Dear Developers-Linear Video Games ARE Still Fun

Aside from all the negative attention EA is receiving for their whole Star Wars Battlefront 2 mess, they have also recently been accused of shutting down Visceral Games and moving their Star Wars project to another company because of the linearity of the game. Whether this is true, I seriously doubt it, but they have been recently saying, among other developers, that one, people don’t like linear games as much, and two, consumers want to spend a very, very long time on each game.

I assure you, that I, and many people I know still love linear games. They are just as good as non-linear games, if not better. Admittedly, the world does seem to be so obsessed with “open world” styled games, but I personally don’t understand why. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like them, but to have every game be like that is just ridiculous.

There is something to be said for games that just have you follow a path or two and not have to worry about where to go next or getting lost and all the joys that come with massive games.

To say you don’t like linear games is like saying you don’t like platformers, which is entirely possible if you were born in the last 15 years or so and are one of those people who think because the game doesn’t look and play realistically, it is crap. But should developers really be catering to that audience? Definitely not. They have no idea what a game can be or should be, they are just a bunch of dumb kids and should not be considered gamers.

gow gpThe God of War games are linear and they are some of the best games on their respective consoles. But I bet the new one coming out is going to be open world…oh boy! But this is excusable since it is a reboot, but imagine if God of War 3 was suddenly open world? It would be stupid. Those games are just intense action and it is fun. Many linear games are just as fun. Open world games are much slower moving and you spend an awful lot of time just walking around and looking for stuff. That is why many of them are over 100 hours long.

You could have just as much content in a game with a more condensed world and beat it in 30 hours. So is really adding extra walking time that much better?

Final Fantasy 13 is a game that gets much hate, and I’m pretty sure it is because of the Thundara_FFXIIIlinearity of the game. Big deal. It’s still fun. Just because there is no overworld to explore while constantly getting attacked by enemies trying to find the next town or a cave to explore to look for an item doesn’t make it a bad game. The true core is still there, and that is simply being an RPG set in a fantasy world.

And believe it or not, games don’t need DLC. Put extra effort in development and just pull the plug when it is released. Games typically are better when there is no DLC coming out 3 weeks after the game is released. Some DLC is nice, but most of it is just overpriced garbage that we don’t need. If companies actually did it right and didn’t just use it as a way to make some extra cash, then it would be actually pretty cool. But we live in a greedy, crappy world, so that will never happen.

And a lot of games now focus so much on online play, and how much they can cram into that, leaving single player modes very empty feeling. During the PS2/Xbox/GameCube era, I feel like games had much more girth to them. You got to unlock all sorts of stuff, play through a lengthy campaign that wasn’t obnoxiously long and have a great time doing it.

Now it feels like you get a slimmed down game so the devs can put more effort into the multiplayer, then instead of unlocking things, you have to purchase it later so you can pay the devs to continue to support the online aspects of the game.

Trouble with that is the majority of the gaming world still prefers playing by themselves. People suck. We have to spend all day with people. When we play games, we want to be left alone in a fake world void of other humans.

And really, if you have ever played multiplayer games with people, then you know they are a gathering of the biggest idiots on the planet. 10 year olds fighting with 30 year olds, people swearing in place of using actually grammar… it’s a mess. The gaming community certainly is one of the darker stains on the world, that is for sure. So why continue to go a route that supports such vulgar crap? Give us some solid stuff to play by ourselves. We are the majority of the market after all!

And this, ironically, brings me to the next thing developers have been saying. They claim people want to spend hundreds of hours on a single game. Gone are the days where people play a game and then move on.

This is not the case, I assure. I have a back log of over 300 games, so trust me, I don’t want to spend more than a reasonable amount of time on a game. And I assume that goes for anyone but those “gamers” who do nothing but play online Call of Duty and other online shooters. But I am not saying spending a long time on a game is a bad thing either…for it is not.

But this subject amuses me. Didn’t I just say that I wish they gave us longer single player experiences? Yes, well more valuable experiences, not necessarily longer anyhow.

But anyway, these devs are trying to keep us playing games by constantly coming out with new DLC to play. Trouble is, it’s not free and 99% of it isn’t worth buying. And again, this is really only appealing to people who play nothing but the online aspects.

cod2Speaking of Call of Duty, those games were phenomenal back in the day, when they were nothing but a single player campaign and maybe local multiplayer or whatever. The newer games are still fun, but they don’t come close to what they used to be, because all the effort goes into the online multiplayer.

So why do your original, loyal fans get shafted in favor of these people who like to do nothing but spend countless hours playing against each other? Why can’t they instead make exclusive online shooters, which fortunately seems to be a growing phenomenon, so they don’t in fact screw us single players over.

Another thing devs seem to be so worried about is replay value. How is this an issue if you are not letting us ever stop playing the game!?!?!? So they keep on adding more stuff that we can use on another playthrough and this and that, which is nice, but again, it costs a whole lot more money to do this, especially considering all of this DLC would have been included in the game 12 years ago! This is a big reason linear games are so seemingly unpopular. It is the same thing each play through…

And bottom line is, you really don’t need all this extra fluff in a game to make someone replay it. It could be the most linear game ever, but if the gameplay is fun, I am going to replay it for the sake of just having fun. I don’t need to play it for 200 hours, with new stuff added every 20 of those hours. If the gameplay isn’t all that great, it is going to be a dull, miserable 200 hours. I would much rather play a 5 hour game that is a whole lot of fun 10 times over. And big deal if I don’t replay it immediately. If it is 5 or 10 years down the line, then that means the devs did something right.

Trouble is, they won’t make extra money on it in the months following the games release, which is the whole issue here, so to their company, they did not do something right.

I’m all about trying something new, but don’t let the things from the past that actually worked be forgotten.

 

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The Console Wars: The Ultimate Winner

Well I can’t think of anything fun to make a console war about, so I guess it is finally time to end my Console War series. Today I will be simply adding up all the place numbers for each console throughout every one of my posts in the series. Then I will rank them from highest number to lowest number, the lowest number meaning the best ranked sum. So like golf basically.

This is no game, this will really see what is the greatest console of all time, as far as being ranked by abstract things are concerned anyway.  I will be writing a number after each console name. This number reflects its total score from all the other wars I’ve done.Well here they are, the 22 biggest consoles ever made, in ranking order from worst to best.

#22 Atari 5200-94

Top 10 Appearances-0

Best Rank-12th

Worst Rank-21st

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This is the worst console ever, but only out of the best 22, so that’s at least one good thing to say about it. It’s name was ranked 19th, controller 21st, appearance 21st, game 21st, and price 12th.

#21 Atari 2600-83

Top 10 Appearances-1

Best Rank-8th

Worst Rank-22nd

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The oldest console on the list. It’s name ranked 15th, controller 19th, appearance 22nd, game 19th, and price 8th.

#20 Atari 7800-80

Top 10 Appearances-1 (Price Champion)

Best Rank-1st

Worst Rank-21st

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Rough time for Atari, though it’s age and the market of video games during that age make these consoles really not stand a chance compared to today. It’s name ranked 21st, controller 20th, appearance 18th, game 20th and price 1st. Let’s hear it for the lowest priced console! That is something this one should be proud of!

#19 Sega Saturn-69

Top 10 Appearances-1

Best Rank-8th

Worst Rank-20th

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Widely considered Sega’s biggest failure. It’s name ranked 8th, controller 13th, appearance 10th, game 18th and price 20th.

#18 Atari Jaguar-66

Top 10 Appearances-1

Best Rank-9th

Worst Rank-22nd

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Atari’s last console and highest ranked console. It’s name ranked 9th, controller 22nd, appearance 11th, game 13th and price 11th.

#17 Sega Master System-63

Top 10 Appearances-2

Best Rank-7th

Worst Rank-17th

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Sega’s first console. It’s named ranked 7th, controller 17th, appearance 16th, game 14th and price 9th.

#16 Xbox One-62

Top 10 Appearances-2

Best Rank-3rd

Worst Rank-21st

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Microsoft’s latest console is the first to appear on this list, just one point ahead of the SMS. It’s name is ranked 16th, controller 7th, appearance 3rd, game 15th, and price 21st.

#15 PlayStation-61

Top 10 Appearances-2 (Name Champion)

Best Rank-1st

Worst Rank-20th

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Sony’s first console is the first to appear on the list, just one point ahead of the XB1. Close competition! It’s name ranked 1st, controller 15th, appearance 20th, game 9th, and price 16th.

The next two consoles are tied. I will instead choose their rankings by how many top 10 appearances they’ve had, the one with more getting a better spot on this list obviously.

#14 PlayStation 2-60

Top 10 Appearances-1

Best Rank-7th

Worst Rank-15th

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Following right after its big brother, the PS2’s name ranked 12th, controller 11th, appearance 15th, game 7th and price 15th.

#13 Nintendo Entertainment System-60

Top 10 Appearances-2

Best Rank-4th

Worst Rank-17th

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Just barely scraping the 13th spot after the PS2 is Nintendo’s first major console and first on this list. The NES’ name ranked 4th, controller 16th, appearance 17th, game 16th and price 7th. It’s 2 top 10 ranks over the PS2’s 1 give it the better spot.

#12 PlayStation 4-55

Top 10 Appearances-3

Best Rank-3rd

Worst Rank-20th

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Sony’s latest console’s total score breaks the close 1 point difference cycle that seemed to develop for the last few consoles. It’s name ranked 20th, controller 5th, appearance 8th, game 3rd and price 19th.

The next three consoles are tied. I ranked them by most top 10 appearances.

#11 Sega Genesis-54

Top 10 Appearances-2

Best Rank-2nd

Worst Rank-18th

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Sega’s second console is the third to appear on the list so far. It only beat the next ranked console in two wars out of the five, which is why it is the worst ranked out of the three. It’s name ranked 5th, controller 18th, appearance 12th, game 17th, and price 2nd.

 

#10 PlayStation 3-54

Top 10 Appearances-3 (Appearance Champion)

Best Rank-1st

Worst Rank-22nd

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Sony’s third console ranks highest out of it’s four, the PS3 just beating it’s younger brother by 1 point. It’s name ranked 17th, controller 10th, appearance 1st, game 4th, and price 22nd.

#9 Super Nintendo Entertainment System-54

Top 10 Appearances-4

Best Rank-6th

Worst Rank-19th

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Nintendo’s second console is the second to appear on this list. It’s name is ranked 10th, controller 9th, appearance 19th, game 10th and price 6th. The fact that it appeared in the top 10 four out of the five wars gets it the highest rank out of the three tied consoles.

#8 Wii U-51

Top 10 Appearances-3 (Controller Champion)

Best Rank-1st

Worst Rank-22nd

 

 

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Nintendo’s soon to be replaced sixth console is the third of seven to appear on this list. It’s named ranked 22nd, controller 1st, appearance 5th, game 6th, and price 17th.

#7 Nintendo 64-48

Top 10 Appearances-2

Best Rank-2nd

Worst Rank-14th

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Nintendo’s third console is the fourth of seven to appear. It’s name ranked 14th, controller 14th, appearance 13th, game 2nd, and price 5th.

The next three consoles are again tied. I ranked them by top 10 appearances, but numbers 5 and 4 tied with those, so I ranked them by which console placed better in each of the 5 wars.

#6 Nintendo Switch-47

Top 10 Appearances-2

Best Rank-3rd

Worst Rank-13th

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Pretty darn good for a console that isn’t even out yet. This tied with the next two consoles, but had the least amount of top 10 appearances, thus the lowest rank. It’s name ranked 11th, controller 3rd, appearance 9th, game 11th, and price 13th.

#5 Xbox 360-47

Top 10 Appearances-3 (Game Champion)

Best Rank-1st

Worst Rank-18th

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Microsoft’s sophomore console is the second to appear on this list. It’s name ranked 13th, controller 8th, appearance 7th, game 1st and price 18th. This console had more top 10 appearances than the Switch, but tied with the next console on the list. The 360 received a worse ranking because the next console ranked higher in 3 out of 5 of the wars.

#4 Dreamcast-47

Top 10 Appearances-3

Best Rank-3rd

Worst Rank-22nd

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Sega’s final console was considered ahead of its time. It’s very impressive rank on this list might prove it. It’s name ranked 3rd, controller 4th, appearance 14th, game 22nd, and price 4th. It tied with Switch and 360, but had more top 10 appearances than Switch, and beat 360 in 3 out of the 5 wars.

#3 Xbox-46

Top 10 Appearances-3

Best Rank-6th

Worst Rank-14th

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Just managing to scrape the top 3 is Microsoft’s first console. It’s name ranked 6th, controller 12th, appearance 6th, game 8th and price 14th.

#2 Wii-44

Top 10 Appearances-3

Best Rank-2nd

Worst Rank-18th

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Nintendo’s fifth console takes the number 2 spot! It’s name ranked 18th, controller 2nd, appearance 2nd, game 12th, and price 10th.

 

AND THE BEST CONSOLE OF ALL TIME IS…

#1 Gamecube-20

Top 10 Appearances-5

Best Rank-2nd

Worst Rank-6th

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The Gamecube doesn’t just win, but it wins by a mile! It’s total score is less than half of second place. It’s name ranked 2nd, controller 6th, appearance 4th, game 5th, and price 3rd.

 

 

There you have it! The best 22 consoles ever made have clashed 5 times, and these are the results! The true champions have emerged!