Saturday, February 27, 2010

Stuff Sucks

I love being a gamer. I totally dig playing whatever comes along, or whatever I can afford. But as with any gamer, I have complaints.

Ubisoft. DRM sucks major amounts of ass. The way Ubisoft is doing it should be criminal. This will not work. The company's games, which include the glorious Assassin's Creed 2, will be cracked, and hopefully, due to the DRM fiasco, the PC version won't sell more than 3 copies. We need to band together to send the bullies a message.

Incompatibilities. Oh hell yeah. When a game won't run because of the sound card you bought, or because of your system's motherboard's load balancing, or something, it's a real bitch. My father just had to switch from ATI to Nvidia because the latest Need for Speed game stuttered on the former. That's expensive and unnecessary. I think the bottom line is, game devs need to listen to, not stifle, their QA departments.

Consolitis. I know I've talked about being a multi-platform gamer, but I grew up on PCs. When games get specifically dumbed down for the lack of decent consoles, PC gamers lose (and I know some folks are saying Crysis 2 won't be dumbed down on the PC side, but we'll see when it comes out). Kudos, however, to BioWare for putting out significantly different versions of Dragon Age: Origins. The combat in the console versions is simplistic, but on the PC it's deep and tactical.

Piracy. Part of the reason Ubisoft is criminally overreacting regarding its DRM is that ordinary, smart people who wouldn't steal from retail stores still pirate games. On one of my insider's message boards, I learned of a major developer's nephew who, in a casual and hapless manner, told his uncle that he pirates games all the time. His uncle actually didn't know how to respond. Were it me, I would have ripped his teeth out. As a writer of books, I've been a victim of piracy, and I'd have all intellectual property pirates strung up by their genitalia if I were king of the world. It's a happy dream.

That's enough bitching for now. I got most of it off my chest. I have to get my prospective novel out to publishers now, hoping that it will get published, become a bestseller, and get scanned and pirated by Google.



  1. I agree with everything you said, but consolitis and incompatibilities anger me much, much more then anything else you mentioned