First off, let me apologise for the hostile reception implied above, and emphasise that this seemingly rude introduction is more for my benefit than yours. Self indulgent? Yeah probably, but it’s an intrinsic title that I needed to clarify solely for my own selfish needs. My fundamental problem, bar my immaculately attractive visage, politically endorsed and widely approved musical taste, as well as my ruthlessly savage gaming skills, that would make Jack Bauer wince, (and if you believe that fabricated statement, your more delusional than I am), is that my peripheral as well as my central vision, is continuously obscured by my many (emphasis on many!) opinions.
There’s always something to grumble about, the price of games, the crippling glitches that we have all encountered after 30 or so hours in Skyrim, rendering progress supplementary, as I receded deeper into a precipice of cumulative despair and frustration, as well as harbouring bitter resentment to the developers who knew of these……*clears throat of lingering profanities*, problems. But by far my #1 gripe has always been the industries lack of originality. For instance, the PS3’s top 5 best-selling games of 2011, in descending order are:
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warefare 3
2. FIFA 12
3. Battlefield 3
4. Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception
5. Assassins Creed:Revelations
Hardly a surprise, nor a testament to originality, but it’s still a list brimming with quality. You can’t blame the developer’s for saturating the industry with sequels, their merely pandering to popular demand. Fans desire Call of Duty 13, despite the game likely retaining 90% of the thirds characteristics, so why give fans games they simply don’t need? The inconvenient truth is that money will always take precedence over substance, ingenuity and originality. They say actions speak louder than words, unfortunately money bellows substantially more, and in times of financial strain, specific aspects have to be sacrificed no matter how difficult that is for some of us to comprehend *Gingerly raises hand*. Never underestimate the predictability of consumers *regrettably raises hand, again*.
Do you think the industry lacks creativity? Let me know your thoughts.