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Doom 4 should avoid psychoanalysis and embrace mindless blockbuster action

Id Software's new Doom should wash away a current trend whereby games have become obsessed with psychology. Nobody cares why Lara Croft is shooting guns and raiding tombs – gamers just want to enjoy her doing it. Nobody cares about Nathan Drake's history, or his brother, or what's really going on behind his eyes – gamers want to indulge in a few hours of action and jokes.

Recently, games that contain characters who have psychological malaise at their root have been conflated with games that are "well-written". Games celebrated for their narrative, such as Telltale's The Walking Dead, The Last of Us, and Far Cry 3 all contain characters who cry, complain, and introspect.

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TheJacksonRGN943d ago

"Nobody cares why Lara Croft is shooting guns and raiding tombs – gamers just want to enjoy her doing it. Nobody cares about Nathan Drake's history, or his brother, or what's really going on behind his eyes – gamers want to indulge in a few hours of action and jokes."

Seeing as a there are people who do care, this statement is false. Not everyone may care, but enough people do, which is why devs keeping do things this way.

r3f1cul942d ago

sure... lets just remove all substance from all games ... why not... fuck that, make me think, peek my interest, give me a backstory worth caring about... not everything has to be a hollow shell of a game, we get tons of yearly releases for that all the time