Well the argument behind your argument here is that a lot of gamers complain about lack of innovation and new interesting experiences. I think this article is directed at them.
Its like...fans say things like "Boo...why is dead space a rail shooter on the wii...why can't they do something cool and original...booo"
Well its because the 3rd person action game did not really burn up the charts on ps360 and its cheaper to do a rail shooter then risk another high budget flop. Also, the fact that rail shooters on the wii do very well is another bonus...
I don't think gamers owed anything to Sega...but they are guilty in having sega become another run of the mill type of publisher.
And this isn't jsut for hardcore gaming. Lets see if "Lets Tap" does well on the wii...seems like another original and fun game idea by Yuji Naka, Sonic the Hedgehog programmer and co-creator. Sega funded his studio and I believe is publishing his game. If it fails, sega will have another shitty sonic ready for the masses very fast... Cut, fold, paste...next!
Perhaps I was allowing the title to colour my impression of the article too much. It does sound rather accusatory.
There's certainly plenty of evidence that gamers shy away from the unfamiliar. EA and Activision's current fortunes are a good demonstration of that. I don't think Dead Space: Extraction is a good example, though, because many of the complaints stem from EA trying to do something different with the franchise on Wii. People aren't just angry because it's a rail shooter, they're angry because it's deviating from the established gameplay of the IP. Extraction was under development long before the original Dead Space got its tepid reception in the market, so I don't think that impacted their decision on how they'd make Dead Space for Wii.
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