FloridaFlyer86 picks three big topics in the gaming industry; 3D gaming, Music Games, and Portal 2, and discusses why they are "Grinding His Gears."
Not badly written or anything, but doesn't really say anything new. It's just that with the information overload of the past few weeks, more than enough people on N4G and other sites featured here have shared these same opinions. Still, wish you luck on your new column.
Surprised he's against music games instead of FPS games if he thinks the problem is that there are too many that do the same thing...
Music games is always the same gameplay. Always, little notes coming at you that you have to press on time. FPS's there a lot of diversity in the way that they play, and the stories, and the gameplay itself. Like, there's Portal, which is technically a FPS, but it's focus is solely on puzzles, or System Shock 2/Bioshock which are FPS that have RPG elements and are atmospheric and scary, or Metro 2033 which has.. bad stealth, but also amazing atmosphere and strong story, or Mirror's Edge that's a FPS that's also a platformer, the first of its kind, or Fallout 3 which is straight up RPG awesomeness, or Left 4 Dead which is actually true co-op... or Half-Life 2, or Team Fortress 2, or Call of Duty, or Halo, etc... I'll stop rambling. All of these games play significantly different than each other. So much variety, just set in a first person view, where you just happen to shoot some sort of gun. See my point, though?
"I will admit that 3D movies are an awesome concept, as long as they stay in the theaters and don’t make their way to my living room." Wtf? Can you try this again without sounding like a contradictory lunatic? People just have to whine.... Can't wait for this joker's follow-up article. "I like surround sound, but keep it out of my home. I prefer to only hear things out of one ear when I watch tv."
You might want to read what I typed again. I didn't say all FPS games were the same, but I said there are many more FPS games out there that do the exact same thing compared to music games. I won't go into how you attempt to simplify music gameplay or how you attempt to utilize non-FPS core games as an example of FPS evolving when they're actually RPGs or action-adventure games played from a first-person perspective.
Music gameplay - you can sing, drum or play guitar or bass. It's the same exact gameplay across all games, depending on whether they include vocals or drums or not. But, if they do, they're the same. You either sing the song like karaoke, or you press your guitar buttons in time with them coming down the screen, or you use your little drum sticks and hit the correct color drum pad. But, whether you're playing RB: Beatles, RB: Lego, GH 5, RB2, GH 3, GH Van Halen, GH Metallica... it's all the same. So there, very very specific, just for you, because I'm super nice. <3 & all the games I mentioned, you're in first person, and you have some sort of gun, which you shoot. Bam. FPS, by definition. & I didn't say that anything was evolving, I was saying that FPS is a huuuuge genre, with a boatload of diversity, so no one can really complain about them on the same level that they can complain about music games, that do everything the exact same, just different songs. There you go, I went into it justtt for you. You're welcomeee! :)
I can't argue with someone who thinks all types of singing are the same. We'll just agree to disagree.
The only thing that can really remain a constant is the timing/rhythm mechanic in music games. Dance dance revolution, guitar hero, rock band all have different game styles but are still considered music games. There are so many FPS games out there that are known for being a FPS. Even though there can be some differences between certain FPS games the massive onslaught of a FPS game releasing constantly surely outshines music games in terms of quantity that's out there to the consumer. And they all have more in common than what they don't have in common.
I like this, do more :P
Everyone is hating on 3D…
It's TOO OPTIONAL... It's like people moaning about multiplayer, singleplayer or even gaming.
How is it optional if the developer has to reserve the dev kit's resources in order to render the final game in 3D? It's optional if I want to play my games in 3D, but for Sony's first party devs, it's going to be mandatory that they design their games to render in 3D. I'd rather have the developer concentrating on making the game look visually stunning than just have it render in 3D.
The graphical quality will only drop if you have 3D turned on.
people always hate change, they hate different things, they hate anything that is new, always "I don't need that" or "that's never gonna catch on!"
Everything has to start somewhere. Then they will improve upon it, fix the issues, and then before we know it, everyone is gonna love 3D and hate on the next thing.
3D - Could not care. Something thats suppose to immerse you in a game but a game with a good atmosphere works just as well without the need for donning the glasses and shelling out a lot of money on a 3DTV Music gaming - Don't own any kind of guitar hero or rockband. I've played with a few friends, after a few shots its a laugh but nothing I would 'hardcore' on my own. Portal 2 - Oh well, they're on Valve time.
Interesting article to read but I kind of disagree with all the 3d hate. I mean, the reasons for disliking it are completely valid however I find the technology really cool and worth the silly glasses. I dont wear real glasses though so I can imagine it would be difficult to wear two pairs. Overall I think 3d gaming depends on your tastes. Are you willing to wear glasses for a couple hours straight? Is the 3d effect even that impressive to you? This will vary for different people. And obviously I have left out the cost issue which is indeed the worst part of 3d. I will not spend thousands of dollars for the effect but I will pay an extra couple of dollars at the theatre for it. So for now, with the technology just beginning, we will probably see the most dislike for it. But as it improves I think 3d gaming, movies, and tv will finally become a standard.
That's hardly 3 big topics... Maybe 3D as a lot of noise was made about it back in CES, MS and Wii could have something under their sleeve... Portal 2 is just a game and not the most hyped of them, many games will have a lot more attention than Portal. Music Games are supposed to have some of the spot light with ''real guitars'' getting into the equation, but still I don't think any of those topics will get one forth of the attention the motion controls from MS and Sony, as well as the new marketing strategy for those - both treat this as a new launch -, Ninty's answer to them and some games that will be revealed for these controllers... Really, there is almost only one big topic at this E3, for better or for worse, everything else will get second place at media attention.
Is everyone and their mother going to do an "I'm Cranky at Valve" rant? First of all, you really cannot rush genius. They will release the game when it's ready, and I appreciate that. With Valve, you never have to worry like you do with other developers if they're just shoving it out the door without all the polish they can put on it. How many games do we see released this generation that have just been on such a strict time schedule, that we gamers complain about the lack of polish, the mediocre-ness, the shortness, etc. It's never ever an issue with Valve, and I really love that about them, even if I wish I could play the games sooner, they would not be up to Valve's level of quality if they rush them out.
Deadlines look less intimidating if you've been using the same engine for 15 years. Yet still.. And Valve might have been geniuses back when they build their story with scripted events back with the first Half-Life, and when they released the first iteration of Counterstrike, but they have hardly been geniuses since.. Regarding game development that is, they have been geniuses in racking in crazy amounts of money with Steam. Great game, Steam. /"I'm Cranky at Valve" rant
Portal == Genius && L4D == Genius && TF2 == Genius. There's pure innovation and awesomeness in those games. and hell, I loved episode 2, and I'm dying in wait for episode 3. Valve hasn't lost their magic. Plus, using the same engine is irrelevant. They have to think everything up, utilize their hilarious humor, and focus their magic on all the projects. Obv, you're cranky towards them, but I love everything that Valve has done, even currently. L4D has been my addiction for forever now. I've recently been making the effort to play my PS3 more and less L4D, because I bought the system and haven't played it enough... Go Valve. <3
I have a feeling thats called an opinion not a fact as your trying to make it seem IMO i thought portal was basically a crap puzzle game i can find games just as interesting on the web for free, the team fortress games and half life arent any better for ME either i find them boring besides the art direction they where any other game i can play.Not trying to start an arguement but valve do nothing for me for my pc or ps3.
I remember back console fans step in to hd world they where like oh dont matter all about fun no point in high res lets just stick 480p now look them ah why cant this game be 1080p oh this game isnt even 720p. and 3d is next big thing the people that cant afford it are only ones complaining about it or possibly the blind people SOAD Why should the people that want 3d not be able move with time becuase you dont ? 3d is here stay it will evolve everything will become cheap you complain now becuase you cant simply afford bet 1-2 years you will loving it.
The title sounds more like "Why I Hate Fun"
Its being implemented into every movie made pretty much from now on and ppl that have gone to the cinema to watch these movies are going to want the same experiance at home, I have tried the 3d tvs out and watched some 3d broadcasts and i was impressed at some things but some others still need polishing imo before i pay 3k on a tv but for all the naysayers its here to stay the same as bluray its going to be main stream. Please dont try to compare it to the old days where 3d meant seeing the whole movie or game in a weird bluey red tinge because of the glasses its nothing like that now you still wear glasses but no weird colours is a win imo.
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