The Industry Should Make Games For Adults
No, I don’t mean porn games, so get your mind out of the gutter.
I found this article from this years Game Developers Conference in San Francisco very interesting indeed. It’s a fact that games are very much escapist fantasies, but eventually one gets bored of all the jumping, explosions, shooting, running, climbing, etc. It gets even more depressing when you consider that the majority of modern games are nothing more than variations of titles that have gone before, and more often than not the story is simply there to justify “cool” graphics and the ability to take someone out with a precisely thrown paperclip.
Will the industry change because of David Cage’s speech? It’s doubtful as game developers and studios are in the habit of making money – they’re businesses after all. It would be nice though, if some of them stopped for a moment and thought about all of us adults who have played pretty much every type of game enough times to get bored with them.
That doesn’t mean I want an interactive movie like Final Fantasy XIII though. I just want something that has a deep enough storyline to keep me interested, or is different and challenging enough to make me want to play it. I don’t want Modern Warfare 57: Santa’s Naughty List, Final Fantasy DCLXXI: Attack of the Girly-Boys, FIFA 2086: Revenge of the Beckhams, Resident Evil 82: We Ran Out Of Ideas A Long Time Ago, or other such nonsense.
Why not entice adult audiences with more original content, a more thoughtful plot, a different perception on something deeply entrenched. A different way of looking at the world.
Why not simply give us, the adults (and the ones who actually have the cash), what we really want, instead of what you think we want?
Is that really too much to ask?
Anyway, here’s the article in question. The comments section makes for interesting reading too.
Source – Kotaku