Hey readers, we are literally just hours away from the PS4 launching, and with it, the next-generation of consoles finally begins. I normally do mostly news, trailers, and reviews, but wanted to talk to you about what I think we can do better as gamers, and as human beings, when it comes to gaming. Who am I to preach at you? Some guy with a gaming site who tries to be a good person as much as possible. These are just a couple of things that I think we could all work toward in this new generation. (I’m going to be honest with you, this article was not planned, and I’m just kinda ranting on the things I’ve always felt we as gamers can do better)
- Stop fucking each others moms
With the PS3 and Xbox 360, we saw the dominating juggernaut that is online multiplayer. Multiplayer now often times gets more attention from developers and publishers then the single player. Hell, Battlefield 3 and 4’s first disk was the multiplayer disk! This type of move would have been unheard of during the PS2 era, but is quickly becoming the norm. Even traditionally singleplayer experiences, like Assassin’s Creed, Batman Arkham, and Mass Effect, are all adding multiplayer components.
With this rise of multiplayer, we have seen an extreme rise in trash talking. I won’t lie to you and say I never trash talked, or got frustrated and used vulgar language online. If some of the things I said to laggy opponents while playing Gears of War 2 were transcribed, I may never be able to leave my house again. Players have even been arrested over these threats, which should make any “online troll” recoil immediately.
At the end of the day, don’t say things online that you wouldn’t be ok with others knowing. Especially now with the rise of Twitch streaming, share buttons and uploads to the cloud, everything you say could be brought back against you. Plus, don’t be a dick online; when it’s all said and done, it’s a game. Same goes for Football, Basketball, hop scotch, laser tag or anything else with competition. Trash talk is one thing, but bullying is another.
- Don’t freak out
Twitter, Reddit, /v/, Neogaf, and the thousands of other places gamers discuss the world of gaming, are often places where baseless speculation, and rumors run rampant. I won’t lie to you guys and say I don’t utilize sites like reddit or Neogaf for actual information or fun, but I have never seen groups of people get into an uproar like I do on internet forums.
There have been many times that the consumer speaking up have worked to our advantage. Famous Mortimer’s #PS4NODRM campaign possibly did stop the PS4 from limiting used games sales, and the obvious backlash against Microsoft’s lack of used games support and always online DRM was stopped by the consumer’s backlash. There’s a place for we consumers to speak up, but make sure we know the facts first. Gamers freak out over the lack of information more then anyone else I know, like the recent lack of Diretride for DOTA 2. I’m all for consumers to speak up, just do it with facts, not baseless speculation.
- Maybe they just didn’t like the game
Reviews are a tricky topic all around. When we are invested in an upcoming games, often times in terms of pre-orders (see my next point), and see reviews coming out that are below what we thought they should be, we get frustrated. “Well that can’t be right, the new XYZ game must be atleast an 9.4, not an 8.7…” Many are currently lashing out at Polygon’s Arthur Geis for his review of Killzone Shadow Fall, and the score he chose to give the game (5/10). Fans of Killzone, and the PS4 in general, have even gone back through his twitter to find any negative tweets about Killzone in order to show bias.
Gamers have not only lashed out for low scores, they lash out for scores not being high enough. Remember back when Uncharted 3 came out? Sony had so much faith that it was a great game, review sites were able to publish reviews nearly a week in advance. Eurogamer released their review of the title, where the spoke positively of it and enjoyed it, but didn’t think it was as good as it could have been. They gave it an 8/10. The internet lost their minds. Giantbomb’s Patrick Klepeck has a great write up on the subject, and explains how we as gamers let our passion and hope for a game mask potential criticism of a game.
When it comes to reviews though, we have to realize a few things: 1. These people have played the game, and you likely haven’t yet. 2. A numerical score is a horrible way to stack up games. Just look at Metacritic’s top games on each console, and quite a few may stand out as not belonging. 3. Read the review! More then likely, the reviewer backs up the score in the review with criticism of the game. 4. It’s their opinion! At the end of the day reviewing a game is an opinion based subject. The best thing you as a consumer can do is find a reviewer who has similar interest and likes as you, and follow them for their opinions. We all love different things in gaming, and remember that reviewers are gaming fans just like you.
- “You know what you get for pre-ordering a game? A big dick in your mouth.” -Eric Cartman
I’m sorry for the vulgar language on this latest titles (and this whole article really), but we as consumers need to start to realize that pre-ordering things is often bad. Pre-ordering a game from Steam means literally committing your entire $49.99 (or $59.99) at that exact moment. You are buying the game, and Steam doesn’t really offer refunds if it sucks. You really become an investor with no pull over the finished project.
This increase in pre-orders really shows that consumers are now caring more about brands then the games themselves. Companies often times have the pre-order content announced just as the game is revealed (same goes for season passes). Just remember, you vote with you wallet, so if you don’t want these practices to continue, then avoid pre-ordering.
- Be excellent to each other and party on dudes
At the end of the day folks, we are all gamers. Maybe you play on the PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, Dreamcast, iPhone, PC or OUYA, but we all love one thing: Gaming. Gaming has brought us all together. My life has been forever changed by gaming, and I’m so happy that I can share it with all of you amazing people. I know that a few bad apples stand out, but we can all work to be nicer and enjoy the passion we all love. Just be excellent to each other folks, we all love different things.
I’ll close this crazy rant-ticle by quoting one of my favorite E3 moments of all time, when Kevin Butler stole the show at E3 2010, completing his passionate speech with a rousing call for all gamers, “And though we may pledge fanboy allegiance to different flags, deep down inside we all serve one master, one king. And his name is gaming, FOREVER MAY HE REIGN!”
by, Bobby Marquardt
Once again, I apologize for how likely disjointed and poorly written this article is. I’m writing it before going up to the PS4 midnight launch, and have had little time to proof read or plan it ahead. It’s basically just my thoughts being spilled onto the internet.