Hello, dear reader. That backlash regarding Bethesda’s recently-released Fallout 76 seems to be subsiding, so I’ve taken to offering a post-mortem of sorts – albeit an optimistic one.
Today on Black Beanie Gaming, I rant a bit about what Bethesda has done, what they haven’t done, and that damn nylon bag controversy that WON’T GO AWAY. One wonders the brand of scotch Todd Howard’s been using to dress these public relations wounds the past few weeks.
Regardless, I think that Bethesda deserves our continued support through these tumultuous times. We, as consumers, demand a better product, but to insinuate that Bethesda is as blatantly greedy and ignorant to their consumer’s best interests as, say, Electronic Arts or Activision, is absurd.
They may have exercised poor decision-making in the weeks and months prior to the launch of this game, but their sins are minor when compared to the corporate fuckery of EA.
My thoughts on what Bethesda should do and, more importantly, how we should behave in the video below.
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Today I’m talking about Fallout 76, Bethesda’s frantic mismanagement of its release, and the backlash surrounding the game. I go over my personal qualms with Bethesda’s performance this console generation, recommend some fantastic YouTube videos, and speculate as to how all of this could happen. I’m disappointed, reader, but only because I love this game studio so much. What are we if we can’t hold our loved ones accountable for their actions?
And yes, there’s plenty of rage to go around, but don’t reach for those pitchforks just yet.
Bethesda is late to the shared-world survival genre, it shows, and Fallout 76 is the sobering wake-up call the studio needed in order to address their game engine and world-building, but if there’s a developer capable of a course-correction – it’s Bethesda Game Studios.
But can they make peace with their fans *and* save Fallout 76? The backlash, the pending lawsuits, and the disastrous technical issues and poor public relations have all but crippled this game in less than a month.
My thoughts in the video below.
Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope the rest of your day finds you well.
Hello, dear reader. It’s been a while, and I apologize for that. Thing is, keeping up with entertainment is a pain in the ass. I have a pile of half-finished reviews and commentary pieces for First Man, the box-office, The Good Place, South Park, Daria, BoJack Horseman, Red Faction Guerilla Re-Mars-tered, and so many other things. It can be overwhelming (and easier to ignore the pile of unfinished work than to complete it.) Not to mention the fact that I’m neck-deep in a manuscript I’ve been working on – one I hope to finish and begin editing in the next few months.
Kudos to those of you that do this for a living.
That said, I have no intention of abandoning this blog or the content I have planned for it. Far from it. As you may recall, I posted an update several weeks ago wherein I suggested that I could produce some video-related content for all of you to enjoy.
Well, the time has come.
Rather than fully commit to an entirely new medium to provide my commentary and prognosticating, I’ve started a YouTube channel specifically for gaming.
I call it Black Beanie Gaming. Consider it the new gaming-centric arm of the blog.
It even has a fancy logo.
How neat is that? (The answer is very.)
Why a gaming channel, you ask? Simple: I don’t like many of the gaming channels currently on YouTube. Each content creator has their niche, yes, but it’s far too often the case that a Twitch/Mixer streamer or Let’s Play-er will present their content in such a way as one: To lure in an audience with misleading thumbnails and titles; and two: Lace their videos with the attention-deficit antics of a fourth-grade boy snorting pixie-sticks. They can be loud, overbearing, and lacking a true appreciation for the games on display.
What I plan to provide:
Let’s Plays and gameplay walk-throughs
Insightful commentary on the games that I choose play
A calm, honest, and forthright demeanor
A black Neff beanie planted firmly on my head in each video
Thorough play-throughs of richly layered games
Simple editing and clear presentation
What I plan to avoid:
False or misleading claims
An over-reliance on choppy editing
Obnoxious sound effects
I’ve always said this, but it bears repeating: I truly believe that video games are pinnacle of interactive storytelling. They are the confluence of all artistic principles and mediums. Black Beanie Gaming is a means to supplement what I write here – a way to elaborate and share my favorite games and gaming moments directly with you, the reader and potential viewer.
I do hope you’ll come check it out.
You can follow along on Twitter here and subscribe on YouTube here. I might make a Facebook page in the future, and will be sure to post any video content to the blog before I post to YouTube. Anyways, I’d greatly appreciate any of your consideration. Hopefully you see something you like.