Delays, Death Threats, And Gamer Entitlement

With the recent announcement that No Man’s Sky would be delayed for one measly month, a small group of internet psychopaths has once again demonstrated why gamers continue to get a bad rap from both the older generation and the media.

The news broke a few days ago on the official Sony blog, where Managing Director Sean Murray explained that, in order to get the game where he wanted it in terms of polish, they’d need to delay it for a little bit longer to make sure it’s at the right place upon release.

While sane human beings would understand this logic, thereby accepting it and moving on with their lives, a few of the salty polyps that sadly grow on the undercarriage of the internet happened to react differently.

What is the big deal with a game being delayed?

Truthfully, it isn’t a big deal, which brings me to my first point. Who cares? I get that we’re all excited to play No Man’s Sky, but a delay of only one month is not a huge deal. We’ve already waited this long, so what is one more month? I remember back in 2006 seeing the reveal of Final Fantasy 13 Versus, which would take another 10 years to come to fruition. I bought my PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles for that game, and even then, I didn’t feel the need to threaten Square-Enix employees over it.

Hello Games is under no obligation to release the game in June unless they’ve agreed to. Judging by the delay, I’d say that Sony is perfectly willing to wait, and so should you be.

Delays are a good thing!

I never understood the negative reaction to delays, as it generally means that the developer and/or publisher is more concerned about quality than hitting some arbitrary deadline for what I presume to be anxious investors. It is true that some delays end up helping nothing in the end, but by and large, they are for a noble and honest cause.

Hello Games deciding that No Man’s Sky needs more time in the oven is a fantastic thing because it means the product we all want will be a better game when it drops. We will have a smoother, more polished version of the game. Really, that is what is most important, not the day it comes out.

To those of you slinging insults and making threats, I ask this: Would you prefer a buggy, unfinished or unpolished game over having to wait one more month? This sort of reaction reminds me of spoiled children and how they must have what they want right now, even if it means that they will miss out or suffer for their impatience.

 Death threats? Really?

While I completely understand wanting a game when it is supposed to release, is sinking to a level where you sign on to Twitter or Facebook or whatever to send a hateful or threatening message to a person who is just trying to do their job, really the best course of action? Why do you feel so angry about this? Why is there such an overwhelming feeling of resentment?

Hell, if you just insist on voicing your concern, why can you not, like other normal human beings, voice it in a constructive manner? I do not ever understand why some gamers have this hot-headed or entitled approach to things.

Sonic has longer, thinner legs now?! Better threaten Sega. Diablo III looks too colourful for a Diablo game? How about a boycott, a petition, and some death threats? Dante has dark hair now? let’s attack Ninja Theory about it, just because!
It is this type of behaviour that makes us look like spoiled, entitled little brats, and I’m sick to death of outsiders viewing us as such. Maybe, just maybe, next time you feel like threatening someone over something so benign or so unimportant, you instead assess your actions and take a less hostile approach.

Hearthstone: League of Explorers Third Wing Delayed

The next section of Hearthstone‘s ongoing adventure expansion, The League of Explorers, will be delayed one week.  The third wing, The Ruined City, was originally going to release on November 26th in the Americas and November 27th in Europe and Asia.  Instead, it will now launch on December 3rd in the Americas and December 4th in Europe and Asia.  Consequently, the fourth and final wing of the expansion, Hall of Explorers, will launch the following week on December 10th in the Americas and December 11th in Europe and Asia.  The delay is most likely due to American Thanksgiving taking place on the same day as original release date for The Ruined City and the development team wanting to take a vacation for the holiday.

The Ruined City will add 11 new cards to the game, mainly focusing on murloc decks such as the Shaman spell Everyfin is Awesome and the Paladin spell Anyfin Can Happen.  To obtain these cards, players will first have to assist Sir Finley Mrrgglton in finding the final piece of the Staff of Origination, the Pearl of the Tides.  To get to the pearl, you’ll have to go through several fearsome bosses, including the naga warrior Lord Slitherspear (pictured above) and the wild murloc Giantfin.  Those playing on a budget will likely breath a sigh of relief for the delay as the new expansion was only one week before the first wing released.  This will give players more time to save up gold and catch up with the expansion.  Those who have already prepurchased the full adventure, on the other hand, are likely to be annoyed by the delay.  What are your feelings on the delay?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Delayed Until 2015

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In an open letter from CD Projekt Red’s board, they announced that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt would be delayed until February 2015. The following are excerpts from the letter, detailing exactly why they have delayed the game.

“Ever since we started working on the third installment in The Witcher franchise, it has been our aim to produce a title that would take our 11 years of experience in creating RPGs and distill them into a quintessence, into a game that would effectively crown those years. At the same time, we have wanted The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to expand creative boundaries, set new benchmarks, develop the genre as a whole. Ultimately, you, the players, must get an unforgettable adventure to experience in a vast, open world – and that’s most important.”

It’s an admirable goal and CD Projekt seems very genuine in their concern for quality. The Witcher has always been a unique franchise with a lot of potential, and Wild Hunt seems to be doing things the right way.

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“We’ve created a story that flows naturally, cinematically, rendered it in amazing sound and visuals, while preserving full freedom of choice – all for you. We knew this to be an ambitious plan, but believed we could achieve it by bringing together our team with its creative energies and current gaming platforms with their technical capabilities. A project this vast and complex would inevitably require special care in its final stages, manual fine-tuning of many details, thorough testing time and again.”

They bring up a good point with the size of this game. When Wild Hunt was announced, they suggested that one single landmass was larger than all of Skyrim, so a task as detailed as this seems no easy feat, especially for a slightly smaller developer like CD Projekt.

“We recently reexamined what we had achieved thus far, and faced a choice about the game’s final release date. The decision we made was difficult, thoroughly considered, and ultimately clear and obvious. We could have released the game towards the end of this year as we had initially planned. Yet we concluded that a few additional months will let us achieve the quality that will satisfy us, the quality gamers expect from us. Consequently, we have set the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for February 2015.”

It’s very refreshing to see that at least one studio is willing to delay their game to make sure the quality is there. I’m looking at you EA.

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“Dear gamers – we know many of you would have liked to play The Witcher 3 sooner, as soon as possible, even. We’re sorry to make you wait longer than you, or we, initially assumed you would. At the same time, we believe the game will prove to be worth the wait and meet the expectations you have of us. We believe The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be an exceptional RPG, one of the best, providing many hours of wonderful entertainment.”

It’s nice that they took the time to address us as well. If the trailers are any indication of the final product, Wild Hunt is a game to keep your eye on.

“Dear shareholders – we are aware of the responsibility that rests with us and thank you for the trust you have granted us thus far. We firmly believe that quality – more than any other factor – determines a game’s success, and that the decision we have made is thus equally valid in business terms.”

They finally go on to address the shareholders directly. We often forget on this end, but the amount of investing in the games we play is shocking.

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Overall, it’s slightly disappointing to see Wild Hunt delayed, but I’d much rather a polished experience than a broken mess of a game like Battlefield 4.