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Fickle Mistress

October 2, 2017 by Tim

After posting the PUBG/Fortnite comic last week, I noticed a lot more negativity directed towards PUBG in the comments than I’d seen in previous weeks. So out of curiosity, I took a look at the game’s Steam page and hahaha, holy shit.

I guess the honeymoon is over. The internet has turned like a lover scorned.

Update 11:19am: I’ve made a small change to the dialogue in the final panel, to clarify that One suggests waiting for the next game the internet decides is popular, not calling the current negativity towards PUBG “the bandwagon.”


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dkpo
dkpo
3 years ago

Apparently the massive bad reviews is because the Chinese version of PUBG has in game advertisements for some Chinese VPN.

And people are finding that if they dont use the VPN they get a poor connection.

TechBender
TechBender
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Tim, do you not recognize the power of which the pen affords it’s wielder? Not saying that you single-handedly caused all of those negative reviews, but your influence on the internet is not exactly insignificant.

ThatOneGuy
ThatOneGuy
3 years ago
Reply to  TechBender

I don’t know what you’re talking about. He was never that harsh on the game, and a comic doesn’t (or at least I hope it doesn’t) influence whether or not people like playing the game.

TechBender
TechBender
3 years ago
Reply to  ThatOneGuy

Sorry, after re-reading it I realized that it made more sense in my head. I jokingly meant that this, comic/fickle-mistress/ had some how paradoxically resulted in those negative reviews. As far as if it were possible or not, consider this. People will pick their president based on what other people tell them to do, or by who looks the most attractive. I don’t think a web comic setting people’s opinions about a game is that far fetched.

Sigfried
Sigfried
3 years ago
Reply to  TechBender

Let me admit here that there are lots of games I only check out because Tim makes them seem very interesting.

Liam Rogers
Liam Rogers
3 years ago
Reply to  TechBender

Soooo true

Art
Art
3 years ago

The plummeting review score is apparently down to them including adverts in the game https://pcgamesn.com/Playerunknowns-Battlegrounds/battlegrounds-chinese-VPN-review-bomb

nope
nope
3 years ago
Reply to  Art

Shhhhh. Apparently we’re not interested in facts today. We’re only interested in buzz words like “bandwagon”.

Tue
Tue
3 years ago
Reply to  nope

The thing about not being interested about facts is something you definately prove …

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago
Reply to  Art

Someone mentioned Billboards, I second that manner of adding in adverts. Makes money for certain and also adds a different element to the game…if you wind up with billboards on top of buildings and someone sniping from behind one.

foducool
foducool
3 years ago

a fickle mistress indeed

James Rye
James Rye
3 years ago

You know what? You should write a Thesis about this – Internet Psychology: Hype and Hate using Steam references about popular games and when the tide changes and why or something like that. Would surely be an interesting read about human psychology in times of anonymity and hype-trains and bandwagons and what not.

Dukegonzo
Dukegonzo
3 years ago
Reply to  James Rye

Jon Ronson wrote a book kinda like that

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago
Reply to  James Rye

I have a friend who wants to be a psychologist…
I’ll tell her about this…

nope
nope
3 years ago

We’re not mad about Fortnite “riding PUBG’s coattails”, only Bluehole is mad about that. Also maybe the reason people think everything PUBG is doing is wrong is because everything PUBG is doing is wrong. Banning people on the word of streamers despite not having evidence, loot boxes in an early access game, unjustified threats against Epic games, in-game advertisements for VPNs. Forget about what PUBG is doing wrong: are they even doing anything RIGHT?! Every single time PUBG is in the news, it’s because they’re screwing up again. Or I guess you could ignore all of the terrible things PUBG… Read more »

DannyboyO1
DannyboyO1
3 years ago
Reply to  nope

It’s just a battle royale. They remade a thing for an underserved market, and now they’re not really making it a better game or handling the business fantastically… so it’ll fade and people will move to another thing. And really, these companies need to stop claiming it’s “early access” and charging money for add-ons. It’s either a commercial product or not ready to be charging money for. If you’re the most popular anything on steam… just take off the ‘early access” label. Keep adding things. But you’ve succeeded in making a product at that stage. But monetizing a thing like… Read more »

Kerran32
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Most the OMFGPUBGHATE posts are because of the micro-transactions.

Makes me laugh uproariously, due to the fact that the OMFGPUBGHATERS are talking about stuff that makes no difference to the game.

Amused no end, put a smile on my face tonight.

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago
Reply to  Kerran32

Well, even cosmetics make a difference in FPS. But the difference isn’t necessarily that large, so a sizable amount are almost unfounded.

Urazz
Urazz
3 years ago
Reply to  Kerran32

Actually, Karran32, the cosmetic stuff can make a difference. If you get camo clothes from the loot boxes, that makes you harder to see compared to others in the wilderness. That can be a pretty big advantage I think in a game like PUBG.

The micro transactions and the devs siding with streamers to get people who killed them banned, even when no evidence is presented, is also another big negative against the game as well.

Detton
Detton
3 years ago

Looks like review-bombing; the thing that Steam implemented that graph chart to showcase. I think I would only agree with the summary if the reviews continued to be that low over a long period of time. The internet is a fickle mistress, but she’s also incredibly lazy and has absolutely no long-term memory for anything – everyone will move on to the next thing to hate in a month, and this will be 100% forgotten. It happens with games, it even happens with major non-game news that SHOULDN’T be forgotten, but it happens inevitably nonetheless. I don’t play either game,… Read more »

random anon
random anon
3 years ago

There’s an actual explanation for this that you’d have found if you actually cared to do some research before memeing…

Urazz
Urazz
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

don’t forget the microtransactions for loot boxes. The clothes you can get from that can give you an advantage from what I’ve seen.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
3 years ago

Again, the Internet is a hate machine.

And somehow, I don’t see anyone but Player 3 playing Golf Story.

Grumpus
Grumpus
3 years ago

This is why I hate online gaming. People bitch and whine in single player games enough as it is, but the level of salt and whining and toxicity in these multiplayer games is just disgusting. How anyone can put up with it or even ENJOY that kind of crap is beyond me.

Ryan
Ryan
3 years ago
Reply to  Grumpus

It’s not just online gaming, it’s the internet in general.

Keiser300
Keiser300
3 years ago

I was going to get PUBG after seeing everyone talking about how great it was. Then I went to the steam page, read a ton of reviews about the stream sniping bans and then latter while I was waiting for a steam discount (seems weird to pay that much for an unfinished game), the reviews about the VPN advertising came out. I want to play a battle royal game like PUBG, so will turn my attention to Fortnite. Hopefully that will be good. If it’s a good game, idc who inspired them. Also I will take any other suggestions for… Read more »

Walter Anderson
Walter Anderson
3 years ago

But Timmmmmm! You just dont understand at all! There are reasonnnnnnssssss for my hate. REASONS!!!! Its not just random hate because there are feelings in my chest!!!

I’ve never played PUBG but enough time playing online multiplayer has taught me that every “major problem” has a legit cause, but quickly spirals into absurdity once a little internet group think is thrown in.

Phillip S
Phillip S
3 years ago

Since I can’t just press a reaction button like on Facebook, I’ll have to actually comment. This made me laugh.

It’s a comic, not a piece of investigative journalism. 🙂

RMagepedia
RMagepedia
3 years ago

“The internet is a fickle mistress”
“Also she appears to be a [gun] wielding maniac”
😉

SiliconWolf
SiliconWolf
3 years ago
Reply to  RMagepedia

That’s not a gun.
That’s a flamethrower!

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago
Reply to  SiliconWolf

“Son, you’ve brought a knife to a gun fight”

Hamstermer
Hamstermer
3 years ago

I must say, the internet’s obssession with hating the things it loved (?) (PUBG, Left 4 Dead, George Lucas, Pokemon GO…never mind…), even CAD in a certain comic which I will not bring up in further detail (It isn’t the Far Cry one) is startling. Taking usually minor ailments and issues and then turning them into a HUGE argument about all sorts of things is the sort of power that I don’t think anyone would have expected. If you are worried about Stream Sniping, then you don’t have to stream. Is it THAT big of a deal? I do, however,… Read more »

Ryan
Ryan
3 years ago
Reply to  Hamstermer

Can’t disagree with what you’ve said.

If you think of loot boxes and other micro-transactions… they obviously work since they’re in almost ever game now.
If people didn’t buy them, then there wouldn’t be a place for them.

Itudios
Itudios
3 years ago

Pretty sure that the bad rep is because of what they’re doing rather than the fact that they’re popular.

Urazz
Urazz
3 years ago
Reply to  Itudios

I think it’s a bit of both actually as the negatives are enhanced in my opinion when a game becomes pretty popular quickly like PUBG has.

Liam Rogers
Liam Rogers
3 years ago

I’ve never played pubg. My parents won’t get me a zeke 🙂 or a playstation or a pc. But…
#IPAD GAMING SQUAD!!!!!!!!

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
3 years ago

The internet is –not– a fickle mistress. She is an abusive bi-polar manic-depressive spouse who you love spending time with, enjoy every minute, can’t live without, until she shoves you in a corner and starts screaming at and beating you and makes you wonder why you’re alive at all.

And as you’re lying there wondering how to pick up the pieces, she smiles, apologizes, and reminds you of a brand new game that’s coming out and something else to get interested.

And you crawl back.

Every.

Single.

Time.

Diamond655
Diamond655
3 years ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Jesus, dude, calm down.

Him.
Him.
3 years ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

“Based on a true story”
*Left4Dead crews walks in*
*crosses out “Based on”*

Diamond655
Diamond655
3 years ago

I hadn’t actually heard much bad things about PUBG until now, but then again most things I get from PUBG are from Youtubers, and the particular ones I watch prefer to avoid the controversy over the game, I’m pretty sure.

If the comments are right, I guess they’re bad? But I’m not really 100% sure about Fortnite either?

votemarvel
votemarvel
3 years ago

I think a big part of it is that the honeymoon period is over and people aren’t going to be as forgiving to the game as they were even just a few months ago.

The loot boxes I think were the turning point though. They are divisive enough in fully released games, their addition, even in a small way, into a early access title tipped people off to the fact that even the latest internet darling just wants your cash.

Ryan
Ryan
3 years ago
Reply to  votemarvel

If people didn’t buy them, they wouldn’t be in games.

If you think about the actual cost of each small item, be it a mount in something like WoW or clothing or whatever…. you buy 2 or 3 and you could have bought a brand new AAA game.

Somewhere
Somewhere
3 years ago

As I’m reading this, two different ads appear for Battle Royale games

MasterofBalance
MasterofBalance
4 months ago

Because bitching and moaning is far more important than “playing” or “fun” or any of that baby crap…