The video game industry ceased being a small-time role-player in the entertainment world some time ago and as it continues to grow, the big business side grows with it. Translation? Ads.
We're used to seeing advertisements in games these days and while it usually involves little more than a simple billboard or a strategically placed vending machine, there are times when it's a bit more – shall we say – in your face. However, it's a much bigger issue if these ads are actually having a negative impact on the gameplay: it seems a new patch has arrived for Wipeout HD ; known as update 2.10, we didn't hear much in the way of details, but we know it tossed advertisements into the game and the hardcore fans are none too happy about this "update." In multiple topics over at the WipeoutZone forums , the faithful are complaining about the new graphics scaling (one concerned reader sent us an e-mail that says there's "less detail in the distance") presumably to accommodate the new ads, and there have been more instances of freezing and crashing, especially online. Essentially, we're talking about an already existing game that now features ads due to an update and theoretically, this could be done to just about any game, so herein lies the problem.
We don't mind ads. We understand they're an essential part of the business. But when you take one of the best games of the year and toss in a gimp just to include these ads, that's a problem. We urge you to boot up Wipeout HD and see if you face similar issues; the more people who complain, the more obliged Sony will be to look into fixing it.
Related Game(s): Wipeout HD