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Worst of Gaming 2012

Posted on December 30, 2012 at 11:00 am by Stephen Janes

We recently covered the best things to happen to gaming in the rapidly ending 2012 year. As I mentioned at the end of the article, with every beam of light, there is always a pillar of evil to counter it. While these next entries aren’t really evil per se, it might be more accurate to say they hold the same level of popularity as Aquaman. As with my previous article, these are in no particular order and just the top five dissapointments of 2012.

Bioware Backlash

Mass Effect 3 Backlash

Let’s get one thing straight, I’m not discussing the ending to Mass Effect 3 except for this one statement; while I was a bit unhappy with the way Bioware ended the Mass Effect trilogy, it is ultimately their story and it was their decision. With that being said, one of my biggest disappointments this past year was how fans reacted to Bioware’s decision and the backlash that followed. Reports of death threats and hate mail were several steps too far, and ultimately this backlash led to the stepping down of Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, co-founders of Bioware. The next time a company does something you don’t agree with, take out your frustration by not playing the game and calming warning others, don’t threaten anybody or anything. These threats took “expressing your opinion” way too far and should never be replicated.

Sony’s Marketing of the Vita

ps-vita-marketing

I’ve wanted to pick up a PS Vita ever since it was announced. As somebody who enjoys Sony game consoles, this looked like the next logical step. However, I have yet to see a commercial or advertisement that absolutely convinces me to pick one up. Furthermore, I haven’t seen a whole lot of commercials for the Vita. The Sony handheld could easily give the Nintendo 3DS a run for its money, but not enough potential consumers know about it. The handheld has a lot of potential and fantastic hardware, but it seems like Sony just wants to sit back and let the Vita sink or swim on its own; a strategy that dismally failed with the original PSP.

 

Where is the Last Guardian?

The Last Guardian

Remember how awesome Ico was? Remember how beautiful Shadow of the Colossus was? Remember when The Last Guardian was kinda-sorta announced with several release dates only to rarely be seen or heard from? Apparently the game is, once again, slated for a 2013 release, but seeing as this is quickly going the way of Duke Nukem Forever with its constant changing of dates of lack of new information. There are several logical reasons as to why this game is taking forever to go along with a lot of head scratchers, but bottom line it’s disappointing that we don’t have any concrete evidence that this game is actually happening.

Capcom’s Lack of Mega Man

Mega Man 25Did you know that Mega Man turned twenty-five this past year? It seems that Capcom didn’t really know that either. It’s really unfortunate, because Mega Man was a great franchise on the Nintendo that translated very well to the Super Nintendo back in the day. While they were certainly frustrating titles due to their difficult nature the games were a lot of fun and perhaps featured some of the best music ever heard on an NES soundboard. Capcom’s refusal to make any major announcement for the Blue Bomber was a huge disappointment. No anniversary edition, no re-release nor an original title, nothing. How sad is it that a video game icon celebrated a milestone such as this, but nobody went to the party because they weren’t sent directions? There was a Mega Man X Street Fighter fan-made game that was recently released, but it was hardly worthy of a twenty-fifth anniversary celebration.

 

G4TV Disbanding

I started watching G4 back in 2004 when I discovered Cinematech, which showed FMV sequences and trailers for upcoming video games non-stop. I quickly fell in love with the entire G4 lineup around this time, which was when they actually talked about video games as if their audience knew a thing of two about them. G4 was great because it was a media outlet for gamers, tech enthusiasts and bottom line, Geeks. I, along with many other former fans of the channel, stopped really paying attention because they tried to treat the audience as if they were brain dead. “Here’s a pretty girl and oh look she knew what an iPhone was, huzzah!” seemed to be the format the past few years. All complaints aside, G4TV is no longer the outlet we once knew, nor will it be an outlet for us anymore. It was a great run and I can only hope that some form of G4 will continue to exist online.

 

So there we have it, Geeks. What were your dissapointments this past year in gaming related media and news? Anything you think should be on this list? Stay tuned for another article that will feature the things we’re most looking forward to in 2013.

    • I disapprove of your improper use of Aquaman. Otherwise, good stuff!

    • Aquaman has the same powers as Spongebob Squarepants…that's really intimidating stuff right there.

      • Don't make me hurt you Janes…

        • What are you going to do, throw a starfish at me?

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