I’ve immersed myself in video games and its culture for a very long time and my determination to seize its spoils hasn’t wavered, always finding something to keep me entertained when I have free time. Let’s be honest it’s easier now than it was in the 80’s and 90’s to find different avenues of entertainment within gaming collectively, either it be playing a top-notch single-player campaign or taking the battle to your friends in multiplayer.
Now that the gaming industry has changed and enticed millions of newcomers to come try its products, it also brings a new set of problems, ones that not only give video games bad rep but also spoil the fun for those who just want to get on with it. These acts of silliness spawn from many different areas, with age, the platform you play your games on, even what genre tickles your fancy playing its part.
So in the spirit of hatred we decided to go ahead and mention a few crazy video game related mannerisms that have people dropping countless “Yo Momma” jokes to really get their point across.
The “My Console Is Better” Debate
Probably the most common debate to cross your path is the battle between Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox. Ever since the two started to battle it out on the market fanboys have been defending their turf, constantly reminding the other party why their console is way better than the other.
Following the release of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next-gen systems last year, the battle as hit fever pitch once again, even getting mentions in other forms of entertainment like tv-show South Park, of which highlighted the dreaded task of picking the right platform.
Solution: Sony and Microsoft combine together in a venture to create a super-console that supersedes the expectations of even the hardcore of fanboys.
The Half-Life 3 Confirmed
I swear if I see another “Half-Life 3 confirmed” sprawled across my laptop screen I will pummel a unicorn. I want to see it as much as the next person, but being constantly reminded doesn’t help me sleep better at night. Rumors if a game will be announced is always interesting news and if Half-Life 3 will see a launch in the future seems to always peak the interest of millions.
Will it happen? It should, but it’s down to developer Valve, who we guess must be rolling in the money not to cash in on a game that would sell millions and we have to also mention the mods that would be available post launch. Unfortunately for neutrals, the Half-Life 3 saga creates plenty of flame wars every time a publication decides to do a piece on the much-wanted game, sending us to the highly pixellated eco-system called “outside”.
Solution: Devise a group of well-trained professionals to kidnap the Valve development team, moving them to a secure location and coerce them into developing the game. Give them that flashy Men in Black thingy afterwards and Bob’s your uncle. HALF-LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!!
The “Are Video Games Bad For Children” Debate
This one really gets under my skin, even more so when a non-gamer posts an article acting the expert when they haven’t picked up a controller in their life. Yes, we understand that violent video games shouldn’t be viewed by anyone below the age rating the game comes with, but to go as far to say a session of Grand Theft Auto will make a child 10 years down the line rob a shiny Prius is just ridiculous.
It’s of the utmost importance that a significant breakthrough is made in the debate, either confirming that violent video games have a direct impact on the mental state of a child or if they just give our motor skills a good fine tuning.
Solution: Slap yourself if you think video games manufacture serial killers…. Like I mean really hard.
The Swatting Effect
No one likes being made a fool of, be it down in the local establishment or in an online lobby. Sometimes those who have felt the bitter taste of defeat can take things a tad too far, beyond the realm of sensibility. Instead of the usual banter exchanged over the turtle beach headset your granny bought for your birthday, you decide to ring the local law enforcement and send a SWAT team to the house of the person who just “wronged you”.
This wastes heaps of money that could be spent on actual volatile situations involving people who need urgent help. Some have been charged for making fraudulent emergency calls, so let this be a lesson.
Solution: There isn’t one unfortunately. You can hurl some abuse at that Alexander Graham Bell dude if it makes you feel a little better.
While this could fall under the console debate featured above, seen so much throughout the gaming universe we think it deserves its own paragraph or two. Some exclusives are fair, they publisher tells you straight up that you can have a game if you pre-order this or eat a chicken, whatever needs to be done. However, sometimes its just out of your control and the urge to rip eyeballs from heads comes a knocking. This sets gamers off on a rampage to seek out gamers who get the exclusives and hurl unprecedented abuse their way to vent some steam.
The most brutal exclusive over the past number of years goes to Call of Duty and Microsoft’s hold on a 30-day exclusive for any DLC released post-launch, meaning that Xbox users can enjoy the spoils while PlayStation and PC users sit twiddling their thumbs.
Solution: Do away with exclusives all together, at the end of the day its only money, who needs it.
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