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Please let me leave pc games straight to desktop

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Maybe I’m just a simple guy with old-fashioned needs, but when my time on a PC game is up and I want to stop playing, I should be able to go straight back to the desktop. Instantly, without fuss. So please developers Leave me.

It’s so easy to ask that it sounds absurd to write it like I’ll ever have to ask a refrigerator door to close with one movement, or a doorbell to ring when I press its button. But anyone who has played a PC game in the last ten years will probably know exactly what I’m talking about here.

Before we go any further with that, there are many games to complete here. They were created by people who have played PC games before and/or know that someone playing their game may have external needs or timing issues, people who at some point may want to retire or give up their computer . These developers make session termination as painless as possible. The player presses ESC, clicks a button that says something like “EXIT TO DESKTOP” and that’s it.

This is how every PC game should be made, but unfortunately many are not. Like everyone else here, I played elden ring this month and it’s a huge pain in the ass trying to finish this game. Look at this torture!

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screenshot: Namco Bandai | kotaku

Firstly, when you press ESC, there’s no exit or exit button here, you just have to assume it’s buried under System, so go there and…

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screenshot: Namco Bandai | kotaku

OK, so there it is at the very bottom of a menu bar made up of multiple button presses on the controller. It says Quit Game, so you press it and…

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screenshot: Namco Bandai | kotaku

I want to save, yes, but I don’t want to go to the title menu, I want to quit the whole game. But there is no option here, so I have to press YES…

… and you’re joking. Not one, but two non-skippable corporate splash screens.

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screenshot: Namco Bandai | kotaku

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screenshot: Namco Bandai | kotaku

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screenshot: Namco Bandai | kotaku

We’re back in the main menu of the game now, but need to press more buttons to actually do anything, and when I press the button I have to wait for some online loads to complete…

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screenshot: Namco Bandai | kotaku

Now I’m finally in the main menu and have to scroll down….

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screenshot: Namco Bandai | kotaku

THERE IT IS. THANKS.

That was a lot of button presses and about 20-30 seconds of my time. I did not want. I just wanted to exit the game and turn it off. I’m sure there will be some already saying, ‘Well, that’s a souls Play, Thou Shalt Suffer’, and yes, that would have been a very cool trick if so many other releases (especially Japanese games) weren’t treating their PC versions the same way yakuza to PES.

I know this sounds like an incredibly small thing to fret about in isolation, but it happens to me every week, every month, every year as I play PC games. and elden ringalthough perhaps not the worst lone offender, was the one who broke my spirits enough to put a few hundred words on the record.

I like to To attempt and in my writing keep the backseat game development talk to a minimum as I, someone who has never made a video game, should seldom assume how games are made and should never make it a habit , asking things from developers. But not here. Not that. There are clear examples of how to do this right on the platform, and have been for decades!

I took this frustration out on Twitter the other day, and several people told me, “That’s why I use alt + F4,” a Windows shortcut that kills the application immediately, but I don’t think that’s enough. This is not correct solution. I’m scared of quitting games against their will, mainly because I’m scared of what will happen to my saves/autosaves/cloud saves (especially with this game!).And besides, I shouldn’t have to use a desktop Workaround to get around an issue that should be so easy to fix from the game itself.

As I’ve spent a large portion of this post calling specifically elden ring– and then just because it’s the game of the hour – I’ll end this on a more positive and proactive note and provide the textbook example of how PC gaming should handle it. Look at Crusader Kings III Here:

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screenshot: Paradox Interactive | kotaku

You need to press ESC once, click “Exit Game”, then you will get this menu. Players can return to the main menu if needed, or straight to the desktop like they should be able to. There’s even a nice little autosave prompt at the top, which I don’t remember being implemented like this before and I like it enough that it should be a legal requirement if you want to release your game on Steam .

For more menu complaints (and praise!) please consult The Ten Commandments of Video Game Menus.

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Curtis Crabtree

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