The younger generation doesn't give a shit about RPGs.

I'm living at home this summer, working and saving up.  So, I have a lot of time to spend with my little brother.  The other day I saw the game Spiral Knights on Steam (it is a free to play game).  It plays a lot like Torchlight, except it's free!  My brother downloaded it and played it for about 2 minutes before getting tired of it. 
 
It then occurred to me that my brother doesn't like ANY RPG game.  He will sit and play iPad and iPod games for hours and hours, but never once have I seen him play a game with a story line.  Even more so, I couldn't think of any kid below the age of 17 that gives a shit about being engrossed in games.  I think "mobile" games these days are training kids to be addicted to a simple action (Angry Birds, etc.).  You could argue that the arcade era did the same thing for kids, but it still makes me sad to think about. 
 
Maybe this is just a phase in gaming though.  If this is the age of the arcade returned, then maybe that means that story will eventually be introduced once again and blow these kids' minds.

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Posted by Cabbage_TheMan

I'm living at home this summer, working and saving up.  So, I have a lot of time to spend with my little brother.  The other day I saw the game Spiral Knights on Steam (it is a free to play game).  It plays a lot like Torchlight, except it's free!  My brother downloaded it and played it for about 2 minutes before getting tired of it. 
 
It then occurred to me that my brother doesn't like ANY RPG game.  He will sit and play iPad and iPod games for hours and hours, but never once have I seen him play a game with a story line.  Even more so, I couldn't think of any kid below the age of 17 that gives a shit about being engrossed in games.  I think "mobile" games these days are training kids to be addicted to a simple action (Angry Birds, etc.).  You could argue that the arcade era did the same thing for kids, but it still makes me sad to think about. 
 
Maybe this is just a phase in gaming though.  If this is the age of the arcade returned, then maybe that means that story will eventually be introduced once again and blow these kids' minds.

Posted by benjaebe

Blah blah blah, get off my lawn, blah blah blah blah, games aren't made like they used to be, blah blah blah iPad, blah blah blah, no one cares about ____ genre anymore, etc. etc. Angry Birds.

Posted by Lunar_Aura

Kids are dumb. They change for the most part. Here's hoping your little bro quits gaming though. It's such a waste of time.

Posted by Cabbage_TheMan
@benjaebe said:

Blah blah blah, get off my lawn, blah blah blah blah, games aren't made like they used to be

lol I'm only 20, so it's not like that at all.  I am just saddened that my little brother has no interest in The Elder Scrolls, Mass Effect, etc.  There seems to be some kind of disconnect there.  I enjoy little iPhone games as well, but I am also baffled at how he is seemingly satisfied by playing them for hours at a time.
Posted by Rolyatkcinmai

I didn't care about RPGs until Neverwinter Nights when I was... 15?

Good RPGs are not something that necessarily appeals to children. People grow into it. Something as simple and somewhat stupid as Zelda is probably the lowest barrier of entry.

Posted by MattyFTM

You're making a big generalization based on the observation of one kid. Not all kids are like your brother.

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Edited by SilentxLucidity

NOT true. I'm 12 myself, and RPG's are my favorite genre. Mass Effect 2, Final Fantasy 7 and Oblivion are possibly my favorite games of all time.

Then again, not all RPG's have fantastic  storylines. Take Gearbox's Borderlands for example. The ending alone ruined the game for me. "Congratulations, you killed a giant ass tentacle monster, take your reward of $500, now gtfo." 
 
But, the game itself was pretty fun.  And BTW, Neverwinter Nights kicks ass. I played it when it first came out... I was maybe 6. I had a good life as a small child.

Posted by Cabbage_TheMan
@LunarAura said:

Here's hoping your little bro quits gaming though. It's such a waste of time.

You could say the same thing about movies, music, and books.  What is the difference?
Posted by MrCaptain
@SilentxLucidity: Thanks for spoiling Borderlands story for me!
 
Also agreeing with @benjaebe said:

Blah blah blah, get off my lawn, blah blah blah blah, games aren't made like they used to be, blah blah blah iPad, blah blah blah, no one cares about ____ genre anymore, etc. etc. Angry Birds.

hahaha!
Posted by Bagga

Bullshit