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Submitted by Infernoply 2855d ago | article

Why have video games become so boring?

OpinionDebug writes:

Recently I have found myself becoming increasingly bored with video games. Often I will find myself firing up my console, and just not wanting to play any of my games. Now the reason is not that all the games released are low quality, in fact it's far from it. It is the simple fact that all the games released in the past year (except a few, more on those later) lack a certain quality. It is this unique aspect of a game that separates it from other games. Now this 'quality' is not graphics or sound or whatever, it is something quite different, but I can't pinpoint what it is. Hmm…this is quite hard to explain… (Bully: Scholarship Edition, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Culture, Grand Theft Auto IV, PS3, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2, Wii, Xbox 360)

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crunchie101  +   2855d ago
This guy makes a good point. My GOTY last year was definately Portal, and this year it could be something like LittleBigPlanet or Mirror's Edge.
Breakfast  +   2855d ago
Portal was a hell of a game. Ill take gameplay over graphics any day.

I see what hes trying to say. Theres nothing unique about some of the games that come out today. They just take a concept that has been done before, make it there own, and add some new features. Im ok with this but, im also (very) ok with something new and refreshing.
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sonarus  +   2855d ago
yea games have become boring. Most games lack a good story now it seems everyone is too focused on a multiplayer. gameplay is also getting far too repetitive. I guess that is why a lot of ppl like the wii. It mixes up the gameplay
Genesis5  +   2855d ago
This is why I like games with heavy emphasis on puzzle solving as opposed to just shooting or fighting. Good puzzles and a good story make for a more interesting game for me.
Mystery_Person  +   2855d ago
The only game I've ever played that had that special something was "ZELDA: OCARINA OF TIME" OHHH!!! Those were the days.
jadenkorri  +   2855d ago
games are getting really boring as they are mostly the same game, just a different character on a new story etc etc...Look at Halo, one of the most popular games for 360, the first Halo was great, it was inspiring, the best of the 3 in my opinion, however with 2 sequels afterwards which made amazing sales compared to other games but, essentially it was still the same game, just updated graphics, new story, new weapons, better online play... but 2 and 3 are not inspiring at all but just a sequel... The game industry has gone from fun great games to play back when the nes and snes where around to sequel after sequel to make money...
People hack there xbox, 360, psp for a do what?...none other than to emulate and play roms of there favorite nes, snes, sega, ps1 video games...if not people at least run emulators on there pc...and thats says something...we all love playing our old games cause they were fun, may not have had the best graphics but they were the best in our minds....companies are concentrating too much on graphics and not enough on gameplay...and thats where i think Nintendo's Wii has done it right, it can't compare in graphics to ps3, and 360, but most of there games i have to admit are addictly fun... like who still playing Wii sports? I know I do....
kewlkat007  +   2855d ago
Sonorus brings up a valid point
I think we see a lot of gamers these days crying over the lack on Multi-Player for many games, as if, if it doesn't have it then your missing the whole experience of some sort.

As well as, I see gamers crying over too much (Extra Content) that make games have longer replay Value.

Which ever, we need more single player greatness or at least games that are lengthy and actually challenge gamers in some way.

Some Devs play it safe with some genres, not straying too far from the formula, which is fine but it seems like gamers need and want more to satisfy them these days.(sometimes shallow things) I guess that's where the multi-player thing comes in.

A lot of "Sleeper/under the radar" games actually do stray from the formula(in a sense) and create an amazing experience. Games like ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, Bioshock, are games you'll never forget when you beat them.(I'm sure there are more)

Here and there, you get games like that but we'll go back to some of the same formulas and games under certain Genres, that only have graphics as the most enhanced part and maybe if the game can technically do 50 player online battles and such. But in reality it's the same sh^t, that's been done on PC's.

We need more SLEEPER/ the Old n Days, where you were mostly interested in the game, it's story instead of the technical/graphics jibber jabber.(with better tech come better graphics)

In some ways it's not that Video games have become boring but GAMERS have become SHALLOW/FANBOYS/SELECTIVE and the Devs cater to that. There all pushing Graphics and technicalities. If the game does not push those hardcore, your not selling more than 3 million, while sleepers don't get the sales. So where is the "incentive" to create that Experience?
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Tomdc  +   2855d ago
I'll have to disagree with what this guy is saying...

Sure there are plenty of samish games out there like RSV but you just gotta pick the diamonds from the sand. Most of the games I have astound me with their innovation and there are plenty of developers out there pushing the boundries with each game they produce (and i'm not just talking graphically!). fair enough these great games that stand out from the rest are quite few but there is certainly enough to please an average gamer and games that are on the horizon just astound and amaze as far as im concerned.
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mistertwoturbo  +   2855d ago
I would say the "special" upcoming games would be GTA IV, MGS4, maybe even Gears 2 (hopefully it's not just a engine update with the same old stuff), and Little Big Planet. Oh LBP, that one looks to be fun for anyone which we all know casuals are ruling the purchases.

The games that were "special" to me in '07 was Uncharted, COD4, Ratchet & Clank Future (sort of, although it was pretty much a lot of the same but I loved it anyway), Lair (yes... lair, although contrary to reviews, hate, and the actual game, it still tried to do something different), Bioshock, Portal, and Heavenly Sword (more for the excellent cut scenes and acting).
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Milky  +   2855d ago
@ Sonarus:
thats why I liked Uncharted so much because there was no online mode so they could focus on the story, which I absolutely loved.
While I am playing a game I think 'What am I doing ?' because of the lack of engrossing story.
gameraxis  +   2854d ago
i agree
the missing link this guy can't pinpoint is called "immersion"
derseb  +   2854d ago
exactly: LBP, HOME & Eye of Judgement are all pretty new and unique games. also the Wii is a pretty unique systems that even sells well. i feel like this generation has more stuff than before.

only the xbox has more old style games (shooters) than the other systems.
kosha  +   2855d ago
i thought there was lots of games which werent boring last year like cod 4 and uncharted . I think this year though there is so many exciting games coming out that if this guy is still bored ill be amazed
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Science_NERD  +   2854d ago
^^^ I agree
The writer of this article is an 1diot. Its not the games that are boring it all depends on MOOD!!! SOmetime cod4 is great other times i cant stand it, it depends on the mood of the person not the games
EZCheez  +   2855d ago
That's been the case almost since I started gaming. Hardly ever will you have a year where a lot of true gems show up and revolutionize not only the way you play, but what you play. It sucks, but it's probably never going to change.

I sit in the same boat as this guy. To hold me over until GT5P, MGO, and GTA4 I've actually started to make themes. I have a ton of great games to play, but I'm already bored with all of them. Sometimes it's depressing to open up the case and realize I don't feel like playing a single one of the games I own.
kosha  +   2855d ago
wow its that bad for you
when i look at the games ive got theres about 7 that i want to play but i normally end up playing cod 4. Its more of a social thing as all my mates play on it and i talk to them over my headset
Canidae  +   2855d ago
And here I was
Thinking I was the only one having this problem. I honestly started to think I was starting to dislike video games (although I knew that was impossible). I totally understand where you are coming from dude.
humble_gamer  +   2855d ago
im also having the same problems with the games i own. im at the point that im starting to sell the games i own on ebay cause i dont play them enough. i even set up a gamefly account just to always have something fresh to play. Once gta4 comes out im gonna have to buy that one cause its way too big to be a rental.
Mikelarry  +   2855d ago
have said it better ez. i have got 2 next gen consoles and still im bored.gone are those days where you had to solve puzzles and really get involved with the game. now it seems all you need is a big gun to complete games.
Science_NERD  +   2854d ago
How is opening up a game that you dont want to play depressing? Do you even know what depression is or what the feeling of depression entails? Dont you have a life aside from videogames or are you one of the pasty greasy nerds that lives in the mothers basement, go to the gym and lift weights instead of playing videogames....some f'n people... how pathetic
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VigorousApathy  +   2855d ago
It's called gameplay. It's been harder for devs to figure it out because video games are harder to make now. I'm sure they'll adjust.
Harry190  +   2855d ago
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LinuxGuru  +   2855d ago
Honestly, I've been steering myself away from bad games over the past years, making my experiences mostly enjoyable.

The past year and a half has seen me playing some fantastic stuff...

It's your fault if you fall into the trap of bad games and their hype machines.
Eoco  +   2855d ago
I wouldn't say the games I play are bad.
Clinton514  +   2855d ago
I'm still enjoying my game time
Nothing boring about games I choose.

What's boring is this younger generation of ignorant "I want I want" type of attitudes. Stay in school, learn how to make games and show us what YOU want. ;)
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Eoco  +   2855d ago
So if I'm bored with games, you suggest I make my own. To learn how to program a decent game takes many years, and then to make the game itself takes a very long time. In the short term, I would only be able to make a very very basic game, which would not be showing you what I want.
Clinton514  +   2855d ago
I'm not suggesting that to everyone at all
I think I clearly directed it at whiny individuals who don't seem to be satisfied with anything in the boundaries of what's realistic for a game to be.. ;)
Eoco  +   2855d ago
yes you did. Sorry my mistake.
Jim Crowslaw  +   2855d ago
i was waiting for
an article like this to one day come out. truthfully i thought it was just me but im not the gamehead i used to be. as im sure thatll change judging by ps3's fantastic line up i still dont game on like i used. Maybe im just gettin older....yea im sure thats it, i guess my favorite game now is P*ssy.
PROGnosis  +   2855d ago
I guess im not alone, maybe its just a phase, or im simply growing out of it, its either that or its the games
DARK WITNESS  +   2855d ago
one word;

KidMakeshift  +   2855d ago
There's just too many run-of-the-mill games coming out: Army of Two, Dark Sector, Viking, Turok, Dark Messiah, Kingdom Under Fire: CoD, Turning Point, Frontlines: FoW, etc.

Also, games are starting feel stretched out. A lot of games feel like 5-7hr games extended to 10-15 by recycling the same battles and environments over again (all of the above apply)
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The Wood  +   2855d ago
to hit sales targets

thank 'whoever' team ico has been given creative licence to make original and compelling games despite the modest sales of their previous games.
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jones smokey  +   2855d ago
is this guy serious!!!!!!!!!!!!
i guess u by boring games that y u think video games are now boring,....i dont know about u but i have loads of fun playin my games!!!!!! i guess there is not much to write about so u think of a random topic to see how many comments it gets, lol, go back to helping us do find new info about new games comming out. =D
Eoco  +   2855d ago
yes i am serious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good afternoon,

Unfortunately I did not have much success deciphering you message.

However, I will make sure that in the future I will focus on going 'back to helping us do find new info about new games comming out.'

For future reference: there's a spell check in the comment box.
kingOVsticks  +   2855d ago
hes kinda right
other than catching up on some ps1/ps2/psp games nothing has really wowed me yet.Uncharted was awesome but its get boring after the third play through cod4 is cool but playing online all the time can get boring too. im like everyone else is waiting for that game that will wow us and will keep that wow factor months to come. I hoping for GTA4 cuz honestly gta can get boring but maybe the online can make a good combo.I know MGS4 is going to give that wow its just a matter of time.
PROGnosis  +   2855d ago
gotta agree, all the games i have are well reviewed games, but i bought some of them just because reviewers said they were good, sure i still played them to the fullest of my extent, but i havent seen myself playing a single game for months since the early era of the ps2...but i know that we will be seeing even greater games on the horizon
Archaeox  +   2855d ago
Well, we have LittleBigPlanet to look forward to
EastCoastSB  +   2855d ago
Something new and exciting, probably with endless possibilities.
Pain  +   2855d ago
Why have video games become so boring? XBOX 2's Fault
Cant Doing Anything New or Exciting just same old crap we all played to death and is PORTED to
PS3 and and we all have to suffer.
RAF-TECH  +   2855d ago
you didnt have fun with dead rising?
swapping engines in Forza?
Forging in Halo3?
Saving Replays?
XBL chat features?

crazy.. i tell ya....

c'mon man.. lighten up.

XIII: you need to lighten up too. The 360 is an incredible system. too bad rrod brings out the puss-E in you.
Umm lets see... X-box live has made all my games exciting. i can tell you that much.. very user friendly.
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Xlll  +   2855d ago
chat features aren't a game, but yeah this is a load of sh!t. If you can't find a game that isn't boring you need help.
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JasonPC360PS3Wii  +   2855d ago
He doesn't know what the word "Exciting" is on the PS3, he is still waiting for it. XD
Xlll  +   2855d ago
Jason i feel for you man. You must be bored as hell with shipping your console back to M$ every time you try to play a game. Guess it's hard for 360 owners to enjoy games with a broke console.
JasonPC360PS3Wii  +   2855d ago
When my console gets back you will still be waiting. XD
Xlll  +   2855d ago
ain't no one waiting here. have fun with that box man must suck to pay for something that won't even do what it is supposed to do.
t-0_ot-  +   2855d ago
I'm curious.. You say "You must be bored as hell with shipping your console back to M$ every time you try to play a game." To Jason.. So I ask you, what's your excuse? Why you on this site so much instead of playing games? Are there no good ones? Are there ANY? What's the deal?

The PS3 fanboys say the "xbots" are on this site so much cause there 360 is in repair so what's the PS3 fanboys reason for being on this site so much?? Just curious.. I haven't received a good answer yet!
PopEmUp  +   2854d ago
lol don't you know
it's fun that way, you get to open up the xbox and play some games like half an hour once you get the rrod you then packed it in and then send it to M$, once they fixed it they ship back to you and you open and play btw keep repeating the process and you see Jason is have hell lots of fun there I wish I can do that with the PS3 and with SONY ROFLMFAO!!!
DarkArcani  +   2855d ago
Gandhi69  +   2855d ago
this guy is missing the point
He is way off. The games are of the same quality they have always been. The problem is that he obviously spends way to much time playing video games and should maybe try some other hobbies that don't include sitting in front of a LCD screen.
Eoco  +   2855d ago
How do you know I don't use a CRT monitor? Anyway that's not really the point. I am not aware of any other hobbies or interests other than video games, I haven't seen outside my room for the past 10 years.
BattleAxe  +   2855d ago
RSV, RSV2, CoD4, GRAW 2 and RFoM were all fantastic games, but for some reason I'm starting to get bored of these games.

SOCOM was the only game series that I didn't get bored of very fast. I used to play it online 3 or 4 times per week for about 3 years before I started getting bored.
EastCoastSB  +   2855d ago
I know alot of people who spent their entire High School careers playing Socom 1 and 2 every night.
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PSN-JeRzYzFyNeSt  +   2855d ago
EA buys company and makes game boring and sucky
who agrees with the top WOOTTT! EA BLOWS

but yea socom is beast that was the last good gameplay i played back in 2007..

If socom confrontation is as good as s2 then i wont be buying sony games for the nex 2-3 years unless Socom 4 comes out..
ArcAngel_07  +   2855d ago
As I can recall, EVERY GAME, gets "boring" after a while. I mean, even the greatest ones after you've played them upteenth times, you'd take a brake from them. And as I also recall, on every console before this generation, they were lots of games released and only a handful were truly great. It's true we only remember the really good ones, or the really bad ones. But they've always been lots of forgettable games over the years. So to say games as a whole have gotten boring, it's not totally accurate.
Ovidius  +   2855d ago
I blame EA and Nintendo mostly. Though all companies play a part in games turning to boring crap. I think the main reason games aren't as fun as they used to be is because there's not really that large of a step from last gen to this gen. Pretty much every game genre has been made. Every one, except the MMORTS/MMOFPS idea I had with a buddy awhile back. Lol, seriously... Set in medieval era, the RTS view is the king of the city(playing character) and the troops he controls are also playing characters. The king tells the commander on the ground where to go, and if he doesn't follow the kings orders the king can execute them! Have battles with other nations, use your npc citizens to build your empire.... I think it'd be cool. Oh, and I copyrighted that idea, I wrote a c inside a circle after writing it on a piece of paper!

Wow, I am bored. Guess I'll play COD4. It's all I have that's fun anymore! :(
When I try to play old-skool games on my LCD HDTV(720p) all of the games I play with A/V cables look like complete crap. Is this normal? Is there a way to fix it.
solidt12  +   2855d ago
These are the games I played last year that stand out in my mind as being great and has a lasting effect on me. Bioshock, God of War 2. hmm thats about. Mass Effect and Uncharted was good but they were far from original, but at least they pushed the genre a little further. For me last year Bioshock was the best. Im not saying that there weren't any other good game because there were some more good games but these are the ones that had me the most drawn in and excited.
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Ri0tSquad  +   2855d ago
The reviews make it worse
We depend on them so much and we forget to realize they are just opinions.

Example, one of my favorite Mortal Kombat games has one of the worse scores any MK game has gotten to date.

I probaly wouldn't of brought this if I seen that review but I didn't, I brought it, and I loved it.

Here is another example. Halo 3.

Great score and everything but I never enjoyed it as much as I did with Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero. I do like the Halo series but it didn't attach me like the other game did. Same thing could be said about BioShock. Great game but it just didn't seem like enough for me to go running back to. As a matter of fact, I never even beat the game. Same with Mass Effect, I just didn't see what all these people giving it 10/10s did.

It's the reviews I tell ya. We depend on them too much and because of them, it leads us to not even trying the game yourself.
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beans  +   2855d ago
Whenever games start to invoke emotion in us we will start to have very enjoyable times! We are all like the pioneers of gaming and there will be a virtual or immersing era that makes us feel like the games story is real and we are really in there! When I saw all of the Halo commercials they made me feel sad and happy but then again when I played the game all of that emotion was lost and killed what I was truly expecting! Here's to hoping GEow2, KZ2, alan wake, or RFO2 will bring me this emotion I've been trying to capture for so long!
Ovidius  +   2855d ago
"Whenever games start to invoke emotion in us we will start to have very enjoyable times!"

Reminds me of FFVII... :(
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TheMART  +   2855d ago
Just wait...

Brütal Legend will be here around Fall that's no boring game!
RAF-TECH  +   2855d ago
i think GTA is enough.
plus the episodic contents
Avto  +   2855d ago
I think games are becoming boring cuz most of the time they are a reault of some corporate research, but it used to be art now it's business
RAF-TECH  +   2855d ago
WcW vs NWO: world tour

I can play that game on a 24 hour marathon.
Nothing beats whipping your opponents to the ropes and then closelining them. and then doing it over again.
AngryTypingGuy  +   2855d ago
Yeah that was a great game. All of the N64 wrestling games ruled. No Mercy was awesome as well.
RAF-TECH  +   2855d ago
I have so many great games on my 360.
I just end up saying.."damn...what good game should i play now?"

and now that i'm getting a PS3..dammmm... LBP!?!?

Fakk this article.
Xlll  +   2855d ago
Not for long.
The second MGS GTA FFXIII ROFM2 KZ2 and some others that are about to be out this year no one will be bored.
RAF-TECH  +   2855d ago
you better be right.
cuz Killzone 1 was so bad that I fell asleep during 2nd mission dreaming of Halo.
mistertwoturbo  +   2855d ago
Yeah RAF, Killzone 2 is exactly like Killzone 1. Same gameplay, same graphics, same number of polygons, same sound effects, same everything. Based on your assumptions.
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