There are two parts of this post. The first is my obsession with white consoles. I’m not sure why, but when I picked up my PS4, I specifically got the Destiny edition because it was a white console. Then, months later, when I traded in my 360 for an Xbox One, I was determined to have the Master Chief edition because it was white one too. And then I wanted the white Playstation Vita, which is slightly harder to come by because it was a special edition released with Assassin’s Creed: Liberation (released in 2012). The white PS Vita sells for exorbatant amounts of money on Amazon and ebay.
I got my white PS Vita, btw, by shopping craigslist regularly and I found some guy selling one for a reasonable price. I don’t regret it for a minute.
One of the reasons why I wanted it was for the ability to play the PS4 from bed in the other room. The other was to play slightly better quality games in bed (there’s a trend, I’m noticing).
The thing I wasn’t anticipating when I picked up a few games for the Vita, was that they were slightly “dumbed down” versions of the full-sized games.
What the hell?!?
I understand that sometimes there’s a need to lower the graphics because the device doesn’t have the same computing power as the bigger console, but there are games where the content is significantly different than the full version on other consoles. Most specifically are the LEGO games.
I know there are some bad reviews on Borderlands 2 for Vita because the graphics had to be diminished so severely as to make it playable, but even then it lags and has problems playing online, making the port less than desirable. But the LEGO games are simpler than that. The graphics are not intensive, which is nice because it looks and plays the same as it does on the console. But while playing through Harry Potter: Years 5-7, when I would get stuck or was hunting for something for 100% completion, I noticed that any gamefaqs or tutorials did not apply to the Vita version of the game. Upon futher digging I discovered that there were whole sections of the game just removed in the Vita version.
Look, I don’t make games so I don’t know what it takes to port a game from one version to the next. But I have a hard time believing that leaving in all of the content for a LEGO game is “too hard” or “too difficult” or “too much” for a Vita game. Cause, like, those are basically SD cards.
Why do gaming companies do this? I feel like this would be similar if the PC version of a game was vastly different than the console version (in terms of content). Or if the PS version is different than the Xbox version. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I always understood why the DS/3DS games were a little different, but the Vita?
What’re your thoughts on cutting content from the full version of a game for handhelds?
This post is part of the #Blaugust series.
There is a rising sentiment among gamers that I feel is problematic, and, well, downright shitty. And that’s entitlement.
People are very passionate and attached to some of their games. I feel like it happens significantly more with WoW than it does most other games. I understand that attachment. It’s been around for so long and it has become such a huge part of our lives. It’s sometimes how folks met their best friends, their significant others, and their families. It is important to many people.
The thing that folks are forgetting is that it is just a video game. It’s part of our lives, yes, but it is a consumer product at its core.
It’s a human thing to give sentimental meaning to innanimate objects. People do this with a ton of stuff, and is, in part, the basis for hoarding behavior (admittedly hoarding becomes about non-sentimental objects too). People attribute meaning to those objects and they have inflated value because of it. Other people see that movie ticket stub and for them, it’s trash. But for the person keeping it, it’s a date with a loved one, or a spark for other memories.
WoW is this for many people. There are fond memories as well as frustration and annoyance. The game, either through it’s story or the game itself, has sentimental value for each person who plays, in some form or another.
For some that sentimental value has turned into entitlement. And shitty assholic behavior.
I’m going to reiterate this because I feel as though people forget this point far too often. WoW is still, and will always be, a consumer product.
The nostalgic memories and the sentimental value of WoW will vary for everyone, because the experience of playing varies with everyone. That doesn’t diminish the value for one person and make it less or more than the value for another person. It just seems like oner person values it more than another person because of that sentiment.
And regardless of what value it holds for each person, the one thing that needs to seriously stop is the belief that Blizzard, it’s employees, and WoW owe people anything. The belief that they do is really just your shitty entitlement showing through. People need to let that nonsense go.
When was the last time a doctor told you that recovery from an illness was going to be 4-6 weeks, but it took longer than that? Did you show up at the doctor’s office, frothing at the mouth and screaming at them for not holding up to their “promise” that you’d recover in a certain time frame? Or how about when you went to take your car to the mechanic… and they said it would be ready in 2-3 hours. You come back after 2 hours and when your car isn’t ready, so you scream and yell at people? Do you threaten to just not pay them? Drag your car to the next mechanic that can fix it in 2 hours instead of 3 or maybe even 4 hours? Do you call them names? Threaten their lives? Exclaim how much they deserve to have horrible things happen to them?
It just feels like more and more the WoW playerbase feel entitled to content when they want it, and how they want it, and The Company Blizzard isn’t allowed to make any changes without first consulting the millions of players who all want, and value, different things about the game.
TL;DR: You’re not entitled to shit. You’re not entitled to shit. No matter WHAT you think, you’re not entitled to anything. So stop treating other people like they’ve personally offended you by doing their jobs. Hint: They didn’t.
This post is part of the #Blaugust series.