Post by Wade Monroe on May 16, 2012 0:31:16 GMT -5
Not that I ever got into the Diablo thing, but seems Blizzard kinda sorta fubar'd the launch from what I can see on amazon's reviews.
--- While my own battle with Blizzard over cancelling my WoW account rages again (no thanks to the storm blown into their CS from D3), found a funny article on Cracked that goes into the main things you see people blowing up over.
Post by Wade Monroe on May 23, 2012 0:48:11 GMT -5
After poking around dozens of user reviews, my own experience over the years with Blizzard and the stuff I'm seeing now in games like SCV and FF13-2, I've come to the conclusion that the golden age of video games is dead.
Seems to me that with the internet spreading everywhere like it has which is good for most avenues is actually turning into the bane of videogames.
With the internet spreading and becoming more common place, more people from more walks of life have easy access to games. So 10+ years ago when you thought of big all powerful game companies, ones like Blizzard, Capcom, Squaresoft, etc came to mind. Nowadays though, the real power players in the game world are companies like Zynga just do to huge mass appeal. Then you got the lil mini games that are Free/Cheap you can play on websites or smart phones which detract from people spending big on traditional games since users are already obsessed with things like Angry Birds.
So all the other companies like Blizzard are trying to get that mass appeal by making traditional games more accessible and social, like Farmville, that keep their players coming back which equals stable revenue. Only traditional games really don't fit that model, and taking a risk on making something unique can fop big time so most games seem to take the play it safe route.
So now the end result seems to be heading in the direction of simplistic games that anyone can pick up and play that lack real genuine depth, require a steady stream of content that keeps you coming back to the game company and paying for more (aka: DLC, monthly subscriptions) so they don't have to build a new game from the ground up, and can interact with several devices when possible.
Now with many things going all digital and talk about the next consoles potentially being download only, game companies would potentially have an even larger control over your gaming experience since you are only "renting" the right to play their game with your $40-$60. Things where you get your gamer tag is banned for whatever reason and suddenly all the games you "purchased" are no longer available for you to play since they banned your profile the games link to.
Well, here's to hoping a miracle happens.
Many people in this world are like slinkies... only entertaining when you push them down some stairs.