Please Don't Whine About An Over-Emphasis On Shooters
I see this a lot: the veteran hardcore gamer complaining bitterly about the industry's focus on shooters.
Look, I'm the first one to say that Call of Duty and Battlefield don't deserve to dominate all the holiday headlines. I also agree that the media paid an absurd amount of attention to the two games in question. But you know, I don't think the media focused too heavily on other shooters; maybe Killzone 3 qualified as being a big-time "in-the-spotlight" title, but other 2011 shooters, like Resistance 3 and even RAGE didn't necessarily incite thousands of discussions and arguments around the Internet.
Furthermore, and most importantly, let's not forget that in looking at the holiday lineup - which is nuts as always - we see a lot of different games. It's not loaded down with FPSs; we just happen to hear a ton about MW3 and BF3 (and MW3 vs. BF3). But last I checked, there were a few headlines for Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception floating around, and the same goes for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City and Assassin's Creed: Revelations. People are talking about other games, and I'm not sure I'm seeing an unfair emphasis on shooters in the development world.
Lastly, let's not forget that shooters don't pull down the highest scores in the world. There's a darn good chance that Uncharted 3, Revelations, Arkham City, and Skyrim will all end up with higher average review scores than both BF3 and MW3. And in this industry, thankfully, higher scores tend to translate to higher sales. Developers and publishers understand this, and while shooters may be the most popular overall (especially from a mainstream standpoint), there's still great variety and diversity out there. Besides, look at the best games of the generation:
There's Grand Theft Auto IV, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Heavy Rain, Uncharted, Gears of War (no, I don't put third-person shooters in the same category as first-person shooters), The Elder Scrolls, Gran Turismo, Alan Wake, God of War, Final Fantasy, Assassin's Creed, Batman, Portal 2, Mass Effect, LittleBigPlanet, Red Dead Redemption, etc, etc, etc. And that's not even counting the unique productions in the digital realm. There's a ton of great games that aren't shooters.
So please, stop whining about "too many shooters."
10/30/2011 9:22:05 PM Ben Dutka