The following blog post almost breaks my heart. I may overexertion, but… it kinda does. I’ve been a gamer since I first saw my grandmother playing Doctor Mario on the NES. She had a NES and introduced me to the medium. My first game was Kirby’s Adventure. (Also for the NES.) I grew up with Ocarina of Time, did not understand Majora’s Mask, played Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1-4 and had a blast playing Mario Party with friends. I grew up. But games – did not.
My farewell is basically frustration about the stagnation of the medium itself. The games did not evolve over the past 10 to 15 years. We still have abysmal campaigns, terrible progression systems in multiplayer mode, loot boxes, and a bastardized approach to monetization. Generic white dudes, overly sexualized female characters; it sucks. You may say: Gaming is fine! I say: No. There is so little talent involved it is hilariously awful.
There is only two good studios: Valve and Blizzard. And like hundreds of other smaller studios who steal their ideas back and forth. I wonder how little it takes to please gamers. Things like billions of alpha games on Steam. Like 95% are crappy games. Games the developer had no vision or idea. “Modern” game design has never evolved. But I did. I want more.
Games have a certain unfulfilled potential. To immerse and soak you into a fantastical world. Rarely achieved though. You have Shadow of the Colossus or BioShock. Rare instances where real talent was involved. But that’s it. I can count like only 10 games that were good in the past 20 years. It’s a joke. For my part: I want better writing, better directing; better games.
I am a mature person now. And I want mature games. (And no, just because is rated M for Mature does not make it mature.) I want to be taken seriously. I want games to explore characters and put emphasis on development and mature themes. The way sex is handled is a good point of how immature it is. (Keyword: God of War.) I’d love to play a game that differed from the norm. Gaming has to evolve. But I’m sure it won’t. So that’s my farewell.
We had a good time, gaming. I loved your news outlets, podcasts and debates within the community. I will go away now. Away from you. We will see us never again. A glorious return may be possible… but probably is not.
Good-bye, my old friend.