Well, nothing much to say here. I got into gaming when I was 1 1/2 years old (seriously, my dad has photos of me attempting to play Pitfall! on the Atari 2600), and I haven't stopped since. The first game I remember beating was The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which is also probably the source of my raving Zelda fanboyism. Ever since I was little I've allied myself on the Nintendo side, but that hasn't stopped me from enjoying the other fruits of the gaming tree. My Sega Genesis, Atari, PS3, and gaming rig can all attest to that. Basically I'm probably one of the biggest gamers you'll ever meet.
I'm also a MASSIVE advocate for games to be recognized as an art form, so much so that I taught a Video Game Appreciation class at my high-school, I hope to one day become a reviewer myself so I can finally get paid for doing what I love.
Cheesy title aside, I want you to know right off the bat this is not an upbeat blog. I am very, very upset after the first round of announcements given at Comic Con today. One I was especially not happy with, was Capcom.
You all know by now about Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. Some of you are ecstatic, an updated version of one of the most anticipated games in history. I'm glad for you, because I'm stuck seeing it as the final betrayal of a company I once loved to the same degree as Nintendo., and I fucking love Nintendo.
But now? Now all I see is a company focused on grabbing as much cash from our wallets as possible. Now I'm not an idiot. I know that a company's number one goal, despite how it may seem to others, is to make money. But there's making money, and then there's outright preying on your fans. I can't help but feel this situation is the latter.
First, a little context. Marvel vs Capcom 3 released on February 15th of this year to over a decade of anticipation. As of this writing, the game is barely in its fifth month on the market. In four months time it will be obsolete.
So much awesomeness... that never got it's chance
Think about that for a moment, a game is being updated before its first year on the market has come to a close. Some people are willing to accept that? I don't want to sound pompous, but really? Not only that, everything they're adding is either stuff that could've been DLC or should have been in the game in the first place. For God's sake spectator mode still isn't implemented into vanilla MvC3 yet. We know they can do it too, because it's being included in the Ultimate edition. Not to mention the new modes. No one can look me in the eye and honestly tell me they thought MvC3 was a full game, completely finished and ready to be sold for 60 bucks. However I was willing to look past that caveat, because I felt that I would easily get more than enough time out of the game to justify my purchase.
I barely have 20 hours logged into it, and I've owned it almost since it launched.
There's simply just... nothing to do. I'm left feeling like I paid 60 bucks for a beta test, and now that feeling is confirmed. I did pay for a beta test. And it hurts. I'm not lying when I say that I felt devastated when I read about the announcement. I felt like I was stabbed in the back by Capcom, and it really did cause a lot of inner distress. I know it sounds stupid to many of you, but they were a major part of my childhood. I can vividly remember throwing my first Hadoken in Street Fighter II, or the realization of having to play through Super Ghouls and Ghosts a second time just to get the real ending. I remember fighting robot monkeys with Strider, and getting the piss scared out of me by Resident Evil. Seeing them do this, it made me realize, this is not the company I loved as a kid.
not worth 60 bucks
I supported Capcom through most of this generation, and I didn't blink an eye when Super Street Fighter IV came out. Why? I'm not entirely sure but while thinking I came up with this reason, I could just be BS'ing myself but I'm going to roll with it. I think the reason that SSFIV didn't cause these same feelings in me was because Street Fighter IV seemed to be an already complete game, and I hadn't felt like I wasted 60 dollars on it. Not to mention it was about a year or so apart from each other. Does it make sense? That's subjective and you can determine that in the comments, but that's what I came to. Even Arcade Edition I didn't absolutely despise. Sure, I felt it should've been cheaper, but aside from that I wasn't upset with how they handled it.
This is different though. This was a betrayal not only to me, but gamers in general. The sad thing is I know that this game is going to sell. Now don't read that thinking I'm going to be mad at everyone who buys this game, I'm not. Some of you may not have a problem with this, and that's your prerogative. However I can't help but think that Capcom will walk away from this none the wiser, and try to do it again. That's why I've come to a decision I never thought I would. I am hereby boycotting Capcom. I have resolved to not buy any more of their games new. Will this have any effect? Probably not, if I'm the only one doing it. However I don't want you all to read this and feel it suddenly became a recruitment letter. I'm simply recounting how much this announcement upset me.
I'm going to miss you Capcom, I hope you come back soon.