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How Sci-fi Games are Getting Old

"Recently Mojang’s developer tweeted about a surplus of space games in the indie and major games market—and while it was mostly sarcasm referring to his own space game, 0x10c, it still stands as a problem in the current games industry. Browsing through Kickstarter, nearly all of the upcoming games are based in space, and a significant portion of those games are RTS-based mining simulators. It’s disappointing that the major genre of this generation of gaming is being explored in the same manner in every game. "

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Godmars2901380d ago

Sounds more like general laziness and inability to explore/exploit the medium.

guitarded771379d ago

Exactly, sci/fi has endless possibilities for creative minds, but creating a fully realized universe is something very rare. Mass Effect has done a great job of it, and the first Dead Space was brilliant, but for every great game, there are 10 turds to take their place.

Godmars2901379d ago

Sorry and not to offend, but I call BS in regards to ME.

Designs were generalized across all races, humanoids were reduced to human stereotypes and non-humans were nothing but background scenery. What passed for Tali's reveal should be more than enough of an example.

guitarded771379d ago

Fair enough, but I'm looking at the overall diversity of planets, lifeforms and political structure. I still think it's one of the better examples of good sci/fi in gaming.

SilentNegotiator1379d ago (Edited 1379d ago )

Gotta agree with Godmars. As far as being a piece of science fiction, Mass Effect is about as refreshing to the genre as a glass of dirt.

The planets don't do anything mindbogglingly different, the lifeforms are mostly humanoids, and the political structure is not that unique.

neogeo1379d ago

You a genius! YES a new Timecop! Thats what the sci fi industry needs!

Somebody1380d ago

Browsing through Steam's Greenlight library, there's a lot of Free-to-play games in there.

Saturne31380d ago

I like Sci-Fi as long isnt too futuristic looking like mass effect and halo.

I find that theme so boring on videogames for the most part.

NiteX1379d ago

So you like the Taco Bell of Sci-fi. Nothing hardly sci-fi about BLOPs 2.

GTRrocker6661380d ago

How about a sci fi games without humans?

edgeofsins1379d ago

Pikmin is sort of a sci-fi game and has no humans.

beerkeg1379d ago

Um, what about the guy you control, he's human isn't he?

SilentNegotiator1379d ago (Edited 1379d ago )

Uhhh....humanoids count as far as I'm concerned.

Although, the humans thing aside....I think Pikmin DOES qualify as a unique sci-fi game.

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