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A qualified Environmental Chemist who happens to live in a fairly dense city with no real environment or chemistry industry.

I review indie games on another blog and you'll see them pop up here if I think the review is a good or interesting one (along with a shameless bit of self promotion)

I also operate another blog reviewing films and I mean t pick that back up when I can.

I've been gaming since the SNES days. I've been in the pro scene before for tribes 2 but hate the present pro scenes and have no interest in going back into it.

I tend to get into quite a few Betas and love ones without NDA as it means I can write about them. I have even beta tested an xbox 360 game in my time (and no not a normal public Beta one )

In gaming I'm normally the guy looking at the shelf below the AAA titles first to see if there are any great hidden gems.

My gaming drug of choice: Timesplitters in any flavour (Why won't you make Timesplitters 4 Crytek, why ????? I need my fix of insanity )
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With the release of two Saints Row IV trailers so far Iíve noticed a rather unnerving reaction by many in the comments. The basic reaction is ďThis looks stupid GTA V will be far better, this game seems so generic.Ē ďthis game looks like it will be shit, itís so unrealistic.Ē ďWas this game made for 5 year olds ?Ē
So I feel first I should put the two trailers for you to watch.





Now† I started playing Saints Row on 2 and did go back and play the first one. I can see peoples points about why 2 could be considered a better game than 3 as 2 was more structured in gameplay with 3 being more about just pure chaos and the fun of an open world with less of the find these hideouts to take over this area and more about stumbling into gang groups to fight. The other objection levelled at Saints Row 3, which is coming up here again now is that the game is ďtoo sillyĒ.
Now I thought the idea of gaming was fun. I know crazy right but I really thought the idea was to be able to do unrealistic and crazy things as well as you know have stories told and be art and all that.

So I really had to ask myself what this generation could have caused the shift to people hating a game for being silly. It seems for whatever reason this generationís buzz word is realism or simulated realism where itís close to reality but not quite real. This is the generation where Timesplitters 4 was being refused by publishers because it wasnít a Modern Military shooter. Now here are people actually attacking Saints Row 4 for being too silly ? Well isnít there a place in all media for some things a bit silly ? I mean I love Scott Pilgrim vs the World but its unmistakeably silly is a lot of aspects. I like the Austin Powers films and they are a huge parody of spy films and also very silly. So I canít see the hatred being poured at Saints Row 4 for being too silly as such, it is pretty much an over the top parody of what GTA used to be.

So I started to question if I was missing something here and reading more of the comments I found other things. People comaplianning that the story seemed stupid and a lot of people proclaiming how Saints Row 4 would suck and GTA V would tell a far more epic and engaging story while Saints Row 4 would be ďbland and genericĒ. Now donít get me wrong I think GTA V will probably try and tell some deep meaningful story of some kind. I however fail to see how that somehow makes a story about the President of the United States running at super speed and kicking aliens in the nads generic and bland. Did I miss the spate of games about super powered Presidents kicking people in the balls ?


†You will fear Epic cyborg Lincoln †





So I came to a minor conclusion. That many of the newer people coming to gaming proclaiming GTA V as the holy saviour of crime games might not have been around in gaming that much. Thinking about it coming into gaming people with older brothers and sisters would have heard about GTA and how great it was. Iím not saying it wasnít great here but I donít think people can claim one series in a genre shouldnít exist due to the presence of another. So some of the commenters were stuck with the idea that gritty realism = good so GTA bringing gritty realism was good while not having some grand epic twisted tale of betrayal Saints Row 4 wasnít as good just on that alone.

Now looking back at gaming in the past and some of the things being held up and lorded as amazing works in gaming, such as Dear Esther, have well letís just say without some people claiming deeper meaning most people would have scoffed them off. Iíve said it before, to me Dear Esther is like someone showing me a Damien Hurst piece and telling me itís amazing for its super deep grand meaning. Itís a fad. Itís people trying to be more intellectual and simply following on from one person claiming that people wonít understand as its too intellectual for them, hence people start claiming the same to created some shared delusion that they understand and can see some deeper meaning to it. Itís pretty much some of the ideas behind the concept of the Hipster following the popular trend. Personally Iíve been stung by this before as I went to see Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon in cinemas in release week due to critics claims of how great it was. I got so bored I fell asleep. I have tried to watch the films since but each time it just bores me. However about a week after I saw a far lower rated film, Dungeons and Dragons. I loved that film and while everyone will mock it, to me it was more enjoyable, yet it was Crouching Tiger that had an insane amount of award nominations when in reality it was a bit naff.† A prime example of the silliness is a sequence that sees the Villain in Crouching Tiger take an enemy out of the fight with a three point nerve paralysis move or later on with a machine gun blowpipe. ††



Furthering from this in this age of mass appeal gaming, it seems like people canít simply sit back and realise that maybe a game isnít for them. I know someone will suggest the same for Crouching Tiger and me but I actually like martial arts films and even love a film that was oddly overlooked but to me far superior in the form of House of Flying Daggers. Iím not someone who goes to the cinema to see ď[insert genre here] MovieĒ parodies anymore since after Scary Movie 3 I felt they went down hill and no longer appealed to me but Iím not yelling about how I want them to do only the kind of humour I enjoy. I get the films arenít aimed at me. Yet with so many companies trying to make games for everyone some gamers seemingly feel if a game isnít tailored to what they want, in Saints Row 4ís case a gang warfare game like GTA without much if any wackiness, then there must be something wrong. This really does go back to the point raised in the Jimquisition ďPerfect Pasta SauceĒ. People are different so different games are fine, the problem being now people donít seem to realise this as every publisher seems to want to make their game for as large an audience as possible so the perception of ďIf it doesnít appeal to me somethings wrongĒ has somehow started to prosper and is being seen now with the comments about Saints Row 4.

So what I have to say to those calling Saints Row 4 a failure already is this. A game doesnít need some grand epic story to be worth making, games are entertainment, fun things, so stop complaining that everything is not super serious and deep. Oh and finally stop being so pretentious and hold this dildo bat already, who knows you might enjoy it, so †acting as though the game wonít be fun it isnít impressing anyone and wonít make you seem more intellectual.†

PersonallyIíve seen a fair few films considered intellectual in content, from [/size]The Girl series to Hard Candy to Romeo and Juliet, Iíve seen some plays performed and even seen and appreciated a musical, yet I can happily say I also enjoy far less intellectual but to me equally entertaining films such as Flash Gordon or XXX(not the sequel so much though unfortunately). So can we please take the Hipster glasses off and just let games just be what they want without some need for deeper meaning, thatís not to say games with deeper meaning shouldnít happen but not every game needs one to be allowed to exist.
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