Gaming is finally getting the respect it deserves as a means of entertainment. Is it g
Written by: kaizervag - 18:33 Oct-07-2014

Through the years the gaming community has grown in numbers socially, econimically and of course in attention as a legitimate means of entertainment.

Some years ago, non-casual (like tetris and pac-man etc.) gaming was treated by media and all the "grown-ups" as a threat to the young people social, psychological and intelectuall development. Also there have been incidents where people attributed horrible crimes to the fact that the criminal was playing certain games. Through the years though, as the gaming community and then industry evolved exponentially in the economic department, everything changed. As opposed to former years where gaming was being trashed by the media and the general public opinion, now we even see trailer and advertisements in the TV radio even in newspapers.

For the gaming community this is a good thing since being a gamer is not equall to being a "loser" or a "virgin-for-life" and all that cr@p that people used to say. It has also contributed to the fact that more money is being invested on games which in turn means (not always) better games. Also, there is huge support to indie development which formerly was stright-up absent. There is catch though, after all this attention that gaming has received, most AAA and AA titles are made more to make money rather than create something good that people will enjoy. Also, games are contantly being dumbed down so that they will be "easy enough" for the masses.

As you will all say, and i agree, gaming is a business and that's it, is it really a good thing that gaming has become such a popular for the masses entertainment tool? Or has this turn of events thrown the overall quality and experience of games?

I think it is unfortunately a two way street, that we all have to suffer in. That's evolution in the economic world. The more they sell, the less they try to keep up the quality that made them successfull in the first place.

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18:59 Oct-07-2014

My short and sweet answer is... it is just the way it is.

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19:01 Oct-07-2014

Yup, sadly...

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18:59 Oct-07-2014

Not yet, maybe in western countries, but my country is always in delay compared to other countries in the world. Gamers from our country are fighting to promote gaming in best possible way, but propaganda is stronger... :(

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18:45 Oct-07-2014

a good point. unfortunately its a fact that games tend to become easier so that more people will like them without caring for the ones who prefer them more challenging. thankfully this goes only for single player since in multiplayer there is competition and there will always be someone better than you to challenge and thats why me and many people spend a lot more time in MP games. as for the quality as you have mentioned in your other blog its dropping due to this shortsighted economic policy of today's big publishers who care only about fast and easy profit.

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18:55 Oct-07-2014

Exactly, the only thing that bothers me is that the multiplayer draws so many players that like the challenge that nowadays single player games cannot provide, but the single player experience could be so much more rewarding (story, atmosphere, voiceacting, engaging cut scenes, gameplay features not possible in mp etc). And what you said about the quality, YES! this is why most economies fail.

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