Recently, we took a trip to a local store to buy a new refrigerator. After reviewing each fridge that the store had in stock, we made our choice. Upon seeing our selection, the salesperson that was with us heartily cried, “Excellent! I believe we have that one in stock and can deliver it to you in just a couple days!” We were overjoyed! And we started to make all sort of plans around this new appliance that would soon be in our house
Once the salesperson was ready, we hovered around the checkout station, eagerly going through all the necessary electronic forms. Only then, the salesperson frowned.
“Oh dear,” came the dejected tone, “it looks like this particular refrigerator is actually on backorder. It’ll be available in two weeks.”
Our response came quickly.
“HOW DARE THIS THING THAT WE NEED NOT BE AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY AS YOU SAID IT MIGHT BE!??! WE WILL LAY SIEGE UPON THIS FACILITY AND BESMIRCH ITS GOOD NAME ACROSS THE WORLD WIDE WEB!!”
Um…no. That’s not what happened. Instead we simply responded, “Okay. We’ll take it in two weeks.”
I realize this may not be the best analogy, but if you’ve read the recent news about the delay of No Man’s Sky and the subsequently hurling of death threats at its developer, Hello Games, then maybe you can see where I was going with my example.
Like plenty of other folks, I’ve been looking forward to No Man’s Sky since its initial announcement. I can’t say that my interest is as strong as some, but I definitely think it’s going to be a special game. Ever since the game got a “solid” release date of June 21st, the question here has been to pre-order or not to pre-order. And just when we thought we had made a choice to pre-order, news of the delay hit. August, now? Ah well,we’ll just wait a bit longer on the pre-order.
It seemed some people out there didn’t take the news so lightly. Some individuals took to the Internet to send lots of angry words to Hello Games and folks in the media. Because boy oh boy, they were mad as heck, and they weren’t going to take it anymore! Oh, to be so incredible angry…over a six (or so) week delay?
Of a video game?
But then again, what’s couple of death threats from a few random yahoos? We live in an age where it’s become commonplace for people in the industry to receive instant hate from all corners of digital life. It’s just the way things are. People in the game industry simply have to put on their adult pants and deal with it – becoming hardened and jaded to the Internet trolls and mean people, right?
Nope. Not right. Not right at all. We know this. Everyone knows this. But the Internet provides us with a free speech platform and access to people who, in the past, would have been otherwise shut away from the public. (Back then, we had to write hate mail! And by the time you found pen and paper, you usually weren’t angry anymore.) It’s extremely easy to be angry, type angry things, and angrily hit send without a second angry thought.
Maybe a getting a second hobby might help?
But look, it’s been years already for No Man’s Sky. People have been waiting. If the developers weren’t ready to release the game, then they shouldn’t have announced an actual release day until they were positive the game was going to be ready. :: hissy fit ensues ::
That’s true. There are plenty of games that have been and are in development purgatory. And many that will forever remain pie-in-the-sky fantasies. But human beings sometimes forget that games are made by other human beings. And these human beings have to do other human things besides make games. Can you imagine what the gaming landscape would look like if our games were churned out like they make cars or phones? Oh wait…
…there have been times when games were made practically on an assembly line! And what did we end up with? The likes of E. T. and Superman 64 and Busby 3D. Sure, mediocrity still abounds in the game industry (as it does in any industry), but would you want to like in a world where a game like No Man’s Sky could never exist simply because of the middling way the assembly line functioned?
I didn’t think so.
I’m looking forward to No Man’s Sky whenever it’s released, be it August or December or 2018 (though I might forget about it by then). Because I want to developers to release the game they believe represents the best of that which they can achieve. In the meantime, I’ll be playing other games, doing fun human stuff, and waiting for a refrigerator.