You need to remember that all us old school gamers are, by and large, much more intelligent and educated than most of society. Gaming has only recently become something the mainstream now finds "cool" and everyone does.Remember the looks people gave you 10 or 20 years ago when you said you played D&D (or any PnP)? The first CGA/VGA/XGA shareware and door games that only thousands were playing and getting them off BBS' befoer the advent of the internet? Then trying to explain what a MUD/MUSH/MOO was when we got online? All the people that were here, and Shack and Voodoo Extreme and the Avault, et al. from day one?
Well, that was a very tiny percentage of the population. And all those early adopters shared very similar characteristics and traits. As time went by and it got more popular and profit driven - by appealing to the mass-market - the games started becoming dreck. Now the publishers know that there's always a large segment of society that thrives on dreck and can easily be nickled and dimed for what we would have screamed bloody murder about.
There will always be quality games, just decidely less of them given they don't appeal to ADD, RealityTV, dreck loving masses.
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