Dark Souls PC Already Spawns Angry Fan Petition
The other day, we reported that Dark Souls would be making its way to PC, as was first revealed in the German magazine PC Action. Just yesterday, Namco Bandai released an official press release offering more details on the game’s impending PC release—and one of those details has fans pissed off already.
The game, dubbed Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition, is heading to your personal computer on August 24, and will include “an enhanced PVP mode allowing players to more closely assemble battles against one another online in an all-out fight to the death that fans have demanded.”
Fan demands—this is an important element of Dark Souls on PC, you see, because it was a fan-made petition that convinced Namco Bandai to bring the game from consoles to the computer.
And now that Namco Bandai has also announced that the game will utilize Games for Windows LIVE, well, there’s a fan-made petition looking to convince the company to abandon the online platform.
From the petition’s page:
“GFWL is unpopular, difficult to use, inconvenient, has terrible online support (a key feature in Dark Souls), and is downright unpleasant. After anxiously awaiting a PC release for this fantastic game it feels like a real slap in the face hearing Dark Souls will use Games for Windows Live. We recommend Valve’s Steamworks in place, as this DRM is much easier to use, less intrusive, more reliable, and more accepted among PC gamers. Please reconsider the use of GFWL, or offer the game on both services. Thank you for taking the effort to port this game, but for a lot of customers it’s Steam or no sale.”
Did you see that? IT FEELS LIKE A SLAP IN THE FACE.
Not for nothing, but something tells me that the person who wrote that has never actually been slapped in the face. I am willing to wager that most think a legit slap in the face feels way worse than hearing that a video game you want to play is going to be on Games for Windows LIVE.
Anyway, the petition’s already up to over 10,000 signatures as of this writing, having only been launched yesterday, I believe. No word yet on whether or not Namco Bandai will respond in a similar way to the petition that inspired them to port the game to the PC in the first place. But I’m going to go out on a limb and say: probably not.
What do you think? Is this another case of overly entitled nerd-rage? Or is Games for Windows LIVE really that bad that this petition is a necessary move on the part of fans?
Also: what do you think will inspire the next angry fan petition in video games? My money’s on something BioShock related.