Once again the “AAA” industry thinks it has a golden goose, and once again it’s primed to bang that goose until the eggs come out filled with nothing but decaying spunk.
According to journalists, “angry YouTube videos” have demoralized employees of Electronic Arts and BioWare.
So… let’s talk about that anger, shall we?
Like a Star Wars Holiday Special, Battlefront II has left us all confused and feeling exploited.
The backlash was so huge, EA had to temporarily retreat and take the microtransactions out of the game. A disastrous Reddit AMA, worried investors, prying regulators, and mainstream news headlines forced them to pull back and find a more palatable way to deploy its glorified gambling.
However, that wasn’t before it received one of the biggest Metabombings in history. Oh yes, let’s get stuck in!
This is the year loot boxes came to gaming in a big way.
Encouraged by Overwatch, “AAA” publishers went all-in on destroying their games in the name of easy money.
And no, Blizzard, you’re not special. You deserve as much blame as EA, Activision, Ubisoft, 2K Games, WB, and Microsoft.
In fact, j’accuse!
After EA murdered Visceral and “pivoted” its Star Wars game, there has been much talk of the death of single-player games.
The Jimquisition explains just how long this debate has lasted, and why single-player is doing okay.
Bonus Content: Oh, Ubisoft!
Visceral Games is closed, and Dead Space may be no more. During this spooky Halloween time, let’s look back at the rise and sad fall of a wonderful series.
You can’t spell DEAD without EA, after all.
The review teardown of Mass Effect: Andromeda was something of a slow burn – while we can normally post a Metabomb article within a day or two of the game’s release, it took some time for the grudge against BioWare’s latest to push back those defending it.
I’m not exactly sure when the scales finally tipped, but as the humble historian who catalogues such things, it is my duty to inform you that Andromeda has been Metabombed!
Yeah, it’s ages since the game came out, but sod it. Let’s do what we usually do anyway. It’s content, right?
It’s a new Mass Effect, so you know what means – it’s time for everyone to behave like it’s 28 Days Later!
Yes, Mass Effect: Andromeda is the latest game from BioWare, a studio with a ton of fans who seem to be angry all of the time. This latest installment has certainly given rise to some outrage, with poor dialog, unpopular gameplay mechanics, and character animations that range from hilarious to ghastly.
Also, apparently “liberalism” is the reason this happened? What a time to be alive!
Do you think this game got Metabombed? Oh friend, they’re Metabombing the shit out of this one!
Titanfall 2 has recently presented me with an interesting dilemma. After its release, Respawn’s tragically underperforming game opened a microtransaction store – or at least that’s what it’s been called in the press.
As somebody who quite notoriously rails against the practice of introducing free-to-play elements in premium games, I was ready to disqualify it from any year-end honorifics and be grumpy about the whole thing. However, after looking at them myself, my initial inclination was to not classify them as microtransactions – at least not in the way I would for other fee-to-pay games.
While some may think I’m being pedantic, I think it’s worth examining the items available for Titanfall 2 and seeing where one draws the line.
Obviously, for those who have no problems at all with microtransactions of any flavor, or consider anything cosmetic acceptable, this is a cut-and-dry issue. For the rest of us, there’s some meat to chew through here.