Friday, 16 January 2015

Do people know how to have fun in the video game industry?

By Sam Coles:

I’m not one to do editorials like this unless it really gets to me, but the past two years the video game industry and community have almost forgotten how to have fun. I only started to take notice of this back in late 2012 with the release of Resident Evil 6 and the start of a new show on Gamespot called Feedbackula which is no longer running. The community got up in arms because Resident Evil 6 was rated a 4 out of 10 because it was a poorly designed game, and then Gamespot took the juvenile comments and made a show out of it. Yes it was a funny show the first few times but it did make me think are Gamespot adding fuel to the fire.

Anyway to the meat of the problem in the present and the last year. Games back in the in the 90’s and early 2000’s never had any of these political opinions get in the way such as gamergate or feminism it was all about having fun no matter how old you were and what gender you were it was all about fun. Now we have these groups interfering with games development saying “Why isn’t this protagonist female” etc. but what you have to realise that it’s their vision and not yours and maybe a female may not fit the context of the setting such as the French revolution in Assassin’s Creed. You shouldn’t judge game on the character’s gender you should judge it if it’s a good game.

Another problem that makes my eyes roll every time I scroll down to the comments section on Youtube or any gaming media website is the crusader like attitude when people are talking about the different consoles, yes I do own the Xbox One and PS4 but I can acknowledge the two systems flaws because they’re not absolutely perfect as some people think. I don’t mind discussion and comparing each others systems, but the way some go about it by acting like children as they did with the Snes and Mega Drive, yeah it’s fine when you’re a kid, but when you’re a full grown adult it’s a bit sad. Let’s not have these petty arguments and just have healthy discussion along with constructive criticism I know I’m just a small tadpole in this massive ocean of the games industry but I just want to see the industry to get out of the fog and into the clear and just have fun.

I just want to get back to a time where there are no politics or any other views that interfere with the gaming community and just get back to having fun together and not let politics get in the way.

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