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#1 Posted by Kordesh (212 posts) -

I've been really jaded and cynical about the industry for a long time now, and this kind of crap is exactly why. Even more painful is I've watched the progression, I saw it coming, but there was absolutely nothing to be done to stop it. I remember when you used to be able to just go out, buy the game and enjoy the damn game. Now you have to pre-order, plan what version you're going to buy, where you're going to buy it, all to get the maximum amount of content that may or may not ever be released later and you'll still likely be missing out on one or two little bits.Hell, unless the retail PC version of the game is Steam active, you literally can't play Last Survivor on Steam/PC since it's Gamestop exclusive (without taking the obvious measures to get the DLC, if the files even exist for PC, which it's absurd it should come to that point).

I really don't want to see publishers "try harder" with pre-order bonuses because ultimately that just means further pushing people into the shitty position of waiting it out or pre-ordering to avoid missing out on what has fortunately only been garbage like golden reskins of weapons in the best cases, but in cases like this, potentially substantial amounts of enjoyable content.

I've been really excited for Alien: Isolation, but this whole situation immediately soured my feelings on it. What's worse is that, it's far more likely that this heavy handed pre-order DLC approach is not ignorance to the disaster that was Colonial Marines, but rather in response to that, in an attempt to force pre-orders on a group that is rightfully wary after being burned hard the first time. It's a repulsive situation and turned the game into something I would have bought right away into something I may need to put off, because if I'm going to be punished for not pre-ordering, then there's no incentive to even buy at all during the "launch window" and might as well wait for it to go on sale (a game I would have otherwise been quite eager to pay full price to get at right up front)

But really, as the consumer, what else do you do when you're placed in such a garbage position? If you pre-order the game, you take a gamble on the final product, and that might work out in your favor, but it's still reinforcing really terrible industry behavior. You're being manipulated into the choice. If you don't pre-order and the game is fine on launch, if you buy it right away you're still paying full price, but ultimately get punished by missing out on the pre-order content and the industry will still keep on with this crap because, regardless of if YOU don't pre-order, PLENTY of other people who have no stake, interest, or concern with whats going on in the industry will without thought and justify it, so ultimately you've missed out for nothing. Which leaves the only logical thing to do at that point which is to wait until the price goes down.There's a whole lot of complaining about the "devaluation of video games" but if you ask me, it's being brought on by practices like this.

#2 Edited by Kordesh (212 posts) -

People can forget as time marches on, but maybe, if enough of us can remember just a little piece of him, together we can keep Ryan's memory whole.

#3 Edited by Kordesh (212 posts) -

People who are trying to cool the pot keep going back to Kickstarter and saying "so what. They don't owe you anything" and are ultimately dodging the point. People had hopes for occulus, backer or not. The Facebook acquisition has dashed them as, given their history, their non-speculative long history of "creepy" things they've already done, and show no interest in deviating from. Lots of people don't want any part of that. Occulus is now a part of that, and as such, people don't want any hand in what Occulus is likely going to be used to promote.

#4 Edited by Kordesh (212 posts) -

New boss, same as the old boss. Expecting the same EA flavored shenanigans as always in the future...

#5 Edited by Kordesh (212 posts) -

I can't say I knew him personally, but I would be lying if I said that hearing this didn't mess me up today. I can't imagine him as anything but the awesome jovial bastard he was with the rest of the crew. It's never going to be the same without him ):

I really want to do something for the crew/his wife but I'm not sure what. I don't want to just buy subscriber status or something because I'm pretty sure that money just goes to CBS at this point. Maybe I'll find something I can send them, but if anyone is taking up a collection for his wife for the funeral or just a "beer and tacos, but mostly beer" fund for the crew, I'd like to know.

Rorie, I'm sure it sucked having to write this, but thanks for letting us know.

Ryan, I'm glad to say I'm just one of many, but I'm going to miss ya man...

#6 Edited by Kordesh (212 posts) -

This and things like this are where my concern originated from when Giant Bomb went under CBS. Everything is great, until you step outside of your box, and then corporate comes crashing down on you. CBS has a history of this crap.

#7 Posted by Kordesh (212 posts) -

E, because unfortunately I don't want to support Gamespot or CBS, so even if they DID manage to stay even remotely the same over time (which I highly HIGHLY doubt) I wouldn't be able to do so without backing those companies on some level which I don't care to do.

#8 Posted by Kordesh (212 posts) -

@cruxking said:

@Kordesh: honestly, do you really think Jeff would sign a contract that gave creative control of the site to some marketers? He has made it quite clear that he and the rest of the crew are going to remain in control. Besides, two pens will never be a marketers bitch.

I think that I've heard this all before. Many, many, many times. In a perfect world businesses would come together in beneficial partnerships to provide the best service to their customers while helping each others business grow. The cold reality is it's all a bunch of manipulation, greed, and back room deals. Regardless of what his intent was, the reality is Giant Bomb will be completely unrecognizable in the next few months to a year as their corporate culture slowly seeps in and "suggestions" or various other contract bending influences do whatever they ultimately want to do with it.

For me, it's irrelevant. I want nothing to do with Gamespot or CNET so even if I was naive enough to believe that things are going to be A-OK and it's all no big deal, I wouldn't be coming along for the ride due to the association. I don't know how people can look at the kind of websites CNET operates and think "Don't worry, these guys are legit."

#9 Posted by Kordesh (212 posts) -

@Jawshua said:

@TruthTellah said:

@HeghmohQib said:

So can we pay for just Giantbomb and not Gamespot? I could really care less about Gamespot.

Yeah, Jeff said that GiantBomb will still be remaining quite separate from Gamespot. They're just part of the same over-arching family of websites now, and they can share resources and stuff like that. But as far as getting your GiantBomb fix, they have basically said that you can easily just continue to come to GiantBomb and never visit Gamespot if you want to.

But, hey, if you want to checkout Gamespot, that option will be there. At the moment, this is just giving GiantBomb more financial security and greater resources to do the crazy shit we love.

Yea I don't know why people are flippin' out over this.

Because, besides the fact that some people just don't want to deal with CBS/Gamespot whatsoever, all these assurances are being prefaced with "but they said". CBS has control now. What anyone "says" is completely irrelevant unless its also in a contract somewhere, and even that is only good until that contract is up for renewal or until they find good enough reason to worm around it. Fact of the matter is, I can't think of a single god damn time the words "nothing's gonna change, everything will be fine" has even been close to remotely true in situations like this. It simply does not happen. If everything was going to stay the same, guess what? It wouldn't have changed to begin with. The reality is, this is going to be just another cesspool of marketing and flash like Gamespot in a years time.

#10 Posted by Kordesh (212 posts) -

@pancakehumper said:

@spiralcut said:

@pancakehumper: If you have been keeping track, a large part of Whiskey Media itself was actually sold, so they had to find a new source of funding for GiantBomb. That's not actually a bad thing.

I won't be supporting CBS or Gamespot.

The same. I became a member to support the crew, but I want nothing to do with supporting CBS or Gamespot.