I’m a mental health counselor in Boulder, Colorado. I live with my beautiful wife. I love to hike, watch movies, read comics, and of course, play video games.
Its totally the wild west out there. Which is why I stand by my original point. If you are taking money and delivering a product, even under the expectation of the consumer that the product is incomplete, it is the right of that consumer to share their views and opinions of said product. If Polygon staff pays for an open access game, they damn sure can post a review of it.
No I mean if EA released Battlefield 4 in the condition that it was in at the time of release and charged $60 for it, but called it “early access,” would people have been more forgiving of them for doing so? That’s what I was talking about.
I actually really like Polygon’s banner stating that the review is a review of an early access game. Classy and functional.
Oh exactly. I was just using that as a point for saying if they slapped “early access” on it, would it be excusable?
Yep, just joking. However unfunny it may have been….
I believe that if you can pay money for something, it should be reviewable. They are selling you a product for real money. And while I understand that early access means the game isn’t complete, it also shouldn’t be an excuse to collect money on an inferior product.
Many may argue that Battlefield 4 is not a finished product, yet it was sold as is before it was ready. It was reviewed simply because it didn’t have the “early access” designation. But where is the line? Could they have just called Battlefield 4 “early access” and gotten a free pass for taking money dispute the state of the game?
In my opinion, it isn’t a free pass. If you are taking people’s money, its the right of people (and publications) to provide their opinion of the quality of product that they paid for.
Starbound is a great case to start this conversation as it is fantastic, and early access or not, you get your money’s worth. There are other early access games in which you absolutely do not.
I’m surprised that King’s lawyers aren’t all over this with the way things have been going lately.
Nope, my reaction is still the same. I would like to think I know enough about myself after 30 years to know what kind of experiences that I enjoy or not.
For you to call me foolish for knowing myself is a bit insulting.
All I can picture now is a huge, golden, majestic owl and I love it. Thank you.
Yes sure, in those situations, that is fine. But there is room for both devices to exist for different uses. There is no way in hell I’m replacing my TV with a virtual reality display, as the founder of Oculus predicts.
Seriously? I’d much rather sit and look at a 60 inch screen from the comfort of my couch (and share that experience with family and friends) than strap a couple of tiny screens to my noggin and sit there like a dingus watching the 6 o’clock news in silence.
While I am very interested in this game, and hope its great, I think comparing your story to something like Gone Home is setting the bar a little high. Saying something like that is only going to leave me with let down expectations.
Edit: Read that wrong. Nevermind.
Played this at PAX Prime. My only complaint was that there was no single player. I think it would be a good decision to add a single player mode.
While I was hoping for a new turn based XCOM game, this will also do nicely.
This game looks pretty neat. I always thought it was a collection of mini games. I guess I was wrong. I’ll have to check it out! Thanks Griffin and Phil!