I'm Not Seeing A Lack Of Quality Or Innovation This Generation
I've never been a big complainer. As this is a hobby that's supposed to be fun, I can't comprehend the desire to be such a debbie downer. Yeah, totally old-school term. So?
The point is that I'm just not seeing the need to complain very much this generation. It's easy to point to a ton of sequels and a perceived glut of shooters (which really isn't even true, if you look at what releases in any given month) but the reality is that neither quality nor innovation has suffered too heavily over the past five or six years. In fact, I see plenty of evidence to the contrary.
Sure, my beloved JRPG genre has sort of fallen off the charts in my estimation and is in dire need of a resurrection, and the flagship JRPG franchise - Final Fantasy - seems to be leading the downward spiral of that sub-genre. But besides that, look at what we have: There are superior exclusive titles on every platform, fantastic multiplatform epic adventures, and plenty of innovation and originality thanks to the downloadable realm where we can also find old-school goodness that no longer exists in the big-budget realm. Developers like Thatgamecompany and games like Rainbow Moon keep me coming back to digital.
And really, if you're complaining after getting all these great games, you either have way too much time on your hands are you're way too hard to please. I wonder if all these complainers even like playing video games. Seems to me they have a problem with just about everything and if you have so many issues, maybe you should find a new hobby. For those who simply enjoy playing, I fail to see how all this criticism is warranted. Is there any particular reason people have to see all the negatives and focus so heavily on them? Where's the fun in that? Can't they just say, "Oh yeah, that game is awesome" without there being some sort of caveat?
Sometimes I think that those who call themselves "truly hardcore" (or some such elitist term) just aren't very happy individuals. If you look at what has released this generation and the vast variety of what is available, from the smallest downloadable game to the biggest multimillion-dollar production, and you're still disappointed, I say find something new to do with your spare time. 'Cuz clearly, you'll never be satisfied.
1/7/2013 11:21:56 PM Ben Dutka