Another Friday, another thought! I decided to go with a a heavier topic today, but I did my best to keep it short so it would be a chore to read. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!
I had the idea for this Thought a few months ago. Paragon, Epic’s MOBA title, had launched. A highly anticipated update that drastically changed how people played the game. Unfortunately, Epic did not prepare for the influx in players, and the servers promptly crashed and were down for almost the entire day. As you might expect, a lot of people became very angry when they couldn’t play their favorite game. Some of them had even taken the day off of work to play the update.
At the same time, many other fans of Paragon were arguing that no one had anything to be upset about, as it was “just a game” and non of it mattered in the grand scheme of things. They even pointed to the fact that Paragon is technically free to play, and that nobody can get upset when Epic is providing the game at no cost upfront.
So is it okay to get upset at developers in situations like these? I can only offer my personal opinion, but I believe that gamers absolutely have the right to be angry or disappointed in a game. There is, or course, a limit to that. People sending death threats and the like have no place in any sort of discussion. But overall, I not only believe gamers have a right to be angry, I also believe it is important that they express that anger. Just as long as it is done in a respectful way.
This is even true for free to play games. For starters, many people spend hundreds of dollars playing these games. Just because they didn’t “have” to spend any money to play doesn’t make their purchase any less valid. And second, imagine a friend of yours promises to help you move one day, but then they don’t show up. Are you not going to be mad at them just because they were going to do it for free? Of course not! They made a promise to you, and they should keep that whether an exchange of cash happened or not. The same should hold true for video games as well.
But like I said, this is just my personal opinion. So now its time for you to tell me what you think. Do gamers have a right to be upset when a developer makes a poor decision, or acts out of greed? Or should all of it be ignored since “it’s just video games”? Be sure to let me know in the comments below. And be sure to have a great weekend everyone!