Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Half Finished Titles, Expensive DLCS and Other Issues that Kill Gaming

It’s easy to be positive about the future of the gaming industry. Currently, there’s new exciting tech on the market which is awesome to use like VR. If you haven’t tried out PlayStation VR yet, I highly recommend it. The experience is incredible, if just ever so slightly underwhelming. Then, there’s the promise of short console development times. The introduction of the Playstation Pro and the announcements of Project Scorpio is great news for console gamers. It means that we will no longer have to wait eight-plus years for a new console to be released. It’s believed that instead, console cycles will be cut in half. This means that there won't be such a massive gap between console players and PC users. But, there are issues with gaming that we do need to be aware of. Here are some of the problems that gamers have to contend with.

Poor Security

It’s Sony that has received a bad rep for this particular issue. Playstation owners have been hit with several high profile hacks over the years that led to the theft of sensitive data. Microsoft has also been hit with a hack during the current console cycle though not nearly as severe. These types of security breaches should be expected due to the shift in focus to online transactions and gaming. However, that said, it is the responsibility of the developers to keep their servers secure. If they can’t do this, they should be held accountable when a hack occurs.

Unfortunately it seems that console companies are far more interested in protecting themselves from piracy. They should spend less time on pirate protection and more on the issues that really count such as customer data protection.

Unfinished Games

The worst issue in the gaming industry right now is certainly the problem of unfinished games. Or, short games that are released with the intention of completing a finished part as an extra DLC. It pushes up the cost of games from around forty to seventy dollars for a season pass. In the past, these season passes gave you extras that weren’t core playing points. Now, they can include anything from additional quests, extra maps to entirely new chapters of the story. People are often more than willing to pay for high-quality add ons. But there is the argument that they should have been released at the same time as the actual game. The most famous example of this was Star Wars Battlefront. The game was hyped up, but players were shocked to discover no offline campaign at all and less than ten maps for a full price title.

It’s not all bad news of course. Due to the obscenely expensive titles we can gain more appreciation for free games like Minecraft. These games are actually better than the titles that are often released from AAA studios.

Choosing How You Play

There are a wealth of options when choosing how you play video games. You can buy a console from any of the top developers, game on your PC or play online. But there have been issues with ports of top titles to different consoles. Either the graphic quality hasn’t been there or the game hasn’t worked at all. PC gamers waited several extra months for Arkham Knight to be released only to discover it was riddled with bugs and glitches.

So you see, it’s not all good news for gamers despite the exciting updates in technology. The only thing we can do, as Jeremy Jahns has said, is to vote with our wallets and hope the situation improves.

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