5 Video Game News Stories That Shocked The Industry In 2016

It’s that time of the year again when all of the various end of the year list start popping up, so I felt compelled to do one myself. The stories I’m going to list are in no particular order, and I’m sure there are stories not on the list that I overlooked.

Bethesda’s New Review Policy

Bethesda’s new policy regarding reviews. Bethesda changed it policy with review copies of games over the past summer, only giving them out one day before product release. Since they have a number of rpg titles, reviewing them in one day is not really an option, so if you are looking for day one reviews of their games you are pretty much out of luck, unless a reviewer can get a copy some other way. I’m really hoping other developers/publishers don’t follow suit as I think this only hurts the consumer from making informed decisions about game purchases. This type of policy only helps with games that are going to get bad reviews.

Xbox Scorpio/Playstation 4 Pro

Xbox Scorpio/ Playstation Pro reveals, of course news about both of these leaked before the official announcements, and everyone was expecting a console refresh, but I was surprised when upgraded systems were announced. This is the first time I can recall manufacturers doing this in the life cycle of current generation hardware, since the Scorpio is also considered a member of the Xbox One product line. I think the reasoning behind the upgrades is to compete better with PC’s that at this point are quite a bit more powerful than the standard Xbox One, or Playstation 4.

Senator Leland Getting Busted

This next one I find to be kind of ironic, California State Senator Leland Yee sent to prison for alleged gun running amongst other things. Senator Yee is an out spoken critic of video games, and has supported banning games that he considers too violent, here a quote from the guy “Gamers have got to just quiet down, gamers have no credibility in this argument. This is all about their lust for violence and the industry’s lust for money. This is a billion-dollar industry. This is about their self-interest.” Well you know what they say about karma.

Ubisoft executives Fined For Insider Trading

As I write this news is breaking of Ubisoft executives being fined millions of dollars for alleged insider trading. From what I have read so far the charges seem to be connected to the delay of the first Watchdogs game, and others back in 2013. Company stock was sold just prior to announcement of the delays, of course when information about the delays went public the stock value went down. To be honest I’m surprised this doesn’t not happen more often.

Disappointing Game Sales

A number of triple A games not meeting sales expectations. This fall we saw a number of triple A games fall short of sale expectations, Call of Duty, Watchdogs 2, and Titanfall 2. There are a number of factor that may be contributing to this, for example too many games coming out at about the same time, in the case of Watchdogs 2 the first game being buggy on release, and not living up to expectations I think scared off a some people. I also think some consumers are getting tired of the same old games every year like the Call of Duty series, another thing to consider is the sales figures do not take into account digital downloads, or games sold as part of a bundle. Another thing too take into account is that new hardware was released this fall, and gamers only have so much money to spend.

What other stories from the past year would you add to the list, feel free to let us know in the comments.

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