Games Inbox: Are NFTs in video games a scam?
The Friday Inbox pays its respects to Psygnosis co-founder Ian Hetherington, as one reader asks what is the definitive version of Resident Evil 4.
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I would just like to add to the general bad feelings in regard to NFTs and say how glad I am that most people, including GC, are against them. The whole thing seems like such a bad joke I still have to remind myself it’s a real thing that people are spending millions of dollars on.
Many ask why, but the simple answers are greed and stupidity. Greed in that they think they’ll be worth more in a short amount of time, if they sell them on to someone else, and stupidity when they don’t realise that that’s a classic pyramid scheme where it’s absolutely impossible to come out on top after a short while.
As far as I’m concerned, the whole thing is a scam and any developer that’s involved in it needs to take a long hard look at themselves. And this is before you get into the environmental issues and concerns that certain people are using it to launder money. It really couldn’t be any worse, until you realise that, when it comes to games, it’s all in aid of having a unique number written on your armour.
It’s complete madness and I hope it all goes away very quickly.
Great British gaming
Very said to hear about the death of Psygnosis’ Ian Hetherington, a guy I’d actually heard of despite him not being directly involved in the creation of most the company’s games. Everyone seems to have nothing but good to say about him and the out of Psygnosis, particularly in the PlayStation 1 era, speaks for itself.
I can’t help but wish he hadn’t sold his business to Sony though as I think there’s a good chance they’d not only still be going now but may have evolved into a major publisher. It always upsets me that the UK doesn’t have any publishers nowadays and barely any well-known developers.
It’s such a come down from the 80s and 90s era and I was very upset when Codemasters gave up and sold out to EA. If only more people had shown the entrepreneurial spirit of Mr Hetherington we might be looking at a very different gaming landscape today. Rest in peace.
So all and sundry seem to be united that Resident Evil 4 on Quest 2 is an absolute blast and something of a killer app for the format. I don’t own the game but most likely will take the plunge eventually. However, I’ve never played the flat screen version. I do own a copy I picked up cheap during a Steam sale a while back and knowing that GC and many readers are fans, and old hands at the game, I was after some advice.
Should I wait and eventually play the VR version for my first foray into the legendary Resident Evil 4 as that’s now the definitive way to play it? Or should I play the flat screen version first so that I can get the original experience as intended and then have a greater appreciation for the how they’ve transposed the world into VR when I replay it on Quest 2?
GC: You should definitely play the non-VR version first. You don’t get the full Resident Evil 4 experience unless you play it multiple times on completely different formats. In any case, we’re not sure we’d describe the VR version as definitive. That would probably be the Wii version, or arguably just the original GameCube.
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I’d rather Ubisoft had remade Chaos Theory but starting at the beginning with Splinter Cell is, as GC said, a good idea. I don’t trust that they won’t dumb it down into a straight action game but I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and see what they come up with.
I hope the graphics are good too, as I think people forget just how impressive the original Splinter Cell was back in the day. It’s actually the game that convinced me to buy an Xbox and I didn’t regret it. I understand that stealth gameplay isn’t so popular nowadays but if Splinter Cell isn’t stealthy it’s not worth doing. Which is presumably why we haven’t had one for so long…
So just like that CD Projekt have no legal worries and can get on with the job of pretending Cyberpunk 2077 is some underappreciated masterpiece and the bugs were never as bad as people made out? That’s blatantly what they’re doing but I think they’ll find people have longer memories than they think.
I know often gamers just seem to roll over and ignore abuses of trust like this but that’s usually only with companies that put out a lot of games and you can forgive them because the next one is good, but I don’t see that happening with CD Projekt. They’ll try it though, when we get the next gen versions of The Witcher 3, but I don’t care, they’re not getting my money anymore.
Three years of nothing
The question of whether Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2 will be out is all well and good but personally I’m more interested to know where Metroid Prime 4 is. They announced it was restarting from scratch in January 2019, which means it’s had almost exactly three years in development. That’s a pretty long time to have heard absolutely nothing.
The rule of thumb is four to five years for a AAA game so in theory it could come out next Christmas and that would be perfectly fine, and yet it really doesn’t feel like that that’s the plan. Even if they restarted everything, and the first year was just hammering things out on paper, that’s still two years they must’ve been able to put together something they could show people.
Maybe I’m just being an entitled gamer but it’s nice to have things to look forward to. Like the guy writing in the other day to ask if he should buy an OLED model Switch (he totally should) it’s pretty discouraging to know that absolutely nothing is currently guaranteed about the Switch’s release schedule. Right about now I’d happily settle for a CGI logo trailer.
Mining for fun
I really don’t get people like these ‘dataminers’ that have managed to spoil the whole of Elden Ring for themselves, and potentially others, months before it comes out. Is this just a bragging right for them, that they hacked the game, or for them is it more fun to listen to a bunch of random dialogue snippets and try and piece the story together from that? That sounds like punishment for something to me, not fun.
Different strokes for different folks and all that but at the very least I wish they’d just keep it to themselves.
I’ve just seen on that despite what Microsoft have said Xbox exclusive S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is getting NFTs.
Even if it is a one-off auction that allows the winner to be an NPC, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a shed load of people going for it and a lot of money being generated from it.
Gaming has changed in some massive ways since I first played Space Invaders on the Atari 2600.
I’ve always been a bit of a tart for pretty graphics and I’m more than happy with the way games have evolved over the years. It’s at a level that my 10-year-old self would never have been able to imagine in my wildest dreams.
But this NFT thing isn’t something I can see myself swallowing in any way. And it’s looking like it’s not going to be long before it’s a part of every game.
Once the developers and publishers see people going for it, I don’t see any not wanting to cash in on it as well. It would be stupid of them to ignore an opportunity to earn potentially massive profits like everyone else is.
I’m going to make the most of our hobby for as long as I can but if NFTs become integral to the games I would otherwise want to play I’d rather just not bother anymore, it’s not like it would be the end of the world if it does come to that.
I’ve walked away from two long term relationships that have meant much more to me than my video game hobby, so I don’t think it will take me too long to get used to not playing games. it’s not my only interest and I think I can be philosophical about it.
PS: I know it’s early but I’ll take the opportunity to wish GC, all the Inbox readers and contributors and everyone who uses the comments section a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope everyone has the best holidays that they possibly can under the circumstances.
No weekly UKIE charts this week? All I see that they’ve released is one for the whole of November.
GC: They only came in late on Thursday, for some reason. FIFA 22 is still number one and Halo Infinite debuted at number four, which is about what you’d expect given most people would’ve relied on Game Pass to play the campaign.
If you download and install GOG Galaxy for PC you can get The Witcher 1 Enhanced Edition free. GOG Galaxy is similar to Steam but made by GOG.
This week’s Hot Topic
With The Game Awards being the last major reveal event of the year, the subject for this weekend’s Inbox asks what new game you’re most looking forward to… and what unannounced title you’re still hoping for.
What confirmed game are you most anticipating, regardless of when it’s due to be released, and why are you excited about it? What new game are you most hoping will be announced in the future (especially if it’s already rumoured), whether it’s a sequel, remake, or new game from a developer that hasn’t released anything in a while?
How excited do you get about games that are still months or years away and do you prefer to know about a game as soon as possible or only when there’s a lot to show?
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