Playing video games isn’t supposed to be upsetting. You might feel some competitive pressure during a harrowing multiplayer match or a difficult level might drive you a little crazy, but “angering consumers” isn’t exactly a top priority for game makers.
Unfortunately, business is business, and what’s apparently best for game companies isn’t always best for players. A number of questionable features in new video games (and upcoming consoles) have turned otherwise happy gamers into teeth-gnashing trolls.
Some of these features are meant to curb piracy. Some aim to boost revenues. Some attempt to promote technology. Others? Well, we’re really not sure why anyone thought they were a good idea. Here are five new game features we desperately wish we could unplug.
1. ‘Always-on’ Internet connections
When a game requires you to log into the company server’s every time you want to play, even if it’s a single-player experience.
2. Endless system updates
Large system updates are a nearly constant occurrence. Rather than the console downloading these updates in the background as you play, you’re forced to sit staring at a sluggish progress bar.
3. Touchpads everywhere
The success of touchpad on phone has driven game makers to cram it everywhere, Playstation Vita, Wii U controller…
4. Money-grubbing downloadable content
In free-to-play games, dropping a few extra bucks is no big deal since you never made an investment to begin with. But after shelling out $60 for a new game, being nickel and dimed for small items that could have been included initially is only going to frustrate players more in the years to come.
5. Unnecessary multiplayer elements
A growing number of single player games that have no need of multiplayer are jumping on the bandwagon in an effort to keep people playing after they’ve beaten the main game.
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