So I’m all geeked with a DS in one hand and a remote of choice in the other, eagerly looking at the E3 lineup.
The schedule filled with Halo, Tomb Raider, Ghost Recon, Final Fantasy, Assassin’s Creed, Gears of War, Madden, Microsoft, Sony, so on and so on. Sounds like a killer lineup doesn’t it? I dare to politely disagree.
This is the same lineup we had last year and the year before with early versions of the same games. The problem here is, much like Hollywood and money being the bottom line and Transformers 6: The Rise of Another Dollar and much like Apple and the iPhone 17 Air, check out our new face detection feature, the gaming industry is practicing consumer abuse. They are putting out the same shit and asking us to buy it because in this new Madden, Richard Sherman is on the cover.
Don’t get me wrong. Some of these games are amazing and I’m looking forward to playing them but where is the innovation, the ingenuity, the freshness? Money doesn’t allow for that. It all seems like a big conglomerate spewing out the same old shit.
It has become clear that we aren’t looking to find the next Super Mario Bros., Sonic, or Zelda. Rather we are looking to squeeze every little drop out of old ideas, releasing sequels and prequels of the same movies, gadgets and games. So yeah, I’ll enjoy the new Fallout but I won’t ever know the newest great game because big company will bury it while they count our dollar bills.
This, quite possibly may be one of the reasons mobile gaming has grown and prospered. New ideas and games are encouraged on that platform the way it’s not in traditional platforms.
Oh shit! A new Street Fighter Alpha Beta Mega. Gotta go!