“Our Games Are Too Hard To Learn” says EA

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I am completely for games being more accessible. I think the barrier to entry should be lowered so that more people are able to play and appreciate games. The trouble comes in striking a balance; making it so that games are easy enough for newcomer s and beginners, but still challenging and engaging enough for long-time gamers. EA thinks its games are still too difficult to get to grips with.

“Our games are actually still too hard to learn,” EA exec Richard Hilleman said during an on-stage interview at D.I.C.E. “The average player probably spends two hours to learn how to play the most basic game.”

“And asking for two hours of somebody’s time-most of our customers, between their normal family lives…to find two contiguous hours to concentrate on learning how to play a video game is a big ask,” he added.

While all of us here know the way around a mouse and keyboard or controller, many people – people who could potentially be gamers – struggle to get to grips, making this hobby of ours a little prohibitive. What’s second nature to us is alien to others.

Do you agree? Do you think games should be easier for people to get in to – or would you prefer things remain as they are? I’m be okay with games being easier to pick up and play – just as long as that doesn’t come at a detriment to depth of gameplay.

More people playing games is a good thing – because it means more games get made.

Last Updated: February 6, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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