Bear with me please in this blog even if you disagree (or don't ! See if I care. You basta- lol jk. But seriously. Stick with it. Or else.). It takes an unexpected turn near the end.
A lazy, haggard figure cuts through the crowd of bustling Gamespotters and announces in a feeble voice, attracting the attention of pretty much no one, that: "It is I passing by, Just Adam, once of these regions called GS."
In truth I never 'really' left and given everything I'll probably never 'really' return. Whether I pass by once in a while depends on the winds and the tides and .... enough nonsense.
To the dude/lady bothering to read this, I say good day to thee. I have been up and down tangled in that pesky thing called Life. I am a 5th year medical student which means you can often spot me prancing about the University hospital, with the stethoscope dangling around my neck and a beaming confidence of a grizzled doctor; really proud and as knowledge-hungry as the most voracious of ...... here I go with the nonsense again. Forgive me.
I am well. thank you, as vague a term "well" can be. Hope you are too. As I say I never truly left because I still use this site to keep up with game news, releases,announcements ... etc. I have come this night of all to share with you my opinion that you never asked for, about a subject you don't care about. Let us take a journey.
Stage 1 - Anger ?! [ The Games Industry is CRAP ]
Yes, first stage's not denial here. This is different. As I look at the industry it looks so bleak and so bad. Studios just keep taking all the wrong directions with games. Gamers just keep on supporting and demanding the most moronic of ideas and trends. Critics keep the vicious cycle of (good=kill it and bad=encourage it) alive. It's just a mess.
I give you Hideo Kojima. Kojima is moronic. Woah what? You know Metal Gear Solid 4? Greatest game of all time? Even haters love it? It's the worst out of the four main titles of MGS. It embodies everything everyone hates about games these days. Super-dumbing-down of gameplay? Check (Drebin store, most idiotic idea ever). Despised Turret Sequences? Check (about 5038288975329 sequences in MGS4 if I'm not mistaken. Zero of them remotely not-bad). Story? lolwut. Crappy Bosses? Yes sir (Inferior versions of already encountered bosses in the series). Believability and Difficulty non existant? Would you like 50 RPG ammo and an RPG good sir ? Why just press start and get them anytime. Check. Perfect controls of MGS3? Let's ruin them!! No cool CQC for you! Fun codec calls with funny cool characters? Nope! Camo and Stealth and Equipment scavenging? lolwhy? Practically limitless Night Vision, instaCamo and limitless purchase of enough silencers for weapons.
I could go on and on. What did I find good about this game? Nostalgic moments, some cool animations in the 45-minute-long-each cutscenes and awesome graphics!
Who loves this game? Everyone who more often than not only played MGS4. Amazing that not even the nostalgia factors in here. So cool graphics and a mess called a story that makes you want to say you totally got its deep messages so you seem intelligent but deep down you know it's utter drivel. Graphics then? B-b-but graphics don't matter, what matters is the game. Hmmm.
Stage 2 - Light or Denial? [ Hope is kindled ]
Not all is lost! A game critic -no less- writes an article about his MGS marathon. How like you, it is clear to him that MGS 1 and 3 are the best. MGS2 is not bad but not great and 4 is the worst of the bunch. You head to the comments section in disbelief. Yes! People reminisce about their playthroughs of MGS. You are not alone. They all think the same. You are filled with false hope.
Demon's Souls gets best game of the year on GS! You don't care if they did it to look hip or if they really meant it. People are recognizing brilliant games. Heavy Rain comes. Journey comes. Oh what heavenly gaming this is. You get your hands on Dark Souls. You immerse yourself in it. You can't believe such magnificence exists.
People around you are saying it's awesome .... because it's so hard. You shrug and don't care. You know it's not hard at all. No matter. Some young gamers who can't handle it. It doesn't matter because you are surrounded now by the Dark Souls community. EpicNameBro on youtube produces amazing videos analyzing the lore of Dark Souls. You share in the boards of millions of posts discussing theories about things in the story. Your interpretation. It's magnificent. Gaming is amazing!! But ...
Stage 3 - Back to reality [ Shocked back to your senses ]
The gaming world doesn't care. They all though Dark Souls was a cool hipster game to get on the bandwagon of loving so you'd seem hardcore to your friends. It's "that super hard game that has no story but is so hardcore". You were deluded. You were the vast minority. Idiocy runs rampant again. It actually never stopped existing.
Skyrim. Enjoyed by many? Yes. Glitchy and broken to hell? Yes. Blandest environments? It's up there. Ugly? Yep. Crappy crappy floaty combat? Yes siree. Deep story? lolwut again.
Hmm surely these are all things that are panned by critics. The sort of thing that makes a great recipe for a failure of a game. A game that might still be played by a group of players or achieve viral status with its glitches and funky mods on sites like youtube and Reddit. But surely a game like that , that has not only failed in so many aspects but also whose developer has treated the PS3 players in the worst of ways (no certain dlcs .. game breaking glitches .. gutter-level quality compared to other platforms ... etc) , would never be critically acclaimed. Ha Ha laughed the critics in your face.
Stage 4 - Despair & Depression [ All is Bleak ]
Everyone around you is an idiot. Every game studio is turning to the dark side. Every franchise you once held dear has been ruined. Worse yet, everyone is embracing and loving the changes to the worse. How can they even have minds?! Industry keeps moving towards oblivion. There is no hope. You've gotten old. You are cynical. Game reviews are a joke. Gaming trends are a farce. This is the worst generation of consoles. Everything is slowly dying. Your appetite for gaming is nonexistant. Even the most exquisite of titles .. why bother? Why bother telling people about the amazingly deep story and backstory and lore of Demon's and Dark Souls. Why describe the amazing NPC moments in there. The touching tearful encounter with Maiden Astraea and Garl Vinland. Or the Hollywood epic ending for Biorr of the Twin Fangs.
Heck even most of those who played Demon's and Dark Souls never invest or care about the enchanting details. The world building. Heavy Rain? No. They never experienced the actually-tough decisions or heart pounding sequences in that game. All they see is the Press X to Jason joke.
Combat and gameplay are crucial when it comes to your games. How dare Little Big Planet, one of the most creative and charming titles ever, have its own version of platforming which people think is floaty even though it thematically fits with Sackboy? But Assassin's Creed? No it's cool. Let's have a million entries with the same Kindergarten or lower level combat where you wait , then wait , then wait a bit more , then counter! Hell let's even use that in batman and call it epic fighting.
All is lost .... or ?
Stage 5 - Acceptance
The industry is as magnificent or as bleak as YOU wish it to be. 99 times out of 100 you will never convince people of your opinion and make them abandon theirs. Why bother? What will you gain?! Why ruin your enjoyment because of what someone else thinks or does?
What is Call of Duty? It's the best series in the history of gaming. It's the worst series. It is both and it is neither.
Gaming is all about enjoyment. In enjoyment, subjectivity is KING. Objectivity is for idiots.
Why be objective about anything? All it'll do is ruin your enjoyment. Ruin the very same thing this industry is supposed to be about. Love a game that's hated and critically lambasted? So what ! Enjoy it!! Hate a game that's universally thought of as the "B3st gammee EvAAAAAaaR"? Simple. Don't play it. Don't try to force yourself to like it. Don't pretend you like it because it objectively should be liked. And finally, don't argue with someone that it shouldn't be liked. Just move on to a game you actually like and keep on gaming.
I may be infuriated with almost everything in the gaming industry. If I decided to concentrate on the bad I would get clinically depressed in less time than it takes you to shout Fus Ro Dah! Square-JustPleaseDieAlready-Enix .. Crapcom .. Elder Scrolls .. Assassin's Creed .. the list of annoying stuff is almost infinite .
I can, however, ignore all that and simply concentrate on what I currently enjoy. Atlus .. From Software .. Namco Bandai .. Sony .. psn titles .. upcoming big ones like Beyond Two Souls . There is still plenty to get hopeful and excited about. And who am I to tell you that you should despise what I dislike. That you shouldn't love AC or Skyrim. My Dark Souls is your Call of Duty. It's all about enjoyment.
And isn't that what we're all here for? To have fun and enjoy ourselves?
Of course not! But let's ignore those irksome individuals and do what we please.
Who knows when I'll pass by again or indeed if I will pass by again. Until then, enjoy yourselves. And if you happen, on a night when the moon is full, to see a shadow cloaked in a white lab coat, armed with a scalpel and yelling "Braaaaaaains! Why can't I learn neurosurgery already?! Give me braaaaaaains!" , just ignore him. He hasn't had time to game in a long long time.
Always Lazy, Always Brilliant