7 Deadly Sins of Gaming - Sin 1Sin 1: Non-skippable videos
Holy freaking crap. Are you guys kidding me?
How in today's day and age are we expected to sit through a three minute cinematic?
Oh, watching it once isn't bad. I can live with that. Especially if the video is important to the story.
But those damn scenes that you have to watch before a major event only to die and have to watch it again?
What the hell's up with that?
Final Fantasy is rife with videos and I love that shit.
The cinematics are some of the best parts of newer FF games.
Still, you hit that X button and you're on to the next part of the game. They don't give a damn if you don't get the story.
You got shit to do.
They're cool with that.
Some game designers though... They expect you to watch that video over and over again.
Oh, you died? I'm so sorry. Let's watch a five minute cutscene again.
I'm freaking busy here, people. I don't have time to waste watching your silly little videos all day.
Yes, yes, yes. I know you spent days and weeks working on this cinematic. I know it's integral to the storyline.
Don't give a rat's ass. If I want to skip it, there should be a big freaking button marked "skip".
The very least you could do, THE VERY LEAST, is put a save point right after the huge freaking cutscene. I watch the very dramatic moment and then save, safe in the knowledge that I don't ever have to watch that damned thing again.
And half the time, the cutscene isn't even important. Instead, it's five minutes of entirely useless exposition that has no bearing on the story.
I'm serious. Why the hell would they put that in there?
I'm not against cutscenes. No, no. I love cutscenes.
They establish mood. They set the atmosphere for extremely important events.
Or maybe you just got a new weapon or hat or something.
Do you know what completely destroys mood? What absolutely ruins atmosphere?
Watching the same damned movie again and again.
Okay. I died last time, but I really think I've figured this out. I know exactly what I have to... Why am I listening to him talk about his grandmother again? C'mon, make with the stabby stabby.
Listen. Put the damned cutscenes in there. By all freaking means, fill the damned disc up with cutscenes.
Ever play Xenosaga? Best movie I ever played.
The game was fifty eight hours long. I pushed a button twice.
But, if you're going to put cutscenes in there, let me skip the damned thing if I want to. If I feel like sitting through the same cinematic over and over, then I can do that until my eyes bleed.
If not, I push X and I'm back in the game.
More importantly, I'm happy.
Isn't that what really counts?