Game-specific launchers: A Hassle We Can't Escape
Launchers are an upsetting addition to our gaming lives. We’re all tired of them. Whether it’s a needlessly game-specific launcher, an overbearing game client, or a mandatory account creation, there’s no denying that game launchers are a nuisance.
Game launchers are widely used by companies in the industry. Some, like Ubisoft and EA, are particularly despised because of their overzealous and invasive advertising campaigns. This is, of course, a way for companies to make more money. But what about when launchers are used for seemingly simple tasks?
Both the Cyberpunk and Geforce experience launchers require a login to perform basic tasks, like updating drivers. This is annoying because it adds an extra step to an otherwise simple process. I shouldn’t have to create an account just to update my drivers.
Baldur’s Gate 3 is an amazing game, I’m sure we can all agree. However, the game’s requirement to create an account upon launch is a point of contention for many players. I shouldn’t have to create an account just to play a single game.
Some people suggest using launch settings to skip the launcher, but that shouldn’t be the case. It should be an option from the very start. Similarly, Cyberpunk’s launcher advertises other games, links to GOG, and requires a log in to perform basic driver updates. In a way, this benefits CDPR financially, as it can link to its own online store. But does that justify the inconvenience it causes?
Baldur’s Gate 3’s Larian Launcher is also seen as unnecessary. While the game itself is amazing, the company’s decision to include a launcher is seen as a ploy to promote other Larian games. I understand the desire to get people to try out other Larian games, like Divinity: Original Sin 2, but the launcher doesn’t even do that. Instead, it just promotes already purchased games.
Game launchers are just a nuisance. Whether it’s a game-specific launcher, a game client, or a game account, it’s another hurdle in the user experience. It’s frustrating to be constantly bombarded with advertisements and prompts to buy DLCs. Game developers should reconsider the necessity of these launchers and focus on providing a seamless gaming experience.
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