The Last of Us trailer is revealing of tired game tropes

The emphasis on violence and dehumanization in The Last of Us trailer reveals the narrative crutches of video games.

The story is too old to be commented.
DaveMan2076d ago

Except Naughty Dog has said, "This isn't your average violent zombie game!!! But rather a game that's about survival, and the love of the man, and the young girl to make it through these post apoclayptic times."

But of course everyone loves to rag on Naughty God.

illegalyouth2076d ago

"Naughty God."

Freudian slip?

DaveMan2076d ago

No, intentional slip :P


Its safe to assume that your comment got this many dislikes because at least 2/3 of N4G is too dumb to know what a Freudian slip is.
for what its worth, i lol'd

inveni02075d ago (Edited 2075d ago )

No, I think they disagreed because "Naughty God" is more defining of the team at Naughty Dog than their actual name is.

On topic, movies also "suffer" from this. But if you're watching movies for some artistic experience, you're missing out on some pretty sweet entertainment.

To blend the two together, Naughty Dog is great at giving some already hashed out ideas a new fire when it comes to video games. Hence the name "Naughty God".

Also, "Dog" = "God" backward....

morganfell2075d ago (Edited 2075d ago )

The only thing tiring are nickle and dime malcontents and their cheap, weak, and ultimately failed stabs at game journalism.

For every game genre that some adolescent with internet access laments is overdone, there are a hundred websites and penny ante blogs run by whiners, imbeciles, and extraordinary jackasses who wouldn't know real game journalism if it popped out of the toilet and bit them in their backside.

These loathsome instigators endlessly lament over titles which they fail to understand, about which they possess minimal information, or find not to their liking. They never once sit down and attempt to understand the title and its intended audience nor do they write a preview or review from the point of those millions of buyers who do prefer such games.

Instead every piece that should be objective and written for the reader is little more than the angry opinion of a self appointed and demented child king that failed to get the flavor of pudding he wanted for supper and now stumbles around the house slinging food and dribbling from the chin.

I want to see the crystal ball such morons use to predict the future of a game concerning which they have little to no knowledge. Then I want to take that same crystal ball and award them a much deserved bash on the head with it as punishment for their public display of stupidity.

The articles from such personages are little more than cannon fodder. If not angst ridden teenage diatribe it is the ever moronic "Top 5 this...." or hit inducing flamebait that, never meant to inform but rather serve as an outlet for some failed, disgruntled juvenile that lacks their own game development skills.

Yes Virginia there is indeed something tired in all of this. It is the fact true insight, wit, and service to the game community is far more scarce than a good game. We have had plenty of those this year from Gears 3 to Uncharted 3 and beyond. Yes, sequels that have more life and enjoyment in them than any game based article in recent memory.

Before these pretenders to the game journalism throne sit down in haste with their panties in a wad over some other perceived injury at the hands of a developer, they need to go take a long look in the mirror and bear witness to something gamers find truly tiring.

Skizelli2075d ago (Edited 2075d ago )

@morganfell: I see where you're coming from, but I trust Bitmob's journalism completely (where official staff is concerned). If you didn't know, it was co-founded by Dan Hsu, who has been known for speaking his mind about the journalists you speak of. This is obviously an opinion piece; nothing to take to heart and discredit them for. While I partly agree with it, I've also learned not to judge a movie or video game by its trailer.

Diver2075d ago

dude dan hsu is one of the worst ever.

the ps3 outsold the 360 worldwide from the day it launched. you can look at the official numbers. but dan hsu was editor of egm and just 3 months into the ps3 launch he chose a cover for egm that would be published 2 months later. that cover showed a ps3 with a tomato slammed against and asked what went wrong with the launch. he said in his editorial that he laughed when he showed it to some sony executives.

remember thas just a few months into the ps3 launch an it had not yet launched in the eu, just the us and japan. and it still outsold the 360 launch but he never asked what went wrong with that.

in all his time there he never put a picture of a 360 on the cover with a rrod. a billion dollars was dropped on that. he never asked what went wrong there. no, dan hsu is the last guy you should have brought up. no integrity at all.

IcarusOne2075d ago

disagree with Morganfell and others.

It's not flamebait to ask that the people writing our games strive to a higher level. I don't expect groundbreaking from ND. I expect the best of very well established formulas. They don't reinvent the wheel as much as they polish it and make it gleam.

But I agree with the author that, from the trailer at least, the tone of The Last Of Us may have missed some great opportunities to elevate game writing. Only time will tell.

Lifeequals422072d ago (Edited 2072d ago )

@morganfell This is about as far away from the standard "preview" piece as you can get. As far as its front page material (and especially among Staff), Bitmob shies away from the standard reviews/previews cycle and for good reason--everyone else does it and it's boring. I'd say that "games journalism" needs more of this--real, genuine, criticism--over fawning adoration from individuals who consider themselves "press."

+ Show (6) more repliesLast reply 2072d ago
h311rais3r2076d ago

People rag on naughty dog because their fan base hails them as gods. And it gets irritating. They're games are great but there are far better

jdfoster2076d ago

They don't believe me... You should check out the ND forums once in a while. Pros and cons. Ups and downs. Praise and criticism.

Faztkiller2076d ago

IMO their games are the best Uncharted 2 is the best game ever made imo

Biggest2076d ago

"People rag on naughty dog because their fan base..."

Oh! That makes perfect sense! You attack a thing because of some other thing. I think I'll go punch a baby in the face because their mom keeps telling me how awesome it is!

MysticStrummer2076d ago (Edited 2076d ago )

They're hailed as gods because they're one of the best development teams in the world. They have a long track record of new IPs and great games. Go ahead and name games you think are "far better". Guess what? Your list will be your opinion, not the truth.

OT- The people at Bitmob could spend the rest of their lives writing articles about games that feature "tired game tropes", but somehow I don't think they will.

Pyscho_Mantis2076d ago

so why does that make you so angry....they have fans that think they are the best and it is their fans opinion. They do not care about your opinion and likewise their opinion should not bother you....when you get angry over ones opinion (unless it is ridiculously stupid ) you are slowly becoming the spite of the gaming industry the disease.

undercovrr2075d ago

I agree some games are better, but 'far better' You sir don't appreciate great games if you believe your statement.

chainer30002075d ago

@ Biggest

Bubbles for intelligence / well said. Nice way to put that.

Anyone who doesn't give credit to ND for making some of the best games this generation baffles me. Personally UC goes up there with Mass Effect and Skyrim (though they have longer, more fleshed out campeigns) for me, these are games that I cannot wait for.

ziggurcat2075d ago

@ pc_masterrace: lol epic... if there's anyone more guilty of tired tropes it's those idiots.

BIGBOSS082075d ago Show
Ser2075d ago

"Far better?"

Uh...I don't know about "far better."

Naughty Dog are pretty top tier when it comes to crafting entertaining video game experiences. You're just mad, bro.

Rageanitus2075d ago

They are NOT gods but they are the only developer this generation that has pushed CHANGE.

Have you seen any platformer out their that has incorporated cinematic feel, puzzles, good graphics, and descent acting... NO...

Sorry but games like Mario/Sonic/Tombraider are old school now.

What I don't understand is the praise from Bungie.. Sorry I played All the HALOS and they are pretty much generic shooters. But thexbox fanbase loves to think they are gods. Hell they even gave them technical achievement for Halo Reach just because it was Halo and xbox exclusive.... when there already exists way tooo many games much better technically.

GTRrocker2075d ago

Crash Bandicoot for the Playstation 1 is the greatest game ever created. It is even better than Skyrim or that Arkham City bullshit. Bethesda and Rockstar will all shit their pants when the Crash Bandicoot HD Remix is made. All hail Naughty Dog. Naughty Dog be praised.

Razmossis2075d ago (Edited 2075d ago )

There are plenty better games out there than Uncharted.

Like Bioshock, which actually has a story, unlike Uncharted which only has a theme.

Or Batman, which actually has good varied gameplay, leveling up and unlocking things that change how you play the game... unlike Uncharted, which just gives you a section where you climb, a section where you shoot, and a section where you solve the most simple (time consuming and boring) puzzle ever.

Or Metal Gear, whose characters actually have backstories and reasons for being the way they are and doing the things they do... unlike Uncharted with its cheesy one dimensional characters, whose lives we know very little about, they just always end up hunting treasure at the same time as 'the bad guy', you kill a thousand faceless mercenaries and destroy ancient cities to do so, and still end as the good guy.

It's full of bad dialogue, with an unoriginal and predictable plot, and its musical score is lackluster with no definitive melody.

What it does have is great graphics and technically awesome set pieces.

What The Last Of Us needs is the same technical mastery as Uncharted, but with the great story telling aspect of Bioshock (they have plenty of talking points now, since they made a post apocalyptic world with mutants running around).
They need to tell us more about the characters (why have 'they' survived, how did they meet, what did he used to do before all this etc).
They need to add new gameplay elements, survival elements, character progression, new toys to unlock throughout the game. If all we end up doing is climbing and shooting then it's just Uncharted with a new skin.

I'd also really prefer if the game was more open world (not necessarily sandbox), just not a linear A to B game... this would encourage more varied gameplay styles.
Imagine at some point in the story Ellie gets hurt, and you need to leave her to find a hospital for medical supplies... the street is full of mutants, you could find a way to sneak past them? Go down a different street? Blast through them risking your ammo supply? Or perhaps even go into the sewer to get past them, and down there you find more survivors (sort of like a resistance, planning to attack someday) safe underground because the mutants need sunlight?
This route could reveal more story by talking to the people you find? Or they could give you supplies, etc?

IMO this kind of game is much better than an A to B Uncharted style game.

Tonester9252075d ago

Who makes far better games?

+ Show (13) more repliesLast reply 2075d ago
El_Barto2076d ago

What would you expect them to say? "Our game is cliche and we took a risk by doing a game in an supersaturated genre?"

So it's a survival zombie game that is going to focus more on a story element, I'm still not sensing a lot of originality in it.

CaveMan2076d ago

Yeah because how MANY games involve a man and a teenage girl surviving in post apoclayptic world that involves a serious, and an emotional narrative?

You say super saturated, but please name games that are like my description above?

L4D, Dead Island, Dead Rising, etc. are all zombie games yes, but there simply arcade zombie games that have stupid or silly narratives.

MrDead2076d ago


Its not worth replying to El_Barto, just look at his comment history he hates anything Sony. He has no intrest in games just what console they are on.

El_Barto2076d ago Show
Lionhead2076d ago

Why are you trolling this game so much if you have no interest?

Modern War type games are more over-saturated to the mainstream market than a Survival game is. If this is true survival like Naughty Dog makes it seem than there is a wide array of possibilities for originality.

I just don't understand how you can be so judgmental when nothing has been shown yet, and you know very little. Seems just as ludicrous as those proclaiming it GOTY already.

undercovrr2075d ago

Its ok El Barto, maybe Santa will give you a ps3 for Christmas this year.

Silly gameAr2075d ago

El_Barto haunts Playstation articles and spews nothing but negativity. It's best to pay him no mind in these articles, because nothing seems to be good enough for the kid when it comes to anything PS3 related.

I have faith in Naughty Dog and I know they're going to bring their A game as usual. Best not to judge The Last of Us until we know more about it. It's funny how bitmob thinks they know how the game and the story will play out when they probably know as little as we do about it.