The news coming out of GDC is weird.
Nvidia announced a ‘smart tv’ -esque box that is pretty much an Amazon Fire TV, or a Roku, or a weaker version of every console and tv product their hardware supports. You can use Netflix and play Android games, or some other games at just over Xbox 360 specs. Yay? Thanks for joining the party? I don’t get it.
Sony, AMD, and whoever else announced more VR gimmicks. I didn’t want to wear the 3D glasses while watching TV. I certainly don’t want to wear the headgear or gadgets they’ve concocted. It’s the next Kinect, and I will happily pass on yet more hardware that will never be adopted by the software companies.
Steam announced a couple of things. First, Steam Link. It’s a $50 box that lets you stream your PC content to your TV. You know, like an HDMI cable… Then there’s Source 2 which could be neat, but I’m pretty sure somehow it’ll be used to hype their Steam “Home entertainment” push and troll people into thinking Half-Life 3.
Next up is ex-SWTOR Lead Designer Damion Schubert preaching about F2P being the future. Because his work on SWTOR was so good he’s now taken to motivational speaking and being the white knight defender of people who spend lots in cash shops. Apparently calling them whales is offensive, as Damion says, “These people are very important, and we can start by treating them with some fucking respect.” Call them what you want, they are still the textbook definition of a whale. Call them royalty for all I care. They still spend extravagantly and are textbook ‘whales.’ Calling them a ‘Patron’ like Schubert wants is misleading. All of us who spend money on games, in any model, are patrons. Let’s call a spade a spade and a whale a whale. The entire talk was full of logical leaps, make believe what-ifs (like saying if BF5 went F2P and succeeded that CoD would have to follow…) and manipulation.
If you found something decent from GDC please share.