So, the holiday season is in full swing and,with a job in retail, there’s gonna be times I just can’t get a quality video out intime.
I’m working on a Halloween related videothat I wanted to have out today but it’s looking like that ain’t possible so here’ssomething to hopefully tide everyone over until I can get that out.
Nintendo Switch So, the Nintendo Switch got revealed, andeveryone was going crazy over it following it’s reveal.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it looks ratherimpressive.
By all means, I hope it does well.
But we’ve done this song and dance before.
If you’ve somehow missed it, the Switchis essentially a portable system with the power of a console that has a dock which,when docked, will make it a console.
There’s more I could go into but every jackasson the internet has been regurgitating the obvious stuff so I’m gonna be the jackasswho tries to talk about the other stuff.
A lot of people I’ve talked to have beengetting really hyped and while I don’t like being a Debbie Downer, I’ve gotta warn youguys that you need to temper your expectations.
That long list of developers that are supportingthe console? Yeah, that looks impressive, but until weget actual games out of them, they should all be looked at as empty promises.
Remember the list of developers who claimedthey’d be supporting the Wii U? Remember how that turned out? Also, while the marketing for the Switch wasbrilliant in not having a single spoken word, it still left a lot of questions on the table.
How much will it cost? Will we be able to use our old controllers? Will the games we’ve downloaded on the WiiUbe useless on the Switch? Will there be any sort of backwards compatibilityat all? What’s the battery life on this thing? Is it region locked? There’s a lot of questions that aren’tanswered yet.
Also, 2K Games and Bethesda have both saidthat neither NBA 2k nor Skyrim are confirmed for the Switch, effectively saying that theirappearance in the trailer really means nothing at all.
So, keep that in mind.
Bethesda While we’re speaking of the devil, Bethasdajust announced that they will no longer be sending review copies of their games out aheadof launch.
They claim that this move is because theywant everyone, media and players alike, to experience the games at the same time.
Now if anything, I should be applauding themif I were purely motivated by self gain.
I mean, this is putting the likes of Polygonand Destructoid on the same level as me, in that they have to wait until release.
I could, potentially, get a review out beforeIGN or Gamespot does.
But I’m not a psychopath who’s purelyout for myself.
On most days.
The fact of the matter is this is purely amove motivated by self gain.
Bethesda’s self gain.
They know that games reviewers are still gonnatry to get that review out on day one because there’s a financial benefit to it and mostof them are barely hanging on as it is, they know that reviewers won’t have accuratereviews out that quickly, and they know that reviewers tend to err on the side of positivityin order to avoid hoards of angry fanboys breathing down their necks.
They also know that there’s a value to consumersin having a game on day one.
They know that there’s a pre-order cultureto exploit and it’s much easier to exploit it if there’s no negative press out abouttheir product.
They know that the reviews that will be accurateand informative, that will criticise the game for all its faults won’t be out until aweek after release and that’s already past the point where the game makes the majorityof it’s profit.
When Bethesda says it cares about games reviews,it’s nothing but a load of hot air.
They justify the move due to the release ofDOOM, a game that was similarly distributed to critics on day one and was very well receivedall around.
But remember! They only did this because of the VERY NEGATIVEreception of the DOOM beta! They clearly believed that the game they weredistributing was going to be negatively reviewed! I believe, without a doubt, Bethesda is expectingat best a lukewarm critical reception for Skyrim Special Edition or Dishonored 2.
If they end up widely praised, then it’sjust going to be yet more evidence they can point to when when they inevitably start hypingup their own No Man’s Sky.
Bethesda is no angel.
They’ve made very flawed games in the past,hell, most of their games outside of the id properties have had severe bugs and glitches.
I have no doubt in my mind that they willtake advantage of their good will and now their critical immunity to release some dudsin the future – the question isn’t if, but when.