Man, you know what as a fan of CD Projekt Red I feel extremely betrayed at the moment. Not only as a fan of the games they make but as a customer as well. So this half-arsed apology video by co-founder Marcin Iwiński really cuts me deep, when I placed so much faith in them as a developer based on all the promises they made during the development of Cyberpunk 2077.
I can already hear those in the peanut gallery screaming: “I don’t get why people are so god-damn mad at CD Projekt Red.” Well, I will tell you why. They lied and deceived consumers and investors. They made public statements telling people that the game runs perfectly acceptably on previous generation hardware.
“Surprise and Delight” Mechanic.
Former EA executive Peter Moore says Ultimate Team Lootboxes are closer to “Surprise and Delight” than gambling. Says the guy who looks like some comic book, mustache-twirling supervillain. People like Peter Moore are one of the prime examples of Electronic Arts (ex) executives who are so out of touch with what is going on in the industry. Next time when Electronic Arts shuts down a development studio: “They’re not mass layoffs, they’re ‘surprise unpaid vacations’ and they’re ‘quite ethical’.” The shit these people come up with to justify their continued pillaging of gamers pockets, so they can increase their profit margins are absolutely hilarious:
Well, you would be surprised and delighted to know that Electronic Arts have you hooked on gambling mechanics, ethical high fives all around! You know what else is a surprise mechanic as well? Getting mugged in the street. A guy fixing your car without you knowing is a surprise mechanic, not this. I had to read this article five times just to make sure this wasn’t some sort of parody article. This is what happens when you care less about ethics and more about making money. We have already seen that the video game industry isn’t able to auto-regulate, and these comments by Kerry Hopkins EA’s VP of legal and government affairs during the oral evidence session pertaining to the UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee is further evidence of this.
Because of the events of the last 6 years or so (GamerGate), I no longer consider video game journalism a noble career based on reporting and reviewing video games. I have no respect for these journalists or mainstream news media outlets like Kotaku and Polygon. Absolutely none at this point. Even if you are a good-natured person with good intentions, if I see or talk to a video game journalist, my very first thought is, you are here to lie, misinterpret and push your own social and political agendas. Having said that video game journalism can reclaim its good name. It will take some time but consistently good journalism for several years would eventually rebuild the prestige it once had. But that will never actually happen because no journalists want to do that.
Video game journalists absolutely know how hated they are by most of the gamers who choose to inform themselves on the subject of video games on a daily basis. But rather than figure out why that is and what part of the blame they bear for it, all they know to do is attack, demean and belittle their own readers, followers, and developers. And this was the case with the announcement of Sense A Cyberpunk Ghost Story being released on the Nintendo Switch. For those of you unfamiliar with the game it was kickstarted back in May 2018 and quickly reached its goal of $10 000, reaching $60 000. It was first released on the 25th of August 2020 and has thus far received overwhelmingly positive reviews from the people who have played it.