From back to intellivision, video games have been quite a large part in many peoples lives. I spend many hours a day on my games consoles, especially my 360. Many of us have been called nerdy when we discuss gaming to other people. But frankly, without video games, everything we know would change.
Gaming is a Multi Billion dollar/euro/pound industry. Without gaming, the world would be a worse off place. Gaming was nearly always just for fun. But then it became more. More and more gamers became pro, and more and more companies made peoples dreams come true, by paying people thousands just for playing a game. It was incredible.
More and more advances in technology make gaming better and better. Most industries were making games for people to have fun with. But now its changing.
Companies are being greedy. They are not taking their time making games, they are releasing them as quickly as possible, as often as possible. A great example of this is Activisions lust for money. Why were so many members of infinity ward fired? From what I read, there wasn't much reason. If you look at the up and coming amount of Call of duty games, made by many companies under activision, you will see that they are attempting to get as many games out as quick as possible. They dont make the games. They publish them. And thats why they dont understand about the needs of a gamer. Because they are money grabbing.
Just another little example of change is Project Natal. Microsoft want to cash in on the wii's success. If people want motion controls for games, then they can have them, they can buy a wii.
The greediness for money is changing gaming for the worst. There are more games coming out this year than ever. But how many of these can you say arent rushed? There are many games coming out that do look quite good, and will be good. But these games are all games that have had a good amount of time for them, such as Red Dead Redemption, Halo Reach and Falllout New Vegas.
Companies should start listening to gamers like they used to. Publishers should just give companies the money to make games, and then get out of the way.
Frankly, Im sick of it.
I love shooters. I always have. From Call of Duty to Halo and Battlefield, Ive played most of them. I own alot of games at the moment, and to be honest, over 3 quarters of them are shooters, but thats not because I love them.
Its because there are just so many of them. The xbox 360 has been spammed with shooters since its release, for example Blacksite, a game clearly not worked on, evident from the lack of enemy design, level design, and constant bugs.
Another importantexample would have to be the lately announced Call of Duty: Black Ops, which has had very little development time, and was only made for the sake of money.
There are some quality shooters out there. Call of Duty 4 was great, while Modern Warfare failed to live up to its multiplayer, the Modern Warfare 2 campaign was still quite good.
Halo was also good, but didnt feel as much of a shooter. There are just so many pointless shooters that do nothing for us except take up hard drive space.
A few to name (These arent all necessarily bad games):
Fear, Fear 2, Call of Juarez(Both of them), Blacksite, Call of Duty World At War, e.t.c.
Im getting sick of it. What happened to platformers? What happened to Sandbox Based Games? I know the 360 has a fewof these, there are not enough. I was excited about the wealth of games coming this year, but there are only two shooters that im even looking at buying, out of the million that have been announced (Obvious Exaggeration). Those two being Halo: Reach and Fallout: New Vegas.
As you see they are not vanilla shooters. Reach will be as diverse as the other halo games, with much freedom given, unlike the very straight-forward C.O.D games, which has little to no freedom at all.
Fallout New Vegas is a very strong RPG. I have played every single fallout game, and unlike many other Fallout Veterans, I LOVED fallout 3, and thought it was great, and continued the series flawlessly. It isnt largely focused on its shooting elements, so another reason im not sick of it.
As previously stated, I love (or loved) shoooters, but if we are repeatedly spammed by them, then clearly we are going to get sick of them.
So I beg you game developers, answer me this:
WHAT HAPPENED TO OTHER GENRES? ESPECIALLY PLATFORMERS!!!!!.
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