For those who don’t know, I’m at avid user of digg.com (it’s not without its flaws though, but that’s a story for another time), and a few days ago I stumbled across an article on digg titled “Top 10 reasons I don’t care about today’s gaming“. Disregarding the grammatically incorrect title, it seemed like an interesting article.
Among the first few paragraphs (right before the list actually starts), the author wrote:
And just to clarify, this is all my opinion, so don’t get worked up about it (glares at the users of Digg.com… ‘OMG U SUK UR LIST SUX UR ON CRACK!’)
Knowing how immature some digg users could be, I sympathised with him… but then I read the article.
After which, I posted the following comment on digg, which I’ll use here (slightly edited) because it’s really all I want to say:
Initially when he started complaining about how Digg users were irritating for calling him an idiot, I was thinking I’d agree with him by the end of the article because I’ve seen how bad some comments on digg are.
After going through the entire article, the first comment (That guy is an idiot, why was this article even submitted?) needs to be dugg up A LOT more. And so that he doesn’t post an update to the post going “AHA DIGG USERS ARE STILL FLAMING ME, THE STUPID IDIOTS WHO COMPLAIN FOR NOTHING”, I’m gonna try and prove why SOME (note, not ALL, I do agree with some parts of what he said) were utter crap:
(Please keep in mind this was a one-off comment, hence the sloppy writing and pretty biased tone)
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10) Too many good old games
Ok, he has a point there I guess. Personally, I’ve never played old games (I’m only 17), but I don’t doubt some of them are good, looking at how much love some are given. However, is this REALLY a credible reason for not caring about new games? Does the fact that old games are good = new games suck? He stated Halo 2 as one of the “old franchises”, did he ever bother to try Halo 3? Or any other good game out nowadays actually.
Fact is technology has reached a point where there’s just more stuff in games nowadays, eg. Open world games. Sure you could consider GTA 3 an “old game”, but face it, GTA 4 kicks ass.
9) Way too complex
This entire point only focuses on the PS3 (at least that’s what I think, I personally don’t own any current gen consoles, and not because I don’t want to), if I’m wrong someone please correct me. But from what I’ve heard, only the PS3 really requires you to install games.
And even if it wasn’t the case, if the game is good enough, I’m sure most people would be willing to wait for awhile longer to start playing it. So you’re telling me that because you need to wait to install games, you’ll gladly pass on games that might go on to become classics in the future? And only when they become classics will you check them out?
8) Memory cards
I actually agree with this part, the ability to bring my latest save file of Final Fantasy or whatever game to my friend’s house who has a PS2 as well as the game itself to show off to him how cool my characters are is great fun. My only gripe with Mem cards are the small storage space. IMHO, mem cards would probably have been a good idea to add to the current gen consoles. Portability rules.
As for the author, you seriously think you’re going to run out of space because of game save files on a HD?
Do I really need to explain how stupid this point is? How does the release of a (supposedly) crappy game, which you yourself admit was released at the wrong time, contribute to you not wanting to check out newer games? How does that even make sense?!
“Stupid game got released at the wrong time, everyone hates it…. I SHOULD STOP CARING ABOUT NEW GAMES.”
6) ‘Hardcore’ and ‘Casual’
He’s actually stereotyping the 2 categories himself. Only other idiots think that Casual games don’t belong to a “hardcore gamer” library, no one’s even saying that’s the case. Every single gamer (hardcore or not) has definitely spent some time with an online flash game or something like that.
Besides, the logic here doesn’t make sense again.
“People stereotype hardcore and casual gamers…. GAMES NOWADAYS SUCK.”
Some games were MEANT to be played online. So you’re not happy that a game doesn’t have enough single player content and you usually only play single player stuff? THEN DON’T BUY THAT PARTICULAR GAME! DUH!
oh and I quote
“Either give me a good game with no online capabilities, or a good game with online capabilities. I don’t really care which.”
If you “don’t care which”, then why is this even an issue?!
4) Casual gaming
Have you even TRIED casual games? World of Goo anyone? And what’s the problem with casual games? There are more than enough “hardcore” games out there for YOU, so now what,
“There are so many casual games out there and I don’t like them… I SHOULD STOP CARING ABOUT ALL GAMES”.
Ok here, I completely agree, game prices are definitely going up, but if the game is quality enough, I’d still be willing to buy it. But for this point I can see his reasons for not liking newer games. But seriously, not caring about games just because of their cost? Good luck catching up in the future when all these games become classics and their prices drop low enough for your budget.
2) Console problems
True, the RROD epidemic is unprecedented, so I can see why you are irritated with the new consoles. But may I please inform you of this “console” that has been around for ages called the PC? Sure not all games run on it, but it’s still a worthwhile platform to play some of the latest, good games that come out on the PC as well. But besides that, surely you can still learn to at least appreciate the new games without actually playing them? Flat out ignoring what are going to become classics in the future is plain dumb.
1) Lack of games!
Someone PLEASE help me on this one, I am soooo lazy to list all the good games that have come out in the last 5 years. THERE ARE SO MANY. He’s obviously not looking hard enough for good games… or he’s just been hiding under a rock. Just a few games I can think of off the top of my head:
- GTA IV
- Halo 3
- Left 4 Dead
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
- Fallout 3
- Gears of War
- Metal Gear Solid 4
- Team Fortress 2
and many, many, many more.
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All in all, there’s really no reason to at least completely give up on keeping up with the latest games, you might not like all of them, but the technology itself is something to marvel at. Sure we had Super Mario, Zelda, etc in the past, but even if you disregard the improvement in graphics, developers have learned how to develop better gameplay, provide a more engaging story than saving a princess from Bowser, and have created open worlds previous thought impossible.
Games of the past will always remain classics, but games of today are going to become classics of the future.