The PC Blunder of Batman: Arkham Knight



Of course every gamer would prefer if games were available on console and PC simultaneously. (Does anyone really enjoy FOMO?) It makes sense why Warner and Rocksteady tried to release Batman: Arkham Knight on PC at the same time as it was available for consoles. The problem is: it wasn’t even close to ready. And they knew that.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re on an AMD or Nvidia card, users everywhere reported a terrible experience on everything but the most powerhouse of machines. The game was locked to 30 frames-per-second (unless of course you dug into the game’s INI files and manually unlocked the frame rate.) Warner Bros. released a series of statements acknowledging the issues, but that only seemed to provoke more anger out of users. Despite recommending certain setting to optimize performance, most users were left pretty… peeved.

We get it: Steam has 125 million users with money to burn. That’s a lot of cheddar. And it’s common knowledge that PC users who don’t get a timely release of their favorite games aren’t too kindly to companies. Look no further than Ubisoft, who pushed the release of PC versions of their biggest series for YEARS. PC gamers sometimes forgive, but they never forget.

As bad as a delayed release is, what the creators of Batman: Arkham Knight did was even worse: they released it despite it being borderline unplayable. This is one case where the fallout of delaying the PC version wouldn’t have compared to what Warner Bros and Rocksteady are experiencing now.

In a perfect world PC and console versions of games would receive equal thought, strategy, and development time, but that’s not always an option. Exclusivity deals, strapped resources, and biases often stand in the way of such blissful equality. So how do you get PC users on your side? Give them a little somethin’ somethin’ extra.

When Rockstar released the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V, they made sure that it was the best version they delivered. They gave PC players an experience that was tailored just for them, and this was extremely effective at quelling the rough waters of even the most impatient of gamers.

Obviously, if it’s possible to release both at once and still provide the best gaming experience possible, please do! No one likes hearing from their console owning friends how awesome that new game is that they won’t be able to play for MONTHS. But if it’s what has to be done, do it. And do it right. Don’t just give PC users an apology and pat on the back before collecting their money and sending them on their way. Add some sick graphics options. Give them a bonus gameplay mode. Let them customize all the things. And how about some mod support?

It might have been tough, but pulling the Arkham Knight’s PC version from Steam was the right choice. When it returns, it better include something PC users can get excited about. What would be even better though, would be if next time they’re getting ready for a hot new release, they thought about PC users with the goal of creating a great game tailed to them, instead of as an afterthought they put minimal effort, or care, into. If they make PC users a priority, gamers will get behind them, and that’s what we call a win, win.


from Doug MacFaddin | Video Games Page


Published by: Doug MacFaddin

Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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