If the same thing that’s happened at Activision took place at another company that you support by playing their game, would you continue playing it?
I asked that question at the tail end of this episode so there weren’t any responses. It is a question I tried asking myself, and couldn’t easily answer. The reason being is that until you are put in that situation, you can’t really say for sure. I’d like to think I know what I’d do and that I’d actually follow through, but that’s not always the case. A lot of the time your mind likes to work it’s way around things if it inconveniences you or might put you out. You can stand outside of a situation and look at it play out and say you’d do it differently if it were you, but then, when that time comes, you may or may not actually do it. Context matters, of course, but really, until you’re in the middle of it you don’t know. If the same exact thing were to happen at Bungie, then yes, I say I would stop playing their games. But, it would have to be the same exact thing.
But it’s almost never the exact same thing, is it? So, how far does it have to go? What has to happen to get you to stop playing your favorite game because of things like this?
I give an example on the show of a situation I went through where, before it happened, I was pretty sure of how I’d react and handle the situation. That wasn’t the case. And it’s one of the reasons that I can’t tell you with certainty of how I would handle it.
And to be clear, this whole thing I’ve put forth is pretty trivial in comparison to what is actually going on. And a person can be far more proactive than simply not supporting the company with playing or purchasing their games. But what does it take for you? Where is your stopping point, even at the lowest level? And how do you know for sure?
In the meantime…Ubisoft (insert irony here), it’s been 2,909 days since the last Splinter Cell release (non-animated series or guest spot in another game franchise or VR exclusive).