So, this is a thing. Over the weekend, users on Reddit and NeoGAF reported, despite Steam’s refund policy usually limiting played time to two hours, the company was going ahead with No Man’s Sky refunds no matter how many hours you’d
wasted invested in it. Some people were even getting refunds on PSN, GOG, and Amazon. I almost feel bad for Hello Games, but I keep reminding myself th-
WEAPON CHARGE DEPLETED.
NO FREE SLOTS IN SUIT INVENTORY.
LIFE SUPPORT POWER LOW.
POST-HYPE SATISFACTION LEVEL CRITICAL.
So, actually, no, I don’t feel that bad.
Sometime on Sunday, Steam updated the No Man’s Sky page with a notice that “There are no special exemptions available” anymore, but some players are still managing to get their money back.
But not everybody is happy about it. Former Sony strategic content director and now indie game developer Shahid Ahmad, for example, is not exactly impressed.
If you’re getting a refund after playing a game for 50 hours you’re a thief.
— Shahid Kamal Ahmad (@shahidkamal) August 28, 2016
Although I didn’t love No Man’s Sky myself, I think he’s kind of got a point. It’s one thing to play a game for an hour or so and decide that, nah, it’s not for me. It’s another thing entirely to play 50 hours and then demand a refund. Maybe your package holiday to North Korea wasn’t everything you’d expected, but you paid for it, you went there, and now you wake up screaming every night, haunted by nightmarish visions of Kim Il-Sung’s dead eyes and even deader smile, but them’s the breaks.