Well first off, I wanna declare my love for retro gaming. I'm not even talking stuff as far back as the Atari 2600, Collecovision or the Commedore 64, but more so old school PC gaming. I have always been a massive fan of the Lucasarts games (Day of The Tentacle, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Full Throttle, etc) and it's an era of gaming that's sadly been left by the wayside in the current era of graphics over gameplay. NO longer do we get absorbed in an adventure, we look down ironsights while shooting other people in the head.
There are of course exceptions to the rule...
It saddens me in a way because the new generation of players are all FPS players now. Hardly anyone I talk to plays strategy games or anything other than Call of Doody (typo intentional)
Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy playing an FPS every now and then, but everytime I log on to PSN or XBOX Live and I see everyone on my friends list playing MW3, I die a little on the inside.
Is it just me, or are there no more original IP's any more? Where has the innovation gone? Are publishers so scared to take a risk that the refuse to try something different, instead of just trying to chase the money for sequels?
I laugh whenever I hear a PR pitch whenever they say it's nothing like you've ever seen before... when most of the time it's ideas and concepts taken from successful games and thrown together.
This statement could also apply to movies and even music, but I'll leave that for a different rant.
It's why things like Kickstarter can be exciting, even if it seems that every man and his dog has a kickstarter going now days. What happened to people making a game, and making the money based on the actual game? Instead of asking us the cough up money on a game we don't really know nothing about at least? Sure a pitch can sound amazing at the time, but what garauntee do we have that our money is well spent?
Now I understand that sometimes it's the only way any new IP's can get made. But it still makes me wish that companies like Activision didn't just churn out sequels until they've killed a franchise (Music gaming and Call of Duty are prime examples), and in turn all the other major publishers, EA especially, are now doing the same. It really is all about profit. I suppose I don't blame them, MW3 is a terrible game and it make how many billions of dollars?
I think that gaming is at risk. But there is always hope. I'm just afraid that my kids will be forced to play a game titled something along the lines of Modern Warfare 20, FIFA 2020, Assassins Creed 30, Fallout 27 etc.
Am I the only one who feels this way? Please feel free to share your opinions or correct me if you feel I am wrong.
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