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My ultimate video on “games as a service”! This video is more fact-heavy than the vast majority of ones I make, but it’s on a topic that I think is the largest problem in gaming today. As you’ll see in the video, this is my declaration of war on “games as a service.” I’ve been meaning to make this video since at least last year, there’s been a lot leading up to this. It’s quite long and dryer than my usual stuff, you may want to watch it in chunks, or just skip straight to the ending.

In the past, I’ve made “Dead Game News” videos as a way to shine a light on how bad the practice of destroying games is. That hasn’t been enough to curtail the practice in any way whatsoever; on the contrary, the practice continues to accelerate. This video is essentially what “Dead Game News” was leading up to. I was hoping to raise enough awareness on the topic to take some sort of real action against it. Most of the video is a “deprogramming” of the industry narrative as to what “games as a service” is, similar to how you would try to treat a rescued cult member, hence the reason it’s so long.

The end goal of this video is to lead to some sort of legal action against the industry (details on that in the video). Now that I’ve learned enough about the topic to see that this could actually be possible, I think it’s the only chance for saving many games in the future. I honestly have zero idea if this video will lead to real action being taken or if things will completely fizzle out. Either way, I felt compelled to make it, like it wasn’t even in my control. This video is very much a “It’s better to regret something you have done, than regret something you haven’t done” situation.

This did take time away from my other usual videos, my apologies about that, but it also served as an exorcism for me so that I don’t have to keep obsessing on this topic in the future. It’s in fate’s hands now, I’ve done what I can, we’ll just see what happens. Anyway, more fun videos are coming for the future, which is what I’d rather be making anyway!

Here’s the latest videochat with fans. I talk some about the next video coming up, plus answered questions as usual. The topics of AI learning, Stadia, and Watch Dogs came up. More videos coming this month!

I’ve mostly recovered from being sick! Ask questions or topics to discuss here for the next videochat with fans on 5:00pm UTC on April 7th at twitch.tv/rossbroadcast.  My sickness skewed production some, but I’ve got some big videos coming for April. This is just a detour, Freeman’s Mind is still coming!  

Also, since the chats have been getting longer and longer, this time I’m trying something new and am only going to answer the top 20 voted questions. After that, I’ll skip the others unless I think they’re pretty good topics + ones from live chat to keep the length of these down a little bit.

Just a quick update, I’ve been sick with some sort of virus (probably flu) for the past week and a half. It’s affected my voice and means all recording is currently suspended until I’m better. I have been working on supplemental material for the videos in the meantime, though going is slower since I’m still in an ongoing “blah” state. I’m also cancelling the playsession with fans this month on the 23rd. I’m anticipating I’ll be good enough to do the videochat with fans in April, but I’ll post an update if not. 

This will definitely delay the release of the next videos since I can’t record yet, but may not impact the total time much for them all coming out since I’m still working on all of them. I have some neat stuff coming!

Here’s the March videochat with fans with the usual rambling. I genuinely thought this was going to be a shorter session, but had too many questions to go through. I think in the future I’ll have a cutoff point for how many I accept just to cut down some on the time. I also think I may have screwed up and started it too early, but it went on so long I’m not sure that changed much. Things happening with other videos in the meantime!


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