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As an incredibly critical bastard, I know that this feature has probably been announced for the whole of five minutes, but, I have a rather glaring question for Sony.
Who in the hell wants to allow anyone to play the game for them?
In case you haven’t heard, Sony’s new PlayStation 4 gives you the opportunity to allow a friend to control your game through the internet. This is part of a new system allowing you to share your gameplay online in real time at the press of a button. People watching can request the controller, at which point, you can let them do something in your game.
Look, anyone who has EVER played a game with a friend at their house (that’s how we used to do it in the old days kiddos) knows that watching someone play a single player game is never all that fun. Certainly the feature to watch your friends play will be helpfully improved by chat. I can’t deny the opportunity to watch someone play a new game release I don’t have access too could be enticing. The possibility of seeing your friend completely bomb a game or ten of Call of Duty could provide endless laughs as well.
But, why in the hell would you want someone playing your game. The official press sounds like Sony input this so that your friends could help you out. Umm… when was the last time you felt awesome about someone saying, “Give me the controller.”
As a veteran gamer, I can gladly say that the last thing I want is someone taking the controller from me. So clearly, this feature isn’t for me. Well maybe its there to help new players. If you’ve ever tried to get someone into video gaming you will recognize the glaze that forms over the eyes of someone who has just been physically told, “No, you’re doing it wrong!” and then made to watch someone far superior to them easily tackle a goal they couldn’t figure out.
Imagine if you were doing a math assignment and someone walked over, took your pen, and immediately solved the equation for you. It works great, until you get to the next equation like that one, and you are in the same position you were because you didn’t get to actually learn it.
So clearly this isn’t for people who are new to gaming either. So what the hell? Is this the new way to demo a game? By playing it through your buddies console.
I’m not saying that it doesn’t seem like a cool feature, I just don’t know what the practical purpose is. I mean all of my friends are the types of people who’d just keep the controller and ignore the rest of existence while playing. Which is precisely how I play. Why in the world would you offer this feature if its just there to be something you can do?
I do like the idea of broadcasting my gameplay. I just hope they haven’t come up with some obnoxious notification that says, “X would like to play your game.” Yes you would, X, and no you cannot. This proceeded by a million notifications constantly ruining your gameplay experience.
So… is it too soon to already be down on a feature of the next generation?