What is the Video Game Industry? Is it a place were developers come together to make titles of varying genres, of different scopes, and more? Or is it a business, where the better the game = the better the profit? And arguably most importantly of all: where do gamers fit in all of this? With the Internet era at its peak via forums, Facebook, Twitter, and of course Reddit, gamers are always talking about their favorite or least favorite titles somewhere and that includes talking about the companies that make them.
However, there has been a trend as of late as to where gamers should even care about the practices that the Video Game Industry employs. For to some, it’s complaining because it “inconveniences” them, and nothing more. But for Redditor OnePeace12, it’s more than that, it’s knowing what’s going on so you can be wise about what’s happening:
“Someone may enjoy a game as a whole, but believe that these practices are unethical, or that they partially (or thoroughly) lower the quality of the game”
The practices most cited for this are microtransactions (which are a concern currently in Battlefront 2), Loot Boxes, DLC, Season Passes, and even the classic argument about DRM.
On one hand, people rightfully consider complaining about these practices “yelling at the wall” because what are our voices going to do against something so solid? However, the other side is just as correct in that arguing against these practices can not only breed great discussions but can lead to change, even if only on a small scale.
Despite what people think, the Video Game Industry does bend to the will of the gamers. Look at what happened to Mass Effect Andromeda. EA made a cash grab dash, didn’t allow for quality, and the fans called them out on it and now they’re in trouble. They won’t want to make that mistake again. Another example is World of Warcraft. One of their expansion, Warlords of Draenor, was of very low quality, and the fans called them out on it, and Legion came next, and it was much better.
So in the end, it’s ok to not care, but it’s just as fine to care and talk about it. It’s your voice, use it how you see fit.