Has the games industry run out of idea's? Or playing it safe

Do you think that maybe the games industry has run out of idea or is majorly lacking in idea's. This years E3 seemed to be full of sequals, call of duty modern warfare 3, battlefield 3 etc, you get  the picture, were has originality gone these days. I understand that yes these sequals are cash cows for the developers and companies involved, but come on it's the same game you bought before and repackaged with some new bells and whistles. I am not saying that these are bad games but it's becoming very stale, It used to be that games developers were brimming with innovative game idea's and brand new games, now it seem's that most developers won't even look outside the box any more.  
 
I know that games cost  loads of cash to develop and companies have to reap a return on said investment, but  it seems that independent developers are were innovation and new games seems to be coming from these days and for a fraction of the cost that full price titles, which are sometime(full price that is) not worth the money that was put into them or being asked for them. Have a look at some good independently made game , braid, limbo, super meat boy, castle crashers, all fun and addictive games that last much longer than some games at full price. Some companies have rested on their gaming laurels for far too long and don't even seem to be interested in developing new franchises. 
  
I think nintendo have been very guilty of this for a long time, They use the same characters over and over with little or no new characters and games being developed by them, how many more mario games can we stomach, how many more split versions of pokemon will you put up with, they are the same game with just a couple of different pokemon on each version.  Nintendo should be looking to innovate and develope new games with new characters. 
 
Capcom seem to take chances on new ip, as do Sega from time to time. Both are to be applauded for doing this as it keeps thing fresh and interesting. But on the negative side we got EA and those yearly updates to their sports titles, they say they are putting new ideas and features into their games, but most of the time i find these just to be tweaks on the gameplay. Visually i don't see much difference between say fifa 10 and fifa 11, same with madden and so on. Do we really need the same game with some tweaks re-released year on year? Could these games not be say bi-annually(every 2 years), That way they could give us a new game and all the tweaks and visual improvements over the previous version, two years is nothing now days as most games seem to be taking around that time to develope from one version to the next.  
 
I just hope that we never see another video game crash of the early 1980's ever again, as the industry just seemed to lack innovation and is somehow slowing moving into uninspiring  sequals after sequals.

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How many Games do you buy based on this sites Review

I've often wondered how many people base their gaming purchases on the reviews or quick looks from this site. I know  from a number of quick looks; i have picked up some games on steam that i may have avoided, Jamestown being the most recent one i bought. There are times i don't agree with the guys and what they say about certain games but then again it's only their opinion on the game and i respect that. Not everyone is going to like or enjoy the games you or i enjoy. You find that the guys tend to be spot on about most things on the games they are looking at, but sometimes they can be a little bit too critical of the games they're playing, sometimes by lack of research or making the wrong comparision to another game of a similar style.  
 
All in all i like the style and layout of this site, it has feature and idea's which other gaming websites sadly lack, i like the fun achievements that you pick up for doing things on here. Overall i enjoy this place and will stick around.

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