Hello readers, I found something to moan about at the same time I got the urge to write so here we are; WOOHOO!!!
ONLINE GAMING!!! It is, without a doubt, the thing I hate the most about the gaming industry right now.
Let me paint you a picture; but before that let me tell you my thoughts so you can visualise it in your head (I’m so funny)
Gaming, before online capabilities were given to other platforms than the PC, was a very social thing to do, despite what some people may tell you. I can remember going round friends houses often to play video games on ONE console (can you imagine?) and we would be in the SAME ROOM (WOAH, MIND=BLOWN).
And guess what, there was no: swearing, abuse, offensive comments or hearing sexual slurs from kids who haven’t even hit puberty yet. It was a friendly environment and provided much joy in my childhood.
NOW, online gaming on the other hand has, ironically, destroyed the social aspects of gaming. It is a poison to the gaming industry and is creating a generation of gamers who will never understand what true gaming is. Forgive my words, as they may be perceived as an exaggeration of such, but gaming is nothing short of an artform; there are some games that can just…amaze you and leave you feeling nothing but wonder and joy. I haven’t seen that in a while, a game that hits you hard and makes an impression as soon as you hit start (or whatever the hell they’re calling it now, like seriously why change the start button?).
I miss the cable days of gaming, the physicality that linking up had and the friendships gaming used to help you form.
However, there are more aspects to gaming than online capabilities.
In my opinion, the gaming industry has become too ‘adult’. It’s lost it’s creativity. A lot of companies seem to be playing it safe instead of making games that go beyond your imagination and explode into existence leaving aftershocks of pure awesome!
The next gen consoles are a prime example of the loss of creativity. I have no idea who designed the Xbox One but, to me, it just looks like an old video player; it’s boring and bulky. The PS4 doesn’t look much better either.
I’m sure somewhere along the line these consoles will have a few glorious gems to offer but for now I’m not seeing much.
Ah, back to the point of ‘playing it safe’ 1st person shooters are a type of game I think needs to be put to rest for a while; there are just too many and it’s getting a little stale now. I think at least a 10 year break is needed from that type of game to give a chance for something new and fresh to come along. I also think gaming company should try and create new concepts for games now or at the very least revive some old concepts we haven’t seen for a while.
I know my opinion doesn’t particularly matter in all this but I feel it’s something that needs to be sorted. Although I have come across a glimmer of hope from the absolutely brilliant Nintendo. I shall leave you with a trailer for one of the bizarrest games I’ve ever seen and one I think will be unbelievably popular.
Thank you for reading 🙂