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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.

13. Re: Op Ed Mar 30, 2011, 17:31 JoeNapalm
PropheT wrote on Mar 30, 2011, 17:06:
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.

You are making the same erroneous leap of logic that the author of the article is - the mistaken assumption that AAA companies like EA and Ubi have execs sitting around asking "What do Gamers really WANT?"


What they have are a bunch of suits who look at big charts and ask "What's selling a metric @#$% ton, right now?" and then they make a whole metric @#$% ton of games identical to that, and pour all of their marketing money into those games.

The result? No innovation.

The proof that gamers DO want innovation is that these games are rarely runaway hits. Yeah, CoD sells huge, record breaking numbers...but it, as a brand, has a huge, record breaking marketing engine behind it.

The something like Minecraft comes along and makes MILLIONS without marketing. Did CoD make more money? Sure it did...a lot more. But in terms of money in vs money out? Minecraft CRUSHED CoD.

Gamers LOVE innovation. But innovation is tricky - it's an art, not a science. A lot of innovative games fail. It's RISKY! The corporate bean counters HATE risk...and corporate bean counters are who decides which games get the green light.

So they flood the market with homogenized crap, and since that's what's available to buy, that's what sells. Particularly on the consoles, where people have been trained to buy the next installment on a short turn around (Madden 2011, anyone?).

Here's the logic of this article, spelled out: You can have any FPS you want, as long as it's CoD clone. People still buy FPS, therefore...people hate innovation!

The Sims has probably sold more copies than just about any game ever, over time. It was incredibly innovative. Aaand now they crank out the same spam year after year and tell us that gamers hate innovation.

Do they still teach logic and/or deductive reasoning in school?

Ifriti Sophist

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  1. Mar 30, 10:14 Re: Op Ed InBlack
  2. Mar 30, 10:26 Re: Op Ed ldonyo
  3. Mar 30, 10:29 Re: Op Ed JoeNapalm
  4. Mar 30, 11:10 Re: Op Ed Wallshadows
  5. Mar 30, 12:23 Re: Op Ed ASJD
  6. Mar 30, 13:13 Re: Op Ed Creston
  7. Mar 30, 13:55  Re: Op Ed wtf_man
  8. Mar 30, 14:32   Re: Op Ed Cutter
  10. Mar 30, 16:55    Re: Op Ed killer_roach
  12. Mar 30, 17:06  Re: Op Ed PropheT
>> 13. Mar 30, 17:31   Re: Op Ed JoeNapalm
  9. Mar 30, 14:57 Re: Op Ed StingingVelvet
  11. Mar 30, 16:57 one good troll deserves another space captain
  14. Mar 30, 17:41 Re: Op Ed Jdrez
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