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The Problem With Games Today November 30, 2008

Posted by annson in Random.
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As a follow-up to chan’s post about the noob-effect, here’s what I have to say about what’s going on in the video game industry these days:

The Wii has really revolutionized the gaming industry. Well, less revolution and more redirected the industry. The industry used to be about making games that were for the hardcore gamers. But now, thanks to Nintendo, the world realizes that the casual market is where approximately 65% of the market is. This means that if video game companies want to make money, their targets should be aimed there. This has completely left the hardcore gamers and even more of the semi-hardcore gamers left for dead. As shown from VG Cats, with most of the first party “hardcore” games already out in the market (Smash Bros, Zelda, Metroid, Mario Galaxy) what is there actually left? Animal Crossing =_=?

Watching Nintendo laugh their asses off with a cheaper console, Sony and Microsoft are trying their luck with the casual market as well now (Sony’s HOME, and Microsoft new Avatar system). That also means that the PS3 and the xBox360 need more games as well and when it comes to quantity over quality (like Nintendo “Official Seal” bullshit). [For those who don’t know, Nintendo is slapping on that sticker on pretty much any shit that comes out of the Third Party Company’s ass.] This creates a mass amount of games that are just there to try and move units like Call of Duty 5 and Need for Speed Undercover. These games are not only incomplete but they do NOTHING to improve on its predecessor. The only thing they add is a new crappy story to it. Games that are innovative like Portal and Left 4 Dead (Okay, it kind of is, I know the zombie co-op isn’t new) don’t actually need a story to get people interested in them. Then again these aren’t really that hardcore games either.

And let’s be honest, World of Warcraft has gone casual as well, bringing in celebrities to help promote the game and adding new buddy systems just to get more people to play. It’s good to hear that the gaming industry is growing in the perspective that more people are interested in it but it’s another thing when the quality of games are starting to slide.

For example take video games that are based off of movies, like Iron Man and Incredible Hulk that came out this year. These movies were really good to watch but when people buy the game or even play the demo. The games are not only incomplete and a complete gimmick and its just there to make a little money for some small company that made it. Like c’mon, who DOESN’T like the Iron Man movie? At least 9 out of 10 people you ask will probably would have liked it (I mean even my dad liked it and that’s rare). How was the game? It was like shit that animals would shit from eating shit. The game CLEARLY didn’t go through any QA at ALL. For starters the background overpowered ANY sound from the game, voice acting, explosions, you name it. Then there was the gameplay. Bah! It’s a waste of time for even TRYING to explain how bad it is.

On the upside of these movie games there are “attempts” to make some good ones like Wanted (I know what your thinking but let me explain) and Batman Arkham Asylum. For starters these games were NOT released when the movie hit theaters and second, they DON’T follow the movie’s storyline but instead either continue your and it’s sort of a side story but borrows the movie’s art direction and themes. For example, the new Wanted game that is coming out by Warner Brothers, this game continues from the Wanted movie where it left off, right at the very end. That’s right, the beginning of the game is the end of the movie and that gets people to jump right into the shows of the protagonist because lets face it, people DON’T buy a movie video game without actually seeing the movie first right? Okay, maybe some 10 year olds because they aren’t old enough to watch it but convince their stupid parents to get it for them.

So that’s pretty much all I have to say, I know it’s messy and unorganized. All this stuff just kinda just popped into my head and I just started typing shit. So anyways, that’s all I have to say about the current video game industry.

I guess all this kind of just came out because I’ve played a good game that I was actually really into since Metal Solid 4, and let’s face it, you don’t really play that game. So before that? I have no idea maybe the original Guild Wars? I liked the story in that a lot and probably before that Warcraft 3 Reign of Chaos and the Frozen Throne. So anyways, let’s hope that the games that are coming out in the near future are good.

-annson

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