12 votes

The Fall of 76 - Internet Historian

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  1. The_Fad Link
    I've become an old fogey on whom a lot of YouTube's culture and injokes have been lost. Because of this I dont go to YouTube pretty much ever. I'm glad that I made an exception for this video....

    I've become an old fogey on whom a lot of YouTube's culture and injokes have been lost. Because of this I dont go to YouTube pretty much ever.

    I'm glad that I made an exception for this video. It's posting is serendipitous too because last night I was literally thinking I might pick 76 back up again (I played it to ~Level 20 when it first came out before the bugs, grind, and generally poor game design got too much to handle) and see if it's manageably fun yet.

    I'm disappointed to see it's still problematic, but glad I dont have to waste my time.

    10 votes
  2. asoftbird Link
    It really seems to be a trend to release unfinished games and patch them up later. Like early access, but released as a finished game. I hope that will soon change, since there's just too many...

    It really seems to be a trend to release unfinished games and patch them up later. Like early access, but released as a finished game. I hope that will soon change, since there's just too many rushed and failed games out there nowadays.

    8 votes
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    balooga Link
    Nice recap of what an absolute turd that whole launch was. I hadn't heard about the rum bottle before, even without that bit it was still a debacle from top to bottom. I love Skyrim so much. It's...

    Nice recap of what an absolute turd that whole launch was. I hadn't heard about the rum bottle before, even without that bit it was still a debacle from top to bottom.

    I love Skyrim so much. It's one of my favorite games of all time. It was a bit buggy on launch but the bugs were mostly endearing ones and Bethesda managed to patch things up well over time. The Special Edition was actually a great re-release and I was happy to buy the game again on console for access to the performance improvements, better graphics, and mods.

    I used to be giddy about the idea of the next Elder Scrolls game, now I'm just scared. Will it have a microtransaction store? A half-baked online component? Can I just buy the game once up front and get a compelling single-player experience without Bethesda trying squeeze every cent of post-purchase monetization out of me?

    I've been "playing" Elder Scrolls Blades and it's barely even a game. It's just a Skinner box slot machine, slowly dripping out "rewards" and disappointment in equal measure. The game is constantly erecting arbitrary barriers to progress, from artificially scarce resources to increasingly long cooldown times — both of which can be bypassed by spending real money, of course. You spend more time waiting than actually playing, and the gameplay itself isn't even fun, it's just tedious. Feels more like a chore than entertainment. If TES6 includes any of that garbage, I'm out. Whatever happened to just making actually fun games with no strings attached?

    4 votes
    1. asoftbird Link Parent
      Priorities that shifted from "let's put a lot of effort into this to make a fun and worthwhile game" to "hey, if l just repeat this formula l can make a lot of money with very little effort".

      Whatever happened to just making actually fun games with no strings attached?

      Priorities that shifted from "let's put a lot of effort into this to make a fun and worthwhile game" to "hey, if l just repeat this formula l can make a lot of money with very little effort".

      4 votes