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Sunday Meditation: Can Gamers Get War Weary?

America has been at war for a very long time.

The people are tired, the soldiers are tired, countless people are dead, and popular culture is moving on. The shine of heroic coalition forces decked out in their best new gear raiding desert terrorist strongholds has come off.

It's normal for the country and the world to get war weary, it's just a part of the package. But is it affecting gaming now? Are gamers war weary? Can and does this common human experience extend into the gaming sphere?

While there have been a few pretenders along the way the headliners like Call of Duty, Battlefield, Bad Company and Medal of Honor (to some extent) tend to bring in the money from a market that wants to be closer to real war experiences. The big sci fi games like Halo, Killzone, and Crysis are in a different milieu with their own science fiction worlds and fans. Those worlds are about to get some challengers because of a war weary public that will cause a change in those traditionally military driven shooters. I believe this is so because the military based games are starting to push into the territories of other FPS.

The money that goes into Call of Duty and Battlefield is immense, they are tailored for as many people as possible. The publishers probably hold numerous control group studies which are telling them that straight up war isn't enough. The evidence is right there in the games. Call of Duty has needed to push the limits of real technology into sci fi territory. Battlefield: Hardline isn't even related to war, it's cops and crooks in the city. You could call that a certain kind of war but it is clearly a risky endeavor to find an alternative to the endless sand strafing in the Middle East.

That makes me wonder what this generation will bring with FPS if the reign of military FPS does come to an end. Will concerns turn toward home as in Hardline, will sci fi be the way forward for mainstreamers? Personally I'd like to see more attempts at unique experiences, maybe something to rival what Bioshock did, but Call of Duty is going to lead the way no matter what. If the gaming public is actually war weary then we could really see some big changes in the next few years.

One excellent example of change is Wolfenstein: The New Order, it's a straight up shooter mostly, just like games of the past. It feels like those kinds of experiences are needed these days more than ever. I'd invest in a Bulletstorm 2 if I could.  I think this war weary condition is an opportunity to redefine what kind of entertainment we like as we close out a generation of real life war.

There will always be people and creatures to shoot dead, where and how we do it is probably undergoing a big change right in front of our faces. What do you think?

6/28/2014 David D. Nelson

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Corvo
Saturday, June 28, 2014 @ 10:28:09 PM
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I am, but I doubt anyone else will.

But if we've learned anything, people want games like Skyrim and GTAV given the sales both had. Who knows what this next generation will bring in a year. I do hope for the best though. NO MORE WAR....GAMES.

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Akuma_
Sunday, June 29, 2014 @ 10:35:49 PM

There is a demand for both types of games.

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Dukemz_UK
Sunday, June 29, 2014 @ 5:20:40 AM
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I'm tired of War Games too. In fact I'm pretty tired of FPS, unless there's a stimulating story attached to it, with strong and interesting characters. War shooters like CoD and Battlefield don't fall into that category.

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Dukemz_UK
Sunday, June 29, 2014 @ 5:38:14 AM

http://kotaku.com/the-honest-modern-warfare-trailer-now-with-more-undera-1597489944

That video sums it up for me in a FUNNY way

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Beamboom
Sunday, June 29, 2014 @ 5:35:13 AM
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The way I see it it's just a game (in the "play" meaning of the word). If I play an online shooter it is a game with pieces (classes and weapons) that has their advantages and disadvantages under a given set of rules. If the visual representation of these rules are done with characters and guns or blocks and balls really is of less importance other than for pure visual reasons.

That's why I dislike World War games, cause it's visually all so grey and dull. I much rather prefer colourful Unreal Tournament style visuals then.
But either way I don't look at the activity as an association of war, but rather it reminds of a playground.

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ulsterscot
Sunday, June 29, 2014 @ 1:45:07 PM
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Make war not peace (at least for the PS4) - Morpheous/Occulus Rift warfare will come and reignite hostilities.

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trumpetmon65
Sunday, June 29, 2014 @ 2:13:25 PM
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I'm often surprised with the fact that I'm not all that sick of a lot of shooters out there, but it might be because I don't play nearly as many multiplayer matches as most shooter aficionados

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RICHIECOQUI
Sunday, June 29, 2014 @ 3:15:07 PM
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One of the reason I stop playing gta online and the last of us online is the screaming kids when I was thinking about buy COD someone warn me the screaming kids are worst there!! I like war games but the crap online I can't stand!

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Akuma_
Sunday, June 29, 2014 @ 10:37:01 PM

That's what the 'mute' button was invented for.

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ulsterscot
Sunday, June 29, 2014 @ 8:34:28 PM
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with COD - first thing you do when you fire it up is mute all - greatly improves the experience with minimal effort.

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Kryten1029a
Monday, June 30, 2014 @ 5:52:24 AM
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We got sick of World War II shooters, we're growing sick of modern shooters and we'll eventually get sick of near-future shooters. No matter how popular something gets it'll inevitably run its course.

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Gamer46
Monday, June 30, 2014 @ 9:36:20 PM
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I just like FPS in general so if it's a good game from multiplayer to the campaign I'll play it whether it's something like Advanced Warfare or Destiny. I'm more of a fan of sci-fi than games based on real-life war though so I'll always lean more towards Destiny or Halo or Killzone. And of course something off the beaten path like Bioshock 1 and Infinite is more than welcome.

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Jed
Monday, June 30, 2014 @ 11:30:11 PM
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To me it's just the fact that so many of these war games are just COD clones. Campaigns are barely more than rail shooters and/or so short they don't even warrant a rental. And the stories range from weak to nonexistent.

They're mostly all about online pvp and I've really started to hate that. Mainly because every time I try to get into it I'm repeatedly obliterated before I can even get a shot off. That added to the whining foul mouthed children, and sadly some adults, just drives me away from most war games.

One thing I do really enjoy is online co-op. If there were more war games that focused on that I might be more into them. I'm also a big fan of Sci-fi. That's why I'm so excited about Destiny.

EDIT: I didn't proof read.


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