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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gogospeedracer2375d ago

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

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Anon19742374d 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. :)

ChickeyCantor2374d ago

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

gogospeedracer2374d ago

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

ChickeyCantor2374d 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.


PygmelionHunter2374d 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 CELL2375d ago

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

gillri2375d 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

iamnsuperman2375d 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

synchroscheme2374d 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.

Venox20082374d ago

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

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