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The Biggest Gaming Scandals of 2012

The Biggest Gaming Scandals of 2012
The video game industry is one that cannot escape gaming scandals. In the past year alone there have been controversial game copies, disturbing special releases, and scandalous game companies. We compiled a list of the Biggest Gaming Scandals of 2012.
 
War Z
War Z
This game has had more than a fair share of controversy. Having similar albeit buggier gameplay than the free mod DayZ it was seen as a blatant copy of the mod. War Z developers claimed to be in development of the game before DayZ but a post on reddit has shown otherwise.
 
Even with all the controversy between the two games, on December 17 War Z got a launch on Steam. Several problems began to arise including hacking, numerous bugs, and misleading features of the game on its Steam page.
 

War Z

War Z


One of the biggest misleading features was the size of the game world, which was claimed to be 100-400 square km, but PCGamesN found it to only really be 10 square km. On top of this a patch was added on day one that increased the respawn time from 1 hour to 4 hours, in addition they added a monetization feature that allowed you to buy back in to respawn quicker.
 
Many players that bought War Z were enraged by the misleading features and bugs. Players started to post in the official Steam forum for the game. The War Z community manager was the moderator for the steam community hub at this time. The problem was that any negative thread or post about the game was getting deleted and the user would get banned, surely not the best way to handle things.
 
War Z Steam Board

War Z Steam Board


On December 19th, two days later, War Z was taken off Steam due to its misleading features for the game and a buggy product. The War Z was one of the biggest scandals of 2012 that won’t soon be forgotten.
 

Curt Schilling’s Game Company
Curt Schilling’s Game Company
The popular Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling decided to start his own game company. This new company was called 38 Studios and was set out to make MMORPG’s.
 
He started the original game company Green Monster Games back in 2006 which eventually became 38 Studios in 2008. He was still a pro baseball player at this time.
 
Later in 2010 the company got a $75 million loan from the Rhode Island Board of Economic Development for the promise of 450 jobs by the end of 2012. Although in 2012 38 Studios defaulted on its loan and could not afford to pay its employees. As a result of this 38 Studios laid off their staff and Rhode Island filed a lawsuit against several people involved in acquiring the $75 million loan.
 

Dead Island: Riptide Special Edition
Dead Island Riptide
The bug-ridden Dead Island had a lot of controversy around its release. Dead Island: Riptide is a spin-off/sequel to Dead Island. The problem here is with the special edition of the game. With the special edition you would get all the typical bonus items like the game and collectors artwork. But the team behind the game decided to have there be a bloody chopped up corpse as a figurine.
 
Dead Island: Riptide Special Edition
They were certainly trying to be different, but I do not think that this is the way to go. It’s just grotesque and creepy.
 

EA
EA
Well EA has had way more controversial games, gameplay, and events than most game companies. It even won the Worst Company in America for 2012 by The Consumerist. EA has a reputation for messing up good games, such as their major changes to Dead Space 3.
 
Mass Effect 3
One of the biggest controversy produced by EA this year was the Mass Effect 3 ending. For such a popular and amazing series of games the original Mass Effect 3 ending was just awful. Because of the result of fans criticizing and organizing campaigns to change the ending of the game, EA did release an extension DLC for the game.
 

From blatant buggy game copies to disturbing statues, 2012 had a lot of gaming scandals. It truly is a sad thing that these controversial events had taken place. Hopefully the gaming industry will try to learn from these mistakes of the past.

 

 

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