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Posted on Saturday, October 6 2012 @ 02:57:51 PST
This is going to be hard to write without giving away some of my top secret ideas and game plans, so you're probably going to get gypped on some of the thoughts I have to share. Just a heads up.
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That's just one point. A more important one is that so very many games are made with rehashed, twice baked ideas. It's like game developers are trying so hard to color in between the lines that they won't even get close to the edges. As if they're more focused on a list of limitations than a list of possibilities. Or, say, they find one developers footprints on the road to success, and try their best to step perfectly in line with them, instead of walking next to them. Some ideas are good, and probably should be followed, but when you don't leave enough room for originality, you end up with the gaming industry you see before you today.
III. Show Concern for the Players
This is especially important with how industry bigwigs are saying that multiplayer gaming is becoming the new norm, or that singleplayer gaming is dying. This is kinda depressing to think about, considering how multiplayer gaming is complete and utter chaos at this point. It's far, far too easy to ruin someone else's multiplayer experience in most of today's popular games. While it's possible that you could place all of the blame on the inconsiderate jerks that are doing this sort of stuff, it's also necessary to blame the game developers themselves for not doing anything about it.
Let me refer to a comment of mine from last week.
"Training should be mandatory for all online multiplayer games. And based on your performance, you should initially be put into matches with other players of similar skill level when you start playing for real."
It's a common thing to see. Players of lower skill levels are getting frustrated by players of higher skill levels, and players of higher skill levels are getting frustrated by being teamed with those players of lower skill levels. And more importantly, the good sportsmen are being frustrated unceasingly by the aforementioned inconsiderate jerks. When you look at it, it's like they're allowing full grown adults and handicapped old people to play in a little league baseball game, but everyone's playing baseball, so it doesn't matter. It's a broken system, through and through.
Let's take a break from multiplayer, though. Another example of being inconsiderate is stuff like the Battlefield 3 campaign. This sin against mankind pretty much just throws you into a dark room filled with pissed off spiders and slams the door. I use this example because it was a recent experience, but countless other games do similar things, in truth. Making things difficult at the cost of enjoyment is a big no-no. Intentionally putting players through strenuous trail-and-error only causes problems. Don't get me wrong, sometimes difficult problems are fun to overcome, but not when you have to wait several minutes for the checkpoint to reload, and end up having to play the last 10 minutes over again to get to where you were...or something.
There's probably more I could add to this, and I might edit it in later, but right now, the window of time I do my best thinking at night in has closed, and once again, the difficult task of falling asleep has presented itself before me.
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