GameCop vs. LameCop is a feature where Anthony and I argue about video game issues, playing the role of either the GameCop or the LameCop as we do so. We switch roles each time. The GameCop has your best interests as gamers at heart, while the LameCop is just what he sounds like: a total loser.
This week, we tackle several issues including Nintendo’s racial epithets in Animal Crossing, gaming companies’ decision to release all of the video games at the same time each year, and releasing buggy games.
Recently, Nintendo sent out press copies of the Nintendo DS game, Animal Crossing Wild World to various journalists. Unfortunately, these press copies were derived from a tester’s save file, where this tester had the sense to rename a character as “N—a” (yes, the racial epithet that starts with an N). Oops?
Oops? Oops is what you say when you spill a drink on your fiancee’s $300 purse, not what you say when you have testers sending games out to the press after conditioning some poor animal to be a racist. I saw American History X and this kind of thing only leads to a Nazi Uprising and curb stompings galore.
Now, I understand why this happened and Nintendo did well to apologize for it, but for such a family friendly company, even having this “viral catchphrase” feature is just asking for trouble. This is a blemish on Nintendo, but I applaud them for their quick and sincere response. In other news, sales of Animal Crossing jumped by 456% in the South.
Dude, Anthony, chill. I mean, this is maybe Nintendo’s only blemish in the history of their company ever, so lighten up. These dudes have made the same 4 games over and over again for the last 10 years and made millions, so they know what they’re doing. Besides, you know darn well that we all like to change the names of our characters to questionable things when and if we are given that chance.
Who doesn’t remember crying when Sephiroth killed Butt Monger, or cheering in victory when AssMaster, the Hero of Time, defeated the evil Ganon with the Master Sword. Hell, I even made Darth Jesus in KOTOR II, does that make me a bad person? And we all remember what the real Jesus said… something about stones. And throwing them at dudes. I can’t remember exactly but maybe you should just stfu about it.
Every year, game companies load up the months of October through December with a ludicrous amount of holiday releases, after a relatively quiet 12 months of gaming. Fair or foul?
Personally, I think that gaming companies should really try to spread these releases out a little bit. I understand that for their fiscal years to look better, they tend to load up games around certain points, but now you’ve got companies like EA showing some heavy losses despite releasing Madden, NCAA, Dead Space, Rock Band and Mirrors Edge all on the backend. I think part of what causes is that is that gamers simply can’t buy all of these games at once, and they will more often choose the 10/10 games over the 9/10 games when they’ve got to.
I imagine Anthony will defend this and say something lame about survival of the fittest, but really, I think this just hurts the gaming industry, and it really makes it harder for gamers. We are not all soulless beasts like you, sir.
Survival of the Pwnest, you Darwin hating choir boy. And quit whining about great games coming out. In my day, games sucked year round! The only good games came out when a new system launched. So you have a ton of great games coming out, boo hoo. First up, get a job! And if you have a job, get a better one. And if your wife or girlfriend doesn’t chip in so you can get LittleBigPlanet and Gears of War 2 in the same week, drop her like a needle gun. She is only holding you back.
Christmas and Hannukah and Kwanza and Ramadan are all great gift giving holidays and game companies rely on this time to get in the black. Thats why they call it Black Friday. Sure, they can release these games in January, May and July, but who wants to wait that long? I need them and I need them now! The weak game companies should be punished. Oh no, EA is losing money? I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more. They brought it on themselves and now its time to reap the whirlwind. They got pwned!
Some of the holiday’s heavy hitters (GTA IV PC, Fallout 3, Fable II) are full of bugs. A concerning sign of the carelessness of game devs or not a big deal, since you can just patch it?
This issue really bothers me since I only got online with games this year. If you ship a product and its not finished and its buggy and unplayable, gamers will remember. I don’t care if the patch is ready on Day 1, it should never have come to that. Finish the job. Not all gamers will remember, as the Madden crowd will buy that game if you put manure in the box instead of a disc.
But honestly, this is wrong and any company that releases a game that is broken and needs a patch just to function, guess what? You just ensured that I will buy all of your games from GameStop in the future…USED. Maybe that will learn you a thing or two.
I am sure Eddy will come on and act like we should be thankful for any crap Valve or EA decides to poop on us, but lets face it: he still sleeps with a Master Chief action figure. Can you trust someone like that?
I love patches! How can you not love patches? It really makes me feel like I got my $70 bucks worth when the company is continually having to fix what came out messed up. I mean, if it wasn’t for these great intertubes, we would just get screwed up games all the time, and then what? Patches make the world a better place. Think if there had been a patch to get rid of Oddjob in Goldeneye. Or Raiden in Metal Gear Solid 2. Nobody would be complaining.
These days, everybody’s freaking out about the internet and video games. But really, patches are like free downloadable content. Who cares about paying $10 for new maps when I can get my brand new game all fixed up for free. Woo! I love being a gamer!
Now that you’ve seen the GameCop vs LameCop stance, what are your thoughts on these issues?