Before I continue with the rest of the article let’s just get a few things straight, I have no love for Jason Schreier. He has some really half-baked political opinions and uses his platform and game coverage to preach about his political ideology. Not to mention that Jason is one of the video game journalists with the most fragile of egos in the industry. Who blocks anyone on social media over the slightest of disagreement positive or negative. He didn’t get a nickname like “Blockbot Schreier” over nothing. It’s a well-known fact he blocks literally everyone who objects to him. Having said that I have to give him credit, where credit is due. His latest article on Cyberpunk 2077’s development is some amazing journalistic work.
The biggest revelation that was revealed in this article was the fact that the demo that was shown at E3 2018 was fake, and not representative of the development of the game at that time. They specifically had to go out of their way to work on the 48-minute gameplay trailer that we saw, so they could hide the actual state of the game.
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.