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AAA games are stagnating and are becoming very samey and easy.

Indie games on the other hand are now in the golden age. They are a lot closer to the games of old that people love so much. New experiences, tight vision of just a few people. Recently I played Anti chamber and Mirror moon, all the old excitement of new discoveries still going strong. Papers please also a great game.

There are still many fun AAA games to play, Rayman legends is great, puppeteer is very nicely made too. Too bad not enough people care for these kind of games to stay relevant. If you don't want rehashes of the same stuff, then buy something else.



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Good games are good games. I played Worms at Christmas on X360 with my two nephews, they love the game and are familiar with it. That's a game from 1995 with updated graphics and is still as playable and fun today as it was back then.

At work, my boss found an old platformer called 'Chuckie Egg', loads of my colleagues began playing it. I thought it was cool to see so much enthusiasm, competition and high score beating for such an old/basic game, and this went on for ages.



badgenome said:
Yes. The problem is that when you're a kid you have a very limited frame of reference and are therefore much easier to impress.

I think we become more and more jaded every year. You don't even have to go as far back as childhood.



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For me it boils down to:

easier to impress as a kid
more time to play games as a kid so as an adult you're quicker to dismiss "lower quality" games
less money for games as a kid so you find more things to love about the games as a kid
experiences are no longer new when you're an adult



I think it depends on your age.
I'm 43 and have been around since the begininig of video games.
To me the 80s was a very exciting time for video games because things were being done that had never been dopne before; 2/4 players at once, trackerballs and guns you could hold, gameplay that had never been seen before, new characters in completely new games and machines you could sit in, like a real car, spacecraft etc.
These days it's the same games (with an additional 1 added to the title or a subtitle), same gameplay and same characters repeated again and again and again...
I feel I've seen and played them all before.
It's not that they are not as good as they used to be, to me it's they are just not as original as they used to be.



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kljesta64 said:

1990 : arcade game cant rembember the name you fly with an airplaine and kill dinosaurs (also my first game ever)

1991 : Super Mario Bros. 3

1992 : nothing 

1993 : nothing

1994 : nothing 

1995 : nothing

1996 : nothing

1997 : Super Mario 64

1998 : Zelda OOT , Turok 2 SoE

1999 : nothing

2000 : PS2 TTG,RR V

2001 : nothing

2002 : nothing

2003 : Metroid Prime

2004 : nothing

2005 : nothing

2006 : nothing

2007 : Super Mario Galaxy

2008 : nothing

2009 : nothing

2010 : nothing

2011 : nothing

2012 : nothing

2013 : pending...



About your first arcade game.. it may be one of my most favorite games ever LOL... I believe it MIGHT be this game....

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyA2814Bp8w

Also... part 2 was another level of awesome..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqEbOaTgAIA

Also.... on topic.... I think games feel not as great as past games for 2 reasons, easily.

1. When we were kids... comon we were more excited about fun in general and video games are fun. Also, we were more easily impressed.... MULTIPLY that with....

2. Back then... GENRES were being born and everything was so fresh and new when it came to story, game mechanics and originality. I remember Street Fighter 2 in the laundry places.. LINES WERE BEING FORMED just to play an arcade game and I gladly waited in those lines. Street fighter 2 was "basically" (not really but yeah) the birth of the fighting genre. There were days when all I thought about was Street Fighter 2. It was like nothing I've ever seen. Then it was just how everything just kept getting better and better... mario 1... you run and jump... mario 2.. more life points, pick up things.. mario 3.. more power ups, flying?  mario 4 (super mario world) YOSHI!? That's pretty much how it went... gaming exponentially got better and better... and we even hit 3D in those years... think about it.. its something like playing online flash games and moving into Gears of War... It was shockingly awesome.

So yeah.. that's what I think yo... :3

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llewdebkram said:
I think it depends on your age.
I'm 43 and have been around since the begininig of video games.
To me the 80s was a very exciting time for video games because things were being done that had never been dopne before; 2/4 players at once, trackerballs and guns you could hold, gameplay that had never been seen before, new characters in completely new games and machines you could sit in, like a real car, spacecraft etc.
These days it's the same games (with an additional 1 added to the title or a subtitle), same gameplay and same characters repeated again and again and again...
I feel I've seen and played them all before.
It's not that they are not as good as they used to be, to me it's they are just not as original as they used to be.

Yeah there aint very many original titles these days, Its all been done before. Thats why I seldom get the thrills I used to get or if I do they dont last very long.



think-man said:
ironmanDX said:
Agreed. Games are getting worse. They're getting easy. Way too easy. GTA V, it's awesome and all but it's just so damn easy! Also, the post you quoted is basically it. I couldn't have said it any better.

Yep GTA 5 has the auto aim that never misses xD raise your gun and your going to kill somebody everytime.

Not just the shooting, the driving is just ridiculously easy. What's up with these "special abilities" too? I'm loving the game so far and I think I'm a decent way in but jeez... Too damn easy!



ironmanDX said:
think-man said:
ironmanDX said:
Agreed. Games are getting worse. They're getting easy. Way too easy. GTA V, it's awesome and all but it's just so damn easy! Also, the post you quoted is basically it. I couldn't have said it any better.

Yep GTA 5 has the auto aim that never misses xD raise your gun and your going to kill somebody everytime.

Not just the shooting, the driving is just ridiculously easy. What's up with these "special abilities" too? I'm loving the game so far and I think I'm a decent way in but jeez... Too damn easy!

Lol I dont even use any of the special abilities ^^



Most gaming development attempts today seem to be about fluffing the experience out, and making it prettier. Final Fantasy 13 is a good example - the game has about 5 hours of interesting stuff, but will take much longer than that due to all the fluff.

It is the opposite of philosophies around Chrono Trigger which were about making every minute as interesting and meaningful as possible.



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