On No Man’s Sky – Pre-PC-Release

So, like many people I pre-ordered No Man’s Sky on PC so I’m having to wait a couple of extra days to play. That may sound like I’m bothered by it, but in reality I’m totally fine with this. The thing is that even if it had come out today on PC I wouldn’t be playing it anyways. Why? Because I work full time and any gaming during the week is already a rare commodity. My days typically start off with me waking up at the crack of dawn taking a shower and then driving 20-30 minutes to work. I then proceed to work from 7/8am – 6pm. Another drive home, usually longer due to evening traffic, which usually puts me at home around 6:45-7pm depending on grabbing dinner. By the time I’ve finished eating it’s usually closer to 8pm, and I watch YouTube videos for most of the evening. So by the time I can actually play anything it’s usually after 9pm. So, really the only times I get to devote to gaming are on Saturday and Sunday. So the game coming out on Friday for me is actually a good thing, but at the same time still doesn’t matter.

Originally I felt worried. I felt that if I wasn’t strapping in to a spaceship day one I’d miss out on naming planets or exploring the unexplored. But the thing is that there are so many planets available to explore that you could have the entire population of the planet playing on day one and you’d still be able to find a planet to say you discovered. There’s nothing for me to be upset about here. Sure, some people are playing right now. But you know what I’m doing? I’m sitting at my desk at work typing a blog post.

The other thing is that it doesn’t bother me that it got delayed because I can understand where the developers are coming from because I develop software too. Not games or anything, but I know what it’s like to have to deal with fixing bugs before pushing updates out to our users. A lot of people don’t understand what it’s like being on the other side of the window. I relate this to going to the drive-thru window or sitting at a restaurant, you can almost always tell who has worked that kind of job by how they treat the person serving them. I’ve worked fast food in the past, so whenever I go to a drive-thru I try to always be polite and tell the person at the window thanks and to have a good day. Why? Because they probably are having a bad day having to deal with people. So I figure people are probably sitting at home right now fuming over not being able to play some game when they know nothing about what it’s like to be the one on the other side. All the people at Hello Games are putting in a lot of work so that you can sit around complaining about a game they’ve spent years on. So maybe be a bit more patient and cut them some slack. I’d rather wait longer for a better game then to get something that was rushed out the door just to get it out.

All that said, I really enjoyed the patch notes that were released a couple days ago. I especially like how anyone who has an early copy (somehow) will either have to delete their save file or not get to experience a lot of the game. I am also considering taking off on Friday, not only to play this game but just because I can. I’m not sure about that yet, but I’m strongly leaning towards it.

Once the game is out and I’ve had some time with it I’ll write some more about it, but the intent of this was just to say that I wish people would be more understanding when a game gets delayed and to not let it bother them so much. The planets aren’t going anywhere, hopefully. So instead of sitting around complaining maybe thank them for a game they’ve spent years of effort on and wait a couple more days.

Now, time to get to work. At least for me anyways.