Are We Milking Games Now?

Are We Milking Games Now?

Introduction

After watching the reveal trailer of FFXV Pocket Edition coming out this Fall for iOS and Android, I came to a sudden realization. Are we just milking games now? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a very big fan of Final Fantasy XV. It was a very enjoyable game and I really loved the game’s story and unique gameplay. I have invested over 50 hours of gameplay into it, and more with my recent replay of it. I love this game, but after that shitty mobile game (Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire), why do we need a pocket edition of FFXV??

Seriously, I find this concept extremely comedic. The graphics in trailer were so low and boring. I understand it’s on mobile, but I’ve seen free-to-play titles on mobile that look far superior than what Square-Enix was advertising here. Not only that, but this trailer made me realize that this company isn’t the only one guilty of this. These kind of practices are happening with games like Skyrim, Payday 2, Dota 2, GTA V, and even The Witcher.

While some are okay with this, I find it rather sad. Gone are the days of developers making original content. Now, it’s to see how much we can milk trending/popular games, because it cheaper and faster. I hate it.

Another F***ing Card Game

The company who I feel is infamous right now is Valve with one of their somewhat famous titles, Dota 2. Just recently, the company has announced a brand new game they were releasing. The game was released at a Dota 2 convention. Players instantly grew extremely excited. It has been five years since Valve made their own game, with Dota 2 being released back in 2013. When this teaser trailer was released, people instantly starting wondering. Was it Half-Life 3? Was it Portal 3? Left 4 Dead 3? Players were instantly met with disappointed when the teaser ended and it was revealed that the game was called “Artifact . . . A Dota Card Game”.

The entire crowd at the convention gave, in unison, a loud “Awwww!” at the unfortunate sight of this dreadful truth. After everything the Steam Community has been begging for, after praying and hoping for the possible chance of a Half-Life 3, Valve swiftly and efficiently crushed those dreams with this one teaser trailer. A card game nobody, anywhere was asking for. Instead of making a original title, this company decides to instead milk an already popular game. Why? Because it’s cheaper, faster, and risk-free.

Rest In Peace, Half-Life … you will be remembered.

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GTA V Has To End!

Before you guys start hating, allow me to clarify. I loved GTA V back in the day. It was, and still is, one of the greatest GTA titles to date. Right up there with GTA IV and GTA San Andreas. It has an amazing and crazy story, brilliant graphics, hilarious characters, and an enormous open world. However, I feel that Rockstar has already milked the cow enough. This game has over twenty updates/DLCs under it’s name, and these went on for a period of three years!

Oh, and all of these updates/DLCs were strictly for GTA Online. That’s right, they added nothing new to the Campaign. They had every opportunity to do so, and didn’t even bother. Because of this, I can not stop hearing about GTA V. Nothing but poorly made GTA V videos plague YouTube, and it makes me want to blow my brains out. I’m so grateful that they are putting the money towards Red Dead Redemption 2. A game that I am very much looking forward to.

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Bethesda, It’s Time To Stop …

Skyrim, as you guys know already, is one of my favorite games of all time. I’ve bought the game more than once I love it so damn much. This is one game that I’ve been playing since it’s release back in 2011. I love this game to death, and nothing will ever change that, but I think Bethesda is starting to get too greedy with it. Don’t get me wrong, the great, and it’s amazing on next-gen consoles. However, they’ve released this game twice now on multiple consoles at this point.

Seriously, this game is available on Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, PC, and now the Nintendo Switch. Six different platforms! To me, that’s where you start entering Resident Evil 4 territory. That game was available on GameCube, Android, PS2, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, Wii, iOS, and even Zeebo. What the hell is Zeebo anyways? Sorry, I’m getting off track. Though Skyrim may not be as bad as RE4, I simply wish them to leave Skyrim as it is and move on to working on other things.

Thankfully, The Elder Scrolls VI is coming soon.

The Solution

I feel in order to get companies making more original content instead of milking currently popular games, we need to push gaming companies into giving us the consumers what we want. We cannot let them get away with releasing content that we don’t ask for. It makes them look more greedy than they do actually caring about their fan base. It’s very depressing what happened with Valve’s recent game. It’s a kick in the stomach to everyone who’s been begging for something better and original.

In Conclusion

Gaming is one of the greatest pieces of entertainment that has ever happened to this world. It’s brought a new form of creativity and imagination. It has allowed people to develop and construct worlds that they make from their minds. Immersive environments, large open worlds, and very powerful stories that can touch the hearts of many. However, I feel companies have slowly moved away from that. They’ve started making remasters, reboots, reimaginings, and now every major title has a silly card game affiliated with it.

Be original, guys. I understand you’re business men, but think of your fans.

Works Cited

  1. Gilbert, Ben. “One of the Biggest Game Companies in the World Announced a New Game, and Fans Had a Hilarious Reaction.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 9 Aug. 2017, http://www.businessinsider.com/valve-artifact-game-2017-8.                      

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