Game developers spend countless hours trying to keep up with technology with graphics (sometimes changing their graphics within development numerous
times to keep up with the changes...
Ubisoft said in 2009 that it cost roughly $30 million to develop their major titles for PS3 and X360....and with the newest consoles, (PS4/Xbone) the
cost is almost double. LINK
(The Last of Us/Tomb Raider/Beyond:Two Souls/GTA V/etc),
Forbes "Best Video Games of 2013" is all story.
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Side note: I'm glad to see that these games were developed with a single player in mind...not to just be a "side order" to an online game. Getting
really sick and tired of "everything needs to be online multiplayer now and that must be the focus"
All of that is true. When you make your target demographic between the ages of 13-18 they only care about whether or not the environments look
realistic. Meanwhile the indie scene seems to be doing fine. Not great, not exceptional... not over average. Just fine.
What I care about in online multiplayer is whether or not they have something other than conquest, capture the flag, skirmish, or 1 life death
The Last of Us has the greatest story in a video game for the last 4 years. Even though the story reminded me of I AM LEGEND. (That will smith
But production has gone up only because they want their games to look good. Good enough to buy. But because it is all about graphics graphics graphics
you get games like Titanfall, Warhawk, Starhawk (Even though it had a single player campaign), Socom confrontation, Counter Strike GO, Unreal
Tournament, Halo (Has a story but it seems like their screen writer lost a lot of creativity after Halo 1 and 2. Halo 1 is the best Halo game ever
created. All the rest really stunk in my opinion.) However it is not all about graphics alone...
Seriously I played Uncharted 1 and it was an awesome game. Without a multiplayer no one even cared about it. It was praised for it's story telling
and graphics. But because no multiplayer means no buy for most people it only sold a few million copies. Uncharted 2 comes out (I still love this
game!) with a multiplayer and it does very well. Uncharted 3 (I loved the story to it.) comes out with multiplayer and it was another great success.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss comes out for the PS Vita. (I wish they would make another vita uncharted like this!) I bought it and thoroughly enjoyed the
story, and everything you had to collect and take pictures of. The best Uncharted game yet. But something happened.... It didn't do so well in sales.
The simple fact that there is no multiplayer mode for any new game that comes out means the title is doomed to fail.
It is not just about graphics. Even in the indie scene if it doesn't have multiplayer then it isn't worth their time.
I purchased Zero Escape: Virtues last reward because individual people left their own detailed reviews on the game itself. I bought it for the PS Vita
and HOLY MOLEY! I thoroughly enjoyed that game. Then 1 month later it comes out for free on PS +.
I have enjoyed these types of games since Myst came out. Challenge of the mind to figure out these puzzles. And then finding out the story along the
But if that isn't enough... Multiplayer is not the only problem.... Piracy. Yes it actually does affect video games a lot. I know a friend of mine
who NEVER pays for ANY PC VIDEO GAME THAT COMES OUT. However he is the elitist PC gamer you see posting on gaming forums making fun of console gamers.
Yet he owns a PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox one, Wii, Wii u, PS Vita, PSP, Gameboy, Gamegear. you name it he owns it.
But if any game comes out for PC he never buys it. Why? he doesn't want to pay more than 20.00 dollars for any new game that comes out. His all time
favorite game is Bioshock infinite.... Too bad their development team just shut down. They did not make enough money to cover costs. As a last resort
they sold Bioshock infinite to PS +.
A lot of money is spent on DRM. And I believe this generation of children is going to be the ones that start realizing this early on and start paying
for video games. What good is playing a great game if the company is no longer in business? It leaves a sour taste in my mouth when I steal anything
anymore. Because it ends up going away. In this ever changing world it becomes harder to adapt. Especially when one day your rent gets raised. Or you
get fired from your job. or they lay you off. or you suddenly catch an incurable disease.
It becomes a world less worthy to you. And I think that is what is truly wrong with me. I just don't see the point of even doing anything because
everyone else ruins it for everyone.
Leave it up to someone, as long as it isn't you.
That is the mentality I run into every day in my life. So I wish I could win the lottery so I could pick and choose myself the types of individuals
that I want to see prosper. Because money is the only power in this world and it shouldn't be that way.
I know I have completely derailed this entire train of thought but that is what happens when I start talking about my personal experiences in life. I
have seen a lot, and I have done a lot...... But because what I do bears no direct influence to anyone I feel useless. This world is never going to
change for the better.