Whether you’re a supporter or not the rise of digital games sales are on the up and continue to grow with each passing month. However, UK chart ChartTrack still refuse to acknowledge digital sales when compiling their data, (although some of the blame can be laid at the feet of publishers refusing to release their data). However, it’s a situation that has now seen many facets of the industry, including a very vocal gaming press, to call for change.
“Someone once said that Hell is the impossibility of reason”
You’re both a fan of Marvel comics and of Star Wars and you want to own the entire collection of both sets of franchises on blu-ray. However, you’ve just seen that the blu-ray release for Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season One is only available for Sony’s latest range of top-end blu-ray players. As it is you happen to own a Panasonic blu-ray player and as such The Clone Wars won’t run on it meaning in order to complete your Star Wars collection you’re going to have spend upward of £300 on one of Sony’s new blu-ray players. Ridiculous, no?
Xmen: Age of Ultron is getting a multi-format release on blu-ray, however in order to get a copy with all the ‘extras’ you’ll need to buy it for LG’s latest blu-ray player, (which you also don’t own), or wait several more months as LG have a timed exclusive to all that wonderful extra content.
As a scenario it is ridiculous, but this is exactly where the games industry is and has been for a long time – and it needs to change.
Have a watch of what is very possibly the last video from Metal Gear Solid’s creator, Hideo Kojima, in regards to the MGS universe and the release of MGSV: The Phantom Pain.
Yeah it’s a little ass-kissy in places, but after 28 years of dedication to such a wonderful series of video games, games that have divided gamers as much as it as united them, it’s a delightful send off; more so for the fact that Hideo and his team at Kojima Productions reveal a very human side to their personalities, which is a far cry from the money grabbing arseholes that ultimately fired him – sorry, “let him go”.