on 18-06-2012 11:59 PM
Gaming is dying, and the way things are going it won't be long till it's 1983 again, and games are being buried in the desert. But what exactly is the problem, and how could the industry turn itself round...again?
In my opinion, one of the main problems is the fact that the consoles are moving away from being used for just games. Every available console has catch-up tv services, web browsers and movies. And as good as them things are, most of us who own a console already have a PC or satellite/cable tv. Even phones now are being used for games, Internet and tv, with a lot of people who do more web-time than talk-time.
And the reason that is a big problem is that all the time, effort, money, staff, ect that a required to make them, that is all being moved away from the machines primary use/selling-point, games. As a result games and the consoles themselves have to be more safe and mainstream, which leaves the industry in the "Snake eating itself to survive" scenario.
And that's why gamers and the indie devs are moving towards PC gaming, because the people using a PC for gaming HAS to be hardcore(stupid term), because the keyboard & mouse isn't pick-up and play. Plus the fact that you have to spend a great deal of time and money to actually build a PC rig to play the top-end games. And it'd be interesting to know what percentage of Steam/Origin(dunno if there are any other PC platforms, I'm a PS3 gamer, lol) users are hardcore, compared to XBLA and PSN.
Personally, the only way I can see companies getting out of this hole is by actually moving BACK to games. For example, start making games for kids that are actually GOOD again. That's one of the main reasons that Nintendo have done so fantastic over the years, and the kids who grow up playing your games are the to become the hardcore fanboys/girls of the next generations. I can't count how many times I've over-heard a child asking for a game for the PS3, only to be told to put it back because of the age rating. There just aren't that many kids games that are not rubbish and/or based on a film
But they're just my thoughts. What do you think the problems are, and can they actually be solved?
PS. Sorry for the grammar, it's not always my strongest point.
19-06-2012 12:16 AM - edited 19-06-2012 12:17 AM
You got evidence?
True that not a lot is expected at the moment, and E3 was a massive dissapointment. But I imagine that has something more to do the with the fact that the PS4 and Xbox 3 will be revealed next year and expected to release soon after. Some developers have pretty much confirmed that they are all ready working on next-gen games.
on 19-06-2012 12:35 AM
It's definitely dying. The PS3 has had nowhere near the level of interest or support as the PS and PS2, and the Vita is nothing short of a joke.
And I'd agree that it's largely down to consoles trying to be everything from photo albums to cesspits of social networking, instead of focusing on gaming. But also partly down to the drive for glossy technological superiority at the expense of the gameplay that really connects people with consoles.
on 19-06-2012 12:48 AM
on 19-06-2012 01:03 AM
on 19-06-2012 01:27 AM
As Pat said, these consoles need to concentrate on GAMERS, but there again, if they want to attract more people, they have to add these social things in now, otherwise people will moan.
Let them moan. What people really want is technological leadership, not some form of insipid democracy that drags everything down to the lowest common denominator. If you asked the same grunting halfwits what they want from a dining experience every restaurant would be selling kebab flavoured Pot Noodles and pork scratchings.
And that leadership is about engaging gaming, not a box that does everything in various shades of grey.
on 19-06-2012 01:40 AM
on 19-06-2012 02:38 AM
Utter nonsence. Gaming dying because of the naf add-on stuff??? Rubbish.
You take away all the TV catch-up apps, the photos, the videos, the music, PS Home and the browser, and guess what? Same ****** games on the ****** console.
The lions share of whats killing gaming is the games. Over-priced and half as long as they used to be, and often coming with day one DLC just to try to get more cash out of you. And a market full of sequels and annual remakes. How often does it feel like all they've done is re-sold you the previous years game and changed the 2 to a 3.
Dont get me wrong, all that add-on multimedia stuff does have an effect on gaming, but more so on the casual gamer than the hardcore gamer. As a gamer who only wants to game you can quite happily do that, but if they mess up with the multimedia stuff that the casual gamer wants then they will simply either choose to buy another brand of console to suit, or not bother at all.
Personally I didn't buy a Vita and have no plans to, not because of the games (actually looks brilliant at that) but because all the multimedia stuff was rubbish. Woeful camera, a browser thats WORSE than the PS3 (how did they do that..???) proprietry memory cards at a price££££. Either get rid of the tat and sell me a games only Vita for £150 or do everything properly and charge me for it. I'd rather pay £300 for something that works well than £200 for half-baked features that are only gonna annoy me.
might have strayed a bit off topic but it just winds me up this idea that doing less is better. More is always better,....but only when done PROPERLY. Any feeling of gaming dying is more to do with tired re-hashed games and cynical marketing than hardware and firmware.
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