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Why is Fallout 76 SO Bad? First the Conspiracy Theory, Then the Likely Truth

I think we can all agree that Fallout 76 is not what we hoped a Fallout game to be. We expected some bugs. Bethesda games always have bugs. But they always have bugs because they are so vast in scope and content that finding every problem would be an impossibility. The games themselves are usually so charming we just don't care.

'76 is different. It's genuinely difficult to enjoy. At least that's my experience with it. Your mileage may vary.

I have a neat little conspiracy theory as to why this might be. It has no basis in reality, but we can have fun with it.

There's company called Providence Equity Partners that has invested nearly a half billion dollars in ZeniMax, the company that owns Bethesda Software.

This started back in 2007. So we have a dozen or so years where Bethesda has probably been pressed harder and harder for more and more profits. They're making incredible games, and almost certainly a bunch of money, but who knows what is considered enough.

So some group of people at Bethesda hatch a plan. “Let's promise everyone the world with the next Fallout game, and then lose so much money that P.E.P. divests themselves from us. Then we'll be our own masters again and can go back to making very good if very buggy games.”

And so Bethesda stacks disaster upon disaster. They launch a barley functioning game with engaging content. They give out crappy bags. They delay actual good content and launch a premium update that is even more broken than the game itself.

Oh and the plastic rum bottles; we can't forget the plastic rum bottles.

At this point, it almost looks like they're hoping to be fired so they can start up their own game company, free from the pressures they are currently under. It's hard to imagine this level of failure isn't deliberate.

I'm kidding, of course. It's always easier to assume sabotage when the reality is so much worse. I'm guessing the pressure from P.E.P. is a factor in the disaster we call Fallout 76, but I've no proof of that. Perhaps they're a bunch of easy going folks who just loved the same games we loved and wanted to be part of that.

Plus Mel Brooks has already taught us what happens when you try to produce a flop.

I wonder if the reality is, nothing has changed at Bethesda. They're quality control was always spotty, but it was enough for older games that weren't as complicated. Now they've got to step up their game for something as big as '76, and they don't know how. What was good enough just isn't now.

The conspiracy theory is more fun, but the truth is probably much more mundane. Isn't that how it always goes?

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Hey,Long Time No See!

It's been a while since I've posted an update. I've really been focused on the YouTube Channel, in a desperate pursuit to get the thousand subscribers I need to get my monitization back. So far I'm at 609, and I'm very thankful to everyone who has subscribed.

I am, however, very cognizant that I have over a thousand videos that direct people to this website, and I haven't done anything with it in forever. It's time for a shift in effort.

Right now I've got Fallout 4 videos scheduled once a week—on Fallout Fridays—until March 2020. I've got Win On Sunday (racing videos), TF2 Tuesday, and Spaced Out Saturdays (a mix of space games) scheduled through mid December or Early January.

I've got my CEO in pajamas (GTA videos) scheduled on Mondays through Veteran's day, but I've got enough ready to upload to get me to May, so we should be good there.

The practical upshot is, I can take a break from gaming and you won't be able to tell as far as YouTube is concerned.

I do miss writing, both in the short form of blog posts and the book that I've pretty much let languish since the editor told me it was great, but I had to change it from 3rd person viewpoint to 1st. (Oh Issac Asmiov, you've led me astray.)

So my plan is to get more posts up here, and on my other blogs at TalesOfTheBlackKnight.com and ShutaMultimedia.com.

I don't have a regular schedule planned for this—which is what you should do with a blog—but I will try to post whenever I have something interesting or useful to say.

And on that note, I'm going to get started on the next post, which I think meets both those criterion.

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Getting off the Freeway to See More Scenery: The [bass] Status Report: May 2, 2017 (817AS)

So since I last gave you an update on what I was planning to do, the only update has been the Splashin' with Compassion update. This might be a bit perplexing, since I said my plan was to do more writing and less videos, driven by the fact that I was really getting burned out on video games.

Then Rockstar started doing all these special expansions to GTA Online that were very good for making videos, and I decided I really should finish the main quest line of Fallout 4...

To make a long story short, at the time of this writing I have fifty two more videos on my channel than the great Muselk. Now I'll grant you he's got one million, eight hundred forty six thousand, nine hundred seventy two more subscribers than I have. So I'd say it's a clear win for the Aussie in a head to head channel comparison.

But in any case, it's clear there was a change of plans.

So where am I now?

I have no idea.

You see GTA Online is now so besotted with hackers that you can't play in public sessions, which is where 99% of what I do in my GTA videos happens. Plus, when it's the last night for double money on contact missions, and you're thinking to yourself "Thank God this is over tomorrow," it's generally not a sign you're having fun.

Fallout 4? I have plans to "eventually" do the last two expansions, once I can get the proper hook. For instance, I' could do the Vault-Tec one with the idea of being so goody goody that I drive away the overseer and then follow her until something bad happens.

And then I read that and think "would anyone watch this?"

I want to do a follow up video to my Parent's guide to GTA that highlights how the comments prove my point. But that's a back burner item.

I've got a bunch of racing footage from St. Patrick's day 2017 where I was all dressed in green and driving green cars. But that need a voice-over so it might be ready for St. Patrick's day 2018...or 2019.

I'd love to say I'm going to do some reading, get my writing chops going again on the "Tales of the Black Knight" novel,and possibly write a fan-fiction ending to the Half Life Series. (Let's be honest. Valve knows it can't do Half Life 2, Episode 3, or HL3, or anything with a three in it and meet the sky high expectations. So they're just going to let it ride forever to keep us checking Steam. At least I could grant some closure.)

But I have no idea what the plan is, and to be honest that feels good. I've been scheduling my free time around when I could use the mic without background noise. This has the interesting effect of taking away all your quite time, and I suspect is not good for your head.

Am I going to play video games? Most assuredly. Will it all become videos? No. Will some stuff be recorded and produced? Only if I think it's special enough to warrant the upload. And that could mean I think it could go viral, or it could just be a sentimental "home video" of time spent with friends online. I'm going back to the roots of this channel, which is that I just put up what I feel like.

And that should make for good videos. Not three a week, but good ones.

Am I going to do more writing? I do hope so. I'm enjoying this. I know there are some cool things going down at the Doylestown Bookshop this month and next. If I could run into some Liar's club members perhaps I could get my writing mojo back.

But I do think the start of all that is more reading. My goodness, perhaps I could start doing book reports on talesoftheblackknight.com

But of course it's May, the start of the busy season for the Shuta Multimedia channel. And now that I'm a double-offficer on the board of the Build A Spartan Foundaton to help out my kid's school district, well it could make for a busy summer.

The best I can tell you is, stay tuned to everything and see what happens next. You'll probably know what the plan is about the same time I do.

And if you do, know that I appreciate it!

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