Submitted by Sako 840d ago | opinion piece

Some thoughts on games these days

Eskimo Press: The evolution of video games has been one hell of a ride so far, and the future seems to hold a lot of exciting things, but at the same time there have been a lot of less desirable changes from a gamer and consumer perspective.
One of our writers rants a bit about the state of games these days. (GameCube, PS2, PS3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360)

FiLTHY ESKiMO  +   840d ago
Spot on!
Oschino1907  +   840d ago
This author should invent a time machine so he can see how good we have it now and how his rosie colored glasses can't even deny that games are by far much much better now then ever before.

I understand some of his issues (mainly DLC which is purely OPTIONAL) but honestly I try to avoid the type of games he mentions and I still have more then enough games to keep me busy and entertained. This article was more just nit picking current gen and glorifying the old school systems and games.

All I know is as much as I have loved video games as a kid and played them throughout my life, games for the most are getting better and better. I can't think of another gen where I would have wanted as many games as I do now. I prob have/had almost as many games this gen as I have the previous 4 gens combined.

Things aren't perfect but back when I was a kid their were only so many hit games and the rest were very niche and catered to a specific audience. These days my interest is broader as they make more varied games in general but also they make them appealing to more then just a niche audience which in my case has gotten me into genres I would have passed on before.

With difficulty, yes they could make a harder mode overall or an option to remove the tutorial but come on now, let's not act like elitist. Watching my nephew or friends who don't play games much or who haven't played much for years and its obvious why they have tutorials and hand holding.
Not everyone has played games for 20+ years or every game in a series or every game system. No need to alienate new players and make them feel confused and frustrated leading to dropping the game altogether. Already enough idiots who skip through everything and jump into a game where they have no clue what's going on and ruin online multiplayer for everyone as they learn on the run. Why would devs want to make it inconvienent for a new player to get into their game?

All I can say is it seems the Author must have been bored and decided to nit pick current gen (who couldn't) but to directly compare it to generations past and act as if gaming is devolving is outrageous. Not to mention I thought most of the examples given (of games old and new) are really unconvincing of his points and spoken about with little context or viewpoint beyond what backs up his own opinion (to complain about new and glorify old) along with lacking an objective view outside of his own and then asking us to provide one for him in the comments.

After reading and breaking down what I believe was being said I have to conclude this article was made quickly with very little thought or research put in. More like a blog that's an off the top of head opinion trying to ignite questions/debates disquised as an article.

Or maybe I really am just as bored as the author, but atleast if that is so I am not writing blog opinion pieces hastily and submitting them on N4G as "news articles"
pedroyamato  +   840d ago
Playing games for 23 yrs my considerations are:

1- Games were harder before

Kids nowadays are just used to beat a game in 5 hours (COD?) or keep walking forever to find an enemy (skyrim?) and believe that is hard/hardcore. You beat battletoads, then you tell me about it.

2- Play games with friends were fun before.

Whoever played 4 players multi at n64, dreamcast, or even 2 players games console as snes, genesis, must remember how fun was gather and play the favorite games all day long. Online is fun, but the kids are just so used to it that they cant play split screen anymore since the graphics are not "hardcore" enough anymore. too bad

3- Buy games were mystical before

Open a snes game was like a dream, first the shit was heavy, in a kids hand, it was like holding a birthday cake. Then, inside it, the game and a booklet that explain ALL the points of the game, even that start "pause" it... Now you buy a game, we should be happy to find a 2 page booklet inside explaing you that "they are not responsible for blablablabalbal".

4- It was not about graphics

Until ps2, graphics should be a plus, not a must. The graphics are good! COOL! but the controls, gameplay, story are shit ppl would not buy it. Sonic 3D had the best graphics for a sonic game for genesis and was the less sucessful one. Nowadays you see a wonderful game as xenoblade get a downscore cause it "is the best wii can do". Pathetic

5- It was simple to play games

Insert the cartdrige, turn on, PLAY! It was fast and simple. Today you need to turn on, wait all the firewall, cryptographed code, blablabla start, to then, first see a home that will let you play your game.

Of course, there is a lot of improvements, games are getting more content, complexity, the machines more capable, but, in somehow I miss the days where games were all about, fun, skills and enjoy a good time with friends.

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