This or That

Posted by blackhawk24601 (5 posts) -

As y'all know, the video game industry is, first and foremost, a business. Video Game COMPANIES make games they know will turn a profit so that they may continue making games and therefore continue making a profit. Sequels are the most obvious means for game companies to all but ensure that they turn a profit on the games they produce. However, video games are also an art form. Brand new IPs are produced by mega-companies and independent developers alike on an almost daily basis to varying levels of success. 
 
Those things being said, what would you prefer? If you could have only one of these concepts for ever for the rest of your life which would you choose? Which is more valuable to you?

Option A: You could only play sequels of your favorite franchise for the rest of your life; high quality, regularly produced, and reliable sequels. That being said, you'd never meet new characters or experience new forms of gameplay. Sure, sequels make slight tweaks to their gameplay structures and characters but the core elements of the series remain intact.  You'd always get Call of Duty's kick-ass multiplayer, you'd always get Uncharted's fantastic storyline, of you'd always get Halo (which would be Hell for me but, whatever, you make like that) forever.
 
Or
 
Option B: You could only play brand new IPs for the rest of your gaming life meaning: you'd never again see beloved characters that you grew to love over the course of one game or receive "more of the same gameplay", but you would never play the same game twice.  You would always be experiencing something new with no guarantee with regards to quality. You might get Psychonauts or Brutal Legend. You could end up with Deadly Premonition or Alan Wake. You'd never know what would be coming next but it'd always be new.
 
Obviously this is an entirely hypothetical situation and we will see both sequels and original IPs alike, but which is more important to you?

#1 Posted by blackhawk24601 (5 posts) -

As y'all know, the video game industry is, first and foremost, a business. Video Game COMPANIES make games they know will turn a profit so that they may continue making games and therefore continue making a profit. Sequels are the most obvious means for game companies to all but ensure that they turn a profit on the games they produce. However, video games are also an art form. Brand new IPs are produced by mega-companies and independent developers alike on an almost daily basis to varying levels of success. 
 
Those things being said, what would you prefer? If you could have only one of these concepts for ever for the rest of your life which would you choose? Which is more valuable to you?

Option A: You could only play sequels of your favorite franchise for the rest of your life; high quality, regularly produced, and reliable sequels. That being said, you'd never meet new characters or experience new forms of gameplay. Sure, sequels make slight tweaks to their gameplay structures and characters but the core elements of the series remain intact.  You'd always get Call of Duty's kick-ass multiplayer, you'd always get Uncharted's fantastic storyline, of you'd always get Halo (which would be Hell for me but, whatever, you make like that) forever.
 
Or
 
Option B: You could only play brand new IPs for the rest of your gaming life meaning: you'd never again see beloved characters that you grew to love over the course of one game or receive "more of the same gameplay", but you would never play the same game twice.  You would always be experiencing something new with no guarantee with regards to quality. You might get Psychonauts or Brutal Legend. You could end up with Deadly Premonition or Alan Wake. You'd never know what would be coming next but it'd always be new.
 
Obviously this is an entirely hypothetical situation and we will see both sequels and original IPs alike, but which is more important to you?

#2 Edited by JJWeatherman (14558 posts) -

Easily option B. I'd take variation and the potential to constantly stumble upon amazing new games any day.

#3 Posted by jkz (4008 posts) -
@JJWeatherman said:
" Easily option B. I'd take variation and the potential to constantly stumble upon amazing new games any day. "
My feelings exactly.
#4 Posted by FireBurger (1479 posts) -

B.

#5 Posted by mrhankey (695 posts) -

Yeah...after reading option A I felt as if the only logical response was B.

#6 Posted by Blair (2504 posts) -

B.

#7 Posted by TheSeductiveMoose (3617 posts) -
@FireBurger said:
" B. "
  This \/  and That /\
@Blair said:
" B. "
Online
#8 Posted by Arbie (1449 posts) -

Option B easily. Option A just seemed sad =[ I'd see my favourite characters every time I replayed the game they are in anyway! So definitely B!

#9 Posted by BeachThunder (11830 posts) -
#10 Posted by natetodamax (19191 posts) -
@BeachThunder said:
" B is the only answer.
 
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I lol'd
#11 Posted by AlwaysAngry (2924 posts) -

A. There are so many different franchises now, that video games are varied enough. If something may come out that I would never think of or know about, well... I would have never known about it. if I chose A, I would just think I had the best thing video games could offer and always enjoy them.

#12 Posted by Damian (1538 posts) -

The styling is creative, Black Sheep are the Native, can't be violated or even deceoticated ... ehem... Sorry. 
 
B.

#13 Posted by mazik765 (2315 posts) -

Neither. I have no problem with sequels or original IPs as long as they are good games. I don't care if you through Marcus Phoenix's face into some Gears of War spin-off or something, if it's not a great game, I'm not going to enjoy it. Same goes for original IP's. Exploring a fresh new world with great new characters is usually an awesome experience, but if the game is not solid, it won't be fun.
 
The IP's have very little to do with it. As long as they continue to tell compelling stories filled with interesting characters and solid game mechanics, I really don't care what IP it belongs to.

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