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"How did it come to this?" - Gaming's Uncertain Future

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Since I was young, I have played video games. I’ve grown up with some great stories, some told through only a few pixels while others (more recently) through near cinematic experiences. But with the current state of the industry, I can’t help but feel those days of getting a masterful epic are slowly fading away.

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As of late, many games have been released that have been either incomplete or just downright bug-ridden. May I call your attention to these:

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Example 3 (Sadly)

Example 4

If a game which is playable on the first day comes with bugs, occasionally that is to be expected. But it has become a trend. If it is released lacking story, and you are pushed to purchase DLC, that is unfortunate. But also, has become a trend.

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Recently I perused Kotaku for anyone who may feel the same way as I do these days, and found this article by Luke Plunkett. In a nutshell, it basically states that we should stop pre-ordering games as it gives large developers proof that whether or not they make a good game they already have a sale and do not really need to put forth effort in their production. And I agree. I don’t think this by itself will be a cure all, but it’s a good first step.

I was looking forward to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for quite a while (possible SPOILERS to follow). And with the way it ended, I felt immensley disappointed. I went on /r/NeverBeGameOver for answers and discovered a community feeling the same way. But none of us found anything further than a potential (and somewhat unrelated) cutscene. Granted, the studio responsible for production went through some difficult times prior to the game’s release. But its creator, Hideo Kojima, had promised months before that the game was complete and he was busy with applying the final polish to the product. So what gives?

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It used to be that if a game became glitchy, or stopped working, all you needed to do was take the cartridge out... blow on it... and try again. Now, with some exceptions of course, games ship incomplete and that’s just the way it is. MGSV:TPP was the last game I purchased, and I don’t know if I’ll buy another in the near future. If something catches my eye, and the reviews of it are sound, I may take a peak. But sadly, I think the days of my digital adventuring may be nearing the end.

“Where is the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing? They have passed like rain on the mountain, like wind in the meadow. The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow. How did it come to this?”

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