For those of you that don’t follow any type of console news, let me put you up to speed: Basically, the PS4’s controller was revealed to have a new button solely dedicated to sharing content. How it functions is still a mystery but what we know is that it allows the user to record and share video of the game currently running.
Now we have news that … well, just read this:
“There will be parts of a game that the maker does not want people to be able to see,” Yoshida said. “For example, on Vita, developers can in certain scenes disable the feature that lets users take a screenshot, and [the Share function] will have a similar mechanism. The creator may not want to make video of the final boss sharable, for instance.”
So, let me get this straight: If a developer wants to, they can make certain parts of the game (or all of it) not sharable, all in the name of spoilers…
I’m sorry but .. WHAT??? That is possibly the WORST solution to spoilers I could ever come up with. Do you guys even know what the f*ck you are doing? Well, given how the screenshot system works on the Vita (annoying watermarks! yay!) I’m going to guess that you don’t have a f*cking clue.
Look, it’s very simple: Just let the developers tag certain sections of the game as “spoilers”. Videos shared with spoiler parts will be labelled as such and greyed out. That way, everything can be shared but the end user that wants to look at gameplay videos is the one that decides to be spoiled or not.
You are not supposed to let the developer dictate what can be shared and what can’t! Gamers want a better experience of what they already have, not a worse one. Having to pay for a video-capture device to be able to record a PS3 game is a pain in the ass, but many gamers already do this. Speedruns, challenge runs, bloopers, funny glitches, funny accidents, epic moments, etc. Everything can be recorded, so why would you want to facilitate the process of recording but then go and make it WORSE for players? They can already record spoilerish videos and post them on youtube! Nobody complains! Why are you trying to stop that?
Oh, and since we are talking about sharing, can you pretty please not fuck this up by plastering a gigantic watermark in every video? We don’t want the PS4 to fail as hard as the Vita did.
*drops the mic*