Game Production Needs to Change – Anthem Did ONE Good Thing



Anthem did ONE good thing… it opened the eyes of both gamers, and publishers to the unsustainability of their current practices. I can’t say that the future will …

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  1. And the things you brought up here are partly why i became interested in and follow Star Citizen. Yeah people like to dump on it because it's fun to kick things. But if you follow it for a bit and look at what they are doing the positives far outweigh any perceived negatives especially when compared to the current top game development companies. Ive seen negative criticism that is half truths and flat out lies just because the tabloids want to attract clicks.

    It's funny too how people that defend the project get labeled cultists and delusional. Guess we will see when it gets released. Oh and the common attack of it will never get released. Guess what, Cyberpunk has been in development longer then star citizen and star citizen started with a handful of people and had to build a company, of course its going to take longer.

    The biggest concern that actually holds water is feature creep which has changed its scope and development time. Are they possibly shooting so far that they will miss the mark?

    I think part of why a lot of people back star citizen is they are sick of the current game development and want to see someone try something different even if it does fail. Me, im interested to see what they can pull off, weather it succeeds or not doesn't matter to me. But there is certainly no reason to attack them for trying like so many do.

  2. What if games would have to legally rate their microtransactions?
    Let’s take a model from 1 to 5
    Mtx 1: microtransactions are available but do not interfere with progression or enjoyment.
    Mtx 3: microtransactions do not interfere with progression but are encouraged and will impact the enjoyment of the game (Anthem)
    Mtx 5: microtransactions are essential to progress in the game (pay to win)

  3. I don't think we need to "freak out". But we, as a group, need to be a lot LOT more conscious about what we spend our money on.

    If everyone, immediately, stopped buying fully priced games containing MXs (in any form) with no backlash – you think they wouldn't notice? If the MXs stopped selling completely, you think they wouldn't notice?

    I think this type of action would be FAR more effective than the current shouting and screaming because, sadly, the shouting and screaming is offset by people STILL buying into all of this crap. Anthem is a good example of going too far, but it's not the media backlash that's the main problem for EA – it's the lower sales figures. It'll always be the lower sales figures.

  4. Its interesting because movie trailers are doing the same stunt as athem did at e3 however the big difference is as a random example rogue one it did not lie about what the movie was going to be like when you watched and delivered on what we expected to see. Where as the e3 trailer for athem was a lie and showed things that were never in the game.

  5. Here is what I think about Anthem. What did EA do right ? the hype, they did that right and quite a few of my friends bought into it and eagerly waited for it, some used it as a reason to do computer upgrades. I on the other hand because of EA's track record told them firstly I will never buy an EA title again until it's been out for a couple of months to at least get the inevitable sale price when it underperforms and never meets the expectations that they use to justify their decisions to shareholders and keep their bonuses. In the end Anthem was a pass after the players I know all retuned to the games we normally play and left Anthem all together.

  6. Its a good thing I don't busy myself with AAA trash like Anthem. I have ROMs, I have my japanese gacha which have mtx but are not predatory, and I have my old games. EA's just mad they got caught and Bioware can go to hell. Fix the goddamn loot for starters you limp-dicked, tone-deaf brainlets.

  7. Rethinking the launch? Yeah maybe get the game to look like the trailers do most of the time they got the software why release it unfinished and not bother fixing it 😂 I hope they don’t fuck up the new dragon age game….

  8. I don't think unions are a good idea because they prioritize union members at the expense of other workers and make it significantly harder for anyone not in a union to get into the field of their choosing and effectively bully people into joining or at least paying dues whether they want to or not. They also make it much harder to fire union workers even when the firing(s) are justified for example Jessica Price probably wouldn't have been shown the door if she was in a union, and with all of the degenerate social media whores who seem to infest game development at every turn is it really wise to remove the the only potential consequence for acting out and attacking consumers by allowing unions to prevent their firing?! Then there's the inevitable production cost increases that union(s) would bring and that cost is going to be past to consumers because it always is! I agree 100% that the routine abuse of developers by bloating corporate overlords needs to be stopped but unions would make everything worse in the long run since they will create their own little clique and screw over everyone outside of it and collude with the same corporate overlords they were specifically created to combat in order to further consolidate power and prevent competition, leaving everything back to square one but now with more problems to deal with and further entrenched, nigh intractable, power structures, it happens every time!

  9. They wanted to be a big player in the stock market enjoy the result ! They are makjng money for the investor they are not makjng games are you guys gonna undrestand that ! Its all about the money not the game !

  10. I want to agree with what you're talking about naivety in the video game community, but add one more thing too it. While its unreasonable to think that a ban on lootboxes will actually happen, or even that if it did happen the ban would actually only help in the way it was meant to; it is also unreasonable to expect the current gaming market to follow your advice on forcing back publishers. Too many people are either addicted via manipulative practices, uneducated about how bad this is as a sales practice, or just generally don't care.

    What you are doing is probably one of the more realistic options that someone can do to help.

    Pushing out information to educate and remind people about bullshit and generally get a larger community together behind these ideas is the first step to getting enough of the population pushing back such that publishers can no longer ignore it. But I still think its going to get a hell of a lot worse before it starts getting better, the group that cares right now just isn't large enough.

  11. If they want to sell us mobile like cashgrabs on PC, they should have at least the audacity to give them us for "free". That is, what they do not understand. If it's free, we are not able to complain that it is unfinished boring garbage. Because it's fucking free.

    But the moment money is involved, we are entitled to a working product. And they are not able to deliver such. Obviously.

  12. Good grief – so, instead of acknowledging that their development cycle is garbage, Wilson thinks "communicating" is the way to go? Someone should inform him talk is cheap, and even cheaper from a game publisher.

  13. There already are developer unions, even in the U.S. It takes 10 seconds of googling to find examples, albeit they have minimal membership. They haven't taken hold for a reason and there are MANY laws protecting their formation…and they still haven't. Let's stop calling for them from the outside without knowing why they're not there in the first place.

  14. I feel that Xbox/ps4/ whatever pc thing you buy from should set up a system that if you pre order a game you get a free 12ish hours of gameplay when the game launches to see if you are satisfied with the game and if you don’t like it you can get like 75% of what you payed for it, the only way you can get sort of an easy refund is buying the physical version and take it to gamestop.

  15. I was one of those stupid fuckers that defended anthem and was arrogant towards the truth, the fact of the matter is the money means nothing to me, the thing that does matter is they have completely taken the piss out of players. I WILL NEVER BUY A EA GAME EVER AGAIN. Rant over soz guys 😂

  16. All I know is…. all vids shown at E3 this year… will have a different view in our eyes this time !!! now that we know they use Silicon graphics machines to make their game trailers ,.,, instead of ingame rending machines LOL

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