It’s been one hell of a year, ladies and gentlemen. It’s been a year of political upheaval, of loot boxes and gambling, of everything being racist, and finding something bad to say about Donald Trump. Yes, my dear friends, it’s been a long and tiring year. Thankfully, 2018 is just around the corner my friends. Monster Hunter World is coming next month, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. With that being said, why don’t we go ahead and take a look back at … well, the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2017. If you guys have your own personal list, feel free to send it to me. I’d love to hear how your year went. With that out of the way, let’s begin.
The Good – Cup Head’s Rise to Fame
In an industry where game developers and publishers seem to be always screwing their consumers over in more ways than one, it always makes me happy when I see a game like Cup Head come in out in such a great state. This game is the prime example of what happens when you put love and effort into your product. When and if you were invest actual time into the game you’re making, and when you care about how the consumer will feel when playing the game. It’s an inspiring tale that all AAA game companies should learn from.
The Bad – The Year of the Loot Box
Since the release of Battlefront 2 EA, the discussion of Loot Boxes has been never ending in the gaming community. Forums and webpages all across the internet, all discussing their thoughts on loot boxes and gambling in gaming. The controversy has gained worldwide attention not just from gamers, but from government officials as well. It’s the first time in gaming history where gamers finally stood up against loot boxes in video games. With the release of Shadow of War, Battlefront 2, and Destiny 2, enough was enough. It may have been the Year of the Loot Box, but it was also the year where gamers and government officials stood up and shouted in unison, “No More!”.
The Ugly – Destiny 2 and Bungie’s Lies
Destiny 2 has been nothing but a colossal disappointment this year. It’s seemingly failed at every front and it doesn’t appear to be getting any better. It is a game that is slowly dying, so much that even the game’s own player base is slowly fading. Bungie is given literally every opportunity in the world to make a comeback, to fix their mistakes, to change their ways, to give what their community wants … and they refuse to do so, because they know if they do, they won’t meet their financial quota. They promise change, they promise fixes, they promise, they promise, they promise … and they’re all a bunch of lies. Broken promises, and it’s a damn shame.
Happy New Year, Guys! See you in 2018!