Op Ed

CNN - Are simpler video games better?
Even the most sprawling modern-day gaming experiences, such as "World of Warcraft" and "Call of Duty: Black Ops," still bow to the classic game design principle of keeping play easy to learn but hard to master.

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Oct 14, 2010, 01:20
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Back when games were longer and more complex, there were also a lot less games being released. Now we have new games coming out faster than we can play them.

I used to love older RPG's that seemed like you could play them forever, and simulations that you had to read a 1000 page manual and spend weeks to months training to get the basics. It actually made you feel like you accomplished something.

I guess now with shorter, easier games, they're making up for it by adding meaningless achievements.
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Oct 13, 2010, 18:48
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Oct 13, 2010, 18:48
 
While definitely pretty linear, I kinda liked Ultima 8.
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Oct 13, 2010, 18:25
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Oct 13, 2010, 18:25
 
derelict koan wrote on Oct 13, 2010, 17:52:
...oblivion was something of an ice ice baby.

Wow! that brings back semi-painful memories...
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Oct 13, 2010, 17:52
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Icewind wrote on Oct 13, 2010, 16:50:
Developers want to make money so they dumb their games down to reach the extremely large (At least in comparison with the "hardcore market") mainstream market.

There will always be a place for the smaller developer that doesn't want to follow this path, but yes, oblivion was something of an ice ice baby.
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Oct 13, 2010, 16:54
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Com wrote on Oct 13, 2010, 16:37:
What... CoD is one of the simplest gaming experiences you can have. A virtual fucking whackamole.

Keep in mind it's CNN and they're using a game that isn't even out yet as an example on playability. Half the news stories they post on their site are because they have a marketing stake in their sales numbers.
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Oct 13, 2010, 16:50
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Oct 13, 2010, 16:50
 
Developers want to make money so they dumb their games down to reach the extremely large (At least in comparison with the "hardcore market") mainstream market.

Oblivion was the first big game to do this successfully, and the hobby has been suffering from it ever since.

Others tried to do it before but failed. Ultima 8/9, Might & Magic 9, Wizardry Nemesis...but it was Oblivion that finally made it acceptable. It achieved cross-over success.

Like White Rappers and pop-country singers, Bethesda managed to pretend to be something they aren't yet still be included within a genre they no longer cater to.
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What... CoD is one of the simplest gaming experiences you can have. A virtual fucking whackamole.
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