The word “Entitlement” is thrown around a lot these days, be it as an argument on what is ruining our youth or how it is ruining our games. It is becoming increasingly obvious that gamers feel that they deserve special treatment, be it from the outcry to change the Mass Effect 3 ending or unceasing bemoaning about Skyrim on the PS3. This type of behavior is starting to make developers nervous, fearing that an innovation or new story direction will be crushed by the tidal wave of whine. This makes it harder big names behind these studios to play it safe and give us the same garbage re-wrapped each time with a shiny new wrapper. The criticism of casualization can be said to be the biggest effect of entitlement as gamers expect more for less effort,but then complain when they get what they want. Casualization is not slowly destroying the industry and you shouldn’t agree with any of the thoughts on it right here. So how can you tell if you’re one of these despicable abominations ruining the face of gaming? Well, see if any of these sound familiar to you.
1) It is My Money, It is my Game!
Do you often sit and think “I paid $60 for this, I should get a say,” during your gaming sessions? Well, if so, you might be an Entitled Bastard. The idea is priceless (ba dum tss), for a mere 60 bucks you can tell the developer: Screw your vision, I have my own. While it has an appealing ring, it makes you a brat. Game developers study games, go to school to learn game design, and then pour their heart and souls into a product that they can hopefully be proud of. Unless you have done the same, maybe it is time to shut up. Believe it or not, as gamers, we are not the best people to decide what direction a game should go, or the best consultants for developing game mechanics.
Yes, having Commander Shepard punt Casper (the catalyst) across the floor and tell him that he is badass enough to take on the fleet himself, leading to an end sequence where he dons a space suit and makes good on his promise would be epic; but $60 doesn’t let you make that decision. The massive outcry of “change it, or I will never play a game by you again, I paid money” was cute, and sadly at EA’s behest Bioware gave the crybabies the Extended Cut; but this is bad for gaming as a whole. If you were happy for this artistic compromise because you (the most special-est consumer ever) paid for a video game then you might be an Entitled brat.
2) These Bugs are Bugging Me
Getting annoyed with game bugs is only natural, especially if they are game breaking. But ragging at everyone and rushing to the forums is a clear sign you are an Entitled Gamer. It baffles me that people expect games to be perfect at launch. Hungry consumers demand games be released, and share holders demand game turn a profit ASAP. This often leads to more bugs than the average gamer would like, but the criticisms can get crazy, especially for massive games like Skyrim. Time after time I have read entitled gamers spewing enough hate to make any sith lord envious. Their complaint: the devs had play testers how could they miss this!?!? Let me enlighten you: there is a huge difference between 50 game testers and millions of game players.
By sheer number alone the players are going to find bugs and broken code by the score. With the limited amount of time the small number of play testers get, they will only noticed the big problems you will never see. Because you never see what is fixed, you only focus on what is broken, outraged that they would give you something other than perfection. Since the days of the SNES all games have had bugs, as the systems evolve and become more complex the possible bugs will grow. This isn’t Pokemon and developers can’t catch them all; get over it.
Keep reading on the next page for three more signs you may be an Entitled Gamer…