I'll never question Mario's quality or relevance, but after finally playing Mario Galaxy about a month ago - sadly I've begun questioning it's relevancy with me.
I have the utmost respect for the franchise, and I will hopefully never type this again, but I think I've become one of those guys. One of those guys who say "the last good blank was blank" - in this case the first blank is Mario, and the second blank is Mario 64.
I thought Sunshine was the exception. You have no idea how saddening this was for me to discover.
Today it's a one-off fee for used-game buyers to access multiplayer, tomorrow it's a one-off fee for all buyers to access multiplayer (on top of the regular purchase cost), the day after that it's a monthly fee to access multiplayer, and finally you're just paying a subscription to access the game in the first place, and games will have become a service. "
Yup, the ol' slippery slope.
The thing that really sticks in my head whenever this is brought up is this: When the publishers bring up this issue (and let's be clear, it's the publishers not the developers) it's always brought up as a "keep our heads above water" issue. If this is true, if EA is really "just keeping their heads above water" with their Madden sales then fine - this is a necessary measure. But I personally have trouble believing that EA is just trying to "keep their heads above water" and can't help but think this is more about how they can make more surplus.
So people really believe that John Q. Developer is all of a sudden get some huge raise because EA increased annual profits by 10%? I don't, maybe that's the disconnect.
It doesn't stain Marston's character too much, nor did it for Niko, but it's bothering me more and more each time it comes up. Anyway, what do you think? Is this a characterization problem that Rockstar will need to get over some day soon, or not a problem at all? "
I felt this with Niko, and I felt this with Marston in the beginning - I'm not sure how far you are (or I am) but I've hit a couple of scenes that have been giving me the impression that Marston's patience will have a limit.