Rhetoric for Gamers: Games Have Changed (My Goodbye 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.
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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warning off bullshit & traps ahead. While also pointing out Gems of the past that i HAVE played that others may have missed. :)
"supporting gamers from the sidelines on this site and others" How are you going to do that? If it's to suggest games, how can you do that when you actually haven't played the games?
The gaming industry....You're a terrible person! You are bad and should feel bad.
Yes the motivations are understandable however their actions are inexcusable. At least in my opinion. And the blog was meant to be a bit melodramatic. That said it still reflects how I feel on the subject and I meant every word of it... ESP the part about not going next gen.
because all gamers do is bellyache but still end up giving them their money :(
A tad dramatic to be sure but considering a lot of the bs that companies like EA and Capcom have put out lately it's definitely understandable. Hell, I still have a bit sore spot with Valve (as much as I love them) is the crap with the Half Life 2 episodes and how they all they've said is, "we're working on it,".
Well shit, was not expecting that. I guess we'll just have to keep our games from now on. This does scream bullshit on the developers ends, I really don't see how they can get away with that.
currently all I am doing is reposting from my backlog from my blog off v4... and trust me I have plenty of random shit in store. X)
Also, you should change the name of your Blogs, there's nothing Mindblowing or Random about constant whining about the Games Industry.
actually I do... you just aren't there when i am... and as of lately I am finding less and less to enjoy about the industry.
That's the other thing you do too much. Spout bullshit. You need to spend less time moaning about everything and then acting as if you are some lone avenger, fighting against the machine and more time enjoying things.
Yeah i do... but I do them anyway because unlike some i actually care about and stand by my convictions.
Boo Hoo. Don't you get tired of doing these blogs?
Same here hence why i actually bought the 3DS... and why IT is my last Console/Platform.
I see somone hasn't/doesn't read their EULA's or Terms of Service. You sure about that? They DEFINITELY have you just haven't noticed because of how slowly they have changed.
Yup ;) Its repost from my old blog. Just that with recent developments with PSN & Origin I felt this was the most relevant of my backlog for current events.
Of course! its a bit on the dramatic side, its RHETORIC! Also the first paragraph, after the adapted speech, was by far the most melodramatic of the the blog. The last one was just my honest reaction towards the direction gaming has taken and what I plan on doing from now on. As for the tags CHOKE ON THEM! I actually could have added a LOT more had I wanted to... that is actually a pretty reasonable amount.
I think you're overreacting some. Your last paragraph in particular comes off as a bit dramatic. Also, you have way too many tags.
Still as dramatic as ever.
I really don't understand what your talking about, please explain. These agreements haven't really changed anything from what I can tell. Just like the old days I buy a system pop a game in and play. So what is it that your mad about?