Tuesday, May 31, 2016

No Man's Sky is Delayed...So Chill Out

A few days ago, it was announced that No Man's Sky would be delayed until August to give the game final polish, according to the developer. Which is fine. Game delays are completely normal in the industry. Given the backlash against triple A titles such as Assassin's Creed:Unity for shipping out buggy, flawed games, it would be a safe call for any developer to hold off on releasing a crap product. While there are a number of gamers who are understanding, Hello Games is working with a staff of less then 20 people, unfortunately the founder Sean Murray and other team members have been receiving death threats through social media for not producing the game on time.

Guys...seriously?

I'm not oblivious to how entitled gamers feel about a product they pine over. I did work in customer service at GameStop. People are not afraid to show their, um, "passion" over a game when it's not released on time. I haven't been privy to death threats (not until I started writing this blog), but I know a few co-workers who have.

I understand that the laws regarding online harassment are flaky in most states, but the legal system and police departments are catching up to the times. Threatening death on someone, even if you mean it as a joke (and that is never a joke, as far as anyone should be concerned) does have ramifications.

People. It's. Just. A. Game.

It's not a life or death situation here.

You can wait a few more months for your precious product and deal with it. You still have your health. You still have friends and/or family that care about you. You have a roof over your head, food in your belly, and enough comfort in life that a video game release date is your biggest concern. Be grateful for what you have. And leave the developers alone. It's their product. They have the right to release it whenever they damn well please.

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