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Report RSS C&C 4 Starcraft 2 and the rise of Video Game Fascism

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I hate to sound cynical, but this C&C4 online only thing (and the world of PC gaming as a whole) is getting beyond ridiculous! For starts recently, it is being said that EA is removing (or simply not including) LAN Gameplay for C&C4! (as if I am really excited about getting or playing this game as-is anyways) :/
This is unconfirmed but I have even been hearing and reading about speculation about possibly even killing the skirmish mode with AI players altogether. The excuse from EA to justify these actions is with the BS about the player progression stats. Who really gives a hoot!? I believe I can speak for all and say that we just wanna have a good time playing a good game anytime... anywhere! I have played the Beta and I do not like how it is setup one little bit. I feel the impression like EA could be probing my computer all the time. For all you know they could download malicious spyware and adware into your system through this game and then make you buy something to fix it and give it a innocent identity like the notorious game patch that is supposed to fix everything that was wrong with the initial release. Mark my words this will happen one day if it is not happening already!

Of course in all irony, there is the wisdom of the saying: "If it ain't broke don't fix it! But do they (the video game companies) listen... NO!!! They have to go and screw up things that were more less totally fine with the audacity of calling the changes an "improvement"! It is a prime example of total mindless heresy I tell ya!


It is clear that it is all about the almighty dollar and not your enjoyment, not the fans wishes and preferences. Another reason why the C&C Modding community continues to get stronger as each subsequent C&C game that comes out becomes less and less enjoyable and lower in quality. EA has raped and milked the "C&C Cow" long after its death. Do not support EA by buying this game! If they want to stifle the fans and even casual gamers than they can just go bankrupt and rot in the grave of so many other greedy companies before them! I had wanted to pursue a career in video game development and even thought of the idea of going to college for getting a career with EA but not no more if this is how video game developers "ethics" really work! Anti-piracy my arse! DRM and restrictive online only dependence on THEIR servers is not my idea of enjoying a computer game! I miss and greatly enjoyed AI skirmishes WITHOUT internet support because I could play a game ANYTIME, ANYWHERE if I wished without worrying about locating a stable internet connection! EA (and several other major video game companies including Blizzard who apparently are starting to do the same things for Starcraft 2 and such) sounds more and more like the Borg (ala Star Trek) by hooking you into THEIR collective and enslaving you to THEIR rules and commands! (THEIR servers) These examples are (in my opinion and should be yours) NOT INCLUDED in my future of both console and PC gaming! I will instead stick to the classic (sometimes forgotten) games that were purely fun and ethical that VALUED MY FREEDOM and desire for a high quality product that offers my enjoyment anytime, anywhere! You too have that right! Do not let these greedy video game companies COMMAND AND CONQUER YOU!

HONOR YOUR GAMERS BILL OF RIGHTS!
HONOR YOUR PC'S FREEDOM INCLUDING YOUR OWN!
DO NOT SUPPORT THESE GAMES OR COMPANIES!

WE OWN OUR GAMES!

WE DO NOT RENT OR BORROW THEM FROM GREEDY COMPANIES!

See these links below:

Gamepolitics.com

Videogamesblogger.com

***DO NOT MILK THE GREEDY COMPANIES "CASH COWS" AND BUY THESE GAMES!!!***

EA wishes to FORCE DRM's and "Always Online" (particularly translates to "controlling social activity") on the general public and they hope to eventually make this the standard for ALL future PC games. In the case of C&C4, they are removing LAN and OFFLINE skirmish/singleplayer games under the guise of "anti-piracy" and "player progression stats" and "MMORTS" in what is in my opinion plain and simple bullshit. Blizzard is already doing it as well (as I said in my initial post) by FORCING ALL PLAYERS to use Battle.net for Starcraft 2 so there is the removal of LAN which is only be the beginning if allowed to persist by the players/customers.

As for the capitalistic part, yes perhaps it is evil too when you have GREEDY and CORRUPT organizations and corporations that take away little by little of the value of the product they make and sell. This is usually how they do it to start out with, but then as they can see that their customers are "stupid" and continue to buy into the products that are cheaper and are giving them less for more then the corporations can keep pushing to see how far they can go to deliver a mediocre product for a inflated price with little or no resale value. I worked in retail (Wal-Mart) and I see this terrible reality all the time in our products we sell. This retail company I work for is guilty of it itself especially in recent times. Sam Walton the founder of Wal-Mart would be spinning in his grave to know how his company is operating and supporting such things now. His quote was "The ultimate boss of our company is the customer, our number one goal at Wal-Mart is to serve the customers needs! If we fail to do so and betray and lose our customers we are NOT going to be in business!"

EXAMPLE: A 10 pack of Snickers mini candy bars used to be an average retail price of $0.98 in 2005 here in the USA. Come to 2010 it is $1.25 and you only get 8 bars instead of 10 per package. There are countless other examples I could go on and on about that most customers do not pay attention to seem or not care about. If you let the school bully keep having his way with you and you do not fight it or report it, he will CONTINUE to harass you and may even get worse with doing so, YOU SHOULD INSTEAD FIGHT IT OR REPORT IT! The same thing applies here to where EA, Blizzard, and several other commercial game developers are screwing the customer once again with mediocre, overpriced, and overrated products and now they have taken the next step to remove our freedom to choose how and when to USE and ENJOY the product that WE BUY from THEM.

Does anyone see the importance of the moral and ethical issue at hand here? Its a raping of our products and of the customers rights and freedoms which translates into YOUR rights and freedoms!<!--Session data-->

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cronos35
cronos35

this is ********! how can the fans enjoy multiplayer game plays in internet cafes?! how can we have a good solo play against AI if that is removed?! EA FOOLS!! TELL US!!

EA is doing nothing more than just wasting their time making a game no one wants to play. the only people who will play tiberian twilight are those who are clueless about the cnc game series.

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Eagle_11
Eagle_11

If it became really MMORTS,has no LAN and no Skirmish(What the ****,how i am supposed to learn the game's mechanics,by getting bashed on the net !?) then im sorry i wont give my money out for this product.Whats the next step?Taking out custom matchmaking ?!
The truth about internet is that anyone cannot have the same good connection due to many reasons,my con is not so excellent for example.When i combine this with present poor servers in C&C3(especially Kane's Wrath lags as hell whenever i tried to play,comedia is Tiberium Wars lags very small or is lagless at all!)i can say with this evidence EA wouldnt take time to make stabile servers at all and yeah imnot to play it anyway in this case.
Blizzard continues to progress in the wrong path too!First theyve made the king of MMORPG's and they screwed it with every "patch" more and more.WoW isnt "RPG" anymore,its only a "3D hack&slash"

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Eagle_11
Eagle_11

Ive forgot to say this:If you want to change something dont be afraid of this "system".Just continue your way of life.When youre ready to **** in their mouth youll see that youre far off being alone at all!Just remember how the gaming industry started.Down with the compradores! xD

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feillyne StaffSubscriber
feillyne

It's because of pirates. ;-P Not only the fault of greedy companies, but also people who spread the piracy w/o any remorse or slowdown.

The fault of both low or lower quality of games, and pirates...

... I wonder IF THEY WONDER why so many C&C games were bought, against all odds of piracy. Just wondering!

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SоrataZ
SоrataZ

Piracy would not exist if corporations would make good games and put so much BS in movie DVDs in the first place. Have you ever heard of Star Craft getting mass pirated? Or Assasins Creed getting raped by pirating? Probably not.

Have you heard of Spore or TW getting pirated? Of course you do. Piracy is a means to bring people things they would normally not pay hard earned money for. I cannot understand EA. TW and KW were absolute BS. RA3 was a glimmer of hope. TT is right down all the way again to 'so bad its horrible'.

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MrTimm
MrTimm

I was thinking of buying TT just for the story, after the demo my mind change I would rather download the game instead of buying but after playing 30 minutes I change my mind again, **** this game I'll learn to mod TW and make a story that is close to TT with some of the units that they have made so it would be like a RTS how it should be, or I'll stick with ZH as the whonders that ZH have like growing tiberium and shader 2.0, they say new games are better yeah maybe but CnC is getting down with the arrow of enyoment.

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Elementalist
Elementalist

Uh... I like the player progression, thankee very much.

By the way, Developers and Publishers are not the same. Saying 'video games companies' is a generalization.

I'm preordering C&C4 because I support doing something different, rather than sticking to the same formula forever. I -LIKE- the change up, and while I have definitely been in the position where I didn't have internet, or had terrible internet, it doesn't happen anymore.

So by buying C&C4, I personally am not violating any of my own codes of honor. In fact, to NOT buy it would violate it, as it would show I don't care about the C&C series, and I don't want to see change.

So you'd be wrong when you say you believe you can speak for everyone. And I know I'm not the only one, as I know a good few others who have it preordered and after knowing these details and playing the beta, are perfectly happy.

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feillyne StaffSubscriber
feillyne

Well, I'm generally happy with C&C4, but not with what companies (publishers and devs AGREEING to it) do. It's a simple catastrophe.

Games are very fine; the problem is companies who become more and more greedy.

When it stops? When we say No. And from what I see, we won't say 'no' anytime soon... maybe not at all, and then we all are screwed.

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Elementalist
Elementalist

Heh, this comment is from a long way back, forgot, oops. But anyway...

The problem is, everything here is subjective. What one person considers fine, obviously, there will be others who don't, and vice versa. You can't just generalize (as is being done so above).

Another generalization being made there is about prices. They don't mention anything about inflation or market value or state of economy, all of which have something to do with it as well.

And... I swear, either I didn't read the whole thing before, or it's been edited (probably the former, but eh), but... There's a lot in there that to me is just odd. Especially the reference to Communism. Considering the second definition only has to do with how the system was twisted. I mean honestly, can you imagine what the definition of capitalism will be in 50 years, seeing as how people are moaning about it now?

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Flazor
Flazor

I played the beta, and preordering, I didn't know they removed LAN, that sucks, anyway, I'll be perfectly happy.

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RabidEdx532
RabidEdx532

As long as profit is the motivation for companies there will never be such thing as a truly honest company. Otherwise it wont survive by the very nature of how most economies work nowadays. The way society is today money=equals power and money will come long before the satisfaction of the people. Imagine if there was a company with unlimited resources so It made games for free and not for profit. Games will have incredible features and will have so much better play value. But games with long lives are bad for business and so are a lot of features. For console games it is getting harder and harder to find split screen fun because so many games are online only co-op and that is really frustrating because I can't play with my best friend anymore. Well it makes Microsoft more money forcing people to get LIVE accounts. I highly recommend watching ZEITGEIST ADDENDUM because it reveals a lot of these issues and why they are here.

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Elementalist
Elementalist

... Or, uh, you could read the Communist Manifesto. So many similarities. Hilarious how people scream in fear when the word 'Communism' is mentioned (see above).

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Draconator
Draconator

I was a "C&C"4 (It's not a C&C anymore) beta tester. I thought that somehow the gameplay has a blink of logic, but my hope was for nothing. >:(

First- No resources: EA replaced them with g*y command points that it's limit changes from match to match.

Second- Tiberium "Harvesting": It's not harvesting its more like looting damn chest treasures and bringing them back for upgrade points.

Thrid and the most annoying- No base: Our loved and well known MCVs were replaced by large and evil crawlers. We cannot bulid base for harvesting, creating units and powerplants for power. The maximum you can do is to set up idiotic defense and thats the whole mehanic of "building".

And yeah, I agree with you. I hate companies that care more from money than the enjoyment of the customer.

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OrochiGab
OrochiGab

C&C4 SUX
the Only and Best C&C Series is Generals Zero Hour!

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Woozle
Woozle

Couldn't have said it better my self.

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