As it stands, we’ve only managed to get 55 votes in for the poll so far. I think the poll is quite an important one, and we need to really hammer it to show how much it means to us. Online play is a massive factor in determining the success of the game, second only to gameplay.
I can’t stress enough how much we need to drill this point home with Konami. There will not be much point in shouting and screaming about cheats and how they’re getting away with it once the game is released. The time to get vocal about this issue is now. The sooner we make it clear that cheating ruins the game for us, the better. Cheating results in people giving up playing PES, so it’s vital the area is flagged asap.
We have made noises in the past with Konami about this, but clearly more needs to be done to tackle it harder. More and more games are starting to tackle online cheats more effectively due to fans protesting about cheats. I’ve never managed to get clear cut answers to what the exact system is to combat online cheating in PES2012. Which either means they don’t want to divulge what it is that they do to combat cheats, or it could be that there really isn’t much in the way of protection.
I’d like to think that there is a system which is penalising cheats as was indicated for the game, but the only way to truly know would be to tarnish your gaming record. Which is not something I would recommend doing – even out of morbid curiosity. We are being told little snippets like player salary caps in the MLO to help, but that’s not enough. We need to know that cheats are being hunted down and eliminated from the game. But to do that, we need to show that it’s a real issue. 55 votes doesn’t cut it for me. Not even 250. Seriously, anything short of 1000 votes would be embarassing to submit to Konami. We know there are lots of you guys out there that visit the site – so please get voting, and get your mates voting too.
As we now hit a critical month in PES’ development, the excitement levels will grow. With a demo to look forward to at the end of the month, we will get to see what the fuss that has been made over PES is all about.
I personally think that the end of July is very early for a general demo, but it’s a mark of their confidence in the product that we’re getting it. It will provide us with a perfect platform to debug the game as much as possible.
Rather than relying on the in-house testers who regularly seem to miss so many sitters, this is our chance to get some real world testing to give us a better end product.
We all know that these days many games are released with plenty of “known bugs”, knowing full well that day one patches, and subsequent fixes are considered par for the course. It’s a sad state of affairs as I think it results in developers being lazy about quality, but that’s the status quo right now.
That’s all I’ve got for you today, so please do vote and let’s get a proper representative number to take to Konami.
Thanks for reading.