Friday, January 15, 2010

In Defense of Video Games

As of late, the gaming world has been bogged down by mediocrity. In titles that we once endeared and treasured above all else, we are stuck with crap. Nintendo keeps giving their loyal fans their comny throw-up of the past 10 years. Microsoft practically tries to charge us for the air we breathe.
While Sony doesn’t understand the typical consumer and now tries to play catch up.

2009 was a terrible year for games. Massive layoffs and less then stellar titles started to show that the game industry is not immune to recession. Titles like Assassins Creed 2 and New Super Mario Brothers Wii show us that our industry is dying. When games like that receive massive praise for recycled game concepts and rehashed graphics. Yet they were both huge successes, both commercially and through meta-scores.

First of all I'm not complaining that they are bad games. They are the hyperbole definition of fun. I lost myself for hours in Renaissance Italy, helping my friends save Princess Peach from the castle. Yet fun isn't a valid excuse anymore. We as a entertainment medium have been trying to validate our choices through this fallacy. "you can't knock that game, its sooo much fun dude." That excuse doesn't work now. It might have worked back in the Atari 2600 days, it might have worked when Gallagher was considered fun. It doesn't work today.

These games are not amazing or groundbreaking. Assassins Creed 2 is a rehash of broken concepts hidden by a sequel moniker. It is simply the first game, with all its myriad problems, both aesthetically and fundamentally. The combat is flawed and broken, along with the control of the main character as well. All wrapped up with the laughable plot elements of a Dan Brown Novel. New Super Mario Brothers Wii is a lazy port of a DS game with the multiplayer functionality of a Sega Saturn game. Any game can have 4 player local co-op, that isn't an accomplishment anymore.

There are plenty of titles that are just as equally undeserving of any garnered "groundbreaking" or "innovative". No fan boys, stop it. If you truly love your console and your companies as you so blatantly confess, ask for more. Ask for Quality, not Mario or Zelda. For all of us. Otherwise, kittens cry, and the terrorists win.


  1. Agreed 100% Besides Call of Duty: MW2 online and the occasional party time Rockband I find myself playing all my other games (Assassins Creed 2, Left 4 Dead 2 etc.) simply to get achievements. Not too mention everythings a sequel now, even good games, besides the 2 above we have the Halo series, Call of Duty, Bioshock, a new fucking Medal of Honor after like 10 years. WTF lol

  2. I totally agree that video games, like books and movies, have had this problem of late. It's so hard to pin down what's "quality", though. Something being merely an original idea isn't really enough in my mind to label it superior. It's a deep and confusing subject because it IS highly subjective.