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A very happy birthday to our forum's founder, our own defiant Symmetra main: Master Switch!
Now quick, everyone report him for being a poor team player and for verbal harassment!
Seriously though, I think something fun to do would be to post some of the best Online grief you've gotten, since he's shared many of his online grief stories with us.
For me, I haven't publicly gamed much in recent years outside of Mortal Kombat X, and the PC version doesn't have text chat and no one uses mics.
About a year ago though I randomly got hate mail on Xbox LIVE; I think the guy read something on my old blog and disagreed with my opinion, but he didn't specify what. Instead he proceeded to tell me that apparently I was a "fucking faggot" and my cultural background was evidently Jewish with a host of obscenities attached. I reported him and action was apparently taken.
Many of you play online publicly a good bit, so I'm sure you have much better stories to share for a laugh!
For my own part, any weekday at 6:00 pm is a no-go as I'm on the train at that time. Saturdays are challenging for me in that suggested time slot as well as that's when I'm usually out and about and doing things around home.
Everyone's welcome to chat and shoot the shit where they want, but for me personally, I don't need another program to do so; especially one that I'll hardly ever be logged in to. I don't understand why this has become life or death all of a sudden.
I was also unaware that there was some kind of ultimatum that if I don't get Discord and "meet halfway," consequences will ensue. Being a member of Delay of Game did not require downloading and signing up for a third party chat client. Playing games with friends from this community has never required a third party chat client. In fact, the games we're playing requires one to log into a specific game client that has built-in chat as I've already mentioned.
I play the games I play because I enjoy them. I play with you and members of this community because I like you guys and I have fun playing with you. This is not serious business to me, it's supposed to be fun.
If how I do things is such an inconvenience for you, why not set up your own game nights through the method you wish to? It's not like I have the sole power to organize game nights.
Jux, how many people want games are irrelevant frankly. If investors lose confidence in the industry...it can shut down at tight as a drum in a single quarter. A 31% reduction of revenue during their busiest time period can potentially scare the hell out of investors. |
Too late for people to cry for games when the only dev that still exist is Blizzard.
What I mean by how I don't think a crash like in the '80's is perfectly possible today is because of the indie scene. Blizzard aside, even if the industry crashes, indie guys will still be making and finding ways to get their games out there.
With how gaming is ingrained in society today and how people do want games, I do think (despite my belief in a need for it), that we won't see a crash like the '80's, at least not any time soon.
Time, of course, will tell.
For me I'm getting into my later 30's, so I was alive during the Atari Crash of the '80's but didn't know what was going on. My gaming knowledge and first hand memory proper started roughly around '85-ish, give or take a few months.
Having said that, I've been saying for years the industry has gone in a negative overall direction and in my opinion it still continues to do so. I've also stated that a massive crash would be a good thing overall, and I still believe that as well as things need to be "reset" so to speak.
Do I think that crash is around the corner? No. Gaming today is significantly more integrated into society than it was in the early '80's, and it's not something that will easily just disappear.
People of all ages want their games, and the frustrating consumer practices (complains about broken game an states they'll never buy anything from a specific publisher again, pre-orders that publisher's next game ASAP) make it apparent that the average consumer is more than willing to give their cash for practices that do not favour the consumer much at all.
In truth, I'm not even sure a crash like the '80's is possible anymore, but time will perhaps tell.
@Rajio As you know I've been playing a lot of Blizzard Entertainment games lately, playing four of the six major titles, and I must say they're practices are generally different than many of their competitors. While they're still doing pricing things I'm not keen on (microtransactions and such), where they differ is in the overall support of their products. They're still regularily adding content to games like StarCraft II and Diablo III and those games are several years old, including free content. Heck, they're still supporting Starcraft, Diablo II, and Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, and those are Legacy games.
That's very uncommon in the industry today, especially with the cash flow or remastered titles as @EchoGolfSierra mentioned.