Reflection of mediocrity?

One important cog of my Happy? Index has been, in recent times, my pursuit of videogaming fun. But when the ‘fun’ turns into a puddle of mediocrity you really have to begin to ask questions. Other than enjoying the recent Walking Dead XBL game and spurts of FIFA 12, I am left with too many games that try pandering to a wider audience than can be maintained . So it’s no surprise then that I’m enjoying games that know what they are and know not to step past their limitations.

A recent example of a game that started well but then lost me due to the developers losing course was Assassin’s Creed Revelations. I cannot fathom why a game that is all about allowing the player so much freedom with its fluid movement would want to detour into a Tower Defence game? I hated how it made me feel about the game and how it took me away from the hub of what makes an Assassin’s Creed game what it is. The game remains unfinished for that very reason.

My fear for videogaming as a whole is the easy path of appealing to the masses will undermine any real progress for the industry. With this years retail market at a all-time low, I do hope developers take stock and understand that a videogame doesn’t need every little element thrown at it, to be a success. Just because your Modern Warfare’s have multiplayer doesn’t mean multiplayer has to be included in every single title that is ever released. You only need look to Telltale Games to appreciate that.


4 responses

  1. I just started Walking Dead ep 1 on the ipad. But I get distracted by the Olympics. It does look gorgeous though, so I can’t wait to get back to it.. just feel it needs all my attention!

  2. Olympics has us all in knots too. But yes, make sure you give it your full attention. Some of the choices that you make are really tough on the nerves. Episode 2 has a great dilemma at the very end…my choice was the least popular one.

  3. I was already frayed from the first things that happened. Which is how I know I can’t play it and watch TV. Or last thing at night. Telltale are really rocking out the games.

    • To be honest I was surprised by Telltale Games. I thought their offering wouldn’t appeal to me but it has. Shame that some many game devs treat game production like products at a supermarket – aim to please the masses with no room for inclusion of diversity.

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