According to the Entertainment Software Association, E3 2015 is a time for new things and evolution. So we should be excited. But it's also a time of apprehension.
People like to say that Nintendo is "behind" on the times, like, a whole generation behind the rest of the industry. You know, with the supposedly 20th century Internet infrastructure. Well, I've always been a proponent of the "traditional" way of doing things, whether it be a culture drenched in traditional values, or just being able to buy a game cartridge and have the full game available right there without ever needing to connect online or purchase anything else.
So it's a fantastic thing, as a hardcore gaming fan, that Nintendo still appreciated these traditional values. However, ever since they were hammered hard by the anti-Nintendo #Miiquality movement, Nintendo has had to re-evaluate their positioning or else face backlash from fascist bullies. This affected not only their aesthetics, but also their practices in the videogame industry, detailed below.
Since that time, Nintendo has rushed to adopt "modern" industry practices faster than you would expect. Now Nintendo is all-in on the digital shopping front. Now Nintendo is releasing games and consoles with large day 1 patches, be it Super Smash Bros. 4 or your Wii U. Now Nintendo is releasing buggy game-breaking patches that have to be fixed. (Thanks, Mewtwo DLC!) Now Nintendo is releasing games with Season Passes for unknown future DLC. Now Nintendo is launching games with disc-locked content that you have to pay for to get unlocked.
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And as I've covered many times before (and we'll keep covering it), Nintendo is going in on the addictive, toxic, and blood diamond-backed free-to-play gaming model. This is a major trend that other Japanese game publishers are going into as they enter the mobile space and ditch traditional videogame platforms. It's happening to SEGA to the point that they're not even having a booth at E3 2015. And as we all know, Nintendo is doing it too with their partnership with DeNA.
Basically, it's very clear that Nintendo is adopting all of these "modern" practices rather quickly, and it's also clear that gaming is taking a distinctly negative turn. Nintendo used to be a safeguarded fortress from these negative practices. We used to watch the other companies' E3 presentations to get a feel for "how the other half lives" and take comfort that Nintendo fans could continue living in the upscale suburban purple cube McMansion.
Now the wave of "progress" has hit Nintendo as well. Which makes E3 an increasingly more frightening time for us who are afraid of change. The ESA bills E3 as a time for "evolution", but it's more like "deevolution". Despite advances (or steps back) in technology and new ways to extract money from consumers, are your gaming experiences as a player really better than they were
It's not. And as far as I'm concerned, our culture (and you can measure this in statistics) was a lot better before the progressives got to it. We had people getting married, having children while married, and staying married. Poverty was lower. Crime was lower. Graduation rates were higher. People were most pleasant. All this liberalisation crap is just making everything worse.
We gotta go back 50 years ago in culture (maybe 160 for good measure) and 10-15 in gaming and then we'll be in happy times again.
I doubt that's what'll happen at E3, though.
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What DID happen at E3? Nintendo promoted a theme of "transformation"... uh-oh.
Fire Emblem Fates epitomises the dying culture. This would've never happened 10 years ago.
Callie the Inkling is now picking up idiotic slang as well.