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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield 208

Posted by Soulskill
from the profit-motive dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Ben Kuchera at Polygon recommends against buying the upcoming Battlefield Hardline first-person shooter. Not because it's bad — in fact, he doesn't really offer an opinion on how good the game is — but because it's time to stop incentivizing poor behavior from Electronic Arts and its Digital Illusions CE development studio. After EA acquired DICE, Battlefield game launches accelerated, and launch issues with each game were hand-waved away as unpredictable. The studio's principled stand against paid DLC evaporated in order to feed the ever-hungry beast of shareholder value. Kuchera says, "EA continues this because the Battlefield franchise is profitable; we as players have taught them that we'll buy anyway, and continue to support games that don't work at launch." He suggests avoiding pre-orders, and only buying the game if and when it's in a playable (and fun) state. "Every dollar that's spent on Hardline before the game comes out is a vote for things continuing down an anti-consumer path. If the game is a hit before its launch, that sends a message that we're OK with business as usual, and business as usual has become pretty terrible."
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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 24, 2014 @04:26PM (#47309403)

    They'll keep buying the games as fast as EA pushes them out.

  • by Thatto (258697) <boogiechillin@nOsPam.gmail.com> on Tuesday June 24, 2014 @04:28PM (#47309423) Journal
    Pay for Value.
  • Re:Or Be an Adult (Score:5, Insightful)

    by war4peace (1628283) on Tuesday June 24, 2014 @04:43PM (#47309563)

    Adults don't stop playing games. As a matter of fact, humans never stop playing games throughout their entire lives. Haven't you seen old men playing chess or backgammon? Football, soccer, even courting are all games. Even haggling is a game in a certain sense.

  • No thanks... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Lumpy (12016) on Tuesday June 24, 2014 @04:57PM (#47309731) Homepage

    BF4 was completely unplayable. It was early alpha quality that they pushed out. I am NEVER buying another game from that franchise again. EA can stuff it in their rear end.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 24, 2014 @05:23PM (#47309977)

    The main problem is that so many people confuse not gaining something with losing something.

  • by Algae_94 (2017070) on Tuesday June 24, 2014 @07:19PM (#47310745) Journal

    I don't mind these companies making money, but they do it at the expense of loyal customers, rather than in support of them... I don't think it's a good long-term practice, but that's just me.

    Funny thing is your average hard drug dealer does the same thing. They make money at the detriment of their loyal customers. They know they'll keep coming back because they are horribly addicted and have nothing else to do. If they eventually do lose a customer, they find a new crowd of young customers that haven't gone through the cycle as many times to get jaded.

  • by Xest (935314) on Wednesday June 25, 2014 @06:46AM (#47313603)

    I think the article misses the way modern economies work too. It doesn't matter if it's profitable, shareholders nowadays want to see increasing profits year on year.

    You don't need millions of people to boycott it so that the production makes a loss, you only need thousands like yourself and I that mean it makes less money than it has in previous years.

    If there's no profit growth, investors will start to notice and start asking questions and demanding a change in direction.

    So yes, absolutely boycott, you can make a different, you don't need everyone to boycott, just enough to give up on it each year that it suffers declining sales.

  • by nabsltd (1313397) on Wednesday June 25, 2014 @08:43AM (#47314083)

    I've been computer/console gaming since the early 80's and one thing I learned by the 90's. Never pre order any game. NEVER.

    And, if having the game at the same time as other people isn't required for play (e.g., if multiplayer isn't your primary play style), then just wait until you can get the game at 20% of original cost.

    I've spent around $110 on the Steam summer sale, but I picked up 17 games, many of them "AAA", and by now I really know if the game stands the test of time.

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