes there are so many versions available - some exclusive to specific stores - all with different bits of free content that it's just irritating. Worst of all, the stuff you get inside tends to be very similar: cheap statues in enormous, flimsy boxes or some other 'collectable' crap. In the past, editions like this were noteworthy because they were uncommon but nowadays it seems like every game must have them. Again, nobody HAS to buy them but their existence and the intent of publishers adds to my apathy.
|"Day Zero"? Really?|
Limited Run Games is a company that (as the name suggests) makes limited print runs of modern titles that would otherwise have been digital-only. Again, these sell out monstrously quickly on their store and get re-sold for huge mark-ups. There is a hungry fanbase for these games by LRG though and they will buy every game released for "the collection". What this amounts to in my mind is people amassing hundreds (thousands collectively) of sealed games that will never be used for what they are intended for. Collectors justify this by saying that they are simply putting together a museum or preservation of games. I say: do we really need loads of identical collections? A company has essentially spotted a way to make a truck-load of cash by putting indie games onto discs and exploiting the collector's mindset, a way of thinking that seems to revolve around the fear of missing out on the latest release that will make their collection 'incomplete'. I was looking forward to the remaster of Night Trap until I discovered that LRG would be doing the physical edition! No fucking thanks guys. I'm not jumping through hoops and getting myself online at a certain time just to order a copy. I'd rather do what the me of a few years back would find unthinkable and go for a digital download instead.
Why does any of this bother me? It bothers me because gaming has turned into a stock market of sorts. Within some communities, it's now a case of showing off the latest additions to your sealed collection(s) and less about actually playing games and discussing them. Not to mention that people hoarding sealed games will take more and more copies out of circulation and away from those who just want to play the damn games. There are people putting together sealed Wii-U collections for example and paying £££'s for cover variants or empty boxes that only originally came with a download code on a piece of paper inside. To me, it seems nuts and I just don't understand it but each to their own I suppose.
So that's the post I suppose. I don't really feel like I've explained my position all that well and that it may have just come out as an assortment of random moans but I tried anyway. Gaming just hasn't felt fun and exciting for me in a long while now and these factors are some of the elements that I feel have changed the hobby for the worse. In some respects, it's too serious and in others, there's too much money-grabbing and cynical marketing involved.
I'll try and make my next post a more positive one but I can't make any guarantees.