Am I getting pickier, are developers getting suckier, or am I a fanboy?
I’m definitely gaming less, largely due to an increase in non-gaming activities eating my free time. As a result I’m finding myself particularly discriminating when it comes to what I actually buy and play. Video games aren’t my primary outlet these days, I’d say they consume 25% of my free time whereas in the past it might have been as high as 75%.
This has worked out well for me, because if I were a bored Golden Jew, I’d have trouble taking a strong stance on developers who have either pissed me off, or not managed to beat out the competition. Etrian Odyssey 2, for example, has turned me off to future installments of the game because of Atlus’ crass laziness in developing a sequel.
I’m on a huge hate binge of Firaxis because their business model revolves around the fact their community is made of Sid Meier felaters and talented modders who do his work for him (see Colonization and Civ 4 BTS as examples where this model succeeded, and Civ Revs as an example of where it did not). And despite my love of music games, I’m actually going to pass on picking up GH:WT. Not because it’s a bad game, by all rights it seems to be a very promising game, but because I believe in Harmonix and their platform play as opposed to Neversoft’s obsession with box-sales and their spotty track record in regards to DLC.
Regardless, the net result is that I don’t feel compelled to buy games I don’t believe in because I’ve found other things to do with my time. I haven’t even considered purchasing Spore. I’m pleased with this self righteous stance, because voting with your wallet is the only way to influence a free market. And while one man might not make a difference, no men will make even less. And let’s not even talk about the impact women have, I can’t believe we let them out of the house, let alone on Xbox Live.