Isey wrote a post on the upcoming game Anthem. He loves it: “I wanted to stop playing, but couldn’t. And that should tell you something. Especially considering the content was around 2 hours of quests (estimate) and then a repeatable “dungeon” (called “Strongholds” in Anthem) which I did over. And Over. And then upped the difficulty and did it over. And over. The backdrop is incredible. Immersive. It’s fun. The things you see, do and play in the game is very fun. The shooting feels good, the flying is great, and the kill / loot / equip / kill cycle works well.”
He finishes his post with: “it won’t be perfect at launch, I already know that. Most live games aren’t. Not letting people see/play it first would actually result in better sales I bet, and a better future for Anthem. … I believe that it will be a solid game and foundation for years to come – if people give it the time and patience to become what it needs to.”
What the hell? Why should I give “patience” to a product that I’m paying for? Hey, buy this TV set, it has no sound, but we’ll install it later. Or: buy this car at full price, advertised with Air Conditioning but it will come a year from now in a paid upgrade. No salesman would dare to pull this crap. But for some reason video games do and players tolerate this behavior. Even encourage each other to pay despite it.
No way! I expect a product to work as advertised when sold. Is it not perfectly balanced? Fine, but then don’t start the competitive content at launch and advertise the delay. Is the client freezing? Is the avatar fall trough the ground and keep falling forever? Is it get stuck in an animation? Many of the assets are placeholders? Then don’t ship it! Give yourself enough time to complete your product!
However the above is just moralization if I don’t put my money where my mouth is. I’ll do. I won’t buy Anthem nor any other game which has bad reviews by beta testers for bugs, inability to log in, glitches or game-breaking imbalance. There are always haters, but their reviews are … hate. Like “they drawn it wrong” or “itz boooring XD” or “i got lost and cant complete dungon”. I ignore these as morons and slackers whining. If it’s not your type of game, don’t post bad review, just don’t play. I won’t go to a high APM RTS game and then hate it for the annoying micro. I know that I hate micro, so I won’t play at the first place. But when players have legitimate concerns in droves, I tend to not buy. If the game is good, it’ll have a small devoted playerbase who will slowly outnumber those who try, hate, quit.
You can ask for my patience. You can ask for my money. But never both!