The time has come to talk turkey people. Beyond the logistics of running a stream on Twitch, there are actually other issues that we'll need to discuss as a community. One of those issues is the devolution of classic gaming companies into soulless corporate behemoths. Pissed off yet? Well never fear, I've got a lot more to say and there is a good chance that you aren't going to like all of it.
So what's this got to do with Fallout 76? Everything really. Fallout 76 is just the latest evidence which proves that Bethesda is no longer making games for any purpose other than conning you out of your hard earned cash. It might be the buggiest game to ever launch. It might be the least secure and efficient multi-player game ever written. It might be the most empty RPG open world ever unleashed upon us.
Bethesda used to be a company with vision. They once created games like Daggerfall that pushed the very limits of both our hardware and our mediocre imaginations. But no longer. Fallout 76 is the exact opposite of that. Skyrim is arguably just another example as it brings absolutely nothing new to the table despite the fact that Bethesda keeps re-releasing it in an attempt to extract more cash from their customers.
I bet you are asking whether or not I have played Fallout 76. Allow me to answer: Fuck no. I have no plans to ever play it either. The reality is that if you bought this game, you are actually part of the problem now. Want more Fallout? Replay one of the older games that you already own. Don't buy this steaming pile of unstable shit with half baked features, a nearly 20 year old game engine, no NPCs, terribad PVP mechanics, no real story line and a preference for whipping out its dick and pissing all over the lore established by previous games in the series.
To be blunt I have strong feelings on this game. I've watched and listened to a few streamers like CohhCarnage playing it over the last few weeks and it's nothing short of terrible. Despite this, millions of people lined up in advance to hand their $60 hard earned dollars over to Bethesda and the band of fools working on this abortion of a game. On top of that, tens of thousands of people are still watching streamers play it. Now that later group includes people like me. So by that definition I am also part of the problem.
The reality here is that while I'm picking on Bethesda and Fallout 76 in particular, this is a symptom of a much larger problem. The gaming industry has become excessively corporate and has become very risk adverse. By extension the customer base also seems to getting progressively more risk adverse. Every once in awhile there are still rays of hope that shine through the encroaching darkness of this industry. Take for example the fan reaction to the announcement of Diablo: Immortal. Now that was a thing of beauty.
But the trend is clear. As behemoths like Microsoft and EA continue to slurp up smaller dev shops, stunts like this are only going to become more and more common. As gamers we have a duty to push back. If we don't, then we'll only have ourselves to blame when we wake up one day and realize that gaming has become a wasteland of cynical and half-baked MBA designed shit shows. Buying shit like Fallout 76 or Diablo Immortal or even cynical cash grabs like Valve's upcoming Artifact card game makes you part of the problem rather than part of the solution.
TLDR: Vote with your dollar. Don't buy shitty games