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reddig33, in American McGee says they were "emotionally quite destroyed" by EA canceling Alice Asylum, and now they can't touch the IP "for the rest of [their] life

If you want, creative independence, then don’t merge with a mega corporation.

Dangdoggo,
Dangdoggo avatar

EA was hardly a mega corp when they published the first game though. Where is Taylor Swift when you need her?

TWeaK,

What? EA has been a mega corp in the game industry since forever.

null,

This prompted me to look into their history, and yeah, looks like they were basically a super-group formed out of employees from names like Apple and Atari and were big right out of the gate.

TWeaK,

I was mainly just thinking how EA Sports games have been a thing for as long as I can remember. Even when video games was a small industry, they were still a big fish.

km3k,

The EA has been a gaming mega corp for at least 30 years.

roguetrick,

The original was released by EA over 20 years ago. It's not like its something they bought up.

Jaysyn,
Jaysyn avatar

You said this so much more diplomatically than I was going to.

robdor,

Oh you must know my friend Johnny Silverhand too.

LoafyLemon,
LoafyLemon avatar

Ironic how much CD Projekt RED resembles Arasaka nowadays.

wizardbeard,
@wizardbeard@lemmy.dbzer0.com avatar

When did they start a war? How did they get their hands on that nuke they set off in the city center?

This is so far past exaggeration

LoafyLemon,
LoafyLemon avatar

Baby steps, they have to start somewhere.

verysoft, in After 27,000+ Steam reviews, Overwatch 2 is graded as 'Overwhelmingly Negative'

Good, they absolutely fucking butchered the game just to sell cosmetics and heroes.

BigWumbo,

Say what you will about the monetization strategy - there are a lot of valid criticisms to make - but the changes made to the core gameplay with OW2 and moving to 5v5 made the game infinitely better to play.

5v5 with reduced CC and shields >>>> late stage OW1

Sinnz,

Early stage OW1 beats them all though.

BigWumbo,

Ahh yes, 5 Winstons and 1 Symmetra, a man of culture I see

simple,

Hard disagree. Late stage OW (post 2020) was pretty balanced after they nerfed double shield. Now the game is too chaotic and more dependent on DPS than it ever has been. Also they seemed to have doubled down on burst damage and one-shot heroes, I want to shoot whoever thought Soujourn was a fun addition.

priapus,

Late stage OW1 meta was double shield, the worst meta. Also they removed Sojourns oneshot

BruceTwarzen,

I never really played dps, but i did enjoy to just annoy double shields as bastion. Never seen so much rage in my life

BigWumbo,

There were decent metas for sure after double shield got nerfed, but the game just feels better with 1 tank imo. Teamfight wins are more consequential and fights don’t drag on as long. There’s more space opened up for solo carrying.

A criticism I have is that tank counter picking has become more powerful than I would like.

I can’t imagine going back to 6v6 anymore. The trade offs are super worth it imo.

PS yeah Sojourn was busted for way too long. She’s in a pretty good spot now though. They also dialed back Widow’s effective range and obviously got rid of doom 1shots.

glimse,

I played OW1 as my main game from launch to 2-3 years ago. I came back for OW2 then quit again after a month or two…but…

Late stage OW fuckin sucked, man. If you were a tank player who didn’t play hog you were basically solo tanking the whole game while your co-tank (hog) went flanking. Things may have been different in top ranks but the It was absolutely the least fun era of OW1 for me.

OW2 at launch was an unbalanced mess for sure but things felt great after the sojourn nerf. Every character is viable for like the first time ever.

MrBusinessII,

Stop with the bad takes. If they actually worked on anything during the OW1 content drought that didn’t just make em a quick buck, we might have gotten a better experience. Someone higher up saw the dwindling player base and went with the cheapest and laziest way to squeeze a couple extra bucks from what’s left.

There was so much that could have been done to bring people back, but each time they’ve either done the literal least, lied, or axed it.

They went 5v5 cause it was the choice that had the least work required to get people to tank, but now if your tank is bad you’re pretty much going to lose. They could have kept 6v6 and reworked all the tanks kits.

Blizzard has made every choice so far that says Overwatch is going to be sunset. It’s sad to see something as great as OW1 turn into what it is now. Especially when there’s a lot that can be done to fix it the right way.

Makes me wonder how the current dev team feels about everything that’s happened and how they really feel about the decisions being made currently. Cause Invasion is pretty mediocre so far.

verysoft,

Removing a tank completely ruined the balance of the game. There's no reduced CC, infact they added more. Shields was the only main problem, but they could have tried splitting tanks into main/off tank roles to stop double shields, but the whole freedom is what was great about the game, the game started going downhill when they added Sombra, then fell off a cliff with Orisa. They were adding new heroes for the sake of it and not because the game needed it and that is what fucked it.

The design philosophy now is to try and make every character feel strong to play no matter how horrible they are to play against, so people will buy skins for them (or buy the new heroes).

priapus,

They objectively did reduce CC. All the biggest examples off CC were removed or nerfed heavily, like Cassidy’s flash, Brigs bash and Sombras hack/emp.

verysoft,

The flash was just replaced with a new long range nade that slows enemies and disables abilities, which is worse CC to play against than a stun if you got within 3m of him. Doomfist, wrecking ball still have entire CC kits, they added more CC to orisa, who now can push players, knockback players and pull players in and slow them. Junker queen pulls players, ramattra slows players, soujourn slows players, There is objectively more CC in the game, for every bit they removed, they added more. CC isn't objectively a bad thing, the most annoying thing in the past was Mei, because she slowed you and froze you, now she just slows you. Being knocked about, slowed or abilities disabled is the most annoying form of CC to play against and that is what nearly every new champ has and what older champs have been reworked to.

Pxtl,
@Pxtl@lemmy.ca avatar

Still annoyed they couldn’t find something to do about the sleep dart. And they buffed the freaking bear trap.

glimse,

I’ll join you in downvote land. I wholly agree.

Playing tank the last 2 years of OW1 was fucking miserable. I exclusively played tank since season 3 but it made me quit. I’ve put OW2 down, too, but yeah…gameplay wise it got fun again (once they nerfed sojourn).

Whole lot of rose-tinted glasses about balance in OW1. Who the fuck was having fun in the Hog meta besides Hog players? And HOW LONG did that last? Part of that is because they diverted devs to OW2 but every balance change they made to make tanking more fun was a failure outside of giving Rein his passive.

OW2 is slightly worse than year one OW1 but so much better than the bullshit in late OW1. Am I gonna play it again? Hell no. But do I think people are giving honest reviews about the actual gameplay? Also no.

I’m morally opposed to their mtx model but it didn’t affect me as I never cared about skins. The thing that really made me quit was that f2p brought in a ton of young people and it became obvious that I was no longer the target demographic.

Pregnenolone,

Playing tank was shit because they had shit tanks for a two tank meta. They didn’t need to remove the second tank, they could have rebalanced the tanks instead

Pxtl,
@Pxtl@lemmy.ca avatar

Reduced CC and barriers were good but 5v5 makes the game too swingy and puts too much pressure on the tanks.

BigWumbo,

Disagree. More room to turn fights with individual plays from all roles imo

Pxtl, (edited )
@Pxtl@lemmy.ca avatar

That’s fine for comp, but it means learning a new hero involves completely screwing your team in QP for days.

If it were up to me? They went in the wrong direction to solve a real problem. There are twice as many DPS heroes, so do 2-2-4 (2 tank, 2 support, 4 dps) comps. Nerf ult generation across-the-board by about 25% so that you’re still getting the same number of ults happening per-game, spread across more players. And give more DPS heroes off-support powers like Soldier and Sombra. And do more to punish barrier-heavy play, like Symmetra does, or just nerf the barriers.

Offer a 1-1-2 (1 tank, 1 support, 2 DPS) mode for comp for people who want a really hardcore experience.

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  • zalgotext,

    The people that say Shield Shooter 1 was better than Overwatch 2 are the same people that want lootboxes back

    BigWumbo,

    This guy gets it

    xenoclast, in After $90 million driven by Baldur's Gate 3, Hasbro says games will be "huge" for D&D and Larian's hit RPG is "just the first of several new video games" to come

    Read: We’re just a clueless corporation but we intend to bleed this thing dry to pay for our yatchs.

    Cruxifux,

    Well hopefully it means more awesome Larian games though.

    Divinity was amazing, literally downloading baldurs gate to play with the wife for valentines as we speak, so I love them.

    But it probably won’t, it probably just means shitty magic crossovers and other horrible nonsense.

    shani66,

    God i hope Larian never touches dnd again, they can do way better.

    JoMiran,
    @JoMiran@lemmy.ml avatar

    I doubt Larian will return to D&D for the next game.

    pennomi,

    Give them Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the internet will go berserk

    stopthatgirl7,
    stopthatgirl7 avatar

    Can we give them Dragon Age, because BioWare doesn’t seem to know what it’s doing anymore.

    jjjalljs,

    If someone makes a new kotor game but uses the same extremely janky DND 3.x rules I am going to search my house for the monkey’s paw. That would make me so mad.

    WadeTheWizard,
    WadeTheWizard avatar

    Please don't use the money's paw. It will almost definitely change the game system to FATAL, and I do not, under any circumstances, want to roll for Zaalbar's anal circumference.

    Sibbo,

    Wizards of the Coast owner Hasbro, which says Larian’s “mega hit” RPG, having driven around $90 million in revenue in the last year, is a good sign for more video games to come from the D&D license.

    I don’t know them, but this seems like they have understood that D&D is beneficial to their purse.

    Neato,
    @Neato@ttrpg.network avatar

    Hasbro wants more games but that doesn’t say Larian wants or has been contracted for more. It’d be dumb for Larian to at least not make an expansion. Though I do understand expanding the level cap is super difficult and a LOT of spells will need to be limited in scope.

    chilicheeselies,

    Why is level cap hard to expand?

    Kbin_space_program,

    In short, at 7th to 9th level spells shit get stupid really fast.

    In any case, the sweet spot of the 5th edition ruleset(which Larian vastly improved upon) is levels 5 to 10. Under that and you're too squishy, over that and you start getting into the plane shifting and just outright death spells.

    starchylemming,

    the spells that higher levels unlock get into crazy territory thats hard to implement, balance

    thepixelfox,
    thepixelfox avatar

    Larian said they were releasing a complete game. I honestly hope they don't release an expansion. The ending was great, and I don't know where you go after. An expansion past the ending would almost cheapen the whole game for me. After a huge build up to the fight of the netherbrain. It wouldn't feel right to continue after that.

    And only getting to 12th level felt fine. I don't think it needed to go higher. Mine abs my partner's characters were beasts even at level 12. So it doesn't feel like it's necessary.

    MrBubbles96, in Starfield is now mostly negative in recent reviews

    Huh, so this is what happens when you passive-aggressively diss your customers’ reviews and tell them “no, it isn’t our fault our game feels dated and like a step down from what we had before, you guys are just playing the game wrong”…

    BudgieMania, (edited ) in Todd Howard says it took 7 years to make Starfield fun to play: "I thought we would find the answers faster"

    I'm not surprised about this. The game was developed entirely around what it would have rather than around what the player would do and you can tell.

    I can imagine the initial pitch meetings, with everyone going "whoaaa it will have hundreds of solar systems and biomes whoaaah" and no one going "ok, but what does the player do in them". A few other guys enthusiastically saying "There will be spaceship building and you will get a crew and explore with it" and not a soul in the room thinking of "ok, but how will we make space travel work within our current systems and technology? Can we make it substantial?". And this way of thinking probably permeated every second of development for the first few years.

    The game is chockful of vestigial systems that they had obviously intended to be more significant and in depth, but ultimately decided not to develop further, yet still maintained in the game in a manner that only harms the game. The fuel "system", the contraband "system"... So many examples of stuff that doesn't add anything to the game, yet was still maintained because man-hours and money went into it I guess, and because the "and it will have that and that" mentality tool a priority over player experience, player agency, and actual game design.

    If I can circlejerk for a bit, this is one of the reasons why Baldurs Gate 3's release and success is so timely. How many areas, how many biomes, how many systems, how many quests and how many square kilometers does that game have versus Starfield? 30 times less? 50 times less? Yet it had an overwhelmingly positive reception where Starfield didn't because its elements put player experience first. Yes it has less quests, but most are super modular and super reactive and not afraid to let you solve them in janky or silly ways that go out of the suggested solutions; yes it has fewer areas smaller in size, but you are constantly coming across stuff to do. Etc etc etc.

    I'm really hoping that that contrast changes design philosophies just a tad in the future. Start with how a normal hour for your player looks like. Confirm that your technology can deliver your vision before committing to it, experience be damned. Don't reach for the stars, because contrary to what they say, it won't at least get you the moon, it will just leave you stranded in the middle of bumfucknowhere in space.

    And, as we saw in Starfield, that means you get yet another annoying load cutscene.

    sugar_in_your_tea,

    You got the analogy backwards, it’s “Aim for the moon. If you miss, you’ll end up among the stars.” The thing is, they didn’t aim for the moon, they aimed for the stars and somehow missed.

    As you rightly pointed out, the game lacks focus. It’s not a procedurally generated exploration game like No Man’s Sky, it’s partially procedurally generated, and they didn’t commit enough to make it compelling. It’s not a space shooter, but it has occasional space battles, but they didn’t commit enough to make that compelling. And so on. It’s a game with a lot of ideas, but no direction. It’s like they threw in the kitchen sink thinking that it would be fun, but all the dishes are chipped and mismatched.

    BudgieMania,

    You got the analogy backwards, it’s “Aim for the moon. If you miss, you’ll end up among the stars.”

    waitwaitwait I swear to you on the grave of my budgies that I have always seen it the other way around

    I'm worried now. What other things do I have a warped understanding of? Has my life been a lie until now?! Is Starfield actually secretly a great game?!

    Asafum,

    I don’t even think they aimed for the stars, they built a building and then “aimed for the planetarium” that they shoved in that building that wasn’t built to hold a planetarium.

    There are some people that think cloud imperium games (star citizen) is aiming to sell their game engine (see: starengine video) and personally I really hope they do. Then all these so-called “AAA” publishers can be as money hungry and lazy as they want and we’ll still have an amazing platform for devs that actually give a shit to work off of.

    tal, in Why Cities: Skylines 2 performs poorly
    @tal@lemmy.today avatar

    There’s a lot of detailing what the author did to try to investigate the issues. That’s interesting, but if one just wants what he found, one can skip to the end, which summarizes the results:

    So why is Cities: Skylines 2 so incredibly heavy on the GPU? The short answer is that the game is throwing so much unnecessary geometry at the graphics card that the game manages to be largely limited by the available rasterization performance. The cause for unnecessary geometry is both the lack of simplified LOD variants for many of the game’s meshes, as well as the simplistic and seemingly untuned culling implementation. And the reason why the game has its own culling implementation instead of using Unity’s built in solution (which should at least in theory be much more advanced) is because Colossal Order had to implement quite a lot of the graphics side themselves because Unity’s integration between DOTS and HDRP is still very much a work in progress and arguably unsuitable for most actual games. Similarly Unity’s virtual texturing solution remains eternally in beta, so CO had to implement their own solution for that too, which still has some teething issues.

    Here’s what I think that happened (a.k.a this is speculation): Colossal Order took a gamble on Unity’s new and shiny tech, and in some ways it paid off massively and in others it caused them a lot of headache. This is not a rare situation in software development and is something I’ve experienced myself as well in my dayjob as a web-leaning developer. They chose DOTS as the architecture to fix the CPU bottlenecks their previous game suffered from and to increase the scale & depth of the simulation, and largely succeeded on that front. CO started the game when DOTS was still experimental, and it probably came as a surprise how much they had to implement themselves even when DOTS was officially considered production ready. I wouldn’t be surprised if they started the game with Entities Graphics but then had to pivot to custom solutions for culling, skeletal animation, texture streaming and so on when they realized Unity’s official solution was not going to cut it. Ultimately the game had to be released too early when these systems were still unpolished, likely due to financial and / or publisher pressure. None of these technical issues were news for the developers on release day, and I don’t believe their claim that the game was intended to target 30 FPS from the beginning — no purebred PC game has done that since the early 2000s, and the graphical fidelity doesn’t justify it.

    In even shorter form:

    • Highly-detailed models coupled with a lack of lower-level-of-detail models for viewing at a distance.
    • Limited culling (avoiding drawing things that aren’t actually visible onscreen).
    • Some gambles made on external work-in-progress software that turned out not to be ready at release time, forcing the developer to implement their own solutions.
    DarkThoughts,

    As if an unfinished release wasn't bad enough, the whole 30 FPS justification just left a really bad taste in my mouth. Given their prices for their games + DLCs this should have not been necessary.

    Baku,

    One thanks you. One appreciates this.

    tal, (edited )
    @tal@lemmy.today avatar

    I haven’t been following the issue or played the game, but to me, it sounds like they could probably put in short-term fixes for some of that – if imperfectly – without a lot of trouble.

    • I don’t know how much time the typical player spends zoomed in in the game, but if it’s like C:S1, I imagine that the answer might be “not very much”. Frankly, I have a number of games where the developers have spent time modeling and building rendering for stuff that I never look at, because I’m spending time looking at the high-level overview. Cold Waters, a submarine sim, could completely eliminate the 3D rendering portion of the game, all of the 3d models, and it’d have little to no impact on how I play the game, because the only thing that particularly matters for playing the game is a 2d sensor plot and some insets showing numerical data. This is what I’m virtually always seeing when playing the game, whereas the promo screenshots and video mostly show the 3D views. I don’t know what the situation is for C:S2, but frankly, I didn’t really ever pay attention to individual characters in C:S1; I’ll only click on a person to get an idea of what many people in the city might be experiencing with travel difficulties. I don’t really care what they look like. It’s vaguely-nice to have little specks crawling around, makes the city look a little more realistic and maybe gives some idea of where congestion might be, but it honestly doesn’t matter that much, because I’m looking at the city from high altitude. I suspect that C:S2 would be completely playable if they at least had the option to render every drawn character as an untextured rectangular solid, maybe drawing the closest one or two if zoomed in.
    • I don’t care much about three effects (depth-of-field, motion blur, and volumetric effects) that he cited as having poor performance (on his system, things which he said disabling caused rendering the main menu to go from under 10 FPS to about 90 FPS). Frankly, the depth-of-field blur in C:S1 I turned off because I didn’t like the look of it. Just turning those off by default, at least on lower-end systems, probably makes sense and shouldn’t be hard.
    • Putting in lower definition models is a technically-straightforward approach, though it’s going to cost modeler time. But if you are having your system run at 10FPS, that’s unplayable. I’d rather have a game that has buildings that are just untextured, opaque, flat polygonal boxes in the distance – especially if they intend to keep working on the game, since “ugly but playable” is preferable to “unplayable but pretty”. That’s one LOD level, and I imagine that the engine shouldn’t have any problem with that.

    As a stopgap fix, I’d personally rather have that and then have patches go in over time to prettify things than to be running sluggishly and waiting for patches to improve performance. Plus, benefit is that you at least have the option to run the game on a very low-end system. Maybe someone wants to run the thing on a laptop without a discrete GPU or something.

    Now, is that acceptable to other players? I don’t know. Maybe some people are really upset if they get a game that has pretty screenshots and on their system, it instead has stuff on par with placeholder assets. But I can say that for a city simulator, I’d definitely rather have something that runs smoothly than something flashy. For me, the interesting bit of a city simulator isn’t sitting there admiring the view down a street, but in figuring out how various mechanics interact with each other.

    When I look at screenshots of the game, they seem to usually be at street level, looking down the thing. And yeah, it’s all highly-detailed and such, but that’s not how I’ve ever played a city simulator.

    Evotech,

    Isn’t this what options are for anyway? Do you want ultra good textures or would you rather pay with lower vertices textures and no teeth

    nekusoul,
    @nekusoul@lemmy.nekusoul.de avatar

    First up, meshes and textures are two different things. The former, what this is about, is the 3d model, the latter is the the paint on them. The resolution of the texture usually has no impact on performance as long as you don’t run out of VRAM.

    On to the actual question: To a certain degree, yes, there’s usually a settings that changes how aggressive the LOD system is at reducing and what’s the max level of detail is. However, even on ultra most* modern games will still employ some sort of LOD, because rendering everything at max is just so ridiculously for almost no benefit, that it’s just wasteful.

    *: Some games can get away without a LOD system, for example a top-down game with a fixed camera distance. There you can directly optimize the meshes based on how far they appear from the camera.

    ayaya,
    @ayaya@lemdro.id avatar

    This tracks with my experience using Unity in the past. They like to add a bunch of half-baked new features while simultaneously deprecating old ones that worked fine. Which means you have to choose between using a “worse” feature you know will no longer be supported or using a “better” feature that’s not fully finished yet. When your release window is 2+ years out it is really hard to make that decision.

    And they do it directly in their stable builds and label individual features as “beta” rather than keeping them in a separate beta branch which is remarkably stupid. It makes them seem like the features are ready for production when they’re clearly not.

    HolyDuckTurtle,
    HolyDuckTurtle avatar

    The moment I saw HDRP mentioned I thought "Yup, that'd do it"

    wildginger,

    Really wish this level of sloppiness was more well known before the unity debacle. Feels like people didnt want to shit talk the unreal competition before they blew their own foot off.

    nekusoul,
    @nekusoul@lemmy.nekusoul.de avatar

    Yup. I’m just a hobbyist gamedev, but the way they handled these new features made me wary of Unity as a whole, even before their recent licensing fiasco, although that one was the last straw for me.

    Every time I checked out a new feature it was barely working and badly documented. Worse yet, these things often didn’t change even after they’ve moved on to the next shiny new thing, leaving the old thing in development hell.

    So yeah, in hindsight it’s shouldn’t be surprising at all that even one of the biggest Unity devs have fallen into that trap and botched one of their releases at least partly due to Unitys behaviour.

    nanoUFO, in Unity: An open letter to our community
    @nanoUFO@sh.itjust.works avatar

    I’m also sorry Unity I’m already deep into godot and I like it.

    Izzy, in COVID And Working From Home Made Starfield Development "Very, Very Slow," Todd Howard Says
    @Izzy@lemmy.world avatar

    People for once not being overworked has made it clear that the scope of modern AAA video games is unsustainable.

    remus989,

    Yep. Not every game needs to be a huge open world (or in this case galaxy.) Give me tight well written games that are complete on launch, that’s all I’m asking for.

    Spudwart,

    We really went from

    2D platformer saturated To 3D platformer saturated To FPS saturated To Sandbox Saturated To 50+ hour $70 incomplete open world saturated

    Alto,
    Alto avatar

    Titanfall 2's campaign is one of the best examples of this. Not very long, but high quality and ridiculously fun

    Dariusmiles2123,

    Yeah a really great game for really cheap.

    I haven’t tried the multiplayer but I loved the story.

    108,
    108 avatar

    Trust me

    InEnduringGrowStrong,
    @InEnduringGrowStrong@sh.itjust.works avatar

    I’m playing Titanfall 2 multiplayer right now.
    Best sub $10 game in a while.

    Alto,
    Alto avatar

    Words can't describe how happy I am that the official servers are back. One of if not the best FPS games in the last decade.

    HidingCat,

    I got this on sale, because I liked the original games premise but didn't want to buy a MP-only game. I've yet to play it though. XD I hope it lives up to expecations.

    IHeartBadCode,
    IHeartBadCode avatar

    scope of modern AAA video games is unsustainable

    Helpful hint, it's not just video game programming. Those hijacked gas pipelines in the US, unsecured SCADA systems weren't because every sysadmin was falling asleep, it's because nobody pulling the trigger wanted to listen to the sysadmins screaming that blindly deploying shit without audits, was a bad idea.

    In pretty much every single technological failure, there's usually a common thread. Someone did (or forgot to do something) in the name of profit.

    ConsistentAlgae,

    Sysadmin - can confirm.

    Have a VP wanting to ram a newly acquired Europe entity through a migration and I am just yelling in every meeting about regulations. No one gives a shit so I’m just making them sign everything they say. CYA in full deployment.

    TheDarkKnight,

    On the acquired side, currently going through integration. We had a looking date to cutover a major portion of our systems and it was absolutely only a fail forward situation if it went south. Surprisingly, they recognized and listened to us saying it wasn’t ready and needed more time…got us six more months but definitely a rare moment from my experience in IT. Hopefully a sign that the new company knows what they are doing.

    elbarto777,

    I can side with what you’re saying, but I don’t understand how forgetting something in the name of profit in other industries has anything to do with the pace of game development.

    ConsistentAlgae,

    It fails downwards. And I know that doesn’t make sense but when you push something through as fast as possible everything below it falters.

    QA is garbage, QC is garbage, development becomes garbage because of those fast timelines because something has to be cut. You can’t do everything you need to do with shorter timelines - and that’s where it becomes “in the name of profit”.

    elbarto777,

    You’re describing the state of application/game development, yes.

    But again, what was that rant involving other industries about?

    ConsistentAlgae,

    Just that it’s fairly similar across other industries. It’s a pretty common thread in most industries when people try to force things through without planning properly.

    Also I wasn’t ranting about other industries, just making a note that it occurs everywhere. Profit for profit sake has made a lot of industries worse, including the gaming industry.

    Edit: do you think QA/QC and development work only occurs in the gaming industry?

    PenguinTD,

    Many modern AAA games has become glorified toilet paper rolls. They tried to keep manufacture then in hopes to milk everything possible, then when you are at the end of roll they hype and sell you a new one. Make them feel like you absolutely have to play the next installment to get a closure or something new branching out.(prequel/sequel/reboot/timelines/etc.)

    It was unsustainable at the pace and amount pre-covid, unhealthy for hardcore gamers as well. We have to actively not buying and playing new games cause I can play certain amount per day/week.

    With covid and post covid, I actually finished more games compare to before. Well, the extra 2 hours not needed to commute I can do whatever I wanted.

    Call_Me_Maple, in Starfield is Bethesda's Least Buggiest Game to Date, Say Sources

    I don’t believe you.

    FoundTheVegan,
    FoundTheVegan avatar

    Seems like a standard marketing move to get ahead of the meme. We'll see how this article ages by next week, but I pretty sus. 😂

    iltoroargento, in Metro 2033 author Dmitry Glukhovsky sentenced to 8 years in prison for criticizing Russia's invasion of Ukraine
    @iltoroargento@lemmy.sdf.org avatar

    “Fortunately for Glukhovsky, he is not actually in Russia, and was sentenced in absentia. His current whereabouts are unknown.”

    Literally the last sentence lol thankfully, he’s not in Russia.

    jayandp,

    What a relief. He must’ve dipped as soon as he saw where things were headed in Russia. I wonder where he got asylum? But at the same time I hope I never find out, for his sake.

    Shawdow194,
    Shawdow194 avatar

    Yes that is good to hear! Hopefully they never find him

    iltoroargento,
    @iltoroargento@lemmy.sdf.org avatar

    Agreed. He shouldn’t have to hide, either, but that’s not where we are, apparently.

    whataboutshutup,

    He only needs to never come back, and for him it’s easy. It’s not yet that stage when they smuggle people back, rn they just clean up cultural landscape from ‘traitors’ to make it 100% sterile. Music scene is already like that.

    STUPIDVIPGUY,

    let’s just hope the russian govt is too busy to look for him in abandoned metro tunnels…

    collegefurtrader,

    What a relief

    Eonandahalf,

    Right!? I dosed off twords the end and almost didn’t finish, then just glanced at the end, wtf! the last sentence!?

    MysticKetchup, in Microsoft’s recent layoffs contradict what the company promised of its merger, the FTC says.

    You think a corporation would do that? Just go in front of the FTC and lie?

    oxideseven,

    Surely not, right? RIGHT?!

    Blamemeta, in Sony Patent Aims To Change Game Difficulty In Real Time As You Play

    Isnt this done by many games already?

    Even_Adder,

    Yeah, but now we get to be robbed of a feature, like we were when Namco patented playing mini-games on loading screens. We needn’t have suffered as much during the worst years of loading.

    schmidtster,

    Sometimes, just sometimes a company also patents it so no one else can use the terrible idea, not even them. Sony has done it a few times in the past. They patented yelling at ads to do something iirc.

    MrScottyTay,

    🙌 McDonalds!!!

    weariedfae,

    ;_; TIL…that would have been awesome.

    Omegamanthethird,
    @Omegamanthethird@lemmy.world avatar

    It’s kinda like the dinosaur on Chrome when your internet goes out. It’s plays a little minigame until it comes back online.

    BarrierWithAshes,
    BarrierWithAshes avatar

    A lot of arcade games already do this.

    cosmicrookie,
    @cosmicrookie@lemmy.world avatar

    Sony is making sure they can’t do it in the future

    Mnemnosyne,

    Only if no one challenges it, which is a big problem.

    Patents are supposed to be given for new ideas, and also a certain degree of non-obviousness.

    In the event that something has been done before by others, it should be open and shut to challenge the patent, but it still costs money. So it’s often easier not to, and the patent doesn’t get challenged.

    explodicle,

    Needs “loser pays”

    nanoUFO, (edited ) in Unofficial Link's Awakening PC port put to sleep by Nintendo
    @nanoUFO@sh.itjust.works avatar
    cashews_best_nut,

    You beautiful twat. ♥️

    nanoUFO,
    @nanoUFO@sh.itjust.works avatar

    ♥️

    3aqn5k6ryk,

    Thanks mate.

    Paradachshund,

    Something something streisand effect

    otter,

    Here’s another mirror, if that helps in any way:

    mega.nz/fm/4TIQTJ7a

    s3rvant,
    s3rvant avatar

    How to play on desktop Linux:

    • Add the game as a non-Steam game within Steam
    • Install Glorious Eggroll and set it as the compatibility tool in the game's properties
    • On first launch it will prompt to install .NET 6.0 - go ahead and download it to the same directory
    • Open the game's properties in Steam and change the path to the .NET installer then run and install it
    • Change the path back to the game's EXE and it will play
    cirkuitbreaker,

    Doing the Lord’s work 🙏

    gravitas_deficiency, in Starfield design director calls out unfair game criticism: 'Don't fool yourself into thinking you know why it is the way it is'

    Ok. But first you have to make better games.

    You can’t argue me into believing the game is fun when it’s just… overall not that fun compared to other Bethesda efforts.

    To be clear, it’s far from an outright “bad” game, but I’m still frustrated that I spent $70 on the fucking thing. If you charge that much, it’s completely reasonable for me to have high expectations for your game.

    BaronVonBort,

    I enjoyed it but I also know that it wasn’t “great”. But I’ll admit that I got it on game pass and I’m a BES nerd, so that probably elevates it more. Had I paid full price my attitude would probably be very different.

    gravitas_deficiency,

    Precisely. If I had paid less for it, I’d be less annoyed.

    Summzashi,

    it’s completely reasonable for me to have high expectations for your game.

    Lol

    sugar_in_your_tea,

    And that’s why I never buy on release. Studios have consistently rewarded waiting for months to a year since you’ll pay a lower price for a better product.

    The only reasons I’d buy at launch are:

    • I’m a game reviewer and somehow didn’t get a free copy
    • I’m a streamer, so that’s the cost of doing business
    • it’s an MP game and I can’t convince my friends to play something else

    I play almost exclusively SP games, I don’t stream, and I am not a reviewer, so it’s in my interest to wait several months for patches and sale prices.

    amio, in Starfield design director calls out unfair game criticism: 'Don't fool yourself into thinking you know why it is the way it is'

    These guys are getting harder and harder to take seriously. As disappointing as the game itself is, what the fuck is this? Defensively and passive-aggressively trying to argue with reviewers? Long ramblings on how unfair it is that one of the world's most significant game studios, freshly taken over by enormous capital... gets a little criticism for the flaws it its products? Do you need to be an expert Twinkie mass manufacturing engineer, really, if a new product is, let's say, a tenth of the size and tastes of sawdust?

    If they're gonna insinuate it's not the obvious reasons, maybe they should've served up some less obvious reasons - I'm sure they would've been convincing.

    Fades,

    harder and harder to take seriously

    How many times does Bethesda have to shit in your mouth to realize they themselves are shit? Fallout 4 was a downgrade from NV, then fallout 76, rereleasing the same game over and over again, and now starfield.

    We should be way passed “hard to take them seriously”

    sugar_in_your_tea,

    I bailed after Skyrim. I loved the immersiveness and scale of their previous games, but Skyrim didn’t have that. It was a relatively small world, the storyline was barely even there, and the side content was a lot more limited vs other games. It looked great and had your typical gameplay improvements, but it was just a massive downgrade in terms of overall experience.

    I wanted Morrowind in space, and I got stripped-down Skyrim in space, which was already a stripped down experience. Either make a great dup (like Oblivion) or make something completely new and interesting. They went with mediocre dup in a different setting.

    HarkMahlberg,
    HarkMahlberg avatar

    Defensively and passive-aggressively trying to argue with reviewers?

    Big "Baldur's Gate 3 is an anomaly" energy.

    sugar_in_your_tea,

    Yup, it is an anomaly in that it feels like the quality I used to expect 20 years ago when devs couldn’t just patch flaws after launch and had to actually QA their games before going gold. They rely so much on after launch patches that games often aren’t finished until a year after release.

    pory,
    @pory@lemmy.world avatar

    BG3 is an excellent game, but saying it’s unlike the rest of games because it “does its QA before launch” is very silly. Look at the 100GB of huge patches the game’s received, reading the pages and pages of patch notes for the bug fixes and also the basic RPG features added after launch like the ability to change your character’s appearance.

    BG3 had more bugfixes and hotfixes than Starfield did by a long shot, the difference between the two is not the absence of bugs. It’s that BG3 under the bugs was a phenomenally VA’d/Mocapped game with a great story line, memorable characters, meaningful choices, and combat that doesn’t become a rote chore or a numbers go up game with randomized loot.

    sugar_in_your_tea,

    BG3 was a complete, enjoyable experience all the way through at launch. There were a lot of patches, but those weren’t as necessary as other games, like Cyberpunk 2077 and Fallout: New Vegas. For example, character customization is nice to have, but lots of games don’t bother.

    Starfield on the other hand, was relatively bug free at launch, but it didn’t have a good gameplay loop. Outposts were repetitive, gunplay and weapon variety wasn’t particularly interesting, and cities weren’t very plentiful or interesting (Morrowind was way better in all three, and the game is ~20 years old).

    Yeah, BG3 wasn’t as solid as launches before OTA updates were a thing, just it felt a lot more like that era than most of the AAA game launches in recent memory.

    ICastFist,
    @ICastFist@programming.dev avatar

    “People have unrealistic expectations for AAA games! It’s impossible to make them as good as people expect them to be!”

    I remember lots of big studios saying that shit after Baldur’s Gate 3 officially released. The work of a comparatively small studio with a Skyrim budget (100 million USD) did what many bigger budgets failed to do. How was that possible? Clearly, it’s the fault of gamers for expecting too much!

    Side note: Witcher 3’s budget was around 34 million USD, with less than 13m for development proper, which is another good example of a game that even at release was already looking and playing great.

    sugar_in_your_tea,

    And those examples are not hard to come up with either. For example:

    • any Nintendo game
    • games with a passionate designer - "Nier: Automata* and Death Stranding come to mind
    • refined, broad market appeal sequels to popular niche games - as Elden Ring is to Dark Souls

    Starfield was a mediocre rehash of their Elder Scrolls formula, but without the interesting variation that Elder Scrolls games have. And performance sucks, so you’re paying a penalty for an average gameplay experience.

    didnt_readit,

    Have you seen the replies they’re posting to Steam reviews? Fucking hilarious(ly sad) LOL

    amio,

    Sad is the word. I think "um ackchyually the boredom is on purpose" was my favorite in the bunch.

    didnt_readit,

    WeRE thE MoOn LaNDinGs BoRInG??? 😂😂

    I lost it when they made that comparison. Also, ya know they actually had a rover to drive around on the moon haha

    Krauerking,

    Like with pretty much all things for the last decade we hit stagnation and consistent money making with low effort.

    So clearly now everyone else is wrong or why are they making so much money? If they throw out garbage that people pay for and then complain about them why should they take the criticism seriously… I’m fact it’s just bad people trying to ruin them because they are perfect and right.

    Everyone is right all the time and everything is gold no matter how lazy. No one wants the discussion they want to be told they are right and then to move on to the next thing without stopping or asking questions.

    If we can’t impact their bottom lines then nothing will ever change until it collapses.

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