3 Incidents these past 2 weeks involving the video game industry(Konami, Nintendo and S-E) that took my consumer confidence down so far(to the point of burnout) and continues to frustrate me, Here’s konami with a Bug in their most Recent game
Releasing at the start of this month, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is shaping up to be plenty of gamers’ early contending choice for game of the year. However, it looks like the game isn’t without its fair share of troubling bugs.
Some gamers are reporting running into issues when undertaking specific missions while using Quiet as a companion. Addressing the problem, Metal Gear Solid V publisher Konami published an official support notice warning users of a known bug than can occur while selecting the sniper buddy at certain points in the game’s story campaign.
According to Konami, paying Mission 29 or Mission 42 in Metal Gear Solid V while accompanied by Quiet can trigger a rare bug that causes the current save file to become completely corrupted. The result causes all Metal Gear Solid V save data to become unreadable, meaning users could fully lose all of their progress. As such, Konami is recommending that players refrain from playing with Quiet during the affected missions.
“In ‘METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN’ which was released on September 1st, 2015 there is a possibility that the game stops progress if having Quiet as a buddy while playing “Mission 29″ or “Mission 42″. This situation can be avoided by not using Quiet as a buddy while playing either “Mission 29″ or “Mission 42″.
We deeply apologize, and appreciate your patience for further announcements regarding this issue.”
The publisher has confirmed that the file corruption bug has been seen across all platforms, so Metal Gear Solid V players should be cautious of the issue regardless of what system they own. An IGN report on the issue states that Konami claims that a fix for the bug is currently in development.
Quiet is one of four companion characters that can help players take on missions within Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain as part of the game’s new buddy system. Each of followers has their own unique abilities to help achieve different objectives. The sniper Quiet is the only available human buddy in the game. Gamers can also deploy a horse, a dog, and their own robotic walker unit in Metal Gear Solid V.
At this point Kojima needs to realize that I don’t like his games due to his mishandling of some of Konami’s games
You have to wonder: is Square Enix even paying attention anymore? The company just released its pre-order trailer for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, arguably its most hyped western developed game coming in the next year.
The trailer is a ridiculous mess of convoluted pre-order incentives. The game won’t even release until late February of next year, and gamers have more options to pre-order than I can even remember off the top of my head. Here, watch the hilariously bad trailer.
The clip came out yesterday, and we covered it in all of its convoluted insanity. I read Eric’s story, but, I have to be honest, as soon as the clip started, my eyes glazed over and I clicked away. I didn’t even watch the thing until I checked it today and saw the like-to-dislike ratio it was pulling in.
Now that I’ve seen it? Woof. Square Enix, come on now.
If you exist in even small online communities for gamers, you know that there’s a huge counter-culture to pre-ordering games that’s been surging quite a bit recently. Blame it on the likes of Assassin’s Creed Unity and Batman: Arkham Knight, if you like. Companieshave been releasing broken games. Whether that’s because of the jump in console generations or the large stress put on small work forces, we’re not sure, but games seem to be more broken than ever.
Even with all those failed launches, companies like Square Enix, Warner Bros. and Ubisoft are still banging the pre-order drum. In the face of gamers telling folks to never pre-order and sites running editorials about how much better off we’d all be if we just waited for launch day, we get this trailer. We get this crazy amalgam of pre-order incentives that are not only set up to encourage you to fork over your money before actually seeing how it does out in the wild, but it encourages you to tell your friends to pre-order.
That’s the real kicker here. We’re something like 175 days before the actual release date of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and not only has Square Enix released a trailer asking us to pre-order the game, but they’ve come up with a scheme to launch it four days early if we hit the arbitrary pre-order numbers they have in place.
We’re 175 days away from launch, and they’re actually trying to excite us into seeing the game four days early. Four days. Get real.
I have nothing but love for Deus Ex. Eidos made a wonderful game with Human Revolution, and I’m really looking forward to Mankind Divided. These pre-order incentives, though?
Pre-ordering used to be how we made sure we’d have a copy of a game at launch. There were real shortages in the 90s and 2000s. I remember having to wait a few extra weeks for Ocarina of Time at launch because I didn’t pre-order. Thanks to digital distribution, the need to pre-order on the part of the consumers is gone. The publishers wanted us going digital. Well, we’re here, now stop telling us to pre-order games. There’s literally no point now. It’s available when we want it on launch day, and the incentives these folks are handing out aren’t worth the $60 you’ll spend on what could very well be a broken game.
The dislikes and comments don’t lie. This trailer was tone-deaf on Square Enix’s part, and I have to discourage anyone from pre-ordering. I don’t care how much you want that silly art book, bonus mission or alternate costumes. Don’t do it. Buy the game if it’s good,support the developers, but don’t pre-order.
At this point, I’m getting fed up with S-E’s crap reguarding Pre-orders
Now I don’t usually report Negative news on Nintendo, but this was the Third Strike in the load of BS and bad PR that the gaming industry accumulated this week where I’m Concerned
Some of the most impressive Super Mario creations took years to make—and now they’re gone, at least on YouTube.
Earlier this month, speedrunner Alex “PangaeaPanga” tweeted that his YouTube channel had been “wrecked.” Taking a closer look, I noted that even the popular video titled Item Abuse 3—which was billed as the “hardest Super Mario World level ever”—was taken down from the service after accruing over a million views. Alex says there’s a reason for that: Nintendo is becoming more aggressive on YouTube when it comes to tool-assisted speedruns (or, in other words, playthroughs of Mario games that utilize emulators.)
Alex says that he was sent the following email by Nintendo, alleging that his videos were infringing on Nintendo’s rights and which called out tool-assisted speedruns in particular due to them requiring an unauthorized (read pirated) copy of their games:
Update – 9:14pm: Alex has clarified to us that he didn’t receive the letter from Nintendo but, rather, saw that another YouTuber who makes similar videos had claimed to receive it and had posted it to Pastebin. That YouTuber, who goes by the handle @switchPCorner, also says that Nintendo cracked down on their channel. Apologies for the confusion.
We wish to inform you that the videos in question infringe Nintendo’s copyrights. As the owner of the copyright in the games: Mario Kart 8, Super Mario World, and Pokémon, Nintendo has the exclusive right to perform the games publicly or to make derivative works based on the games. By making a derivative work using Nintendo’s IP, and then displaying Nintendo’s IP on your YouTube channel, you have violated Nintendo’s exclusive rights.
Nintendo understands that its fans are the reason for its success, and we are always happy to see people share their passion for Nintendo’s games. At the same time, Nintendo’s intellectual property constitutes its most valuable assets, and the unauthorized use of these assets jeopardizes Nintendo’s rights. Because of this, we ask that you please remove the video in question from your channel, and confirm that you will not post any videos using unauthorized software or copies of games, distribute or continue work on the modification, or take any other steps that would infringe Nintendo’s rights.
Nintendo encourages fan engagement on YouTube through the Nintendo Creators Program. Under the program, participants are granted a license to use Nintendo’s characters, games, and other intellectual property, subject to the Code of Conduct included with the agreement. However, please note that this Code of Conduct prohibits you, among other things, from posting any content using unauthorized software or copies of games. This includes videos featuring tool-assisted speedruns, which require making a copy of a game’s ROM file, and running the copied ROM through an emulator. If you are interested in learning more about the Nintendo Creators Program, please see:
Thank you for your understanding.
Nintendo Anti-Piracy Team
Alex told me that while he’s not leaving from the speedrunning scene entirely, the YouTube situation hinders his ability to be involved.
“It just hurts to see how two very active communities that I participate in, the hacking community (SMWCentral, a site dedicated to SMW hacking) and TASing community (TASVideos, a site dedicated to TASes) are being targeted.
“It is also sad to see how these works that I have made throughout my childhood (including the Item Abuse series) are now being removed from YouTube (80% of my videos were removed), and that goes for people from these communities, not just me.”
To wit, other Super Mario fans on TAS forums are noting that some of their favorite Super Mario speedrun videos around the web are disappearing, and other tool-assisted content creators say they’re being forced to take down their videos, too:
We’ve reached out to Nintendo to ask about the situation regarding tool-assisted Super Mario videos online, and will update this post should we hear anything back. In the past, Nintendo’s approach to YouTube has been criticized by prominent YouTubers such as Pewdiepie for not being mutually beneficial enough.
This new wrinkle is tricky because, well, Nintendo is within their full right to take down videos of this nature, especially if they involve games that were never purchased (worth noting that some TAS speedrunners do runs on actual carts, though). At the same time, players like Alex have devoted years to showing off what makes classic Nintendo games great, sometimes even raising money for charity at speedrunning events. Entire communities have formed around tool-assisted speedruns, and video is one of the major ways these communities show off their work.
“Yes I respect Nintendo, and yes I still plan on playing Mario Maker and making ridiculously hard levels there,” Alex said. “But it is a shame that if us content creators do want to showcase and display our levels to the public, then we are restricted to do it on Super Mario Maker instead of the way we have always done.”
At this point, I finally Gave up on the gaming industry, I still will be buying the Amiibo 3 pack today or sunday along with Super mario maker and Castle crashers. heres a video from Craigheadpro(cynicism of Craig) summed up my Frustration with the gaming industry
in addition Here is my statement posted either wednesday or thursday following the TAS takedown by nintendo(applies to them and the gaming industry as well)
I have been Increasingly becoming burnt out With Constant shady tactics By AAA companies such as DLC abuse, Microtransactions, Day 1 DLC and BS youtube polices. The video game industry(inc Nintendo) needs to Wake up and realize that they can’t continue like this or there will be consequences ranging from a total Loss of consumer Confidence that will lead to a 1996 comic book style Video game crash to congress cracking down on the Game industry’s Anti Consumer Practices
Update: to explain how Nintendo’s situation could get worse, if their new CEO(which won’t be decided until late October) ransacks the company, I will let a reddit user explain why the next Nintendo CEO could Ransack and tank the company
As a gamer and lifelong Nintendo fan, I want another Iwata in place. Someone who is a gamer first and a business man second. But it’s ultimately the board who will decide the next CEO and I have less confidence in them, especially considering reports that some board members wanted to go full mobile and whore out Nintendo characters.
From the perspective of the board of directors – Nintendo has been losing. Wii U flopped and the last few quarters have been shaky financially. As a board member, I take this as a sign to bring in someone new and refocus the company. That may not be a good thing for us. Hopefully I’m proven wrong. I would love to be.
and further problems that could lead to a konami style situation at nintendo
Money. Look at almost every company there is. They start losing money, make changes, and 90% of the time they either tank the company or the company completely changes it’s focus. The only company I can think of off the top of my head that radically changed their approach and succeeded was Lego. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want it to happen, but I don’t see any way that Nintendo is the same company it was with iwata at the helm. Noone is safe, even miyamoto could be dropped at any time. Look at kojima with konami for proof of that.
Update 2: The Message from nintendo could be fake and potentially suspicious according to MFGG and SMW central’s DarkMatt
It sounds fishy and trollbait. Not the copyright claim because that’s normal Nintendo copyright protection which has been a thing since years ago, but what followed afterwards. I sincerely doubt the e-mail is real, and instead of someone just going “nintendo sucks”, they expressed their ire by spreading frivolous lies. Kotaku is bad anyway, and I did a quick search and couldn’t find anyone else not basing their article off Kotaku’s. (which is also bad)
My point isn’t that Nintendo doesn’t suck, it’s that the cherry on top looks fake, irrelevant, and just made to spread pointless hatred, when only the tinge of “Nintendo jesus christ why do you feel the need to gut your own free advertising” is necessary.
Still I stand by My Warning to the Gaming industry(despite Darkmatt and Curtisbonds hinting that the email may be suspicious, The video game industry (inc Nintendo) needs to change or the situation will lead to a video game crash or Worse