It’s true. I despise this company, and I despise what they’ve done to the franchises I love, and what they’ve contributed to the downfall of gaming as a whole. And for that, I am officially calling it quits.
I was stoked today to be able to play DOOM from the comfort of anywhere, with the earlier news of DOOM 1, 2, and 3 all being surprise-released across modern consoles. I immediately logged into the eShop, and downloaded DOOM 1, excited for the portable nostalgia trip that I’d soon be having.
It downloaded, I booted it up, and I was greeted with this:
That’s right. I needed to login with a Bethesda account. For a game that game out in 1993. When I was 5. That I can play, for cheaper I may add, on PC, downloaded from GOG with no DRM or third-party account required whatsoever.
Bethesda has a history of terrible business practices that I won’t get into now because they are well-documented elsewhere, but after the Fallout 76 debacle, and now I have to login to a service I don’t use to play a game that’s been out for over 20 years?
Gamers everywhere – I call upon you all and implore you to not stand up for this shit. Not just from Bethesda, but from all the megacorps that pray on your nostalgia, and try to take you for the proverbial ride every chance they get.
You might be thinking, “I don’t care, it’s not THAT big of an inconvenience” — and I will stop you right there. There has not been a single point in the history of gaming where a minor inconvenience didn’t turn into a huge fucking hurdle.
It happened with PC games and draconian DRM schemes, and we allowed that. Next, games went digital, and we let them charge us the same prices despite the terms of service clearly removing ownership from the players, and we allowed that. Then, there were retail chain-exclusive pre-order bonuses. Always-online DRM. Right after that, game developers started crippling games and selling you half-baked experiences, expecting you to pony-up more cash for more features. Finally, look where we landed: loot boxes, features gated behind DLC, and other trash is the norm. Games are made to please people in suits, not gamers.
The bigger this hobby has become, the more dollar signs the industry saw. Companies have tried to squeeze out of it every last dime they could – after all, many of these companies are publicly traded and have shareholders to please. We all need to stand up to this, because like everything else good in this world, it will fall to shit – free to play games with fuckity-fuck barrels of tokens or gems to buy, full games being split into episodic, subscription-requiring nonsense, and streaming-only “woops, better play it before June 30th when it gets removed from the service” woes.
This entire hobby has a rich history of companies trying to fuck players, usually in the name of piracy prevention. And what did we do? We handed over our credit cards, turned around, bent over, and let them have their way with us.
The next part of this will be streaming, where the same four companies will completely remove any rights whatsoever from you, the consumer, so that they can track what you do, sell your soul to third parties, and remove any microcosm of control that you had over the things you’ve paid for.
As a consumer, you should not stand for this crap. Vote with your damn wallets. Get mad, be pissed off for once – we gamers have kept the lights on at these major game studios, and every step they take, we get screwed even harder. Gaming has been on a downward spiral in the toilet, and this is the latest example of it.
My crusade against this bullshit starts now, with a boycott of a company that has made some of my favorite games. Join me, or be drowned of your money and your rights in this dark and bleak future of gaming.