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I feel the same hollow sense of victory as when microsoft finally rolled back the always online requirement to the xbox one. The story is the same, a company thought of a way they could rake their customers over the coals for as much money as possible, regardless of the shitty experience it would result in, and spoon fed a bunch of obviously fabricated bullshit to get us to accept it. Only after intense super over the top public backlash that showed no signs of slowing to the point where it will hurt sales and even stock prices does the company finally backpedal. Microsoft had the gall to imply it should be thanked for spending lots of work changing this features for 'customer feedback' even, which was beyond insulting. At least EA apologized even though the apology was still filled with more obvious lies about the intent of the features. I'm glad that the people have the power to sway these companies, but it saddens me that they still try to pull these fast ones on us under the guise of 'our benefit'. It'll take a while before I can trust them again...and that's not the first time I've had to say that about EA either.
I'm just gonna leave this here: The Year Of The Loot Box (The Jimquisition)
Jim is often extremely aggressive, at times overly harsh, and in general is just a little over the top, but damn he's good at calling out bullshit in the game industry. Blizzard definitely does not come out unscathed.
Wait what? I thought the Icrontic hivemind regarded Niantic as okay? Why throw shade?
I will say on niantic's defense that they took the idea of Pokemon and cleverly turned it into a fun and mostly true to spirit mobile mmo. I have amazing memories playing that game with friends. That said, they honestly fumbled almost every single aspect of actual delivery of the game for months on end. From app performance/reliability issues, to network problems, to fundamental aspects of how you play the game like footprints just not working at all, players had a lot of reasons to be frustrated. Even considering the size of the game and the company, it still took an alarmingly long time for any changes to get made, although maybe that was because there was such a backlog of critical problems before things like gym balances could be addressed. It's almost as if they released the game 6 months early or something.
Regardless, I think most of us like Niantic and love that they brought pokemon to life for us, but the frankly fairly mild/jesting criticisms in this thread are pretty justified.
IC: WE HAVE A FGT IN CHAT, RED ALERT, TELL US WHY YOU THINK THAT'S AN INSULT OR BE KICKED
Prime: HOW DO I KICK PEOPLE AGAIN?
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