BY KEV’VION MORGAN-MARTIN
Gaming companies are becoming more corrupt everyday. Big companies like EA, Activision, and blizzard are just a few companies ruining their games with microtransactions or with paid content that’s supposed to already be in the game. These companies are destroying gaming and it just keeps getting worse. It’s gotten so bad that some gamers have threatened to take action.
But it’s not all bad, there are a few good companies out there, and I think the other gaming companies should learn from. A good example is CD Projekt Red. This company not only made a singleplayer game, they made a single player game that won Game of the Year along with 250 other awards. And it doesn’t stop there, they are currently in development of a new single player game called Cyberpunk 2077 which shows promise and might change the whole gaming industry as we know it.
Normally gamers can live with microtransactions, but when you have to pay to get an advantage over someone that’s where most people draw the line. Back in 2017 EA published a game called Battlefront 2. It was a huge mess at launch. They had these loot boxes that you could pay for that would give you an advantage over other players in the game. The game obviously didn’t reach its expected sales and EA blamed it on the loot boxes. They didn’t focus on cosmetics which in anyone’s case would have been a better choice from the beginning. An article called GamesIndustrybiz questioned Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen about the issue and he responded that “the one thing we’re very focused on and they are extremely focused on is not violating the canon of Star Wars.” Video games aren’t supposed to be canon, that’s what movies and comic books are for. Video games are meant to be fun, and seeing Darth Vader in cool armor would be nice and probably bring in more players. This is also what started the loot box controversy. EA’s greed will never stop. They even managed to ruin a good company called Bioware, the creators of Mass Effect and Dragon Age series. On February 22 a game called Anthem was released and oh boy was this a huge disaster. At E3 they showed a beautiful trailer for anthem that was supposed to show the real game that was set to release. However, none of it was actually in the game. Anthem had no endgame for a live service or content at all. Gamers were furious and decided to take to the forums. Now the game rarely receives any updates and the lead producer left the game and Bioware. It’s only a matter of time before EA pulls the plug on Bioware, and it becomes like the other company’s EA has essentially murdered. People need to take action and do something before EA makes another bad move.