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Submitted by RogueSmurf 460d ago | opinion piece

I Just Realised Why I'm Bored of Modern RPGs - PCGMedia

Admitting a point of contention, Michael Cromwell has been awoken by Gordon Walton's recent interview, in which he claimed that exposition has shoved imagination out of the window. Cromwell argues that, since exposition has replaced imagination, he - and possibly others - are less engaged with RPGs, their characters, and their stories, which is ultimately a detriment to the experience. Does it take crude graphics, and lengthy, descriptive text to suck us back in? Filed under 'unpopular opinions', this article seeks only to describe the authors own melancholy, than to claim product Y is better than product Z. (Avernum: Escape From the Pit, Culture, Dev, Industry)

dedicatedtogamers  +   460d ago
A very well-written article. Sparking the imagination does seem like a lost art. Directed narratives can be powerful the first time through, but it doesn't stick with you the same way "the classics" did.
joab777  +   460d ago
Great article. Its why books are always better than movies and why writing something yourself is better than reading. Now, I do believe that there can easily be a fusion between modern technology and imagination. The problem isn't that it can't be done but that most times, its being done on purpose. There are great emotional movies but they are hard to do. You can have pre scripted emotional games also but they are very hard to do. The Walking Dead games did a great job. Anyway, the issue is that we r being spoonfed on purpose. While the average gamer may be 30 yrs old, companies pander to younger gamers. Long tutorials combined with easy almost on rails gameplay is the theme of this gen. And its become quite annoying. I was one of the few that thought mass effect, the original was thebest one. Could they have Iimproved it? Yes. But not by eliminating its rpg nature. Dark Souls is a great example of a well done emotionally engaging game that forces you to rely on your imagination and the gaming community to get through it. Bioshock Infinite was actually quite well done but its because of the imagination and thought provoking nature of its ending that hooked you. But most developers and publishers cannot understand why sales are slipping. Its because every game today is streamlined. Its absurd. I can't play any of them anymore and get any enjoyment out of them. I dunno what the future holds but I am pretty sure that with the exception of games like dark souls and other niche titles, we will simply see more streamlining. Its really sad actually.
whamlollypop7  +   460d ago
Nostalgia is a powerful drug.
RyuCloudStrife  +   460d ago
Bookmarked the page, will read later when I have time.
mydyingparadiselost  +   460d ago
What an awesome article. The part where he talks about Squall and the lack of voice work makes me think of why the original Dead Space was so great. Man I wish Isaac Clark would STFU again.
Swiftcricket  +   460d ago
I don't normally read opinion pieces but this one is great. I pretty much feel the exact same way but not only with RPGs but horror games as well. I've always found older horror games scarier than modern ones but never knew exactly how to explain to people why but I believe what is discussed in this article is the reason why I feel that way.
delboy  +   460d ago
I've had enough hours of fun with Skyrim, it has its flaws, but still one of best rpg's.
And for the imagination part, there are more than enough books in Skyrim you could read, but you didn't.
I agree about ME.

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