Emerging from the Jenova Chen (thatgamecompany) interview on the US PlayStation Blog is his opinion of hardcore games. They’re fun, he says… but really, what’s the point?
I cannot recall ever being moved by a non-hardcore game. Every title I have looked at as an astounding achievement of storytelling, a gripping thrill ride, a tale that forced introspection, a gritty narrative that had me on the edge of my seat. Anything of the like was a hardcore game. Casual games can be fun but they're cotton candy for the mind.
Casual games get boring too quickly.
I agree with what he said, but only because I don't really like gaming much. I don't think hardcore games do anyone much good -- What is the point of shooting 100 people in a deathmatch opposed to 10? It's worthless stat tracking until the next big fps comes out. I'm all for motion gaming and casual experiences for that reason alone. But at the same time I realize that video games are the new books. And they are. You cannot deny, no matter how much you are against gaming their relevance in todays culture. I'd like it to be different, but odds are it's not going to change any time soon.
Wait, what? Do you mean that gaming isn't your life? Because that's cool. Or do you mean that you really don't like gaming much? Because I'm just wondering how you ended up on a gaming enthusiast website. And I'm a book reader (George RR Martin is my favorite author). Can't people do both? Game and read? And Morganfell has it right. There are many different types of gaming experiences out there than just shooter types. Some games have a gripping narrative to go along with - or even eclipsing - the gameplay. Maybe give those a try so you can experience the best of both worlds?
What's the point of a crossword if you can just write any words you want in it?
He seems confused. He said hardcore games weren't relevant, then said chess was. Chess is a hardcore game. Fitness games, and brain training games also aren't really, casual, or hardcore games. They're just practical games. Most casual games are useless toward every day life skills in the same manner that hardcore games are. The guy doesn't seem to have a very good understanding of what constitutes a hardcore, or casual game.
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