The games industry is becoming subservient to the two shooter genres (both First- and Third-) at a rate that is not only uncomfortable to watch unfold; it’s utterly ruining the industry.
quick,someone needs a waahmulance!! "Consumer burn out is inevitable, and then what?" Lol. the genre evolves,like it always has,good luck with your fairy tale prediction,it ain't happening.
No is not..Business is supply and demand, we gamers demand shooters so the industy gives them to us. If u think I'm lieing ask ur average gamer which game they r waiting for and they will tell u BF3 or CODMW3.
wrong and right, people want more cods and halos and such, and thats all the industry gives us, so thats all we get. a few great exceptions but devs are so scared to try anything else, its pretty sad, and even when they do try somethign else no one buys it
Not entirely true, Demons/Dark Souls managed to break through. Catherine performed surprisingly well. The sales are there for something different, but we certainly are still waiting on the game that swings the balance heavily enough to open the flood gates
"But they are far, far too dominant, both from the media and the consumer mindset." Of course they are. That is what the majority of gamers want. Shooters will never die and consumers will never get bored of shooting. With some games studios going to the shooter genre is doesn't mean it is ruining the industry. The industry is primarily shooting because that is what the customer wants with less amount but still there small games that take up the other genres. You can't tell someone not to buy shooters to save the industry
Every generation has it's own genre that takes off. Platformers for the SNES era, action for the PS2/GC/Xbox era, and now shooters are starting to be the prominent market. If you honestly think that shooters are killing gaming through over-saturation, then you are looking at releases with blinders.
That's a perfect way of putting it, I couldn't agree more.
It's not killing the game industry, actually it makes money. It just kills artistic intention : games who want to do other genres than badass shooter games. It kills creativity : games who have mecanics that are far from what FPS are made of have a very little chance to succeed critacally and commercially, when it comes to small or new IP, better having a well known studio working on the game. But it's not FPS alone that kill that. Video game reviewers are also doing it by praising those occitdental shooters in their webzine or magazine. Those reviewers that make some articles to say that FPS are not so good but giving them 9/10 or perfect scores and who destroy other genres because they are not fast paced. It belongs to reviewers to understand gaming not to the industry, the industry will just make what people want, to sell it. People are never forced to buy it, they create the trend for themselves.
funny. Since the genre is the best selling.
That doesn't make it good for gaming. Do I have to explain why?
No space invaders was a shooter , if you think that they are ruining the industry may i suggested leaving know as they will never go away,medievil dragon odysee formulated RPGS thats whats killing gaming, people act like a new genre will pop up over night sorry it wont.
Oh the irony...
Shooters aren't killing the games industry, far from. It's the generation of shooters, which will change when time sees fit. You already see what is becoming "Next-Gen" games. We have the ARTS-genre(Dota2, LoL, HoN, BLC etc.) which all began with a custom map in the Warcraft III Editor. From what I can see, Next-Gen is custom maps, community creations hitting the big market. We see it with DotA and we see it with Tower Defense. We had Sanctum & Orcs Must Die which is how the current generation of games revolves. They take very popular community designs and make them hit the big screen, even minor indie companies are capable of doing this. I personally think it's really funny to see what I used to play as custom maps in Warcraft III becoming AAA titles, as Dota2 does. Consider playing Tower Defense in a standalone game with so much more features and mechanics not as easily available on a ten year old engine or Enfos, Sheep Tag & Orcs vs Humans. I simply cannot wait. If you wish to see the Next-Gen type of games, look through the map archive of Custom Games made using the Warcraft III: Map Editor. So many potential gameplay ideas just waiting to be unleashed on standalone engines specifically designed for the particular idea.
I really hope it is user created content that drives next gen games, but looking at corporate greed, I just dont see this happening.
Corporate greed would prevent this how? There is no copyright to creating a Tower Defense, a Hero Defense or Sheep Tag which was user made content from Warcraft III. There is most certainly a market for these type of games, it's just about who can develop the best version of the user created content.
of course, shooters are the mosf easy games to play. 90% of my friends dont know how to play fallout 3/skyrim
The problem i have with shooters this gen is that most of them are just copy paste rehashed cod wannabes that fail to be just as good or better. I'm still waiting for the shooter that raises the bar above call of duty 4.
Shooters are not killing the industry. Thats what sells the most. I can admit.. it is slowing down creativity and is a huge part of why games are more accessible. But they arent killing the industry.
As far as i know shooters and casual games bring in the profits and help fund new IP so quit whining.
and your helping them with making a garbage article. makes alot of sense...
shooters keep money in the pockets kids and people who were bullied love to shoot guns on videogames it makes them feel super. but me personaly give me a great adventure game and i only recently got into rpgs but i dnt knw what took me soo long
I've been saying this for the past 3-4 years. Yes, they are killing the gaming industry! They are a dime a dozen and seems like the only genre on games westerners only know how to make. How many Online FPS games can one play and buy? We are now living in a generation where gamers don't even buy a certain game unless someone on their friends list bought it, so they can play it together. LAME, 7 out of 10 times it's a FPS game too...puh... and FPS games sell because they're created around and online multiplayer community, meaning no matter how bad the game is, you can play it online with other friends. This alone makes any FPS game worth buying group of people who only play FPS games online. I'm just gonna put it straight up, westerners need to make other genres of games than just Open World RPGs and FPS games and saying the west is the new frontier in gaming. I've had more fun playing a stealth game like TENCHU or METAL GEAR SOLID rather than running in circles crossed eyed shooting people talking sh*t over a MIC thinking i'm so cool. Oh, I love how these new-gen @sshole gamers like to play what music they're listening to while playing a FPS online. That's how intensely LAME these Online FPS games make people. People don't even buy games anymore, unless it has some kind of online multiplayer..who cares.. Max Anarchy, Asura's Wrath, Dragon's Dogma..no one talks about these games...oh yea, I forgot, were all supposed to pretend that Japanese have lost their touch in making videogames so the western developers can feel superior...puh.... pathetic
You're making some sense. Screw the rest of these sheeple.
I dont know I think RPGs are the death of this industry, I JUST CANT STAND having a huge open free world with hundreds of things to do.
too many publishers are just trying to build the next call of duty...that may be good profit wise for the industry but it's holding creativity back.
It was once noted that the fall of any great civilisation has its roots in stagnation. It is a stifling of ideas, of creativity, that leads to little innovation, boredom, apathy and eventual decline. Greatest example is the Roman and British civilisations. So all of those who agree that the simple 'flood' of shooting games and the expectation to create without diversification is holding back creativity, then, well, your noticing the first signs of decline. Great peice and excellent point.
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