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Editorial: Letting Go of Fallout

Christopher Buecheler writes:

Gamers, especially those of us who've been pursuing the hobby for more than 20 years, are often a nostalgic bunch. Even the younger members of our ranks -- people who can't recall a time before 3-D graphics, let alone a time when text adventures were popular -- will often fondly reminisce about their early gaming exploits and the titles they loved. There's nothing inherently wrong with this, and I'm not here to tell you to stop. If I was, I'd be proving myself a giant hypocrite, as my "Top 10 Favorite Games Ever" list contains fewer titles released in the 21st century than in the 20th.

There are times, however, when nostalgia can go too far; it can begin to tint our perception of modern gaming and invariably reduce the amount of fun we get out of our hobby. We play games to have fun, right? Surely I'm not the only one ... so why is it that many of us consciously, willfully drain the fun out of our present experiences by comparing them so strictly to those of our past?

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JoelR3325d ago

And yet.... even though they are great developers to alienation your target market by changing what people expect in a game is still not a good reason.
I would love to see it playable as both 3rd and 1st person (either or depending on personal taste) and with RT or Turn based combat.

mindedone3325d ago

On one hand we criticize a series for not evolving, but on the other hand we lambast them for trying to inject some life in them.

Adversary3219d ago

This editorial broke my heart to read. Not because I think you've "betrayed the cause" or because I was surprised, but because I know you're right, and that this tiny bit of my childhood is lost to me forever. "... and when I became a man, I put aside childish things" is how that old saying goes I think. The saga of Fallout (or Black Isle if you prefer) will for the forseeable future remain as the greatest tragedy in gaming history. Some would disagree with me of course, only further adding to its tragedy in the process.

So what can we do but let it go? It's dead and gone and never coming back. So rather than looking upon the 3rd iteration as some abomination masquerading in the corpse of our old friend, we should look on it and say, "you look like someone I used to know."

It's not the same game. It's not even supposed to be the same game if you really think about it. They just happen to be related.