Is A Gamer Revolution Upon Us?
The gaming community has grown quite substantially in the past few years and gaming companies have also become more corrupt and greedy in the process. We have seen it for a while now. First it was Online Passes, DRM and other stupid “anti-piracy” methods that only caused a game to be even more pirated in the first place. Then it was on-disc DLC and microtransactions. And lets not forget the infamous “promotional” campaigns held by big name games. The gaming industry is becoming a horrible monster of greed and corruption that it’s almost scary to think about it.
But where is the line? Where is the point where we as consumers say: “Okay, that’s enough now” I think it’s already starting. Just look at the massive backlash that happened with SimCity and its atrocious server problems and stupid reasoning for always-online DRM. People are starting to put their foot down and demand answers for these crimes and EA are scrambling to make everything right in this PR nightmare. The repercussions? Lost customers thanks to people being scared off by the insane amount of problems. Gaming communities actually boycotting the game (for real this time). Gamers that vouch never to support any game that has this system of always-on DRM (for real this time, again). I don’t study business or anything, but that doesn’t sound financially good at all.
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This led me to wonder. Is the gaming industry going to crash any time soon? Are gamers simply going to throw their arms into the air and just go full anarchy? These questions are a little too overly dramatic, but it looks more and more like it’s going to come true. You know what I think? We just need one push. One big push to make it all come crumbling down. If companies continue this bullshit facade of greed and utmost apathy for their consumers then it’s all going to come down. The most deciding factor, I think, is going to come with the next-gen.
The next generation consoles are all still a big mystery to us. We don’t really know what’s going to be implemented when the things actually release. What worries me is that it’s a fresh new platform for companies to exploit. If the next Xbox is going to come standard with lock codes and all sorts of anti-secondhand controlling mechanisms then I think people are just going to give up on gaming. Many people still rely on second hand sales to get by and if you completely abolish that then it will create a ripple effect to an ultimate collapse. Same goes for the PS4 even if they said they will not support such a thing, they might come up with some new system that will probably be masqueraded as a “feature”. We can not know.
The future scares me and as things stand now, gaming might be on the edge of complete and total revolt. We might even experience a complete crash like what happened back in the 80’s. Maybe everything will be fine and companies come to their senses and produce some ethical business practices that not only benefit them.
We just have to wait and see.