The Jimquisition: Mankind Derided

http://www.patreon.com/jimquisition
http://sharkrobot.com/collections/jimquisition-merch

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is yet another victim of this industry’s unchecked avarice. It’s an ironic victim at that, given the series’ themes.

So, let’s chat about the preorder bullshit and microshenanigans that inevitably dominated the game’s post-launch discussions.

Oh… oh Square Enix…

mickeyGfunk
Guest
mickeyGfunk

i agree its worth it to keep talking about these freemium issues, not letti g publishers water down their impact. however… i have never bought a season pass or preordered a game, nor do i ever plan to. i bought additional quiz packs for doki doki universe (which maingame was free on psn) and those were worth every penny. i also bought the dlc for dead nation, but that was a whole new game mode and environments, not consumable items. ff15 will be the first “aaa” game i’m going to purchase with a season pass as even an option. so… Read more »

Jiryn
Guest
Jiryn

Fully agree with you on this fremium BS. I played through all of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on stream over the weekend and I kept pointing out how invasive the actual microtransactions had begun. On the final night, I opened the store for all to see just how you can buy levels and the prices. Then I noticed something, every time you pause the game to make a save, load a file, etc etc. there is the store option, just waiting for you to click on it. As if the option is saying “Hey, I know you’re having trouble, come… Read more »

TheClaraGarden_Is_A_Bosswald
Guest
TheClaraGarden_Is_A_Bosswald

But Jim you still haven’t answered the ultimate Question, who would win in a fight if they became sentient and formed two massive armies.

Boglins or Troll Dolls?!

Richard Keohane
Guest
Richard Keohane

IS THAT A GODDAMN SEAL OF SAMAEL TATTOO?

Jim you magnificent bastard. You realize now you’re going to have to get an Erasure tattoo to prevent Konami from claiming they own your human skin?

Exley97
Guest
Exley97

Is the “one-time use” item thing a joke, or is this fucking bullshit real?

Shui Gor
Guest
Shui Gor

Is the Boglin segment going to be a thing now? I’m not entirely sure what to think of it…..

ATBro
Guest
ATBro

Every time this topic come up I’m going to have the same response. Microtransactions are a way to keep the base price of games at $60, and that’s fine by me. As long as they don’t muck up the game, I never even think twice about them. I would rather them be there and have a choice, rather than having to pay a higher price up front and getting a bunch of bullshit I don’t want in it. As far as breech mode is concerned, I’ll take seemingly everyone’s word for it that it is boring and not worth putting… Read more »

Thanatos
Guest
Thanatos

I don’t even get why they didn’t release Breach as a completely separate F2P game.

aimei66
Guest
aimei66

It’s sad that as gamers we live in a world where on disc dlc and even simple pre-order bonuses actually look better than what we have now.

William Jones
Guest
William Jones

The last deus-ex was a bit sketchy too, does anyone else remember when, not long after launch, after all the reviews were in, they replaced the loading screens for paid ads, and talked about replacing the advert boards in game with more paid ads.

Anton
Guest
Anton

Good, video, though I don’t get the complaint about the microtransactions in MD being tacked on to a game that was balanced without them. It would have been WAY worse if the game balance was made with the MT’s in mind.

Cindipool
Guest
Cindipool

Just to save Chip a beating, Hermes – known as Mercury to the Romans – was indeed the messenger of the gods, and wore winged sandals to help him deliver Boglins and lesser messages to divine and mortal alike.

Milestone_RP
Guest
Milestone_RP

This wouldn’t be an issue if game companies just focused on, you know, making games, instead of taking every project and wasting time and effort and manpower trying to figure out how much extra wallet fucking action they can shoehorn in. Yeah, I know the argument is “they’re making ‘AAA’ games! It’s so expensive for them!”, to which I respond, “ask me if I care, if they’re that hard up, they’re doing something wrong. Stop rewarding them for doing shit wrong.” Also “bound to save files”. Fuck that practice, forever. Knowing this now, I’m kind of close to just not… Read more »

Jack Trevor
Guest
Jack Trevor

While I don’t disagree with his stance on them, chances are they are not going away. Frankly, things would have to come to a head like they did with the “Augment Your Pre-Order” for any major change and sadly, that’s no guarantee because a vast majority of people don’t care.

And even then, they would have to piss off the Asian territories like China, South Korea, and Vietnam to abandon the idea of micro-transactions.

Terriosaurus Hex
Guest
Terriosaurus Hex

Squeenix are swiftly swirling down into a spiral of unnecessary greed, taking with it some respected IPs and developers due to fucking financial contracts. I am a wanderer through many artistic mediums and i see the same thing everywhere from large and/or ambitious publishers who don’t give a single sodding shit about the art and drain talented people and teams for all they’re worth before tossing them away and moving onto the next talented yet ambitious artist. Our financial structure and systems are exploitative and getting worse each year as the class gap divides. Outside of just gaming, taken as… Read more »

Unnoticing Senpai
Guest
Unnoticing Senpai

11:20 – Psst! Doom still doesn’t have microtransactions. 😀

Fuzzy Barbarian
Guest
Fuzzy Barbarian

For what it’s worth, I do agree with you, Jim. Mankind Divided’s microtransactions really aren’t intrusive at all, and don’t feel like they affect progression. Heck, I think you’re actually correct in your interpretation of how Square-Enix does microtransactions; they just haphazardly shove them in there after the game is done. Rise of the Tomb Raider also had a weird microtransacrion system that I’ve never seen anyone use. It doesn’t excuse what they’re doing, but it makes it… I dunno, less shitty. Man, now I’m really worried about FFXV. There are already pre-order bonuses, and Square-Enix — judging from the… Read more »

Fuzzy Barbarian
Guest
Fuzzy Barbarian

So… Jim’s basically becoming Wolverine? Cool. Grab me some adamantium while you’re there, mate.

Rachel McVeigh
Guest
Rachel McVeigh

I really don’t know which is worse at the moment, the fact that the main game has microtransactions or the fact that items purchased via microtransactions are also considered as disposable and so are linked to one save.

It’s like Square just looks at their customers and sees wallets

Thomas Vincent Szaban
Guest
Thomas Vincent Szaban

Yay Bartleby!. I missed his interruptions!.

neil_mccauley
Guest
neil_mccauley

Jim, please review The Witcher 3: Blood & Wine and consider it for GOTY.

Dave Dogge
Guest
Dave Dogge

Arthur Fowler did an insurance scam on East Enders and then had a nervous breakdown to gain sympathy from the law, I think that he got away from it. I want to see Square Enix sales staff feigning nervous breakdowns right now after trying to pull this scam.

galactix100
Guest
galactix100

Hey Jim, why not do an end of year awards show that features games like Overwatch and Deus Ex where you explain why the microtransactions make them better and deserving of an award? Obviously the whole thing would be a piss take.

Also when avenging you do we do the Willem Dafoe voice?

Simon
Guest
Simon

Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Namco-Bandai pull something similar to the “Augment Your Pre-Order” thing with their Steam-release of Tales of Zestiria? I seem to recall there also being tiers based on how many pre-orders the game would get, with the lowest having fairly inconsequential stuff and the highest giving out a free game. Don’t remember how that turned out, though.

Dillon Rafferty
Guest
Dillon Rafferty

first

1 2 3