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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.

12. Re: Op Ed Mar 30, 2011, 17:06 PropheT
Creston wrote on Mar 30, 2011, 13:13:
A PERSON can easily want innovation, and most likely does. "People" don't want innovation. The mob will gladly buy yet another Call of Duty this November.

As opposed to what other innovative FPS game that they could be buying instead? Every single one of them is just a new twist or variation on an existing and recognizable formula, which is exactly what he was talking about in the article. Just because you like Crysis and someone else likes Modern Warfare doesn't somehow mean you like innovation and they don't.

There's a reason why sequels are as popular as they are in gaming, and it's not because we all want something really new and different. We just want better versions of ideas that came before, and are happy with innovation almost exclusively meaning that technological advances make new variations on the old themes possible.
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