And this is why I badmouth zealotous Christians, but never bash the existance of Jesus. Because he was an OG civil rights activist, it’s just that the religion that diefies him distorts everything into horrible bullshit. Religion isn’t a bad thing, but the shit that is done in the name of religion often is.
It’s also why two of my best friends have been very religious Christians (one is even a missionary now), but both also understood that teachings and dogma have been distorted, and neither ever judged my life decisions. As the book even says, hate the sin, not the sinner. If you think homosexuality is a sin, so be it, but don’t hate on gay people because they practice it.
First Ubisoft lost my order from May 1st when I used my promo code for buying an EVGA GTX 770. After dealing with the idiots at support, game was added to my account 5 minutes before it’s actual launch. Cue waiting for it to download, which it failed to complete doing twice, both at 100%. Second time I had to shut down uPlay and relaunch for it to realize “oh, I guess I’m done.”
Finally start game up, click start new game, crash. Try again, crash. Repeat three times before looking online for possible solution. Only find "don’t install to Program Files (x86) folder" which, fyi, is the uPlay default location. So I try to move the files to fake a reinstall, which it won’t let me, so cue another download to a new location on my SSD. Still crashes. Third attempt at download to my HD, more annoyance with download failures, still fucking crashing.
Off to a smashing start, aren’t we Ubisoft? If my top of the line computer can’t run this piece of shit, I dread how it’ll work on lower end machines, if at all.
Sidenote: Holy fuck the new version of uPlay looks like spunk covered shit. Here, have this irritating forced Facebook integration shit you can’t turn of or remove!
Recently, the developer of Towns announced he was officially abandoning the game, which went through Steam’s Greenlight system before Early Access was a thing. The problem is news outlets carried this story, and the outcry against Steam’s programs is palpable. Which personally, I find super confusing. Why is Steam being blamed, not the developer, and why is the finger even being pointed?
First let’s address the elephant in the room: Yes, Steam’s Greenlight and Early Access programs are riddled with exploitive examples, games that should not be on the system and/or will never be completed. This is only half Steam’s fault, for when they did run quality control on titles being released, the community complained that the trickle was too slow, and that the voting didn’t have enough impact on releases. Responding, Steam turned to a more voting central acceptance system, and the deluge we’re currently experiencing is due to this. Who is to blame, Steam for not sticking to their guns, or the community for pestering the shit out of them to change it? I’m not going to pick a side in this one, because both arguments have issues.
What really needs to be addressed is this, the fault of the whole situation as it is now is in the hands of you, the consumer. I consider myself a very cautious consumer, making sure I want something before I purchase it. I own over 300 PCs games, and the number of regretable purchases can be counted on one hand; not counting gifts, because I can’t control those. Deadlight, Mirror’s Edge, and Legend of Dungeon are the only games I regret buying because I listened to recommendations from friends without considering differences in tastes. Yet, I constantly hear the claim that people having given up on Early Access or Greenlight because they have ‘tons of games’ from those sections that are incomplete. That is your fault, you bought them. You made poor choices and didn’t research them. I own a few games that have been abandoned too, the difference is I still enjoyed the time I spent with them and it more than paid for itself.
As a consumer you should have a reasonable exchange rate of enjoyment to dollars spent. Mine is a simple conversion of equivalent media, the movies. So a game must grant at least 1 hour of enjoyment per $5 I spent buying it. Some games merely meet this bar, most absolutely destroy it. Keep in mind I bolded the word enjoyment for a reason. I fully understand when you spend money on a game and don’t enjoy a minute of it. Deadlight is my perfect example of this. I only spent $5 and it took 4 hours to beat, but I hated every minute of it and only slogged through in the hope it’d get better. So I spent $5 and wasted 4 hours of my time.
The moral of the story/rant here is that if you have an issue with Early Access or Greenlight, take a look at yourself first. If you’re buying up anything you think might eventually have promise but isn’t currently worth a damn, that is your fault. You bought something on premise. This is the same as preordering games. Be a smarter consumer and you will have far less to complain about.