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Why The Platformer Still Matters

The action/platformer was once the preeminent genre in video games. The NES, Genesis, and PlayStation made mascots like Mario, Sonic, and Crash Bandicoot their public faces. Today, in a market dominated by shooters like Halo and Call of Duty, it seems that gamers and publishers have little time for the genre. I think that’s a shame, because the platformer remains perhaps the most pure expression of video gaming, where imagination and gameplay trumps storytelling and cutscenes. Given its strengths as a genre, I think platformer still deserves a place in the modern gaming market. While it may go against recent trends, I also believe the genre might still have a bright future ahead of it.

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gogospeedracer2193d ago

Not for me it doesn't. I can't get into them anymore. I must be getting old.

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Anon19742193d ago

I thought that might be the case too. I picked up Ratchet and Clank and couldn't get into it. Then I tried SuperMario Galaxy and it bored the piss outta me. I thought the same thing, maybe I've just outgrown platformers - but then LittleBigPlanet came out and I loved it. Then Super Mario Bros and LBP 2. I'm actually a bit relieved that I still like platformers. :)

ChickeyCantor2193d ago

getting old as in grumpy?
age got nothing to do with it =P

gogospeedracer2193d ago

Actually as you get older, your likes and dislike change. Just a fact of life mate!

ChickeyCantor2192d ago

As that may be, it's just your preference changing.

If age was relative then everyone to some degree would get tired of it.

/nitpicking.

PygmelionHunter2192d ago

What? A negative comment that can actually be taken seriously for it's lack of trolling on my N4G?

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THC CELL2193d ago

Lbp is the best platform ever and people found ways to make it 3d

gillri2193d ago

For me I grew up with platforms but in my late 20's I feel like ive had my time with platformers

I didnt even get SMG 1 or 2, or LBP 1 or 2, with limnited time I feel that I stick witht he story based game these days

I loved mario as a kid and into ym teens but I will leave platformers for the new generation

iamnsuperman2193d ago

LBP put energy back into the genre with user generated content. I am more of a story game person too but LBP will always have a place in my heart as one of the best game I have played with its UG content. The diversity of the levels are amazing. You should give it a look when you have time. I did and I haven't looked back

synchroscheme2193d ago

Games like VVVVVV are still fun. Devs just gotta get more creative, but that's a lot to ask from a genre that's been around for such a long time.

Venox20082192d ago

I love platformers! Especially Mario galaxies and DK country returns!

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