Should We Blame Ourselves For Titanfall’s Cancellation?
So this morning brought the shocking news that EA South Africa had decided not to bring Titanfall into South Africa, citing bad connectivity and high ping as the reason for why one of the most anticipated games this year would not reach local shores.
Soon after, it was revealed that a local gamer had lodged a complaint with Apex Interactive, distributors for EA locally, about the lack of local servers for the game and how it would affect consumers. The Consumer Protection Act was brought up, and it seems like EA and Apex took notice of it.
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Now, I’m not at all blaming a gamer for wanting an optimal experience for something he’s spent good money on. I never will. But at some point do we have to take a step back and just accept that greater business forces are at work here?
For example, Titanfall makes use of Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Databases, and Africa as a whole does not have one. Think for a second, about how this affects not only gaming, but Cloud business across Africa. These data centres aren’t setup just for us to get sub 100ms pings on games. They manage an entire continents cloud services.
So should we have one here? Probably, considering how the entire world is jumping onto the cloud. But will we get one just because we need it for a game. I wouldn’t hold my breath.
The question is, are we entitled to lodge complaints like that and just expect there to be positive change? Should we not expect the scales to tip the other way sometimes when things just can’t be done.
Have we become too entitled?