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Why Are More Games Being Released In An Unfinished State?

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No video game is perfect, but every so often we get a game in our hands that feels unfinished and messy. How does this happen? Let's talk. Subscribe for more: http://youtube.com/gameranxtv
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Legendary Mizo (1 day ago)
At least fortnite early access is good as the normal
Legendary Mizo (1 day ago)
Why did you put god of war ? God of war is a finished game. know you are a xbox fan but don't try to insult ps4 exclusives
Alex Morgan (1 day ago)
Did u mean to ask “why is ea releasing games”...?
Jérémy B (2 days ago)
Why are so many YouTube videos clickbait and trash?
MIMALECKIPL (2 days ago)
Kick the big business out of gaming, and we get good games again.
Darby Martinez (4 days ago)
7:04 is ridiculous. Portal had one of the most unique game mechanics ever.
A.J. Rusinek (4 days ago)
I dont think I've bought a full priced 60$ game in like legitimately 6 or 7 years. I always just wait till they go down to 30 dollars or lower.
Jose Traviesa (6 days ago)
This DLC thing is crap! I never buy DLC, hopefully more people follow and developers stop selling us half baked goods
Vexa Grimwoe (7 days ago)
9:02 That's where you're wrong, kiddo.
Vexa Grimwoe (7 days ago)
sonic '06 was 'bad' because it was rushed. I want to play it though.
Video Guy (10 days ago)
I only clicked on this video to answer the title question and others can watch something else. "People are stupid and keep buying them that way."
Stephen Borowy (11 days ago)
I think some games have done early access well like Warframe, but not every company can be like them. By giving the developer/publisher my money, it's a promise that my contribution will help the development process and they will finish the game. I didn't buy PUBG, but how long has it been in beta? It feels like early access is a gamble because there is no guarantee that they will finish it and that you will enjoy the final product.
Stephano Digiorgio (12 days ago)
falcon u ma niggha!
Lost in the Dark (13 days ago)
You didn't mention WARFRAME! SO I DISLIKE!!! :D
Endly Anantha (14 days ago)
i thought the term "unfinished" in this video is about "bugs", aka problems. the game is not finished until the bugs are squished. if it's about cut or reduced contents, it should be called "incomplete" instead, so people can buy those pieces as DLC to make it a full game (if that's what the publishers are aiming for). anyway, in case of bugs, i think the developers nowadays grow lazier because of the gamers' community's existence, maybe they think like "oh just let 'em (bugs) be, people will eventually fix 'em somehow, they got Nexus and Reddit gamers community for instance". just my opinion, though.
Gus Cleitus (15 days ago)
i don't think this video is even relevant to the topic of videogames, it was just an excuse for you, as a homosexual, to spam negroes.
Richard Small (15 days ago)
A buddy of mine asked, why do you call Bugthesda this instead of its name. I said, they care more about money than quality. He replied back, but they make great games. I said, they release bug ridden glitchy games that a small army of no-pay college credit interns could fix playing the game during a beta test. Codsworth is broken atm by Creation Club, which you can't get rid of on consoles. Some of the quests continue to have minor easy fix bugs. Bugthesda however allows modders do all the work of repairing the game after each subsequent patch. Their latest patch BTW is causing save files to crash left and right because of the 0 kb bug. And instead of fixing all that, they're moving on to 76. Which upon release will be buggy and glitchy because that is the norm for Bugthesda. Except this time modders won't be able to fix anything because that will require access to the servers. He said, you're very angry. I said, you damn skippy. Companies like EA and Bugthesda made me that way.
Littoil (16 days ago)
Minecraft 1.13: It was delayed so much that no hype existed when it released. It was a little buggy, but the features... Amazing.
Black Lanner (16 days ago)
So all game reviews should be changed as well. Don't make a game review until all of the DLC has been released and updates completed. Only review and endorse finished products.
Tim Adkins (16 days ago)
Without watching any of the video(yet) its because we as consumers allow it, and a lot of gamers view having access to a "closed beta" as some sort of badge of honor. Most of which dont actually know the first thing about bug reporting or have anything special about their setup. So what you end up with is a game that is optimized for generic and common hardware, and if you have anything unique, you get and unstable, buggy, piece of shit. Games had better quality when testing was done by pros. Its now a profession full of kids.
Jas on (16 days ago)
I remember I bought a “battle front” and it wasn’t finished. I had to wait for dlc to patch it so I could play the next level..
That's why i wait some time after a new game launches to buy it when it's actually done.
Richard (19 days ago)
IMO If they are going release part of a game early say for example the first 10-20% of level they should release it for free as a demo
TheCrazyGinger (21 days ago)
Basically we are the play testers now but were paying for it
TheCrazyGinger (21 days ago)
The Witcher swamp example is comparable to how old games would lag in certain locations such as n64 or ps2 games that cant be patched they are simply patching it bc it's a new technology
jarrod neuhaus (21 days ago)
I literally watched a review that gave a fully released game a 9/10 and then said it would be good in a year with updates...if I bought a book from amazon that I had to buy the last 5 chapters when they were done 6 months later then I would not buy the book. Why should video games be special. I'm fine with large scale DLCs and patching a few bugs but "service" model games or day one DLCs just don't get buys from me.
Thomas Dang (22 days ago)
I love gameranxs essays
krudmonger (22 days ago)
When DaVinci said "Art is never finished, only abandoned," it wasn't meant to be taken literally the way Lucas seems to have. It was fun/clever wordplay, like when MacArthur said, "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away," he didn't mean soldiers never actually die. He was being poetic. Soldiers eventually die, and art is (for all practical purposes) eventually finished. If you bought a painting you would not expect the artist to show up at your door one day saying "Hang on, I just need to tweak a few things and then you can have it back." Game companies need to learn to "abandon" their games in a playable, complete, and (if at all possible) bug-free state.
McBean 56545 (22 days ago)
This gives me a better idea as to how I should develop games.
Muffin_man17 (22 days ago)
Can we all take a moment to think about how many early access games came out that never left early access and use the early access more as an excuse rather than a warning.
CalebTheCashew (22 days ago)
More like "GamerAnxt"
John Galt (23 days ago)
Because morons won't stop buying them? I never got the point of no man's sky. At least in most sand boxes you can build or do something? Seems like you're just trying to fuel your ship up to fly to another planet to fuel your ship up in NMS? Do you even build a base? Do you just fly away from the base and never come back? Please stop giving your $ to companies that hate you like Steam and EA.
J G (25 days ago)
Do they have time to finish anything??? Yes; the loads of crap, remakes, and betas that people eat up, are the same as kids who ate Frozen when that came out. Thanks to the popularization of season passes and episodic games, all we get is what this man says in this video, and indie games Btw, I can recall cartridges and still being works of art more than the crap that comes out now for instant gratification...
boothegoo pc (25 days ago)
Mainly because no one has the balls to do anything about it. If you went and brought a book or DVD and 20% was missing you would have every right to return it for a refund. If you took 1 of these companies to court you would win 100% of the time.
Joshua D. (26 days ago)
$ once someone does this, it becomes the meta! they know how to play the game.
Franklin Lamar (26 days ago)
10/10 review. First , devs just copy paste code from old games, ( lazy, save money , time table , doesn't matter why) , look at gta5 , the original vehicles meta was pretty much identical to gta4 vehicles meta, they literally just copy pasted it over. Even hitman , during episodic release the npc's had the same exact dialogue from hitman absolution , but was later removed. This is not the problem, the problem is the devs who wrote the original files have moved on to different companies , and the devs who take their place are not really familiar with the coding ,and they add more lines of code that conflict with old lines ( and they dont know how to fix it). Second,what you said at 6:06 people will find something broken with any game ,doesnt matter how refined it is. Devs know this and rather then pre refine , only to receive additional criticism , they choose to release unpolished versions knowing you were going to complain no matter what , and they fix it to make it appear as if they were appealing to consumers. Two birds with one stone.
ZephyrFluous (26 days ago)
Am I literally the one solitary person that actually liked Black Flag?
David (27 days ago)
If someone took the same idea as Lucas to take time and money to make amazing games players wouldn't mind spending the money playing games that are short and boring are not fun that cost what a new full game should. If you want to charge more for exp fine but don't release a half shit game lol.
Daryl Scullawl (27 days ago)
Soon we will have games that all you can do is run around. People will be okay with it and try to find some sort of excuse to try to justify it.
Britexit Engineer (27 days ago)
Greedy arrogant CEO's that's where the problems lie.
David (27 days ago)
At the 31 second mark of the video I was thinking "because the boss wants the game released so they can quit incubating and start making money".
John S (27 days ago)
More reason not to feel guilty of pirating games.
Kyle Morrison (28 days ago)
I think that all the same arguments apply perfectly to Microsoft Edge. An early new "revolutionary" browser that had everyone saying it's trash because it was, but now that it's great it's too late; Everyone hates it.
Just Adrian (29 days ago)
If devs. wants money we give em' give money
Soheil Dehbashi (29 days ago)
literally any ubisoft game 😂
Soheil Dehbashi (29 days ago)
Why didn't you mention for honor????
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Ronnie Branch (29 days ago)
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ViperStudiosAndy (30 days ago)
I remember Battlefield 4 being rushed out the door and being a mess and constantly crashing all because EA wanted to launch alongside the PS4 and XBOX One even though it was clearly not ready. It took them nearly 2 years to fix it and make it into a great game.
Archman 155 (30 days ago)
cough sims 4 cough cough
Jeremy Andrews (1 month ago)
My solution to this is basically to just refuse to buy games at release and instead wait until the game gets a few patches. Sort of like how it is with new versions of Windows... you never want to buy a new major version of Windows until it has gotten at least one Service Pack, because it's basically still a beta version before that point. Instead of buying new games, pour over the games released a year or two ago, see if there have been any price drops and if all the major bugs have been repaired. Then in another couple of years, buy the games released this year at a lower price with all the bugs fixed. I think if gamers were smart, they'd teach developers a lesson and make them understand that if consumers no longer trust them to have a finished product on release day, then a lot of people will be cautious and wait until all the major bugs are fixed before dipping their toe in the water. But unfortunately, most gamers aren't picky about reliability and are very time-sensitive and vulnerable to FOMO. This model only works because, to be blunt, you suckers are stupid enough to keep giving money to publishers that do this. If gamers are dumb enough to pay $60 for an unfinished beta over and over again, then they deserve what they get. Otherwise, withhold your money until it's fixed. I actually think that guy's quote about unfinished games is interesting, but I feel his ideas were implemented poorly. He probably meant having a finished game engine, but having you buy level and content packs to expand later. Sort of like if, for instance, Super Mario 64 had a finished game engine, cost $30, but you could only play up to the first Bowser level and visit Bob-Omb Battlefield, Whomp's Fortress, Jolly Roger's Bay, and Cool, Cool Mountain... and then you had to pay another $30 for the second half of a game. I wouldn't mind playing a game that was unfinished in terms of content, but I don't like the idea of a game that's buggy and unfinished in terms of the engine and smooth gameplay. They also haven't reduced the prices at all, and are demanding we pay the same price for these unfinished games as we were paying for finished games. That's not reasonable.
Pillow YT (1 month ago)
They should make unfinished games free so that you can try them out before they were even made.also what if fortnite will cost money in the future
Skid Row (1 month ago)
You cod have compared NMS with Elite Dangerous. And then the star wars mmo that did only have singel player done.....
Dean Krol (1 month ago)
This is EXACTLY why I never buy games pre order or directly on release. I refuse to put my money down until I know what I'm getting is worth my cash. I'm not a game junkie and go into the shakes if I can't play a game within seconds of finding out it exists. If people were prepared to wait a little more, it might stop the big money making companies from rushing out broken games and force them into allowing the dev teams more time to finish thier craft. They chuck out broken games because they treat modern day gamers like drug addicts shaking for thier next fix and they know enough of them will rush out and buy an upcoming game without even knowing the quality of it.
Jonathan Ziman (1 month ago)
Because greedy corporate thugs (shareholders/investors) don't give a shit about a quality release; if they say the game launches on day x then it must launch on day x no matter how big of a turd it might be. They know that millions of suckers/idiots with nothing better to do will buy into all the marketing hype and pre-order the turd just so that they're able to play it on the day of release. The gaming community need to vote with their wallets otherwise this will never change.
NotSweetland (1 month ago)
Games weren’t 50-120gb back in the day = less work, expectations, updates. Now games just endlessly update and still mess up, when you can play almost every 360/ps3(ps3 crashes anyways)game for a week straight no crash.....
Gabriel Preciado (1 month ago)
Growing up before these huge paywalls and patches I’ve learned that it’s the newer generations that are ruining the experience because they don’t buy these games under these ridiculous demands it’s their parents and the parents buy these games to avoid contact with the kids and that is a price worth paying I for one never pay day one I wait for deals on psn or from a person who sells their copy at a severely cheaper price because of disappointment
Vacantsix jacob (1 month ago)
Destiny is the game I think of most when I think of not finished oh and DLC dose not count in this argument the game must at least be decent for me to buy the DLC
Miguel Cigarroa (1 month ago)
That’s why go into reviews to educate myself before I spend my hard earned cash.
Lui Grin (1 month ago)
Make a video about campaigns and why no body really plays them and how less games have them
Martins Linux (1 month ago)
Art doesn't really have a date. Video-games is part of that, now it's not thanks to everyone who keeps supporting this unlogical way.
North Strider (1 month ago)
Publishers.
xd x1shot0nek1llx ;* (1 month ago)
Oranges are better than apples , true or false
Jack the lad (1 month ago)
Cod ww2 had pain jobs coming soon for most of its life cycle
Oleg Bezman (1 month ago)
Most Activision games are unfinished yet they make billions every dam year. They only finished 2 games rest never was finished nor was it intended to be so.
Qais almokdad (1 month ago)
Pubg has weird problems
Raed Bourwis (1 month ago)
Oh please, fortnite save the world is full of bugs and costs money, but when it fully releases, it'll be free
adib z (1 month ago)
But, people expect a game to finish. Like, end. Total end. This is sometimes bothering me bacause it should be continued on the next game. Maybe publisher need to put "to be continued" at the end of each game. For example, they can add "to be continued" at the end of the Mass Effect 3 so not so much player complained about the "unfinished ending"
M Da Vela (1 month ago)
When I publish my game it will be ready to go. DLC is okay if it adds new exciting playtime, but the game should be in and on itself ready.
The Sorrow (1 month ago)
Xbox One's Killer Instinct was the best model for an unfinished release, it was totally free at launch and added paid seasons or the options to pay for the full game and all updates were included.
Juice Patrol (1 month ago)
ass creed is garbage and always was.... that is all ;)
Kusariyaro (1 month ago)
Because there is more idiots being bread to be hype tard monkeys for the milking
Past Normal (1 month ago)
The Mona Lisa was never finished. Maybe it's a good thing.
pro hacker (1 month ago)
dlcs maybe?
Mach_Tone (1 month ago)
“Hellogames didn’t lie, they delayed the truth”
Scatmanfan45 (1 month ago)
Goat simulator
Joseph Mendoza (1 month ago)
Did you just say oranges suck F#!* YOU
nbp raptor (1 month ago)
Because we gamers are willing to pay for unfinished games.
Gaz B 007 (1 month ago)
0.34 - 0.52 is exactly what's wrong with the gaming world. Those 18 seconds sum everything up that gaming has become today. I mean WTF!!!
Zachary W. (1 month ago)
Falcon is a Faget Cant watch gameranx because this guys voice is obscenely annoying.
Minirock (1 month ago)
Well, I do understand that some corrections can only be applied after release (even more if it's an MMO driven game), since devs have to work their asses out during crunch periods wich inevitably makes problems just pass by their attention. But that's also my bigges issue: I'd rather have a game delayed than coming out unfinished, knowing that you're not always sure you'll get a patch before long (or ever) and that for the game to come out "in time", devs are being treated like slaves. I mean, ask a game dev to give you the ratio time worked / money paid and you'll be shocked. And over this a crunch period usually leaves the dev with lingering headache and other nice after-effects, and that's for those who made it through the process. More than often you'll have some game devs go into depression, if not suicide. So, for the game devs' sake, stop crunching to have your game come out at the "right time"! If people are hyped enough by the promises you make, they'll buy your game no matter when it comes out. And I (and I'm sure many others) would prefer to invest my 60 box in a FINISHED game, even if its release was delayed. I mean, you wouldn' buy an unfinished car our an unfinished computer, would you? How should that be different with games? Because gamers are idiot freaks stupid enough to buy your unfinished crap? You should not insult your customers... Yeah I'm talkin' to you, damn editors!
Bill Fox (1 month ago)
I basically stopped buying much in the way of games ten years or more ago. I was fed up with having to upgrade hardware, then drivers, to play newer games. If people keep paying for incomplete games then the developers will keep taking their money, who wouldn't? I also let other gamers pay the new premium price and I buy the game after it has been properly playtested at their expense. The last big game I bought was Fallout 4 and Bethesda didn't disappoint me, half a game which doesn't run properly. Thank God for modders who have made it into a half decent game. At least Fallout 3 was a complete game, and the DLC added to the experience instead of just filling in a few gaps like New Vegas, which was half a game. Looking at the anticipated new releases (I play only FPS games, do;t like oblique or third person) there is only Metro Exodus which looks even worth bothering with. Don't pre-order, don't buy in-game transactions, don't buy half a game. Then the developers will stop being all Sean Murray on us.
Bronson Carder (1 month ago)
I'd just like to note too, that developers have to send their "final product" to production months before it hits the shelves. To release in December for Christmas, they almost certainly have to send their code off in October for ESRB rating and production and shipping. Less time than before, of course, because they don't need to produce as many physical copies. Point being, everyone always complains about the "Day 1 Patch", but that's actually the result of the developers continuing to work on the game after they sent it off to production.
Starchy's Café (1 month ago)
oh yes!
ULTRA OZY (1 month ago)
business people put tons of pressure on the hen that lays the golden eggs
Jason Gooden (1 month ago)
I have a Friend who was the lead 3D modeler for a game company. they used to test the game they were making online and I used to play with them. They had a deal with Microsoft and Sony but then at the top there were business disagreements and the company split so the game never came out.
Ben Business (1 month ago)
now Falcon doesnt sound drunk this time :)
David Bentz Jr. (1 month ago)
First impressions make or break games. This should be considered well before deciding to release an unfinished product. Especially in todays world where everyone is a critic and on day one the reviews can literally decide the life of your game. No Mans Sky is a perfect example of this. Had they waited to release the game, this game would be one of the greatest of all time and out selling everything else. But we all know how it really went down. Even though its a great game NOW, the early reviews still keep many people away as those reviews act like a poisonous barrier to potential buyers. I would rather see complete games than buying dlc because there are too many shysters in todays video game market and more often than not, they not only sell you an incomplete game for full price, but they add salt to the wound by selling you the finished parts which should have been free for extra money, therefore making the finished game cost up to as much as 3 typical games together. Ultimate Editions and Complete games often cost near or above $100 us dollars which is absolutely ludicrous. I believe that games should cost no more than $60 PERIOD. If developers want more, sell in game COSMETIC items ONLY, not things you actually NEED to beat the game within reason. The bottom line is that GOOD games will sell and they will sell a LOT if people actually like to play the game, so forcing it upon us gamers to buy your unfinished shit will only hurt you developers in the long run. Respect is earned, and karma relects. No Mans Sky is earning back the respect it deserves only because the developers didn't give up on it and obviously are not out to cheat those who bought the game. The fans of the game run the show and Hello Games will eventually profit as they rightfully should from NOW having a good game. The error was releasing it to the public in an unfinished state way too soon and at full price even.
SysPowerTools (1 month ago)
You made a shitload of really bad excuses for the ripoff artists. They don't have time? How many years do you need between the launch of elder scrolls titles? Or fallout titles? The biggest and best argument that you could have made but didn't, would have been about games being cross platform... But now they all share basically PC architecture and Switch runs on ARM so even that isn't a big deal. Game devs and publishers have access to millions of dollars and the ability to generate terrain, grass, ect. They can and often do, just drag an AI from one game and place it in another. With Bethesda for instance releasing a handful of games per year (including mobile titles), and doing crap like stealing models from fan mods and selling them. Some of the biggest games around are indie, and they patch and invest in their games constantly. I got nothing against evolving games like 7 days to die, minecraft, or whatever... But CSGO alone has made over 1 billion in the last 4 years, and people wonder why half life 3 will never be a thing... #makeindiegreatagin
Supah saiyajin sree (1 month ago)
Yes developers often have time constraints developed by people who don't know the first fucking thing about programming. Think of the blind leading somebody with 20/20. That is often why games get shit out in such atrocious states.
CrazyJimmi9 (1 month ago)
Wonder how developers would perform under no time restrictions. What quality of game could they make under no stress or limitations and how long would it take for them to complete a game in this way?
Dave Carsley (1 month ago)
Here's the thing- The fact that companies like Naughty Dog and Nintendo still exist blows all these excuses right out of the water. They clearly demonstrate that it *is* possible to finish games and have them working near perfectly and with all their content (minus large expansions of course) before release. These companies show that not only is this possible to _accomplish_, but it's possible to accomplish while still making BOATLOADS of money. There's one reason and one reason ONLY that games are released unfinished, broken and buggy- *because we allow it* ; because we'll buy them. And the developers (and platform holders) know it. If tomorrow, Sony said to all developers, _"we're implementing a system like Nintendo's gold seal. If your game is unfinished or full of bugs, _*_it will not be released on our platform. Period_*_ "_ , guess what... you'd still have games like No Man's Sky, Witcher 3, and Assassins Creed. They'd take a little bit longer, and they'd be finished and perfectly playable upon release. The current environment only exists because we allow it to, and human nature is that anything people _can_ get away with, they will.
Dave Carsley (1 month ago)
No. Video games *absolutely **_can_* be finished. Super Mario Brothers on NES was finished before release; Sonic the Hedgehog on Genesis was finished before release. Don't give these people excuses to sell us half-products for full-money
Dave Carsley (1 month ago)
Haven't watched the video yet, but if you say ANYTHING other than _"because we, the consumers, accept it"_ , then you're wrong.
Issac Arellano (1 month ago)
Huge example fortnite
Velathore (1 month ago)
Pre-orders are on of the reason games are released like they are now. If a company makes all their production money back in pre-orders, what is to stop them from just releasing it? Every copy sold after is pure profit. If you don't think this happens look no further than Mass Effect: Andromeda and the first year and a half of The Division.
Wolfpit Vids (1 month ago)
...because consumers want more in shorter time what leads to computer generated content if we dont be cautious. Otherwise this human art ends into endless machine rubbish. Without emotion. I, Wolfpit, who produces the Wolfpit Games like The Lore of Canis is filled to the brim with my emotions and perspectives on the world. It is art. And it is not finished because my capacities are humanlike. I hope you understand that not any developer has the possibilities to put all its love into a project. Indie Developer - people like me - have the opportunity by using tools to do the same with games as the printer sprouted into more authors and people doing creative writing, just to enhance and enrichen the society with their contents and perspectives. Therefore my games are not that finished as I wished because the world and the ideas are still in evolution, to put it like that way. You have spotted many things which are applyable to any field or art. Thank you for this video!
Captain Tittus (1 month ago)
Ive about had it with unfinished games
Shad GotEm (1 month ago)
Online only + incomplete game = robbery
Random Select (1 month ago)
they absolutely do not give us enough time or money(less of an issue for some of us than others, but still an issue) to fully test games in development. in the 3 3/4 years ive been at it, theres only one project i can think of that really let us get up in the games guts.

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