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Submitted by Volcre 644d ago | opinion piece

How ‘Dumb’ Is ‘Dumbing It Down’?

An eGamer journalist about the'dumbing down' of games in recent years. (Culture, Industry)

Tody_ZA  +   644d ago
So true. Games have become so much simpler
iamnsuperman  +   644d ago
I don't think they have become simpler just easier to play
cpayne93  +   644d ago
Visually and storywise everything is more complex but gameplay wise the controller is being taken out of your hands. Assasin's Creed and the new Splinter Cell are great examples of this.
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Jdoki  +   644d ago
I think there's lots of reasons, but the two main ones are...

In the old days games were challeneges. They had to engage the player in some way - and as graphics were so poor the game play or challenege had to be there.

Now, with game budgets at multi million dollars, the emphasis has changed from being a challenge to being an 'experience'. I doubt many devs would survive long if they spent millions making a AAA game that was so challenging people gave up before the end.

Plus, when anything breaks in to the mainstream it ends up getting dumbed down... Look at music, movies and now video games.

Unfortunately the masses are dumb, but that's where the profits are.

As long as there are enough games that satiate my need for challenge and story I'll still be a happy gamer. Let the masses have their crap - that crap makes profits and those profits are sometimes directed in to more risky projects.
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Mutant-Spud  +   644d ago
Nah, I'm 45 years old, we used to sit and rave about how good the graphics in Altered Beast, Ecco The Dolphin and Sonic looked, not all those old school games were difficult either, some of them you could rent and burn through in a weekend, other were more in depth but in general there was just as much of a range on offer.
Volcre  +   644d ago
Not all games try to be experiences these days. Some of them seem to simply exist to fulfill some craving for 6 hours of mindless shooting...
HanCilliers  +   644d ago
I agree, this has been something that has annoyed me to no end. Give us a proper challenge
jessupj  +   644d ago
I just hope it doesn't get to a point where there are no good games left to play for the real gamers.
Volcre  +   644d ago
That does seem to be the trend. A lot of more complex games have had adapted themselves to become more simpler. That's not to say that simpler games are less fun. Portal is simple but awesome for instance...
isarai  +   644d ago
I don't think that'll ever happen, though it can possibly be extinct on consoles, possibly as it's a very controlled platform. PC however is just an open platform for however wants to make games, so you may have to end up going primarily PC. That being said, i think they'll always be a few devs who want to challenge gamers, and are dedicated enough to fight their way through the publishers casualizing ways
sonicsidewinder  +   643d ago
When the game is baby-mode, regardless of what the age sticker is on the front of the case.
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