- May 26, 2022
I see some old and new accounts defending the game, things at headquarters are that bad, huh?
The game is gutter trash. It's poor man's Diablo 3 with pay to win mechanics. IMO, it's a waste of bandwidth to even download it.
Yeah but the fact that it exists and makes money sets a precedent that ruins everything for the rest of us. This don't like it don't buy it bullshit is tiresome, we've heard it since horse armor.Nobody is forcing you to play Diablo Immortal.
I don't think regulation is a permanent answer as Australia has proven countless times that even if you do have regulations they can still get around them. And in every involvement governments around the world have had with the games industry it has proven incredibly ineffective hence why the ESA exists (but honestly it shouldn't I hate the ESA (and its Australian branch the IGEA) with a passion).
In my opinion, there are becoming fewer reasons to even care at this point. The industry is lost. We've been priced out by a bunch of cashed-up yuppies. (as in our buying power no longer means anything when a whale can buy 100x that)
Smaller studios will still make some decent games, but the AAA stuff? Yeah, I'd expect to see more and more pay to win stuff, even in games people paid for. The really scummy practices started in Asian markets, and then got exported to the West. They get away with it because enough idiots pay it. We still got games like Path of Exile that are fair about it with MTX, so that's the best example of a way to do it that's reasonable, IMO. Put over 1000+hrs in that game before I gave GGG anything, and spend $60 or $80 on stash tabs and slots. I felt like they deserved me giving them something.