I realized the moment I fell into the fissure that the Book would not be destroyed as I had planned. It continued falling into that starry expanse, of which I had only a fleeting glimpse. I have tried to speculate where it might have landed, but I must admit that such conjecture is futile. Still, questions about whose hands might one day hold my Myst book are unsettling to me. I know my apprehensions might never be allayed, and so I close, realizing that perhaps the ending has not yet been written. -- Atrus

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Problem with the PlayStation4 Release of Obduction

...is not what you think.  This will be a negative Nelly post, one that will likely be unpopular and one that may incite anger.  However, I am compelled to speak my mind.

Yesterday, Cyan released Obduction for PS4 with some interesting extras.  Please follow this link to read about it. You may have caught the words "new content" and you would be correct in getting excited. Also, what to take away from this is that the legendary Legendary company is actively interacting and funding Cyan on this bit of extra content -- Myst TV show, anyone? We may consider marketing moves at play as well, to make the PS4 release all the more enticing.

I don't have consoles of any kind. In fact my only attempt at using a console was when I was jacked up on Vicodin after having my wisdom teeth extracted.  I'm sure you can imagine that didn't go so well. I don't have PlayStation, therefore I can't play the PS4 release and see that exclusive content. But I don't think it is a big deal not to have it BECAUSE I know that eventually it will be released to everyone, yes, even us backers.

This is where the problem begins.  On Facebook, non-console people, especially backers, threw down dramatic angry posts, accusing Cyan of "stab[bing their] followers in the heart" and that they "need their arses kicked" for not making this available to backers (first?) or non-console people.  Seriously? This is right up there with the box drama. These posts even followed those left by Cyan employees OBVIOUSLY indicating EVERYONE will have this new content eventually.  We just need to wait a little bit.

To me, the collective temper tantrum read like a child yelling at his parent that their sibling got a bigger cookie than he did. Calm down, everyone is getting the same size, ok?  Jeez!  This is one more instance of what I knew would happen the moment the Kickstarter was released: as soon as they put down money, backers were going to think they own the game. Sorry, folks, just no. It happened with the updates. It happened with the release date. It happened with the specifications. It happened with the box.  It happened with the Mac release.

Did you pay to receive updates? No, you paid for the game. Should you have expected a later release than planned? Yes, because the estimated release date was an estimation and not set in stone. Should you complain about the game not working on your computer because the minimum specs rise beyond what your older computer can handle? No. You knew well in advance that Cyan used the most up to date softwares to make the game which, surprise, are above and beyond what they were when Myst was released almost 25 years ago. I'm sorry if you can't get a new computer because they are expensive, but the target audience is not just Myst franchise fans, but people who tend to game regularly and who have computers or consoles that can handle the game. Is that unfair? No. It was up to you to research what you were donating money to. Should you have complained about the box being "cheap"?  No. You simply failed to understand the artistic intention, which was minimalism, in case you are still lost. And if you can't understand why they went for minimalism, then you didn't understand the game and I can't help you. Should you have complained about the Mac release? No. One, games tend first to market to PC users because that is the widest-used computer for gaming. Macs require other configuration, I guess; I'm not a computer expert. Two, Mac had first to release some new stuff on their end, which was out of Cyan's control.

I don't have a PS4.  I don't have a VR headset. My laptop, Hathor, is 4 years old and can only support the original beta release of the game. I have not been able to enjoy the fullest, recently updated version of the game. But in no way has this diminished my enjoyment or appreciation of the game that I helped make happen, for which I and my fellows were credited at the end of the game. No one is getting shafted or bamboozled or duped. Your mighty dollars were put to the use that was clearly outlined in the Kickstarter: to have a new state of the art puzzle game with three worlds. That they have received more funding since the game release, can you truly blame Cyan for adding stuff? Do you truly believe they are sharing it only with PS4 users?  You'll get your cookie, and it will be the same size as everyone else's.

Get. Over. It. 

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