Gamers, what do we want?

Gamers, oh gamers. You are harder to please than a seasoned lady. Not once will a gamer be fully pleased, or so we think. Because us gamers, are the most demanding customers ever.

And why is that? Nobody knows. Perhaps the wide variety of options available on the market has turned us into pedanthic bastards (in a good way) who demand only the best of the best available. Or maybe we have grown tired of low quality games receiving more awards than deserved. Or maybe we just want to bitch around.

Truth be told, no developer is safe from our wrath.

Now, was it always like this? Maybe, or maybe not. Perhaps its my mind, telling me that I’m not a kid any more, and that not all games are good, despite what people may say. Pretty much in the same way it tells me that Musou games rock hard.

In my belief, its just the natural way of life. We grow tired of certain stuff, while we grow fond of other. As a kid, FPS games were certainly not my fav genre, in fact, unless you were called Doom, you would not get my attention. As the years passed, and “little me” grew into “little grown me”, I began to enjoy more and more said games, Halo, Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, etc. All began to be enjoyable games.

The same happened with online gaming, from completely hating the idea, to completely loving the idea. Though I still say, a great SP experience does not need online multiplayer (Im looking at you Bioshock).

Perhaps the whole deal of what we want is impossible to define. In my case, I grew with games. From a NES to a PS3 I played almost all the consoles available every gen, be it on the console, or on an emulator later on. Games have changed a lot, and its amazing how old formulas and games can still be great today.

Perhaps sometimes developers try to do so much that they push little for the industry. Games like Devil May Cry don’t need Heavy Rain like stories, and vice versa. I believe that some devs are trying to bite more than they can chew off, which leaves us with great games with lacking stories, like Bayonetta, where we have amazing gameplay, but the story tries so hard to be serious at times, that it fails at showing what it does best. Or the usual great story with lacking gameplay, kind of like the first Resistance or Nier.

Perhaps our biggest complaints forced devs to try those models, perhaps we are asking for more than what we should ask. Should we ask for Spielberg to turn Transformers into the next Schindlers List? Or should we let him and Bay make it into what it is? Cheap story with great action scenes?

I believe that we should understand the products for what they are, and understand that sometimes, sacrifices are made, in return for a great experience of gameplay, story, music, etc. Not all games can have the perfect mix of story-gameplay-sound, etc. But they can come close enough. And those that excel at either one of them, should also deserve recognition.

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Posted by DragoonKain1687

Gamers, oh gamers. You are harder to please than a seasoned lady. Not once will a gamer be fully pleased, or so we think. Because us gamers, are the most demanding customers ever.

And why is that? Nobody knows. Perhaps the wide variety of options available on the market has turned us into pedanthic bastards (in a good way) who demand only the best of the best available. Or maybe we have grown tired of low quality games receiving more awards than deserved. Or maybe we just want to bitch around.

Truth be told, no developer is safe from our wrath.

Now, was it always like this? Maybe, or maybe not. Perhaps its my mind, telling me that I’m not a kid any more, and that not all games are good, despite what people may say. Pretty much in the same way it tells me that Musou games rock hard.

In my belief, its just the natural way of life. We grow tired of certain stuff, while we grow fond of other. As a kid, FPS games were certainly not my fav genre, in fact, unless you were called Doom, you would not get my attention. As the years passed, and “little me” grew into “little grown me”, I began to enjoy more and more said games, Halo, Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, etc. All began to be enjoyable games.

The same happened with online gaming, from completely hating the idea, to completely loving the idea. Though I still say, a great SP experience does not need online multiplayer (Im looking at you Bioshock).

Perhaps the whole deal of what we want is impossible to define. In my case, I grew with games. From a NES to a PS3 I played almost all the consoles available every gen, be it on the console, or on an emulator later on. Games have changed a lot, and its amazing how old formulas and games can still be great today.

Perhaps sometimes developers try to do so much that they push little for the industry. Games like Devil May Cry don’t need Heavy Rain like stories, and vice versa. I believe that some devs are trying to bite more than they can chew off, which leaves us with great games with lacking stories, like Bayonetta, where we have amazing gameplay, but the story tries so hard to be serious at times, that it fails at showing what it does best. Or the usual great story with lacking gameplay, kind of like the first Resistance or Nier.

Perhaps our biggest complaints forced devs to try those models, perhaps we are asking for more than what we should ask. Should we ask for Spielberg to turn Transformers into the next Schindlers List? Or should we let him and Bay make it into what it is? Cheap story with great action scenes?

I believe that we should understand the products for what they are, and understand that sometimes, sacrifices are made, in return for a great experience of gameplay, story, music, etc. Not all games can have the perfect mix of story-gameplay-sound, etc. But they can come close enough. And those that excel at either one of them, should also deserve recognition.

Posted by Badhands

I would like to be able to play games without being tagged with the "gamer" moniker, Thanks.

Posted by Lunar_Aura

@Badhands said:

I would like to be able to play games without being tagged with the "gamer" moniker, Thanks.

But if you play videogames then that's all you do, you gamer

Posted by Akrid
@Badhands said:
I would like to be able to play games without being tagged with the "gamer" moniker, Thanks.
Exhibit A. 
 
@DragoonKain1687:  Good post, thanks for sharing!
Posted by coakroach
@Badhands said:
I would like to be able to play games without being tagged with the "gamer" moniker, Thanks.
 

Yeah, thats not gonna happen at the rate things are going:  http://kotaku.com/5816220/gamers-lets-stop-hating-each-other 
Posted by uniform

Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps.
 
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Edited by crusader8463

I want them to start making games of the genres I like to play again. I honestly can't remember the last time I played a good TBRPG, Space Sim or RTS that wasn't over a decade old.

Edited by just_nonplussed
@Badhands said:

I would like to be able to play games without being tagged with the "gamer" moniker, Thanks.

It is an awful label. But you know what? If games journalists stopped using the 'gamer' title, then I think it would eventually die out. The press have a lot of influence with the language people use in game communities. 
 
But worse than gamer, or at least as bad, is the term 'user'. I just think of drug addicts or faceless robots.
Posted by Animasta

@coakroach said:

@Badhands said:
I would like to be able to play games without being tagged with the "gamer" moniker, Thanks.
Yeah, thats not gonna happen at the rate things are going: http://kotaku.com/5816220/gamers-lets-stop-hating-each-other

yeah kotaku is JUST the way for you to prove your point.

Posted by Vinny_Says

I enjoy a lot of games, but I get so much shit for liking them it ends up ruining my enjoyment of them. I mean is Dragon Age 2 really that bad?

Posted by Khann

I want games with complexity.

Unfortunately that means I have to pretty much forget about high production values in this day and age.

Posted by Video_Game_King

It's because gamers are cynical dumbasses. That is all.

Edited by just_nonplussed

As a player I would like less reliance on genre, and more games built from the ground-up without designers trying to fit their ideas around established tropes.
I would also like more timeless games, such as Tetris, Rez, and Pac-Man; games I can always come back to that never get old because they're unique.
 
I would also like the people in game communities to be a little more responsible and optimistic.. and constructive, and to stop being so lazy and use better language to communicate.