This is just going to be a rambling, perhaps slughtly incoherent rant. Just go with it. Or don't, see if I care!
.....No, please, come back!! I need you! Please don't go.
Ok, to the rant we go.
You know, just a decade or two ago, the customer was always right. Anyone else recall that saying (and the prevailing mentality amongst businesse especially those in retail)? The customer was right, and the customer had the say. If you don't like a product, return it for a refund. When you get to the cash register, you pay and you're on your way. You don't have to give your phone number. No email. No sign up for this and sign up for that and
''don't forget, no refunds.''When I bought Mass Effect 2 (big mistake) I had a miserable experience trying to get my ''bonus'' content (aka content that was stripped from the game in order to be included with pre-orders as a quote unquote bonus, to entice people to pre-order, and coincidentally discourage people from buying used.......and no, that doesn't actually fucking work, it's just a hassle for the people who buy new) content, and on top of it, the motherfucking import save thing failed.
I was already annoyed with all of the talk of the stripped RPG elements, and had debated long and hard about whether or not to pick up my pre-order (the decision was made for me when my wife picked it up on the way home from work and said ''just play the game you've been talking about it for months'' but I digress). But then, on top of it, I couldn't import my character from ME1 (an advertised feature) and I couldn't access my stupid fucking "bonus" content that really just should have been on the fucking disc in the fucking first fucking place!
So annoyed, I told my wife,
''that's it! This game is going back.''Except it wasn't, because THEY DON'T TAKE GODDAMN MOTHERFUCKING REFUNDS!!
Of course, some readers will say ''duh, it's opened.''
But don't they already sell opened games as new?
Think about it:
How many times have you bought a game, only to find it buggy and not very playable? Should you not be able to return that game?
Think about it.
You're buying a product (game) and it does not work as advertised. The back of the box didn't mention the glitches in the bulletpoint list, did it?
Back in the day (and yes, I know how old I sound) if something didn't work as advertised, you brought it back and got a fucking refund!!
It was that goddamn simple.
In the ''old days,'' when a customer was unhappy, the company remedied that situation. Now, we allow ourselves to be run around by them like little sheep.
Little fucking sheep.
Baaaa!! Baaaaa!!!-Today's consumers, including gamers.
Well, no more. If they want to ''reward'' us for buying new, or pre-ordering, whatever, then give us $5 off the game!! Or include the content on the disk, and give us an unlcok key to be used in game. Or any number of things. These ''rewards'' end up friggin punishments. and disguised marketing and advertsing schemes.
How fucking irritating and stupid are these exclusive pre-order bonuses? Now, when you buy a fighting game, you're guaranteed NOT to get the full cast of characters, because one store has fighter A, the other has B, the third has C and the fourth has fighter D.
WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT SHIT????? WHY THE FUCKING FUCKITY FUCK ARE WE ALLOWING THIS GARBAGE?
These companies are screwing us over, and people don't fight back. No, they line up and ask for more.
Like I said in a previous blog that discussed this (in greater detail and more coherently),
Enough is enough, people. We have to stop this madness.
Let's take back some of our dignity, and re-exert some control, shall we? Before it's too damn late. These corporations own us, and it's time to wake up a bit. Lies, false advertising, name brand myths, exercise myths, pseudoscience, stretched claims, and our ridiculous exuberance to willingly thrust ourselves into indentured slavery to the whims of these lying money whores.
Fucking stop it, people. Just stop it!