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Op Ed

The Armchair Empire - Are Gamers Too Negative?
Sometimes negativity and cynicism just happen, and it's not like they materialize out of thin air. There's usually a cause for these things, which is why we can't pretend like the game industry doesn't have a hand in it too. If $60 games didn't get released so often with bugs still in them (and sometimes these are highly anticipated "AAA" $60 games), gamers would have one less reason to be upset. If publishers took a few more chances, instead of milking every fad to come along, only to discard its withered husk on the side of the road when they're finished with it, gamers would have another big reason not to be negative. Sure, there's a good sized cloud of cynicism hovering around gamers these days, but given some of the directions that the industry has gone in of late, this sentiment seems somewhat justified.

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16. Re: Op Ed Feb 4, 2011, 10:22 briktal
Cutter wrote on Feb 3, 2011, 13:16:
Spot on, Joe and well said. If the automotive industry was anything like the game industry it would have gone under long ago. Consumers are entitled to a reasonable expectation that a product will perform as intended. So when we consistently run into shoddy, overpriced products that occur becuase of shoddy developers and publishers, yes, we tend to get somehwat 'miffed'. It's the only industry in the world that seems it can consistently get away with that. That needs to change and has for a long time now.

It's not just the games industry, but software in general.
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