Up For Debate - If You Could Remove One Thing From Gaming Today, What Would It Be?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Oct 22, 2016 4:00 PM

Over the last decade gaming has changed to an almost unrecognisable extent. Back in early 2006 we didn’t know what DLC meant. Season Passes were for sports teams. And just uttering the word micro-transactions would have sent us cross-eyed and made our heads hurt.

A lot of people aren’t happy with the direction gaming is gone. Whether that be any of the above, or Early Access, or pre-order exclusives, Early Enlister editions, free-to-play, boosters, cosmetics, in-game currencies. The list goes on and on.

So what about if you could take one of these much maligned practices and ban it forever. Which would you most like to see the end of for good?

I’m going to cheat a little bit and say two. Firstly, it would have to be micro-transactions. I’m not fussed about them in F2P titles, but in premium games they really do take the piss a bit. Asking someone to fork over $60 / £50 for a game and then having the cheek to ask them for more cash to open an unlockable box with a random item inside. It’s ugly, often gambling focused, and it can upset the balance of a game. Begone foul micro-transactions.

And my second one is a bit of a doubled-edged sword. Patches. Now, I know they’ve been around on PC for years, but of late they’ve become a real crutch for developers. They were fine when they were used to fix a few crucial problems which weren’t found during development, but at this stage they’re just a easy way to release an unfinished game early. Back before the internet was widespread and all games came on physical media, developers knew they only had one shot at getting things when they sent their game to manufacture. It meant, for the most part, that things were done properly. Obviously the counterpoint to this is that some old games are genuinely broken and were never fixed, so patches obviously have their benefits.

Over to you now. What is the one thing you would most like to remove from gaming today? To banish forever into the mists of time? Vote in the poll and be sure to let everyone know why in the comments below!

Which of these would you most like to remove from gaming?

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15:19 Oct-28-2016

Well few things 1-remove guys who talk **** about ubisoft 2-denuvo 3-fact that some games are console exclusive specially this one

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16:49 Oct-31-2016

Yes, I'm in favor of removing Denuvo. Shut down the company, destroy all of their data and burn all their hardware.

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18:14 Oct-25-2016

Simple, Denuvo

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06:05 Oct-25-2016

Lol i just noticed this poll is missing false marketing... we all know what happened with Colonial Marines :[

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08:49 Oct-25-2016

Aaaaaaand No Man's Sky.

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13:23 Oct-25-2016

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand Watch_Dogs.

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13:50 Oct-25-2016

And basically every Ubisoft game ever

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09:14 Oct-29-2016

ammm, no...

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14:07 Oct-26-2016

Oh, and Rome II Total War. Luckily they fixed that one (more or less) afterward.

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21:41 Oct-24-2016

Transparent communication!


Oh wait, we already don't have that - pfiew!

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15:52 Oct-24-2016

Microtrans and DRM the bane of gaming....

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15:20 Oct-24-2016

Lack of quality control (equally for devs and end-users), where is that?

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15:17 Oct-24-2016

What is Greenlight?? Is it that what Martin Medrazo gives Michael in GTA V? :p

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13:10 Oct-25-2016

Haha nice one, that scene was hilarious.

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15:16 Oct-24-2016

Always Online games are really a nightmare when you've (Yes! I have it) a very slow internet connection and a low-end PC (Yes, this time too).

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15:09 Oct-24-2016

Micro transactions are an absolute pain! I wouldn't have a problem if you could buy ANY 1 item, but normally if it's a character skin you want its in a "pack" so that 99p add on suddenly costs £5! Gaming is a corporate mess at the moment.

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15:18 Oct-24-2016

Yes absolutely! I agree. They should make games 'All Inclusive'.

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09:09 Oct-24-2016

I hate 2 things on games these days:
1)Micro-transaction on a buy to play game especially on a MMO-RPG's, you buy the game for 30-50€ and then they sell cosmetics or costumes for 20-30€ it's absurd, in the other hand on f2p games it's ok...because every company need money
2)Season Passes when you buy the game for 40-60€ and the season pass cost the same(80-120€ for the whole game)... i don't mind free or small amount of cost on dlc's it adds longevity to the game.

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15:20 Oct-24-2016

Gone were the days when we used to visit local stores, bought the games and there was everything in that box, everything that mattered. No out of the box bull****.

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16:18 Oct-23-2016

I don't see how cosmetics are an issue. In games like Dota, LoL or Overwatch, they're used to support the development of a game while making you look good. I'm actually OK with the lootboxes in Overwatch since you can grind for them anyway. The real issue is game breaking DRM and paid DLCs.

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13:36 Oct-23-2016

for me, it's definitely ANY online connection - which would result in no DRM, no more insane game sizes, no more tacky releases requiring plenty of patches, no more bullsh!t social features etc. etc. - basically same as what games were about 17 years ago :)

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15:26 Oct-24-2016

the ****ty online part ruined gaming! a 2004 game (GTA VICE CITY,GTA SA,Underground 2......) many great games are a lot better than this modern games.

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17:27 Oct-28-2016

oh and that also covers microtransactions xD

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13:10 Oct-23-2016

Can i go for three thing instead of one, cause i really want to get rid of both paid dlcs and call of duty. I've been a fan for the serie for years but bo3 destroyed everything. And with the upcoming infinite warfare things are even getting worst. And for the third thing is the aim assist in modern fps games. Come on guys learn how to play and get your kills without assist

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12:00 Oct-23-2016

DLC it is for me, that stuff is cancer.

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12:36 Oct-23-2016

I don't mind it as long as it adds decent and worthwhile content to the game (Blood and Wine for The Witcher 3 or Shivering Isles for Oblivion) and devs don't overdo (Train Simulator) or overcharge for them (Scorched Earth for ARK).

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11:57 Oct-23-2016

Pay to win things from gsm games

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12:03 Oct-23-2016

BTW what means greenlight?

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12:32 Oct-23-2016

Steam Greenlight.


Because a lot more junk than worth a person's time and money manages to go through. All thanks to a certain group and apparently it doesn't even violate the TOS.

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11:07 Oct-23-2016

Bad optimization

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11:02 Oct-23-2016

For me its definitely this Day One DLC nonsense. Developers that advertise paid DLC before even releasing the game is just wrong.

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08:33 Oct-24-2016

i think season passes are the problem with this, developers anouncing paid dlc before the game is released. they cant know if a game is gonna sell well to even make dlc for it.

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10:48 Oct-23-2016

When Sony/Microsoft pay a developer X amount of money to withhold content and/or push back the release date on a rival platform is an absolute disgrace and does nothing but sh!t on gamers, scum tactics!

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12:41 Oct-23-2016

I would flat out reject the money even if tempted because my morals disagree with such practices.


Most people, especially big businesses, would take the money.

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10:24 Oct-23-2016

Micro-transactions and DRM

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09:33 Oct-23-2016

Probably downvotes incomming but somehow I like 2/3 kind of microtransaction.1,this one is only cosmetics like dota when items wont affect in any way gameplay.2,in this one you can buy boosters/items that other players can earn in game,I like those,because i dont have that much time anymore to grind for items.

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09:38 Oct-23-2016

And i dont mind to pay few $ to resolve that lack of time.For example I wanted to play AC unity with a friend in coop,he had like 50-60 hrs in game and all good weapons and armors,and i couldnt beat alot of high lvl enemies.I didnt have enough time to grind those items,so i bought some decent ones with $15 or so.

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11:56 Oct-23-2016

For the AC Unity part and the time factor i agree-but,still,$15-$20 for some crafting and for a couple hrs. a day-not-every-day?No way. And still,your friend can always start a new,low lvl character to go co-op.

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13:09 Oct-23-2016

So basically you are paying to hack its funny how that works if i use 3rd party program to get better items or upgrades instantly its called hacking but if i pay for items its all good

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09:42 Oct-23-2016

And the 3rd one is when you can buy overpower gear and normal players cant get those items with In-game currency and also microtransactions in only Single-Player games,those are over the top,greedy and I dont support devs/games that do that.

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