Thursday, 30 May 2013
Placing The Blame
I've been saying for a long long time that modern gaming has been getting easier and easier as time goes on. The above picture explains why things are going that way.
In case there are people who don't know, the above picture is people complaining about being stuck in Super Metroid on the WiiU Virtual Console. The reason why this picture upsets so many people including myself isn't the fact that people are getting stuck, but they are getting stuck at the simplest most self explanatory bits of the game.
The ones that really get me are the pictures of people complaining about how they can't open certain doors. It's quite obvious to anyone with a pair of working eyes that normal doors are blue, so you must need some kind of item to get through the red ones but because these people aren't being led by the nose it doesn't occur to them straight away that they have to explore the environment.
Now this picture upsets me but it doesn't make me angry because I really don't know who to blame for this. At first I want to blame the developers of modern games, for making hand holding ease fests. Modern games being made far too easy has allowed people like those included in the above picture to believe that gaming is one of those past times that doesn't require much effort to be good at. While that is true for a lot of newer titles, back in the day you'd have to dedicate yourself to a single game just to be able to complete the damn thing.
But on the other hand I can't just flat out blame developers, because the players are just as much to blame as them. Gaming has become a mainstream thing, and quite frankly is has started to attract idiots who don't understand and aren't willing to understand why this hobby was so appealing to us long time players in the first place. Sadly the numbers of these people are quite high so developers start making games for them because, like any company, they want to make money and that is fair.
At the end of the day though, it doesn't really matter who is to blame for games getting easier, the above picture is a good indication for the reason why games are so easy and what's even worse is that because there are many players like this, games are only going to get easier from here on out.
At least we still have people like From Software making shit like Dark Souls, so not all hope is lost.