By jhudson3 40 Comments
I decided to download Blur today as it was on sale for only $5 and I was in the mood for a decent racing game. I had already been told that the game was a Mario Kart hybrid and when watching the preview for it decided that it should be a nice change from other racing games. I get into the game and there is a small little tutorial. Okay that is perfectly fine, I can keep playing this is just standard. After 10 races in I am yelling at my computer screen why it thinks I do not know about essential parts of racing games and that I need to "go faster" for this race. I mean, I could go slow and enjoy the pretty graphics and just think of a Sunday drive but a typlical Sunday drive does not consist of lightening bolts falling from the sky, fireballs being shot at you, and a rando force shoving you off the track.
Too often than I would like to notice, video games are acting like everyone who plays them needs their hand held through out the entire game to get to point A to B, fire a weapon, or basic instructions incorporated into every game. I could play NES and Sega Genesis without knowing how to read when I was very young and now that I am older I start noticing first person shooters won't allow you to do random things and force you to progress through the story or I am forced to look through a hint every time I die. If I am playing the game, the game shouldn't play itself.
So, if I feel that I am too ignorant to use all the functions of a game or too lazy to look at the control scheme, there should be an optional tutorial that you can take in that situation. If I don't want to go through each and every little bit or I prefer to figure things out myself, let me. I don't want to arrive at the point of time in the future where video games end up being a hybrid between a movie and a game. Sure that might fit some people but I feel there is no reward in doing it that way.
TL:DR- I am sick of having my handheld when I play video games. I want a challenge, not a parent holding my hand, walking me across a street.