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BioWare: There Are Just Too Many Games Coming Out

How many times have you said to yourself, "damn, too many games, too little money (and/or time)"? Well, take heart, because BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka agrees with you.

In speaking to Develop, the BioWare chief spoke a bit about what he finds disappointing in the video game industry today. And you know, it's extra interesting because we usually forget that game designers have to be well aware of the competing products, so they often have to play a lot of different titles themselves. Said Muzyka:

"There's too many games released. It's interesting, because it's very, very busy, it makes it very hard as a player to keep up. The releases clump up - even though that is changing a little bit.

For us, we have to play our games, play competitor's games, play other relevant games, and play the handful of games we just really want to play more of and finish. I try and play two-or three hours a night, but that's hard and it's not enough."

Muzyka did mention that his all-time favorite game might be the original System Shock and in fact, the team actually utilizes a fan website with patches so the aging title will continue to work on their laptops. But it's certainly cool to hear a developer side with the frustrated gamers who just can't seem to keep up. Of course, it's a matter of time; the holidays are always jam-packed but be wary of the first quarter...it's turning into a logjam, too.

Tags: video games, game industry, gaming habits, gamers

11/28/2010 10:34:34 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (22 posts)

BeezleDrop
Sunday, November 28, 2010 @ 10:48:31 PM
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I'm on a rampage here! I definitely have to agree with this assessment, Mass Effect 2 PS3 is on my giant list for 2011 already, and should not be missed by any Sci-Fi action fan! No worries Jawk, I played ME2 on a friends PC and the Unreal Engine performed well with the game.

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Snaaaake
Sunday, November 28, 2010 @ 10:57:41 PM
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We're saying this forever haha.
2011 is already burning my pocket prematurely as I got a lot of must buys such as Crysis 2, KZ3, LBP2, MvC3, Disgaea 4 and more.

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Temjin001
Sunday, November 28, 2010 @ 11:02:46 PM
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I'm also pretty disappointed in the food industry. There's too much food for me to eat these days. How can I eat the McRib for lunch while Carl's Jr has their tasty $5 burgers? The appetite I set for myself is to consume all of the greatest tasting foods all of the time. And no, I just won't think about eating less. It's impossible for me to set boundaries for my interests. I have to eat it all! Plus, eating cuts into my gaming time. Which, as the Bioware guy laments, there's just too many dang games to play. Now if you'll excuse me I have to go consign myself to consume through all of these games so I can get to the next one before the next one comes out.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 28, 2010 @ 11:04:14 PM

Just pull a Gable Newell and eat it all.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 28, 2010 @ 11:05:24 PM

...I'm sorry, I thought you were talking about FOOD. ;)

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BikerSaint
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 2:28:53 AM

Temjin001,
Erasethe word "food" & replace it with "game" and that fits me to a tee, I'd rather buy a game & starve..

Best of both worlds would be if the game case came wrapped in a germ-free tasty edible cover that would fill you up until you've bought the next game.

MMMMM, just make mine a rich "low-cal" upside-down Pineapple cheesecake smothered in sweet Almond sauce, please!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 28, 2010 @ 11:03:20 PM
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Yeah I kinda feel bad for them cuz developing a game seems to eat up their lives so they can't game as much as those who are only consumers, and even we can't keep up.

Ben, this kind of goes to your old question about if hardcore gaming leaves with age. It's more like there are just a lot more fantastic games with each generation so you want to experience them all so farting around in one game for a month isn't as feasible. Back in the day the greater percentage of games were crap.

But if BioWare is playing other games I hope it tells them that they have to hammer out their Dragon Age style frame rate issues.

I haven't played System Shock, but I'm officially in love with the BioShock series Mr. Bubbles.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, November 28, 2010 @ 11:05:40 PM

That's 'cuz Bioshock rulez.

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Kevadu
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 5:25:21 PM

The System Shock games are amazing. The folks at Bioware have good taste.

It's a shame they never got the kind of sales they deserved.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, November 28, 2010 @ 11:23:23 PM
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I don't own any of Bioware's games but I have to agree, it's just impossible to actually play all these games.

Even worse when you take a backlog of games you still have yet to play/beat.

I hope to collect most of the ps2 games I missed in the era before they completely run out of copies.

Now I wonder, is it better to have more good games coming out or just a few great ones per year? I know the obvious choice is more but still

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___________
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 12:24:58 AM
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your telling me!
still have not finished ME, ME2, dragon age, RDR, RDR zombie DLC, split second, BLUR, mario galaxy 2, madworld, alpha protocol, alan wake DLC, joe danger, sonic 4, LBP, ACB, latest PoP, PoP colection, splatterhouse, enslaved DLC, CLOS, fallout new vegas, SWTFU2 DLC and evil ending, HP, heavy rain move edition, the shoot, time crisis razing storm, tron evolution, GT5, NFSHP, sly collection.
thank god theres no more games coming out for a good 2 months, maybe my wallet can recover by then and hopefully i can catch up a little.


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Gordo
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 12:46:05 AM
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Mass Effect 2 I like... Everything else not so much.

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KNG201
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 2:32:58 AM
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what ever happened to the 50 to 100 games in one thing? I had one for nintendo it was great but not so great. about 75% of the games was crap but it kept me gaming while I got my money up for the good games. I still say the ps3 REALLY needs RPGS (classic TBS) even if they drop the sword & magic theme.(sorry ben but it is getting old...imo)

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hellish_devil
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 10:20:43 AM

Rather than getting old, they are getting classic. After all we are in the era of zombies, space and post-apocalypse settings.

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Bjorn77
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 4:26:17 AM
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It is so true... unfortunately. There are so many games that I would love to give a go. But I simply do not have the time, there are other games that I prioritize.

But if I had the time I would buy and play Castlevania, Enslaved, Need for Speed and even WRC Rally.

Choices choices all those choices.

Maybe some game companies should merge and in stead of separate making 2 or 3 similar games, bundle forces and make 1 really really good game.

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tridon
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 4:47:32 AM
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I love video games but I just do NOT have the time. Still smacking myself for adding five additional titles to my backlog on Black Friday. Like, when am I going to play those?! :O

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maxpontiac
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 8:12:08 AM
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I blame all this on annual releases.

Call of Duty 20 here we come.

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AcHiLLiA
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 11:54:00 AM
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Damn, so many good games and can't find a big gap time in between.

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swapnilgyani
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 12:13:08 PM
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Yep, because of so many great games coming out, I've had to pass on some games I would have loved to play, such as Enslaved, NFS:HP, and many more.

But choice is always a good thing. I'm pretty sure I'll be playing all those games at some point.

I'd say bring 'em on!

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BikerSaint
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 3:34:31 PM
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NO!
There will never be enough games!

The only problem is.....

there's never enough time to play them all, and there's never enough money to buy them all.

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Alienange
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 4:43:35 PM
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That's why I like the boys at Bioware. Real gamers over there. It's a shame they got temporarily snowballed by Microsoft, but they've come around. Real gamers always do.

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Robochic
Monday, November 29, 2010 @ 4:52:19 PM
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I disagree never to many games just not enough time in the day, come on Lotto let me WIN so I can play games all the time :)

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