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Community Spotlight: Growing Out of Gaming?

Posted by MikeB Saturday January 7 2012 at 3:10PM
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This week's Community Spotlight focuses on the thread "Am I growing out of video games?" by Thunderclash. In the thread, Thunderclash wonders if his waning interest has more to do with him or with the direction the industry is going:

     Several years ago I had a blast playing any video game I got my hands on. It didn't matter if it had horrible reviews or did indeed suck, I enjoyed the hell out of it. I owned a HUGE library of games on every console. I loved the concept of gaming in general.

     Now though, it's becoming the exact opposite.  Even if gaming is what I put most of my time into, I only buy about a total of 5 major games a year. I'm interested in very few games now. Most of the time when I see a trailer for a game or a preview, I think in my mind, "Wow, that game is going to be aweful", even if I'm usually right.

     So since I have interest in few games, I've been trying for several years to get into a mmo, but so far I can't find one mmo that I like. I've tried a very wide variety of free to play and pay to play mmos. I absolutely can't stand WoW, I tried it for 6 months, never liked a single minute of it. Right now I'm looking forward to GW2. SWTOR looks alright, but to me it's kind of a reskin of WoW. I really want to try it because I love Star Wars, but I guess I'll have to wait a few months until they release a free trial.

     Because of my recent realization of my disgust of today's mmos, I've been trying to enjoy some rpg's. A few I think are alright, but I can't get my hands on one that makes me melt in my seat. Skyrim is alright, too repeptitive and little content (armor, weapons, creatures, spells) even if the map was HUGE. I loved Fallout 3 though, best rpg Bethesda made in my opinion. Witcher 2 was really good but my laptop can barely run it on the lowest settings. Red Dead Redemption was my favorite game for a while, and I will always remember it's story. I'm not going to sit here and tell you all the rpg's that I've played, but I think you catch my drift.

     Is it just me or is the gaming industry going to crap? I mean look at games like MW3, BF3, Crysis 2, etc., how did they get good ratings!? Did reviewers realize that most games suck now and that these games should be rated high by comparison? Or am I just setting my standards too high? I'm longing for an epic game that will blast me away, whether it's online or not. Do you guys have any suggestions? Am I getting tired of video games?

Do other MMORPG.com readers feel the same way? Read on to find out!

Yaminsux feels its a bit of a mix of both for Thunderclash:

@OP

It's just you, when you played so many games. You be at a point you'll just generalized everything. For example, you said TOR is a re-skin WoW (which btw is a re-skin EQ). You felt you've experienced everything the industry have to offer, and indeed you are.

That being said, it's not entirely you though. Through the lack of innovative thinking, the industry is getting "stale". Much like the movie or the music industry.

edit: Suggestion? Leave gaming, do other stuff.

Ceridith shares the same feelings as the OP, and offers up indie games as a potential solution to reigniting that fire:

It's not just you.

The majority of games being pumped out by the big name developers are rehashes of the same old crap with shiny new graphics. There's so much emphasis on making games "accessible" and "eye catching" to grab the attention of a wider audience. The result is that actual gameplay, enjoyability, and replayability take a complete backseat in development priority. The result is bland games that all start becoming copies of each other because they don't even try to do anything noteworthy.

Ironically, it seems to me that it's the indie developed games that have comparatively sub-par graphics, tend to actually be a lot more fun to play lately.

IAmMMO asserts that the push towards console gaming is the primary source of stagnation, noting that PC games are essentially being held back by the designs and restrictions of the console gaming market:

  Seven years ago we had Pc exclusive developers for single player gaming going for pushing the envelope with the Pc tech of the time, since then the cross platform age came upon with more able consoles which resulted in developers going for the middle ground compromises that has left Pc gamers  feeling something is lacking from their gaming of old.

 
 When Intel released their C2D cpu's in 2007, gaming stood still for people to be able to use this gen right up until today and would only have trouble with a couple titles with only a GPU upgrade at most, as that's how dry and stale it's been for Pc exclusives.

 With gaming as mainstream as it is now, we're left waiting for the next gen of consoles for the gaming envelope to be pushed once again, whilst in the meantime we get tossed a few bones every now and then from developers like those behind The Witcher, and of course we all know how the MMO side of things have gotten for a lot of Pc gamers. There is hope though, 2012 is the year of Planetside 2, a name to install excitement into any Pc gamer, a true MMO using our Pc tech of today incoming!

I'm pretty much on the exact same wavelength here as IAmMMO. PC gamers have been essentially taken hostage by the game design philosophy that fits console gaming as well as the technical limitations of the existing consoles since the release of the XBOX 360. The former is not likely to change with the next batch of consoles, but hopefully games will push ahead on the technical side of things when the new consoles roll out. There would be some pretty exciting things going on in PC gaming right now from a technical POV if PC gaming were in the same position it was in the 90's or early 2000's. Unfortunately, games that are prettier but still "consolized" are still sure to dampen the excitement of many of us PC gaming diehards.

This has been a major source of frustration for me over the last couple of years, and while the MMO genre isn't always going in the direction I'd like it to, we at least (for now) have that genre all locked up on the PC side of things. So, I don't feel I am "growing out" of gaming so to speak, but I can definitely empathize with Thunderclash's feelings, even if the source of his frustration isn't necessarily the way the PC side of things has turned out.

What about you? Do you feel like you're growing out of gaming? If so, why do you think that is? Let us know in the comments below!