Good thing, bad thing? IMO it doesn’t matter. Some will say that the sky is falling and ZOMG every game is going to have these now!!!!!! ZOMG!!!!!
That is not the case. APB (All Points Bulletin) has recently mentioned that they are going to have advertisements in game each time you switch districts or once every 3 hours in the same district. Now, I don’t know what a district is, but if it is like a zone in any other MMO that means it is separated by levels, which means you’re probably not going to go from one level zone to another in 3 hours unless you’re close when you started playing. Anyways, you might see it once an hour. Big friggin whoop imo.
The only other game that I am aware of (I’m sure theres more) that has ads ingame is Anarchy Online. However, the original game (without expansions) is 100% free, so I think that is quite justified. Sure gatorade and pizzahut don’t seem like they belong on billboards in the futuristic alien game but you’re only going to see if it you’re playing for free which usually means you’re not going to play very long term or will play very sporadically, so it shouldn’t affect you anyway.
What bothers me more than things like this is something a lot of people probably don’t think about (because I’m thinkin outside the box!, YEAH!) because you just deal with it now. I personally can’t think of one game to be an example for this but I know they exist.
So you’re going to play your favorite game and man you just can’t wait. You open it, wait a minute for the logos to go by, and now it is mofuggin clobberin time mofugger. Log in, pick your toon of choice for the day, and load into where you last were.
I already mentioned the problem. The logos that you can’t click through or esc through. You have to sit there and wait for these logos to fade in and out. Why? Because you need to know who made this thing! Amirite?! LOOK AT THE LOGOS, LOOOOK AT THEM! Because forking out $50+ initially and $15 a month isn’t enough homage to these companies, no, we must have one minute of silence as we gaze over their beautiful logos, instead of their beautiful work of art (the GAME), makes sense right? WRONG.
I mean sure, it is only a minute, but it is still a dick move. You know what I would like to see added back into these games? CREDITS! Hit max level? Roll credits! Defeat the last boss in the hardest dungeon? Roll credits! Shit you could even divvy the credits up and only show them for certain things and only show the people who worked on that specific thing. Credits always made the “I did it” feeling that much better.
Thoughts, comments? Lemme know!