What is a modern gamer you ask? Well, we are all modern gamers.
Guys and girls who live in today’s not-so-great gaming industry where everyone is trying to milk everything as much as they can.
Every day we are faced with obstacles that we need to challenge in order to just play our games like innocent people.
There is always some scheme we need to watch out for, and whenever we want to buy a game we always need to think twice before we do so as lies are all over the place.
Yes, being a modern gamer simply sucks, and here is why.
Microtransactions are now everywhere
Before gamers had to deal with microtransactions our multiplayer games. Yes, this was not pretty to see as cosmetic items and even other boxes that contained better weapons were all available in these crates. This was known as the “play to win” model. However, gamers adapted to this way of life and realized that if you don’t play COD from day one then you have two options, buy everything with extra money or simply don’t play it.
Now in 2017, we have single player games with microtransactions too. Yes, the latest game to fall victim to this is the upcoming Middle-earth: Shadow of War where WBGames have thought it wise to sell chests that contain weapons and even characters that will give you an upper hand in the game.
This is something that we all frown upon as unless the game is free-to-play, do not ask me for a cent unless it is simply a cosmetic purchase. The truth is as much as everyone says “is you have a problem with in-game purchases, don’t buy them”, but the truth of the matter is that if that is your view on the situation, things are never going to change. Microtransactions take advantage of us every time we boot up a game, and it ruins the experience.
The lack of Backwards Compatibility
As we are slowly reaching the end of the current console cycle, give or take another two years max before the PS5 is on the market, the fear of this generational leap is always daunting. For two generations now we have had to live with the fact that we would need to have two consoles plugged into our TV to play all our favourite games from Sony. While Microsoft has this spot on with the Xbox One by allowing the Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility support on the console, both Sony and Nintendo have failed gamers terribly in this day and age.
The Nintendo Switch has no way of you downloading older games onto it, and when the console gets its much anticipated Virtual Console support which will see the NES, GBA, and SNES games release on the device, gamers will have to repurchase the games even if they owned them already on the Wii U and 3DS.
It is a complete utter lack of respect for gamers who spend hundreds and thousands during a console cycle to forget and pretend that all those purchases and experience did not exist. It actually goes to show how much Nintendo and Sony actually care about their games to leave them all behind when new hardware comes along.
Paid subscription price hikes
One of the parts of being a modern gamer is always having to budget each month for those subscriptions. If you are someone who owns every platform then it is quite an expensive budget to handle. Then we have the price hikes which have been pre predominant over the past few years as Microsoft, and Sony has increased their “value add” subscription almost by 70%.
It is not like we get anything fantastic with these monthly purchases and often we don’t even download the games we get for free. We also now have Nintendo coming to the party with their service next year which is another R60, for now, that is. As the Switch gains momentum we can surely see this price go up in the next few years. That is close R350 a month we pay now just for these services.
Not to mention the others if you play games like ESO, Final Fantasy XIV, and WoW. These are constantly going up every month without you even realizing it due to the weak rand. There is more money being spent here than you think.
In the recent year, this subject has become a rather nasty one. I have noticed gamers become more aware of their pre-order decisions and most of them now actually stay away from pre-ordering games until reviews drop or demos are released. Sure, you can blame No Man’s Sky, I do anyway, but this whole model still has a terrible taste for all gamers out there.
With all these pre-order incentives that expire on release, gamers are missing out on these goodies in turn for waiting to see if the game is actually any good or not. Basically, publishers are saying that if you want to be safe, you will miss out on incentives, and if you pre-order that incentive will be given to players at a later date anyway.
It is all a very ugly situation as we all know the price of games, and just how we need to budget for them, so when we are let down by something that encompasses everything I mentioned above in one package, then things are simply disastrous. Being a modern gamer means gambling your money away sometimes, and it is simply not fair.