GTA 6 – why do we have to wait for the PC version? (Photo: YouTube)

Thursday's letters page thinks E3 2023 would have been better than The Game Awards, as one reader suggests Starfield needs to slow down.

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Financial priorities
Interesting to see the former Rockstar developer talk about why they always look down on the PC. Although I don't really see why a company of Rockstar's size can't get GTA 6 released at the same time as consoles, seeing as it's just a matter of resources.

What I wonder is how this influences the way other publishers treat PC versions of multi-format games, which have basically been completely terrible for the last couple of years and always need multiple patches to work properly, if at all.

I've always heard vague suggestions that recent graphics cards are the reason, but now I'm thinking it's because everyone considers the PC version to be a low priority because it makes less money, and so they… just don't bother investing much time or money for that.

When you think about it, not worrying because there is less money to be made makes perfect sense as an explanation. Occam's Razor and all that.

Second look
So, what do we think will be in GTA 6 Trailer 2? I assume they will tell more of the story and give a better idea of ​​the size and scope of the map, but the question for me is: are there any special new features waiting to be revealed?

Is it really just GTA 5 with better graphics or is there something that has never happened in the series before? Like maybe a co-op campaign or some sort of gangster-style strategy element yes? These are just guesses, I don't necessarily want them or think they'll be there, but right now we know very little and I'm curious to see how Rockstar will handle things from here on out.

Ephemeral ads
Maybe it's just me, but I can't remember anything about The Game Awards and yet I stayed up all night to watch them. I sat there for three hours and it still went in one ear and out the other, which is not a good sign. I had to concentrate really hard and remember that Monster Hunter was the last thing to be shown at the end, but it didn't actually show anything.

E3 was much better in every way. The reveals were longer, they weren't as “random” and you actually made the developers talk for more than a few seconds. And because they were broken up by the publisher, there was actually a chance to remember them and put them in some kind of context.

I hate that the publishers purposely let E3 die and I hope they eventually regret it, although I doubt there will be any revival anytime soon, or probably ever.

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Slow down
I'm still struggling to understand how Bethesda could have thought not having city maps was a good idea in Starfield. I'm also very wary of what this new travel system is, whether it's transport beams or vehicles, all it will do is make it even easier to avoid exploring anywhere, which is so important to the appeal of Skyrim and Fallout. .

You want a reason to go slower, not an excuse to go faster and miss even more stuff along the way. Starfield's central problem is that there's no reason to stick around. You're always heading to the next waypoint as quickly as possible, usually using fast travel if you can. Speeding up even more seems the opposite of what is necessary. I think Starfield is just a lost cause, to be honest, and they should hurry up with The Elder Scrolls 6.

Easy answers
Unfortunately, that Disney 'interview' was a good example of why we need events like E3 and industry folks to be interviewed by more than one person every few years. You learned absolutely nothing from what he said, only a few quotes were printed, and the whole thing felt more like a vague Disney advertisement than anything else.

I'm not saying he would have said anything else if GC or someone else had talked to him, but at least we would have had the chance instead of him going to the one place he thought (correctly, apparently) he wouldn't get anything done. difficult questions. What a shame.

The worst of the worst
I will say it and it will be remembered that way. The Day Before is the worst game of 2023 and one of the worst games of all time. You can give Redfall and The Lord of the Rings: Gollum a lot of attention and they deserve it. But they were full releases and not just fraudulent scams. I can't say the same for something as terrible as The Day Before.

Actually I can. There was another game that also scammed customers. The last hope. A copy of Naughty Dog's masterpiece The Last Of Us. 20 minutes long, no story, graphics that would insult a PS1 reference, and terrible Ellie cosplay. It was dropped on the Switch eShop and was barely a game. More shovelware than anything and until Sony took care and removed it, it remained a scam.

Not even the King Kong game was that bad and it's not as misleading as The Day Before. The company took money from consumers, who weren't smart enough to spot lies when they were so apparent. It was lucky for me that I never thought about this game in the entire development process. GTA 6 took my attention away and I'm grateful for all of that.

These are the two worst games of the year. Redfall is not a scam. Gollum was just a bad game. King Kong is even worse, but it doesn't compare to these two failures. I'll even say this, I'd rather play The Quiet Man than these two scams.
Shahzaib Sadiq

GC: Have you played any of the games you mentioned?

While stocks last
The Boo Amiibo is currently in stock at the UK Nintendo Store,
Here's the link.

I've been checking Nintendo's website every day for a while now looking for amiibos I'd like, and I've never seen this one in stock before.

I tried posting when the amiibos are in stock and out of stock, but after a few hours they are removed. I tried to post about the Joker amiibo being out of stock the day my inbox letter was printed, but unfortunately it was removed a little later.
Andrew J.
PS. Don't forget that the Epic Games Store is offering a free game every day from today (Wednesday, December 13th), I assume until Christmas.

Usual targets
Just wanted to say great job on the interview with Mike Rose. It was eye-opening to hear this from an editorial chief, though I suppose his words shouldn't come as a surprise. I'm seriously worried, though, are we heading headlong, in freefall, toward another video game crash?

All of the 2023 layoffs, estimated by GC to be around 9,000 now, appear to target only the actual developers on the ground, not the executives. I don't see how it doesn't come back to bite them. Add to this the Microsoft acquisitions, which will lead to job losses at any time, and the rising costs of producing video games. Overall, it really doesn't seem like a healthy industry.

Nintendo, I suppose, would be pretty isolated, but I think even some of the biggest names in gaming are “struggling.” I say struggling, but that's more because they're not meeting their unrealistic post-Covid goals. EA Sports FC seemed to have a strong launch, but I've seen discounts everywhere and that was before Black Friday. This suggests to me that it wasn't as successful as EA had hoped.

Mike Rose highlighted how Game Pass is currently providing a security blanket for publishers, but what will happen when Microsoft stops spending money on Game Pass? You know this is going to happen at some point. We also have the poor reception of the last Call Of Duty, Modern Warfare 3, which sold well despite overwhelming negative reviews. I think they got away with it this year, but will the players be in such a rush to get next year's share after getting burned this time?

It's a funny environment we find ourselves in as gamers these days. They're taking longer and longer to make and costing more in the process, but are the games ultimately more fun than those released in the past? The fact that they take longer to produce creates expectations and enthusiasm, sometimes at unrealistic levels. It's an interesting philosophical question, but I'm seriously worried about the future of this industry. It's never a good sign when an editor says they feel embarrassed about being in the industry.

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I'm not sure there's a more embarrassing addiction possible than smelling exhaust fumes from a Steam Deck. I mean what?

If the Silent Hill 2 remake is a flop, are we all officially giving up on the Silent Hill revival? Because I'm starting to think that's going to happen.

GC: Not until Silent Hill f comes out.

This week's hot topic
The 2023 Game Awards took place last Friday, revealing not only the award winners but also the usual set of new trailer reveals, but what did you think of it?

How much attention do you pay to the award nominees, and overall, do you think the winners were vindicated this year? Do you think there is a better way to organize the awards and do you think there are any categories that should be added or removed?

What do you think of the emphasis on new trailers and announcements? Does this improve or detract from the awards ceremony? Is the large amount of advertising distracting or is it an understandable necessity to fund the event?

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