Madden 13 has received great reviews from mainstream media, but when it comes to hardcore users – not so much. Why is it then, that this game is selling like hot cakes with crack sauce?
If you don’t get your annual Madden fix will it be an itchy year?
It seems as if this is true to some extent. While EA Tiburon made significant strides with the development of Madden 13 they still somehow managed to anger a faction hardcore community enough that they are up in arms over numerous ‘scandals’ that they seem to be taking personally.
Why is it then that they buy the game every year even if they think it is terrible or a let down?
Many of the problems that are prevalent in the gaming and software world revolve around giving the end-user just enough improvement or subtle tweaks that they want to give it a chance. The expectations are so high that consumers don’t even look for things that will impress them. Their eyes are studying every pixel for a flaw and every player movement for the slightest inaccurate animation. This doesn’t mean they are wrong to be angry about not seeing the improvements they want to see… it just means they aren’t privy to what the corporation’s plan for consumer development and profit margins – rather than actual game improvement.
Don’t think for a moment that the developer is the only ‘guilty’ party. The fact of the matter is that you are enabling a company to continue making what you term to be ‘broken’ games because you are buying them every single year.
If someone came to you asking for advice on how to deal with a person that continuously lets them down. Every time they make plans something comes up. Every time they say something, they find out it is a lie or maybe just an exaggeration.
What would you tell them?
Chances are good that you would advise them to end that relationship or step away from it slowly if they are worried about hurting feelings.
My question to those of you are continuously disappointed with Madden every year (or any other game – Call of Duty, Assassins Creed, etc.) is –
Are you obligated to purchase any of these things every single year?
If you don’t like the product you are buying every year, stop giving the company that makes it the power to keep making it. Talk with your pocket-book rather than your angry fingers… money is the only language businesses speak. If that means you have to take a course on Rosetta Stone in order to learn how to grow a monetary backbone – do it.
Stop giving annual releases a reprieve if you don’t like what you are getting – take the power back.