Are Games too complex for new gamers?

Girl Gamer Gilly is new to gaming and she explains over at why games are more complex than you may realise for new gamers.

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Hellsvacancy2519d ago (Edited 2519d ago )

I took my PS3 to my Dads house the other day, he actually struggled to play Journey, a game with hardly any buttons to push, no enemies to kill or be killed by, and he couldnt do it

He played BF3 for a whole 5 mins, he couldnt aim straight "Dad, you aint gonna be able to kill anyone by aimin up at the sky"

Yeah, bit too hard for him, he gamed a little with me when i was kid (Sonic, Dessert Strike, Road Rash) but todays gamin is far too advaced for the likes of him, he does wonders with his hands aswel, you should see the things he can build/paint

He did like Super Stardust HD though, got through the first couple of stages

jthamind2519d ago (Edited 2519d ago )

it's funny, because as much as gamers (including myself sometimes) talk about games being dumbed down this gen, they're still very complex to a non-gamer, like in your situation. even something like Ninja Gaiden 3, which was incredibly simplified to reach a wider audience, would still look like rocket science to a non-gamer.

ginsunuva2519d ago

So I say why bother dumbing them down if casuals can't tell the difference?

lastdual2519d ago

Yeah, but the fact is that people tend to learn what they *want* to learn.

Driving a car may seem complex to someone who's never tried it before, but if they have the desire, they'll practice until they learn how to do it.

If someone is drawn to gaming, they'll get past the comparatively small learning curve. Instead of publishers chasing after people who really don't care much about games in the first place, they would do better to create games so awesome that they make people want to play them despite their perceived complexities.

RedDead2519d ago (Edited 2519d ago )

I once gave my mother the controller to drive a car in Saints Row. She could not figure out how the **** to turn the car. It's really mad, I can't understand it myself since i've been gaming as long as I remember. Surprisingly, despite all her qualms and moaning with Saints Row as a parent...she enjoyed smacking people off the sidewalks...

SilentNegotiator2519d ago (Edited 2519d ago )

Well it's not like you should throw a hard game at a person that barely ever plays. But do all of these publishers/developers really think that they will create a significant percentage of buyers' first game? Or even first 10?

Why is it such a vital userbase for them?

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ZBlacktt2519d ago

How old is your father? Maybe it's been a long time since he has gamed? I'm in my 40's going on 34 years straight at this.

Jirachi2519d ago

I don't see how when pc games are more complex(the ones that use more then the mouse anyways)

Virtual_Reality2519d ago (Edited 2519d ago )

Probably RTS Games on PC are the most complex for a non gamer.

GroundsKeeperJimbo2519d ago

Sid Meyer's games are incredibly complex and I seem to do just fine with mouse only :]

xYLeinen2519d ago

I think some of them might be. Although complexity in gaming this last 5-10 year has generally decreased.

What I want to point out, with everything in this world, you rarely start with the most complex thing. You start at a general stadium and work yourself upwards when you get the hang of it. This could be everything from sports, studying etc. as well as gaming.

It's good to end up in the end and have a game that gives you more than the minor complex games.

xtreampro2519d ago

For new gamers who started out on the Wii, iOS and COD then yes.

Sharingan_no_Kakashi2519d ago

Have you ever handed your controller to a newbie and they literally pressed one button a died?

Drake1172519d ago

Halo, Rocket Launcher, feet. That is all.

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