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Op Ed

Games On Net - Devil's Advocate: You Don’t Want Innovation, So Stop Asking For It.
You hear talk about how there are only seven basic plots running throughout the stories we tell in our lives. How many movies can you name that are simply clever re-tellings of a Shakespeare play? And why stop there, when we can dig even deeper and realise that many of Shakespeare’s supposedly epoch-defining works are nothing more than retellings, or ruthless cribbings, of ancient myths and other classical sources? Get used to it: telling, and re-telling stories, is a central pillar of the human condition. People don’t want innovation because people haven’t changed in literally thousands of years - okay, we’ve got better dental hygiene (except for games journalists, maybe) but other than that we’ve still got the same hopes, fears, and special places in our heart for the stories that speak to what it is to be human.

3. Re: Op Ed Mar 30, 2011, 10:29 JoeNapalm

Wait...because Joseph Campbell was right, we don't want game innovation?

It's no stunning revelation that most people seek comfort in the familiar...but that doesn't mean that we ALL get off the plane in a foreign country and head for the nearest McDonald's.

Games like Black Ops selling well has nothing at all to do with The Hero with a Thousand Faces and everything to do with marketing and brand recognition.

There are plenty of examples of innovative games/bands/movies/whatever hitting it big - just because what is familiar, mainstream, and hyped to the gills sells well doesn't mean that "People don't WANT innovation!"

It means that bean counters abhor risk.

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