5 reasons why gaming is going downhill

Some negative reasons as to why gamers are not being as excited about gaming as they should be.

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bunt-custardly2928d ago

Things are indeed not looking so rosey compared to years past.

_DarkCharizard_2928d ago (Edited 2928d ago )

Batman Arkham City
Portal 2
LittleBigPlanet 2
Forza Motorsport 4
Gears of War 3
NBA 2K12
MLB 11 The Show
Dead Space 2
Deus Ex Human Revolution
Dark Souls
LA Noire
Dirt 3
Mortal Kombat
Crysis 2
Infamous 2
Bit. Trip Complete
Killzone 3
Resistance 3
The Last Story
Pandora's Tower
Ni No Kuni
Rhythm Heaven
Marvel vs Capcom 3

Lot of great games already released this year(I didn't even count handheld ones), gaming is as strong as ever! And so many games still coming this year(Again, excluding handheld):

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3
Battlefield 3
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Assassin's Creed Revelations
Saints Row: The Third
Halo Anniversary
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
Sonic Generations
Kirby's Return to Dreamland
The Elder Scrolls V - Skyrim

2011... The one of the best years (if not the best ever) for gaming!

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Tr10wn2928d ago

DUDE Skyrim whats up with that??? update that and also add MGS:Collection

morganfell2928d ago

"5 reasons why gaming is going downhill"

2 Crappy Game Journalism
3 Articles that are useless lists
4 Websites that use titles for hit generation
5 Casual gaming

EditorAtGNG2928d ago

I am seeing a helluva lot of sequels there... I know developers are playing it safe but really... innovation for most of them is something hidden in a box covered with nuclear spiders on the dark side of Mars.

cereal_killa2928d ago

Bubs to you Morganfell someone need to do an article "5 reason game journalism has gone down hill"

SilentNegotiator2928d ago

I don't think the argument is that there aren't good games.

The problem is, legitimate customers are limited by online passes and "clubs", DLC rips us off constantly, the stealth genre is being pushed out by the "stealth-action" game, too few risks and too many sequels, etc.

JTX2928d ago

@ dragonshardz I agree but when we do get new ips they're ignored by the majority of gamers outside of the internet and the things are lucky to sell 1m copies...look at enslaved and mirror's edge.


U mentioned some good games but ur missing the point nyanyan. Its the DLC and online pass.

RurouniKaze2928d ago

dude how can you say this is possibly one of the greatest years of gaming when most of those titles are sequels and VERY VERY VERY FEW of them have done something no other games have done before.

There is no more innovation.

Besides, gamers like me miss those over creative fantasy games like the old 'Legend of Zelda,Final Fantasy ans adventure games.

I think Twilight Princess was crap, cuz I didnt feel moved when the game ended and it was just another spinoff of ocarina of time.

Final Fantasy 13 failed just because instead of feeling very sad the game ended like id feel with all of the other Final Fantasies, I was overly happy to finally finish that overly boring never ending game.

I thik games are getting too realistic .. totally taking the fun away of being able to enjoy the things we were unable to do the things we couldnt normally do in rela life, taking away the joy of getting to perhaps live that life of that chance to live as that prince who's castle was attacked whilst he was asleep and his parents were taken away and he then has to go on a whole exiting journey to save his parents and meet new people on the way to help him save his land from the dark days ...

I have lost faith in gaming.

Just in case you people cannot remember,

think CRASH BANDICOOT and the OLD SONIC etc etc

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NJShadow2928d ago

How does listing a boatload of games justify the 5 points brought up in this article? That list doesn't mean crap, because out of all those games, I'll only be buying a handful.

How come whenever someone criticizes the industry nowadays, there's always someone conveniently standing by with a massive list to shove in the person's face. Nobody had ever said that we weren't seeing tons of news games, that's not the argument... it's the overall experience that has declined, in many, sometimes not so big ways that certainly do add up.

Slapshot822928d ago (Edited 2928d ago )

... and you my friend, most likely unknowingly, just gave one of the largest reasons that wasn't featured in this article; Flooded Markets.

The amount of game releases is becoming too much to bear for gamers. Also, Online FPS and MMO's garner-up millions of gamers each year, keeping these gamers addicted throughout the year; many of which, are gamers who used to buy multiple games each year.

I've got no issue with the either of the genres at all, but the amount of releases in contention with the fact that so many gamers buy single games that last them months on end, equals an unsteady market where great developers will fail - even when they produce fantastic games (e.g. Disney Interactive, Bizarre Creations, etc.).

I for one have a long list of "to-get games," but being a game reviewer, I just don't have the time anymore. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, Bulletstorm, Crysis 2, Portal 2, Rage, Dark Souls, Forza 4, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Bastion, Donkey Kong Country Wii and Bit Trip Complete are but a few that I want to get too, but you've got so many title coming out too, that it's impossible to get to them all anymore.

ArabianKnight012928d ago

SMH... please read article b4 posting!As AdmiralSnake mentions nickle and dime dlc such as Catwoman not being available in Batman AC which is apart of the main campaign unless you buy new or dlc it for 10 bucks is the basis of the article. I for one gamefly cuz I cant afford to buy all of said amazing games new, w/o such a service I would miss out on many a great games. I get it but dont feel its right to gamers on a budget.

CommonSense2927d ago (Edited 2927d ago )

i'll tell you why the article fails....because it's absolutely right. the reason the gaming industry is so profitable is because we live in a time unlike any other. a time where people are MORE attracted to the most mundane, repetitive, cliche experiences you can have. i haven't seen a good movie in years. there are almost no modern bands worth listening to. the early - late 90s was the last time we saw any attempt at creativity in the music industry. and in gaming, we've gone from fun, memorable, replayable experiences, to the same crap we've played a hundred times. the most popular games are the biggest perpetrators. the game that sells the most every year is the game that hasn't taken a single risk since the middle of the last decade. nintendo has built a billion dollar corporation around reselling the same half dozen franchises over and over.

gaming is doing exactly what it's supposed to to make money in our instant gratification, smart-phone society, pander to the dimwitted majority. Won't be long til gaming is reduced to flashing a blinding white light and having a celebrity shout a random swear word every time we push a button. and we'll sit there and giggle at that for hours while sucking down gmo foods and chugging aspartame-filled, carbonated beverages.

Yi-Long2927d ago

... all those great games you mentioned would be even better without all the DLC and online-pass crap we have to put up with!

trainsinrdr2927d ago (Edited 2927d ago )

You forgot:

Dead Island
Duke Nukem Forever

stevenhiggster2927d ago

Couldn't agree more with what Morgan said really.
I was just gonna say something similar, gaming "journalists" are what is dragging gaming downhill these days, especially all the hit seeking websites.

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Lazy_Sunday2928d ago (Edited 2928d ago )

-People want more than a toy, people want an interactive experience
-People want actual levels of depth in their games more so than high contrast blood, gore and swearing
-We're finding new ways to render in real-time that doesn't involve expensive machinery

So yes, in a way, gaming is "DYING" (GASP). But in reality, it's growing beyond what we thought was previously possible ^^

Jio2928d ago

But at what cost? Because development costs are getting higher, game publishers are avoiding risks and creativity is at a loss.

A-Glorious-Dawn2928d ago


Its because innovative games tend to sell less, and who's fault is that? its the consumer for always buying the same crap they dish out....

homer2927d ago

I disagree. The online marketplace(psn store, wiiware, xbla) provides an outlet for creative devs to work without the hindrances of physical distributions on the consoles. Games that never ever would have come to consoles any other gen can find life there. Physical and digital distribution insures we can enjoy a variety of experiences. One would be foolish to think masterpieces like Braid, Joe Danger, Echonocrome and so many more would ever make it to home consoles had it not been for digital distribution.

vortis2927d ago

Nah, it's dying when it comes to creativity, originality, immersion and uniqueness.

I agree that the tech has gotten waaaaay cheaper and any Joe-Nobody can make a game for free that looks like it's worth $1 million bucks.

The problem is that all the fancy-schmancy tech is being under-utilized on some of the most brain-dead games I've ever played. Most games have a 5 minute learning curve and the pinnacle of the gameplay experience is climaxed at the 20-minute to one-hour mark. In that regards, yes, gaming is dying.

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Treyb3yond2928d ago

Are you having a laugh??

Games have never been so good, it's the gamers that are going down hill !

kikizoo2928d ago

Exactly (this ridiculous article is right for one thing : higher expectations months after months)

" Sure, games like RAGE and the aforementioned Gears 3 are pushing graphics boundaries"

the blogger forget to add "on xbox"

vortis2927d ago

"Have never been so good..."

For 14 year old retards and people with ADD. Not everyone enjoys pretty looking mundane games like Rage.

What's worse is that games like System Shock, Soldier of Fortune and Hidden & Dangerous run circles around these newer games when it comes to gameplay options, immersion and playability. But most gamers wouldn't know anything about that since they're only used to playing whatever is force-fed in their face.

MariaHelFutura2928d ago (Edited 2928d ago )

Like everything that gets popular, it gets watered down. But because its a more active industry it has the potential to create gems mixed within a bunch of garbage. Gaming is just going through an akward phase since gaming being mainstream is a new thing. 10-15 years ago being a gamer was taboo if you weren't a child, now your cool if your an adult who plays COD.

Blaze9292928d ago

Big reason: $$$

People can't afford all this ----

2v12927d ago

if gaming is dyig then y is sony and MS fighting for the masses and ther money.This international and multimillion companies are not going to be betting on the wrong business,technology is proven gaming is the future of entertainment .

showtimefolks2927d ago

first of all we saw success from 3 different home console makers compare to last gen where ps2 was the king.

Wii did something different and succeeded
xbox360 after the 1st xbox is a huge success
sony with ps3 has made the biggest strides because they were the ones who needed the biggest wake up call in history of gaming.

competition is a great thing and this gen has shown us that.

I don't like DLC but if you look at it in a way dlc does the job after you are done with your game so if you are interested in let's say mass effect universe chances are after playing the main story you can get the dlc and enjoy the game universe more

but than again there are companies like capcom and activision who will rip the gamers apart with their rip off deals and lazy efforts with RE4 hd.

resident evil 5 on disk dlc that we had to pay $5 for if we wanted to play it, now granted $5 isn't that much but still if its on the disk i already paid for it

activision does not rip off the core gamers in my opinion their targets are the casual gamers who buy madden and COD every year

I think more than anything this gen will help clear the path for what could be a amazing next gen if done right and if not rushed by either MS or sony.

We don't need xbox720 or ps4 till atleast 2014, when games like uncharted 3 and gears 3 are proving that great looking/playing games are possible on current consoles

wait more now and make a bigger jump tech wise for next consoles or all we will get are new names for consoles yet very small differences

peace out

elshadi2927d ago
that's number one reason
useless articles /flamebit articles for hits
/an xbox site talking about ps3 ?!and attacking all it exclusives ..etc

"Sure, games like RAGE and the aforementioned Gears 3 are pushing graphics boundaries"
you mean xbox of course

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zerofourseven2928d ago

My main gripe is the DLC, which I should have know would be milked, but didn't see it becoming as bad as it is. The online passes don't bother me though, as I buy all my stuff new, and in my opinion, it is more there to help the developer cut into used game sales.

gravemaker2928d ago

i dont really care, i just waiting for neural gaming and virtual reality thing

Jazz41082927d ago

You wil be waiting a long time and miss out on at least next generation and probably the one after that. Its your choice though.

Pikajew2928d ago

They forgot to add "reviewers always give high score to hyped games". Last gen even the best games had a hard time getting a high review score, now every other hyped game gets a 10/10.

vortis2927d ago

Spot on.

I bet Modern Warfare 3 will score a bunch of 9s and 10s even though it's the same thing over.

You know what's crazy though? All during the PS2 era we rarely had any game, franchise or genre that was milked. It seemed like each and every year we got something grand fantastic that pushed the limits one way or another.

It's been the complete opposite this generation.

schlanz2928d ago

Gamers complain way too much. This year has been one of the best I can recall in a long time.

Cry all you want about DLC and online passes and not enough new IPs, bottom line is there have been a lot of AAA games this year that have been a blast to play. If you disagree, then you're simply jaded to the medium and you should find yourself a new hobby.

RaidensRising2928d ago

That's partially true, but of those AAA experiences, most if not all have been similar to what we've had in previous years.

Core gamers tend to say every year is awesome for gaming or the best yet yadda yadda.

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iHEARTboobs2928d ago

I think gamers do complain too much. A lot of the focus this gen has been more about competition between consoles, games or graphics to really focus on the actual game. And it's too bad because a lot of people hate games without giving them a chance.

P_Bomb2927d ago

Agreed. So much negativity & one-upsmanship among gamers sometimes. Lots of pretense among .com writers too. Sometimes the best thing to do is just stay off the internet for a few days and buy a good ol' fashioned magazine, lol.

kikizoo2928d ago (Edited 2928d ago )

Schlanz is right (one of the best, but better if you have a ps3 for sure)

nostalgic people complaining about originality are not serious, curious, or don't have the right "toy", most of the free to 10$ games are better and more inovatives than old consoles and arcade games's a fact (and don't even try to compare the best games today, and 10 years before)

vortis2927d ago (Edited 2927d ago )

What a louse. I'm sorry you're a moron.

Name one game under $10 this gen that's equivalent to Soldier of Fortune? Name one game remotely similar to Omikron? Name one game under $10 this gen that's equivalent or better than Codename: Eagle? Name one game this gen remotely similar to Hidden & Dangerous or Whiplash?

You can't name one game BECAUSE THEY DON'T EXIST.

Gosh, grow up first before making idiotic comments, or at least do some research. The people complaining are thoroughly justified in their arguments, you sir, are not.

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