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Good day all,

I feel it necessary to introduce myself! I am Chad and at best I am a casual gamer. I am a 23 year old male and I tend to log in around 5 hours of gaming a week on average and play a wide range of titles. I play retro a lot but if something piques my curiosity in the current gen I will often go out and purchase.

I needed to give you an idea of my mindset before I begin this blog and let you know that all this is opinionated and factual evidence will rarely be brought to the party unless I know where to get it immediately. I don't believe what I say is going to be too far off from the truth.

Where is gaming going and why should we care? While I look at the shelves at an EB games here in Canada I notice something of all the current gen games that are on the shelves... They seem uninspired and generic with the majority of them being FPS or Sequels or Sequels of previous FPS'. I identify this as being a problem. Why is this a problem to me? Well I grew up in a decade where games were unique and kind of out there. Titles such as Mario, Sonic, Mario Kart, Mario Party, Banjo Kazooie, Super Metroid, Mega Man, Kirby, Resident Evil, and sooooo much more. These games were fantastic and were enticing to buy because you really didn't know what you were getting. There was no way to tell! You simply had to go off and buy the game and see what it had to offer. When I look at today's games... I know exactly what I am getting on just about every FPS. A war simulator with a mediocre campaign and a over populated online multiplayer.

Now I know why this is and it doesn't take my business degree to show this but the reason why the market is over saturated with these games is because they sell. It's that simple. The market has strong demand for these games and this is where it has gone. I can't say I'm particularly happy about this as I continue to find more and more ways to dodge current titles and go back to the games that I love. We live in a gaming world where so many publishers are scared to take chances and go with a radically different idea. Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts was not what I was expecting and I didn't exactly like the game and only played it for roughly 2 hours but I still commend Rare for actually taking a step outside the box and trying to create something new. THIS IS WHAT GAMING NEEDS, JUST WITH BETTER EXECUTION.

Lately I've found my fix of truly unique and interesting games however in the Indie games market. I suggest everyone to take a look at these titles as they need the recognition. Games such as Spelunky, Fez, Binding of Isaac, FTL, Prison Architect, McPixel, DLC Quest and more! These games are a breathe of fresh air in a very polluted gaming market. I really wish big name companies such as EA, and Capcom would take a look at these simpler games and realize how much I do love them and how much of a market there is still out there for the people like me.

But I'm only a casual gamer... so take this all with a grain of salt.

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