Rhetoric for Gamers: Games Have Changed (My Goodbye to the Industry)

Posted on September 28, 2011 - 3:11am by Kenshiro3

TLDR;

I love video games more than almost anything else in this planet, ALMOST! The ONLY thing i value more are my RIGHTS! And each new EULA & their accompanying Terms of Service we are strong armed into signing is striping of of more and MORE of them. And enough is enough for me. Its time for me to say Bye Bye Beautiful.

Here is a little song to show you how I am feel about the industry right now. It expresses EXACTLY heart broken, repelled & betrayed by the paradigm shift & bullshit changes it has brought with it to the industry. I love video games more than almost anything else in this planet, ALMOST! The ONLY thing i value more are my RIGHTS! And each new EULA & their accompanying Terms of Service we are strong armed into signing is striping of of more and MORE of them. And enough is enough for me. Its time for me to say Bye Bye Beautiful.

 

 

"Games have changed.

It's not about games, or systems.
It's not even about Playslaves, Xbots, or Wiitards.

It's an endless erosion of consumer rights,
enforced by by publishers and there terms of service.

Downloadable Content, in a vast perversion of its original intent,
has become a rationalized, well-oiled, unending micro transaction.

Games have changed.

Account Locked users buy, Account locked software,
and use Account Locked Systems.

Digital Right Management inside their Software
restricts and regulates their actions.

Licensing control.. Online control..
Hacker control.. Consumer control.

Everything is monitored, and kept under control.

Gaming has changed.

The age of products is now the age of service,
All in the name of averting catastrophe from Pirates & dwindling profits.

And he who controls the the leash, controls those on it.

Gaming has changed.

When we accept this control,
Its abuse becomes routine."

- Games have Changed by Kenshiro3

Adapted by Kenshiro3 from MGS4 & War has Changed

This is a revival/sequel of of an old blog I did a while back. It was called Rhetoric for Gamers. It was about my growing discontent with the direction the video game industry is taking. They are changing video games from a product you buy to a service you pay for and KEEP paying for. I was mad. I was yelling from the rooftops, metaphorically speaking, and telling the industry that I was mad as hell and wasn't gonna take it anymore. I urged others to do the same... for a while people followed suit, for a while... But evidently the masses are fickle, their spirits easily crush, and/or easily bought off. No one is yelling anymore... I'm tired of being the only one yelling. I'm tired of fighting this battle alone. I'm tired of arguing with my friends.

This time I'm not here to incite the masses. This time I am here to announce my resignation. Video game industry you win... if you want to take this new direction go ahead. But make no mistake, I am STILL mad as hell, and I am NOT going to take it anymore.

I wish you and the rest of the gamers well as you move forward into your brave new tomorrow. I hope you are happy in your new direction. I have followed you since 1983 starting with the arcades & 2600 all the way up to this generation. But I also want you to know I will NOT be following you into this new generation. I have supported you through thick & thin. But, now I'm done. You have lost one of your STAUNCHEST supporters. I have grown up with you, but I will not DIE with you.

That is where I see this industry headed. On its current course, I see it headed for its own destruction. I refuse to follow you in, what I see as your Deathmarch. Even if it DOESN'T destroy you, it WILL destroy everything that I love about video games.

I will ALWAYS love video games... I will ALWAYS be a gamer. I will ALWAYS be watching the industry and supporting gamers from the sidelines on this site and others. But, I WON'T join the industry in its "progress" as I do not like or approve of it's new direction. Instead I will focus on my MASSIVE stockpile of games. I WILL continue to buy and play games but I will do so with a retro gaming focus. What I guess I'm saying is I loved you gaming industry. You you broke my heart. I CANNOT & WILL NOT support you in your new direction, goodbye.

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