[[note: I like to give my readers YouTube links of music I listened to while writing pieces. Here you go (in order of paragraphs and all):
The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows
Jamiroquai - Feels Just Like It Should
Jamiroquai - You Are My Love
Mr. Loco - Religious Man (I know, weird)
Alright, videogame industry, "we need to talk." No, I'm not breaking up with you, but I might when Led Zeppelin comes to Rock Band, Big Boss comes to the PS3, and Final Fantasy VII gets a remake.
There's a ton of stuff that's wrong with you, videogame industry. Let's go through with this and analyze it, shall we?
1. I play videogames to get away from the social drama, not HAVE it.
Of course, I'm talking about the Infinity Ward/Activision "scandal." So the heads of a company were fired by their publisher for insubordination and founded their own developing studio under their old publisher's rival. SOAP OPERAS. NOT HERE. Granted, the drama is good IN video games, because some video games can actually be
art. (Yeah, that's right, I said it. Fuck off Roger Ebert, stick to what you know, and that's shitty movies that the Oscar committee masturbates to in their private time.) I don't want to see "OMG TWO GUYS LEAVE INFINITY WARD FOR RESPAWN O NO" spamming up my Twitter feed. Give me the goods, like what Split/Second is doing, or next week's classick rock pack for Rock Band, or stuff about Dreamcast XBL games, because that's what's good, not the same stuff over and over and over again. Jesus, you could make a monthly magazine filled with video game drama. Just stop it. Video games are supposed to be positive, GOOD FEELINGS.
2. Motion control. It's not futuristic, it's just a pain in the ass.
I'd like to give a big sarcastic THANK YOU to Nintendo for making Sony and Microsoft have to resort to following suit and making motion-control devices. Motion control is mostly a waste of time. Let's stick to what we've been doing since before 2007, and that's playing with a controller in our hands, sitting in a comfortable spot with a nice cold (or hot) drink and some snacks of our choice. Waggle waggle waggle waggle
, that's all I'm fucking seeing, and that's all I WILL see until I actually see some realistic stuff. The closest we're getting to realism is Playstation Move, which I am only behind simply because of the use of Jamiroquai in the trailer.
We're not a bunch of casual idiots, some see the pros in it, but there's a larger number of people who see the cons, and they outweigh the pros.
3. Social games--they're going to be the death of us.
Someone once told me that Facebook is an MMO for moms. It's more
than that--it's so big that the Big Three are getting in on it.
One word: STOP.
I don't want to see this happen. I don't want to see Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo cater more to the casual than to the hardcore. I completely understand, you need a new market, but you need to understand that WE were the ones that made gaming so big in the first place. If it wasn't for us, Sony would be alright with their Bravias and stuff, Microsoft would be unaffected, and Nintendo would still be a taxi/love hotel/instant rice making company. Keep to the good stuff, like badass games. We like those.
4. Original and good--we like this.
It's 1987. You give us a standard dial-up alarm clock. We like it. It's 1997. You give us a digital alarm clock. We REALLY like it. It's 2010, you give us the same digital alarm clock that looks new but it's really just the same thing but better-looking. You then give us a new prototype of a digital alarm clock with new features. The concept is good, but the clock sucks because it doesn't work right and it doesn't feel right. We then go back to our alarm clock from 1997 and cradle it close.
Here's the problem, video game industry--give us a new game that's actually good. You give us new things, and they end up being horrible (Dark Void, TimeShift, Haze, I could go on), so we think we're better off with the classic stuff. Honest opinion? The last innovative game we got that wasn't Rock Band was Gears of War. It's games like that--something we've never played anything like it before but we could get INSTANTLY used to it--those
are the kind of games that raise the bar, that make the future something to look forward to, instead of just looking back in the past.
We're on the rollercoaster of time, and we're looking back because we saw something awesome and we don't want to look back. But something better appears! We look forward, life is awesome, and I'm surprised nobody's vomited yet. We need to keep looking forward, if we get a remake, cool, then it better be good, but give us new and original stuff and we will gladly take it, and we'll cherish it among the other 20 or so influential games of all time. Please give us something to cherish instead of go "Aww man this game blows, insta-drink coaster!"
Thanks video game industry, for understanding. Get better and I will love you forever.