What happens to the gaming industry?

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2018 will be remembered mainly for random digital products that are required to purchase real money, unnecessary innovations for beloved brands and draconian file protections

A few weeks ago we told you about Blizzard's controversial decision to announce a free mobile game as the highlight of their annual event, Blizzcon. Although there is not really a fundamental problem with a company's desire to develop into the mobile world, Blizzard's avid lack of understanding about the audience's desire to attend a conference and who expected a new game of personal computer diablo as before, is what caused the company's scorn and rage.

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About a week after Immortal, started a new saga - Fallout 76 - Betcheda's multiplayer multiplayer game. If you're up to date on gaming news or have watched reviews, you already know it's a broken, plotless game full of problems and graphics from a decade ago. To add insult to injury, Basseja managed to screw up with the collectors' package of the game, the same package that their most burned fans buy for hundreds of dollars.

One of the items in the package - a high quality canvas bag - was replaced by Bethesda without the knowledge of the purchasers in a cheap plastic bag.The compensation the company offered to the disappointed was five dollars in the game's currency (because of course it also has micro- It took them a few weeks of online rage to announce that they were going to send the canvas bags to everyone who bought the package, and that only happened after people found out that journalists who visited the ShabatSadeh conference held a collection of collectors, With a canvas bag!

Not a few more days pass, and we get a new game from home . Do not get too excited, it's not Half-Life 3, it's a card game called Artifact. Although the game lacks quite a few features, but in terms of gameplay is not bad at all and even refreshing the genre filled with games that are too similar to Hearthstone


But, those of you who know card games know that it's usually free games that make their money from collecting extra cards and entry fees for certain parts of the game. Money on all those things.

All these recent cases join a long list of gaming companies that in recent years have been looking for more and more ways to maximize profits, often using clearly anti-consumer methods.

At first it was the Denuvo, the same mechanism that tried to protect the friendship from me , And quite ironically flawed the game experience specifically for people who paid for it at their best money, because it forced us to be constantly connected to the Internet, even for single player games.

Then came the DLCs, who in too many cases demanded that we pay money for additional content without which the original game was incomplete or that they felt like they sold you cheats with money. Want to show everyone that you are a mortal in Kombat, but you do not have the strength to learn combos? No problem, open your wallet, and with the click of a button you can perform any Fatality!

And then when the companies take advantage of the fact that today in the era of high-speed Internet you can easily download patches, even consoles, we started to receive games that on the day of release come full of bugs, as if the company developed them narrowed the QA team and decided that we consumers will check for the product.

The last patient's malaise came straight to us from mobile games - micro-transactions and Loot Boxes. Let's forget for a moment that companies are no longer satisfied with the full price of a game that costs 60 dollars anyway, and are trying to improvise ways to charge another dollar here, a dollar there. Let's call a spade a spade - Loot Boxes are bets for everything. Gaming companies have devised an ingenious method to get children and youth, and even adults to indulge in legal gambling, when in fact they do not even get anything physical in return.

So what actually goes over our favorite development studios? How do companies that once wanted to enjoy their games so much now see us as open wallets? Well, it's a bit sad, but that's how the world works. The same studios are now full-fledged companies, and each company has shareholders and board managers who are not necessarily , And seek to maximize profits. It makes sense that this is their job.

But on the other hand, it is easy to forget it, but the power is actually in the hands of consumers. For example, you can avoid buying games in Pre-Order. Do not be tempted by a pre-discounted price before you know what the game is like. You can boycott games that push additional payment mechanisms in an anti-consumer way, pushing companies to correct the distortion, as in the case of Shadow of War, for example.

And of course, you have to remember that not everyone is like that. There are quite a few companies that still remain loyal to themselves and their clients, we. Dean DLC's CD Project Illegally DLC of EA. And of course indie games are the innocent part of the gaming industry, full of people who really love gaming and just want other people to enjoy their work.

In addition, microtransactions are a legitimate mechanism in free games, as long as it does not affect the game itself. For example, in games such as the League of Legends, or Fortnite, which only change the display of your character, but do not give you any advantage in the game itself.

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Omri
Omri

How sad that is true.

Lunhex
Lunhex

In lol there are no high class players who have not paid money,
They give a name to do only 2 Runes and it's really annoying.
Only at the lower levels can we manage without it ...

lol is not a "legitimate mechanism"!

n00kie
n00kie

I was at the highest 0.5% in the EUW and I never paid a shekel for something that was not skin.

Yosef Haim
Yosef Haim

After posts on Diablo 3 I went back to play a bit. a question:

After I stop the game in the middle (ESC) after about a minute an ad appears that I disconnected from the servers and when I go back to play I have to start the whole process I was in it again. Really annoying! Does anyone have more experience with this?

holyheat
holyheat

Really sad, but luckily there are still games like Dead Cells who just remember what pure fun is in computer games, and without any bullshit around.

Dr.Shawarma
Dr.Shawarma

Stupid gamers, paying gamers. The first sign of this incident came from Bethesda who took 5 dollars on a horse armor.

EGarchmorph
EGarchmorph

It's time to recognize that the gaming industry is not the problem here, they will spend what will make them profit, people buy what they sell, and they are here to make money, not to be friends of anyone.
After that is said I will add that I also detest micro payments that affect the game, but the cosmetic content is paid? For me it's great, the better.
And finally, there is no room for hatred at the moment. Yes, I too raise an eyebrow suspiciously, but there is a chance that it will not be pay2win, and I loved every Blizzard project so far, and I let them enjoy the doubt.
You can make a fun Diablo game for the phone and it's time to have one, so let's wait and see how it came out before the slurs.

Lion
Lion

You probably did not understand why people were angry at Blizzard.
No one interferes that they find a game for the phone.
The problem was that they chose to announce it at a conference designed for their biggest fan audience that they are all pc players and they did it in the opening speech of the conference after they say for a few months that they have a lot of projects related to the diablo and are looking for announcements.
It is a gross disregard for the actors and people who come to the conference.

EGarchmorph
EGarchmorph

It's nonsense, they declared it in the Kinotes, where they talk briefly about everything going to be at the conference, and months before Balizacone they said explicitly that the Diablo announcement would not be an extension or diablo four, and the common guess was that it was a mobile game.
The whole thing that "angers them because it's a PC conference" is bullshit, no one said anything when they announced Diablo to consoles or Swich, no one complained when Blizzard took out Earhston, which is a definite mobile game.
People are just looking for excuses to whine.
And hey, the game could be a horror, and then I'll complain with everyone else, but until we know for certain it's just whining to whine.

Sargon
Sargon

A conference ticket costs $ 200, and there was no announcement for the title PC. It's a silver dairy, they could cancel the conference instead of disappointing so many people for so much money.

EGarchmorph
EGarchmorph

Someone forced someone to buy a ticket? That's the most selfish thing I've heard. If there is not a declaration in the conference that interests you personally, then they will cancel the entire conference? It's also not a Diablo conference, it's a blizzard, it's a conference of all the company and all its projects, not just of PC's, not just of one game, and there were also at least 2 conferences that they talked about not even playing on inter alia but on the movie of Warcraft.

אלכס
אלכס

What's the Deal ? That's the thing ... As bad as content and quality this year was the most economic year for the gaming industry. People buy everything and continue to buy. I call it,
Buy to be a part of the screaming atmosphere.

Knopix
Knopix

The situation today is the product of an industry that has swelled to dimensions and expectations that it can not hold itself anymore

There are too many companies, too many games that compete for the time and money of the players

The requirements from the companies are very high - people who put money in companies like EA, ubisoft are not those gamers in precipitation who want to see results = profits

What will happen? The bubble will explode, some brands will fire employees, some of the less successful games will not be developed

Some of the companies will spread money, the expectations of the makers will decline, and the market will stabilize

Sargon
Sargon
Quote of EGarchmorph

Someone forced someone to buy a ticket? That's the most selfish thing I've heard. If there is not a declaration in the conference that interests you personally, then they will cancel the entire conference? It's also not a Diablo conference, it's a blizzard, it's a conference of all the company and all its projects, not just of PC's, not just of one game, and there were also at least 2 conferences that they talked about not even playing on inter alia but on the movie of Warcraft.

There is an interest in what is expected of the conference. Since there is an element of surprise, they are expected to supply the goods. It's like I'll sell you a package with a picture of fancy underwear on it, you open it and find it has nothing.

When you sell a product or service, you will be able to meet expectations in a reasonable manner.

EGarchmorph
EGarchmorph

They got what they paid for exactly. A review of Blizzard's current projects, the possibility of experimenting with them, electronic sports events, cosplay competition, panels with developers, and so forth. No one sold them a conference with a picture of Diablo 4 and they discovered there was no Diablo 4. The better comparison is that it's like I'll sell you a package with the promise that there's something inside your pants under your pants and you open it and find inside your underwear and make a fuss about expecting it to be a money belt full of bills.

Sargon
Sargon

What a silly comparison. They did not expect a belt with money, they expected the next big thing in Blizzard, and there was nothing big.

No problem, do not be surprised that Blizzard starts to sink like an EA.

Yosef Haim
Yosef Haim

People fly from all over the world, pay hotels and a ticket at a respectable price, not to hear about a game for a cell phone ... If they were to announce another game that is adequate enough for the average gamer no one would bark

EGarchmorph
EGarchmorph
Quote of Sargon

What a silly comparison. They did not expect a belt with money, they expected the next big thing in Blizzard, and there was nothing big.

No problem, do not be surprised that Blizzard starts to sink like an EA.

A second departure is that for me and for quite a few people I know that Blizzard's entry into the mobile RPG field is a huge thing that I had hoped for years and really excited about (hopefully of course it would). It's a bland argument, hatred for hatred.

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People fly from all over the world, pay hotels and a ticket at a respectable price, not to hear about a game for a cell phone ... If they were to announce another game that is adequate enough for the average gamer no one would bark

Do me a favor! If it was exactly the same conference, only without the announcement of Immortelle, no one would complain! It's a fact that half of the blackheads had no big announcement. People complain about Immortelle, not about not having anything else. The question is why are they so ashamed to say that?

Sargon
Sargon

The game will not be good because it is simply a RESKIN of an existing Chinese game.

In any case, the magic of Blizzard is dissipating, you can attract fans on the nose on the basis of your old glory, but in the end people will understand the cynical exploitation of their enthusiasm and eventually Blizzard will fade and disappear like many before her. This is the first swallow.

EGarchmorph
EGarchmorph

Listen, I'm not a fanatic, if it's the reskin of an existing Chinese game I'll hate it just like you. But you jump to conclusions with zero consolidation, you do not even have a piece of information about Gameplay, the only basis you have is that the buttons look similar and that Chinese company develops it. According to this logic all the FPS games are the reskins of each other because in all of them you control the figure in the same way (WSAD move, move mouse view, left button shot, Riskin, yes?)

You say you eat at a restaurant that does not taste good before it opens at all, you do not say Intel's next processor is bad before it was announced at all, and as you're probably not a fanatic who buys preorder games before they go out, I expect you will not judge a game before it goes out.

Sargon
Sargon

It's not just the buttons, it's also the magic and lots of games.

Are you naive to the level of madness? Do you think that Blizzard (actually Activism, some of Blizzard's founders have already left) cares about anything but the profits of investors?

It has long been not a company that interests her to sell a good game to her fans.

Of course it's only the rest and everything can change when the game is released.

But chances are there will be no surprise for the better, because what drives the company is profits for shareholders, not to make the next big game.

Get a little better, Blizzard is not what she used to be.

I wish you were right and it will be a great game. The chances of this happening are like the chances that the Israeli team will win the European Cup.

lev-27
lev-27

I do not understand why you are in shock at all. Blizzard is not the same company we grew up on at least 7 gaming years.

I really enjoyed the SC2, but I pretty much forgot about them. It is surprising that people at all still go to their conferences.

A company that produces remakes on top of remakes.

The overwatch was made up of scraps of the MMO game that they had developed over the years and the Genzo at the end.

But they put in a lot of money. In the end, a business exists to earn. A business has no right to exist if it does not make money.

All disappointed gamers are simply children. Let them grow up already. No one owes them anything. Diablo does not fit them for mobile so they will not play it.

EGarchmorph
EGarchmorph
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Do you think Blizzard cares about anything but the profits of investors?

Do not be an innocent friend, no company in the world was in the past, not today, and in the future will care about nothing but its profits. The difference is that I understand this was a situation from the start, you think it's something new.

And become an "innocent lamb up to the level of madness" that buy in pre order, and I will never do it. You will differentiate between healthy skepticism and hatred for hatred. You just hate something you have no idea about just because you think it might be like something else you already hate.

As far as I'm concerned, this is a mobile RPG from a company that until now I enjoyed all its games. So all the RPGs for the cellphones were P2W pure junk to this day, and I hate each and every one of them, and it could be that Amytal will join the garbage heap, and maybe Blizzard will produce a good product that will raise the bar in the field as they did in almost everything.

I do not know! That's what I'm trying to say! I do not know what will happen! No one knows what is going to come out! (Except developers I guess) I'm not telling you that you're wrong, I do not know if you're wrong! I'm just saying that for now your hatred is unfounded and unjustified. (And I will be one of the first to join you in booing), but until then all this toxicity by fanatics who are not ready for anything new is disgusting.

Sargon
Sargon

There is a difference between earning a lot of money, and earning all the money.

Investors do not want to make a lot of money, they want to earn all the money.

So they push these companies into more and more extreme and more stupid moves, not in creativity but in seeing how much trust can be extended to the fans.

For investors that Blizzard would be wiped out, if she made a cashier before she burned herself lightly, they earned.

These companies are companies that are meant to burn down and make a lot of money in a short time and a lot of people are disappointed.

But keep in mind that these companies operate according to the classic business method of increasing profits slowly and safely.