You’re the Reason Games Aren’t Creative

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Many gamers feel that the medium of video games is getting stale; far too many developers are too happy to churn out sequel after sequel, with barely any real creative change. Pretty much all of the “big” games this year are sequels; Dead Space 2, Killzone 3, Marvel vs Capcom 3, Uncharted 3, Mass Effect 3, Gears of War 3 – you get the picture.

You know why that is, dear gamer? According to Treyarch, that reason is you. Whenever a developer wants to do something creative in a big name franchise, gamers have a tendency to get up in arms about those changes.

Speaking to Nowgamer, Treyarch’s community Manager Josh Olin had this to say :

"Personally, as a community manager who lives in the media or social media world every day, I think the social culture of video games is moving in a more negative direction as technology and social media continues to grow."

"Rather than growing with it, the trend seems to be devolving. More and more gamers seem to forget what this industry is all about.

"It’s a creative industry – the most creative form of entertainment in existence," he continued. "Too many developers who try new things are getting burned by ‘pundits’ and angry entitled fans who look to be contrarian, sometimes simply for the sake of being contrarian.

"The only thing this attitude aims to achieve is stunt that creativity and innovation even further, which is something that no rational gamer looking to be entertained would want to do."

Seems a little rich from a developer who’s just released the 7th main game in a franchise, but does he have a point? It’s something I’ve mused about before.

Source : Nowgamer

Last Updated: February 2, 2011

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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