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Op Ed

Edge Magazine - Assassin's Creed III devs: "Easy mode often ruins games".
"Itís like if I picked up a book and it said, 'Do you want the easy version or the complicated version?' [Game designers] can simplify the language, you know; we can make it two syllables."

Kotaku - Easy Modes Can Ruin Games? Um, No. Thanks nin.
It' just baffling to see that, in the year 2012, there are still people in the video game industry who approach things as though this was the 1980s, and the only games on the market were there to test you. If I don't have to pass a test just to turn a page in a book, or reach the second act of a movie, I shouldn't have to in a story-rich video game either.

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20. Re: Op Ed Sep 4, 2012, 16:02 Kitkoan
 
Jerykk wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 15:53:
Challenge is a pretty integral part of most game experiences. Imagine if you couldn't die in Amnesia. Imagine if you had regenerating health in DayZ. Imagine if you didn't actually have to aim in shooters (actually, you can just play CoD on consoles if you want to see that in action).

And yet, you've mentioned the exact problem.

Look at CoD on consoles. It has easy mode pretty much all over it. Regenerating health, assisted auto-aim, death is more of a bonus to refill on ammo instead of a penalty. This game has been made so easy to make it more "reachable" to the average player. And for this it has become the biggest selling game ever.

Amnesia, DayZ, Super Meat Boy. These games were hard and sold only a fraction of what CoD sold. And publishers watch this. People vote for what they want with their wallets and big business follows want the people want. And they want easy mode. They want their games to have no real challenge. Gamers like you and I don't want these games but in the end we are just the few against the loud voices of the many casual gamers and business is more concerned with the bigger group. Yes you will have the rare exception like Dark Souls, but those are rare. CoD-style easy mode games are the common money makers.
 
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