I can't be the only one that thinks Amazon's MMO having a colonialism theme is a bit shocking and horrifying, right?
I know near to nothing about it, but just the few ads I have been shown are so overtly "play colonialism, you get to colonize, it's like the American Continent but with some kind of fairies". The paranoid in me is almost suspicious this is just pure propaganda.
Yeah, NFTs are one of the stupidest scams ever, cryptocurrencies are a bullshit money laundering and tax evasion scheme with built-in inequality, and microtransactions in games are already bad enough without adding even more layers of manipulation and monetization.
The obvious solution would be to scale down, stop trying to land expensive megahits, and try to find a sustainable rhythm.
But what are the chances?
The impression I get from reading Paradox dev diaries these days (and occasionally reading what "the fans" think, when I think I can stomach it) is that their methods just do not scale well to AAA territory.
The amount of bugs, performance issues, and mediocre/bad releases has greatly improved the last few years. Even after we discount the overly dramatic gamerz being assholes, often very stupidly.
Either they have been doing some major "restructuring", trying to massively increase output and/or cut costs, or they just became overly ambitious after the massive success they were having. And yes, their PR and QA departments were absolutely not ready and are constantly screwing up.
Steam recommendations work like this:
I play various Zachtronics games, which are programming puzzles with engineering themes.
But they have the "education" tag, so Steam now believes I'm simply interested in games with this tag regardless of who made them or what genre they are in.
So Steam recommends me Dark Souls, which is tagged with Education.
This is my semi-deactivated alt, currently I'm posting at: @eldaking
He/him. A++ (aromantic + asexual).
From Brazil, but tooting in English.
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