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C_Menz

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Why I am Growing Tired of Video Games

Warning: This might be too long for some to read ;)

Let me start off first with saying that I love playing video games, and no I should not just “take a break” from gaming until it gets fresh again because that is not the problem at hand. The issue is that in the past few years I find myself picking up “new” games, playing them, and then realizing that there is nothing new I am experiencing.

How many times am I to shoot the nameless terrorist/bad guy?

How many times am I to narrowly grab onto that ledge with a few fingers an avoid falling to my death?

How many times am I to assassinate the Templar unaware of my presence?

How many times am I to buy the same Guitar game just for new songs?

How many times am I to save the Princess?

I think you get my point. This generation of gaming (playstation 3, xbox 360, and Wii) is facing an identity crisis, and now is being compared to Hollywood much more often than in previous years. Sure a few top notch unique games come out each year that breaks the mould like Dark Souls, Enslaved, Minecraft, and The Witcher 2. However, the industry has largely shifted away from taking risks and sticks with what is popular for the time being.

Remember Guitar Hero? It used to be “the game to have” just a few years ago. Many people who never considered themselves a gamer instantly found themselves playing Guitar Hero for hours every day with their friends. Then came the new Guitar Hero….then another…and another, and so on until the series was bone dry. The same is being done with now popular franchises such as Call of Duty, Assassins Creed, Need for Speed, and the Madden Football games. How long until these beloved(or once beloved for some) franchises are sucked for every last penny?

Personally I loved Call of Duty 4, and then World at War. But then I purchased Modern Warfare 2 after being pestered by my friends to get it. After a week of beating the single player and diving into multiplayer I said to myself, “Don’t I already have this game?” After that I stopped with the Call of Duty franchise since it was all to familiar, and guess what happened to those friends I mentioned earlier? They bought Black Ops and then after that same old experience they were also done with the franchise.

Assassin’s Creed? I loved AC: 1, AC:2, and AC:B since I was drawn in by the story and the game play was interesting enough to drag me along. Currently I have Assassins Creed Revelations sitting in my PS3 and I try to force myself to play the game, but I just can’t. Everything is the same!!!! I’m sorry Ezio/Desmond/Altair , I love your story but it is just to drawn out over 4(and soon to be 5 or more) games for me to continue.

Back in the PS2 days I loved the Need For Speed series as well as the Madden Football games. Now? Not so much. Need For Speed doesn’t suffer from stale game play, but instead it suffers from a publisher abusing a franchise name and expecting people to purchase a game that is only a portion of its former glory. Madden on the other hand attempts to introduce slight improvements (if you can call them that) for its yearly games. There is only so much you can do with a NFL game, however why charge your fan base every year for the same game with different rosters? You would be better off allowing those who own previous games to update the rosters and add new rookies to the game for their “outdated” game. It should be free, however given that it is a business if I owned Madden 2011 and had an option to update the player base/rosters for a small fee ($10) I would gladly do so. Instead you force your diehard fans to suck it up and fork over another $60 every year if they want the newest game. As far as the other sports games I feel that they do a good enough job at justifying yearly releases.

After Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, Madden, and the other over-used franchises are sucked dry then what next? If things continue this way then they will just be brushed off to the side and replaced. Then much like the previously mentioned Hollywood these franchises will be dusted off years later and “rebooted” thus repeating the process. I just hope it does not get to the point where all major games suffer from this trend since they are becoming fewer by the year.

This year alone I only truly enjoyed my purchases of Portal 2, Skyrim, The Witcher 2, and Batman Arkham City. I hope that these franchises will not fall into the aforementioned franchises. While on the otherhand I was very disappointed in Assassin's Creed Revalations, Socom(it was CoD-fied), Killzone 3(CoD-fied), The Legend of Zelda, and Battlefield 3(with the exception of the few true BF maps). For 2012 I hold my breath that Mass Effect 3 will not be a shell of the former games as this could be the next franchise to suffer from this painful fate.

I know that what I just wrote will not change the negative trends occurring in the video game industry nor will it be heard by the game publishers who insist on beating a franchise to death. However, for those who spent the time to read this somewhat lengthy “rant” I ask of you that the next time you plan on purchasing a game that you ask yourself, “Is this really a game that I want to buy?”

Have any of your own "How many times am I to....?" feelings? Feel free to post them below!

Edit/Update: I think some people missed the point I was trying to get across. The main point of the article isn't about me but rather the gaming industry. I already had stated that I am not tired of gaming and still love playing games(unless you just read the title in which case you would think that im just complaining). Saying "Take a break, or play less mainstream games" doesn't really help since I already know that! I played God of War, Valkyrie Chronicles, Yakuza for consoles and moved over to PC for the most part since the game selection is better. Thank you for the comments trying to help me but I am perfectly fine game wise, it is the gaming industry as a whole that needs our help. :)

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Hufandpuf1660d ago

Try some Valve games. I'm not a Valve fanboy or a patron of their games, but they do have clever titles like Portal, Half-Life, L4D, Team Fortress and even Counter Strike. None of the games I mention have anything in common to each other than being FPS. Also, try fighting games.

Don't be afraid to dive into completely different genres. For instance, I like to play RTS games. They give me a nice break from the standard "shoot everything moving".

C_Menz1660d ago

I agree. I do love Valve games since recently I jumped into PC gaming and started off with some of their games. I just didn't want to drag on to long about games I like or don't like on the blog post.

Currently I'm enjoying games like Civilization 4, Tropica 4, Shogun, World of Tanks, and Skyrim. Looking forward to End of Nations which is a MMORTS slated to release this year.

Hufandpuf1660d ago

Nice, I recently started PC gaming much more than usual. Ever Since Team Fortress 2 went F2P I guess. But I do currently play Battlefield 2 (PC) and have been playing a lot of Counter Strike. Plus, on PC you can still play older games which is still fun to do. You don't have to live in the present on PC lol I like that.

LightofDarkness1660d ago

C&C Generals 2 is something to look forward to, I'd also recommend Supreme Commander and Starcraft 2. Also, Tribes Ascend is friggin' fantastic ;)

Megaton1659d ago

I've discovered a lot more variety since re-entering the PC gaming fray. Even the indies on consoles tend to be pretty canned. Platformers with a twist.

SilentNegotiator1659d ago (Edited 1659d ago )

Hmmmm....did thou takest any arrow to thine mid-leg? That appearth to cause life changing endeavors to many a man.

Probably because you're looking too much at the mainstream titles, which have been really samey lately. And, no, I don't blame you; life is busy and we don't always have time to SEARCH for good, "underground" games. Too many sequels, too little time.

I suggest going backwards. I've been playing older games lately and been loving it. Even going back one generation makes all the difference. I've been discovering all sorts of games that I missed last gen.

The best, though, is getting an old system you never had and discovering all of its treasures. It's a cheap way to play and you can filter out playing more games in favor of the very best and still have plenty to play (because the system has already accumulated all of its games).

C_Menz1659d ago

I've been dabbling in that. Played KOTOR a few weeks ago, Age of Empires Rise of Rome(favorite game as a kid), and Shattered Galaxy. Don't think I would ever go back on buy an old console though now that I have a great PC rig to play everything.

SilentNegotiator1659d ago

You can't just brush off the original titles that some of the classic consoles had, though. Maybe if emulators were perfect....maybe. But they're most certainly not.

ABizzel11659d ago

I must say I've lost some of my enthusiasm for gaming lately. I love playing games, but they've all become about how can I make the biggest explosion. I enjoy action, but it's getting tiresome. Games need innovation. So many games are focused on multiplayer that gaming has become dull repetitive.

That's why I prefer single player games. They offer a breath of fresh air when it's something new and unique. 2012 seems like it may be the year of new with established franchises going in new directions for better or worse. DmC, Ninja Gaiden, MG Rising, Bioshock, Starhawk, Twisted Metal, Tomb Raider and more are all coming out next year but all these games are trying to add something to the original franchise to make it standout and refreshing and I commend all the developers on this whether they achieve it or not. I'm sick of playing the same games since NES, SNES, PS1 & N64, PS2 & GC & Xbox, and now PS3 & 360 & Wii. And if you're a gamer satisfied with the same old stick to playing your yearly releases, and let us enjoy chance for once.

smashcrashbash1659d ago

In some aspects I agree with you. Burnout for instance was a great series. Burnout 3 was one of the best racers I have ever played and they ruined it with a whole bunch of garbage. However I think you shouldn't lose hope yet.

You should play less mainstream games like Motorstorm Pacific Rift, Rayman Origins, Condemned Criminal Origins, TM, Heavy Rain, Starhawk etc. If you just play mainstream games made by paint by numbers developers who just make the same game every year with a few adjustments off course the boredom will kick in, no matter how much the reviewers and fanboys shout that it's the 'greatest game ever'.

Many times people just blindly refuse to believe that these games are getting stale and toss then high scores every year and when you play them you wonder if the reviewers even bothered to even play the game. I am sick and tired of people listing the faults of these types of games you spoke of and then just shrug them off buy saying 'But its a Zelda game so 5 out of 5'. In short expand your gaming.People hate to admit it but gaming is going downhill with only a few developers and indie developers still taking risks with titles.

I see your point though. I personally think that if gaming reaches the point where the norm becomes only long drawn out MMOs, MP centered FPSs, tedious motion control casual games and phone games, I think I will leave gaming forever.

C_Menz1659d ago

Well the issue isn't with not playing "non mainstream" games. The issue I have is with franchises that start out great and "non maintream" like Call of Duty before CoD4 and Assassin's Creed before the yearly recycling and then end up like they are now.

Taking a great franchise and trashing it is just painful for your fans. It's like what Sci-Fi(or should I call them SyFy now?) did with Stargate. They ended SG-1 in a decent way, but then canned Atlantis, and then quickly rebooted with Universe. They went in a whole different direction with Universe and more towards drama, which in the end pissed off the fanbase and the show was also canned.

This is how I see franchises like Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed ending. Once people get tired of them milking the game, instead of them actually putting thought into improving the game or giving it a rest they will instead quickly push out a game that "redefines the franchise" and it will be the death of it.

smashcrashbash1659d ago

I hated Stargate Universe. That was the worst thing they could have done with the Stargate Universe. It reminds me of Ben 10. It was a decent and surprisingly deep show and then they made Ben 10 Alien Force and Ben 10 Ultimate Alien and screwed it up royally.And I understand what you mean like I said in my above post.Burnout was a great game until after Burnout 3 when it went downhill.

dedicatedtogamers1659d ago

Whenever I get bored of gaming or disenchanted with how modern gaming is turning out, I go play games from Saturn era or earlier. It always makes my day.

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