The Jimquisition: Early AAAccess

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I swear this is NOT yet another episode about Steam Early Access! It’s actually about Street Fighter V, and games of a similar ilk.

It’s just a really, really good title for the episode this week, as we talk about “AAA” games released in a deliberately unfurnished state with content promised later down the line.

God damn, is Early AAAccess a great title, though.

Benj
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Benj

… it is a pretty good title.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

Wait, Capcom was never dishonest about the amount of content Street Fighter V would have at launch. Trailers, interviews, and news all around detailed just that. And if you say the casual players don’t know that because they don’t go after those sources, that’s kinda like saying the goverment is to blame for the people who died in a tornado because those people didn’t turn on their TVs and such to watch the evacuation order.

JohnnyInterfunk
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JohnnyInterfunk

My name for releasing a grossly unfinished game, though with a solid core: “Destiny Disease”

cipraziel
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cipraziel

My mind just blew up when I heard the news about Konami. They are probably doing it just in Japan cuz they haven’t found a way to do it in the rest of the world.

SmaMan
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SmaMan

*sees end credits start up*
*notices there’s still 3 minutes left in the video*
*braces himself to HIT THE LEVER!*

mrhair
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mrhair

I am theoretically willing to support developers who produce content I like by buying their games early and at full price. I did it with Dancing All Night, for example. But the AAA industry is not making it easy–they want Day 1 sales more than anything, but punish people for buying day one time and again.

silent Nate
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silent Nate

Is that a new lectern or have I only just noticed? 😮

Mike Wallace
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Mike Wallace

I think we could encapsulate this whole strategy as an “Arcade Machine model,” wherein the game is released in such a way as to compel gamers to keep feeding it money, the way arcade machines were tweaked in such a way to get all of your quarters.

09philj
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09philj

Hell, the Splatoon model is actually quite a good way to ensure players will give everything in the game a solid chance. If something is the new thing for the week, people are much more likely to try it rather than if it’s one of many pieces of content which were part of the launch package.

JP
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JP

Jim, I think you need to make an exception here and change your review score. It is clear that you do not recommend this game, but you (yes, even though the written review was done by someone else) voice your approval by giving it a 7 out of 10 score. Any game rated “Good” is not supposed to be a bad game, and you clearly believe (rightly, of course) that this is a shit-release. I realize you justified the number score based on your review policies but I think you would be doing us all a favor by updating the… Read more »

Manjiimortal
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Manjiimortal

As much as Capcom is shitty blame should also be thrown at the competitive tournament crowd, those hateful fucks that like to think they are the only fans that matter because they can cancel combos, do frame-timed blocking and all that fighting game bullshit, and they asked Capcom to release the game earlier so THEY would have time to prepare for the tournament season.

A few hundred fucktards screwed hundred of thousand of other people.

Fuck those hateful bastards.

TheGreenGarden
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TheGreenGarden

Hi Jim, I was wanting your opinion on one of the stories in SFV, specifically Cammy’s story. (Spoilers) At the end of her story, it is revealed that she and Juni are in a loving same-sex relationship and it is done in a way that was very respectful and was almost like a scene from a Superhero comic like Superman/Lois Lane or Peter Parker/Mary Jane. This makes them the 4th and 5th queer characters in the games (the other three being Eagle, Poison and Juri Han), but also the first same-sex couple they’ve had and possibly the first same-sex couple… Read more »

Togi
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Togi

I fail to see how Rainbow Six: Siege classifies as AAAccess title along side Battlefront and Street Fighter V. There is no singleplayer content left out, because its an multiplayer only game. (With a quasi trainings mode that is terrorist hunt) If you want a singleplayer experience you are not going to like this game. That is fair criticism, but very subjective. The only criticism leveled against the game in terms of content was the relatively small mappool of 11 maps at launch. What i think alot of people – including Jim – partly missed in their reviews is that… Read more »

Lasse Andersen
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Lasse Andersen

A question: Why is Rainbow Six Siege getting singled out particularly? The only indication it *had* that it might need some more time was the bad connectivity to start with, which was more or less fixed inside a month. Comparing that to a game that has no content on offer, and one that’s stripped bare and utterly, unfunnily broken strikes me as a bit odd.

greyXstar
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greyXstar

And of course, there’s another great way of avoiding disappointment: don’t pre-order videogames.

Really. Stop it.

MrInsecure
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MrInsecure

I was unreasonably happy about that ending, Jim. If I had any ‘shopping skills, I’d be giving you the Konami execs with Dodo heads within the hour.

Ringwraith
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Ringwraith

Having bought Street Fighter V early (and very cheap!) simply as I wanted something to aimlessly hit things, with maybe trying to get remotely competent, I completely agree it needed to named a ‘competitive preview’, it’s only out now so they don’t mess up their own annual tournament circuit. The game itself works, but the netcode is hilariously flaky even if the servers are supposedly working (being able to able to shift all your lag to your opponent by alt-tabbing, because it dumps all the lag on one person, is beyond a farce). Along with a host of other issues,… Read more »

MyBodyIsReady
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MyBodyIsReady

Here’s a general rule for gaming today

Launch game = Beta/Demo/Base platform/early access

Game of the year edition/Complete edition/Definitive edition = The actual full game

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Why do we need to give them lofty titles that hide the truth?! Hub game, Early AAAccess, Interactive Foundation. All of this benefits the AAA devs. It sounds fancy. Something they could charge a premium for. Call them what they are. Unfinished. Incomplete. Not a game. Here’s the thing. I’d be happy to call Street Fighter a Hub Game if it was sold at a discount. Does it have $60 worth of shit in it? No?! Then why are they charging $60?! Hub Game gives the impression there is a potential that if you buy now for $60, then one… Read more »

Dave Dogge
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Dave Dogge

There should be a world wide official consumer watchdog body for video games and their quality, it’s a bit iffy given that they release and charge for products which are incomplete and they are not upfront about their functionality. In the meantime we’ll have to rely on the likes of Jim, Angry Joe, Zero Punctuation, Videogamer.tv etc.

Billy Bissette
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Billy Bissette

No DLC in Splatoon? It had Amiibo-gated content instead. At release. In a game that drew criticism for lack of content at release.

Justin Thomson
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Justin Thomson

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MeatMan
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MeatMan

“AAA games released in a deliberately unfurnished state”

Nothing worse than a game released without furniture! How the hell am I supposed to play it if I don’t have a comfortable chair to sit on? 😉

Phil
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Phil

Jim, do you think one of the side effects of releasing games in unfinished states is that the consumer will hold onto the game for longer instead of completing it and selling it on the used market?

Orfez
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Orfez

Splatoon got away with this because it’s on Wii U. Wii U has hardly any 3rd party games so if you’re not playing Splatoon then what are you playing? On PC, Battlefront servers are virtually empty now and nobody is playing it because there are better, more complete games to play.

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