Friday, 21 October 2011

New Things Aren't So Bad...I Guess

You know something? It's been ages, in my mind at least, since I've done a serious "I need a few days to think about that" post, and I kind of miss doing them, but I've been unable to think about what to do one on. Then me and Bob got to talking on his blog about how games developers say they aren't willing to take risks and try new things because they don't have the money to thanks to piracy. My simple response to that is "Fuck you, put out something worth paying for, and people will pay for it. Independent FREE games get a lot of donations, because they're worth paying for". This isn't totally about the gaming industry, and I will try to include things a lot of people can relate to, so if you don't like games or just don't know a great deal about them, don't worry, a time will come when you will have something you can reply about.

But I will be starting with games. A lot of games these days are exactly like every other game. Or senseless sequels/remakes. Now, I don't really have a problem with a sequel people called for, or really did want, but when every other game is a Call of Duty game, or a Fail-o (Halo) game, we've gone too far, and this shit needs to stop. Try some innovation. Nearly every RPG these days incorporates a skill tree system. About the only ones that don't are the Elder Scrolls games. As good as it is to have a skill system where you get points in a skill the more you use it, the downside is it can take to long to get badass at it, and people just pick simple skills they don't even need to try to level up, just to hit high levels faster. Yes I did that myself. Like I said before, games developers say that the reason they do this, the reason they just stick with what sells, is because they aren't willing to risk their money. If you aren't willing to risk your money, eventually you will just lose it all. Give us something new, please? Something that will blow our minds, and our hearts. And our wallets. There are games that are innovative, that are just downright awesome, and that do veer away from the norm, but they are fewer and farther between these days.

Now I'm going to have to force myself to step away from the gaming industry, and throw in a paragraph about the movie industry. I really cannot tell you how long it's been since I was excited for a movie. A Hollywood one anyway. Other film industries are doing good. My brother's movie collection is mostly Asian movies. But a lot of movies these days are once again, shameless uncalled for sequels, remakes, or things that just use so many basic stereotypes and rehashed ideas they might as well be remakes. Would it kill you to come up with something original? I realise that pretty much everything has already been done, but can you at least do something that hasn't been done in a while? Rather than doing the same thing over and over and over again.

This does also come into effect with real life as well though. I'm not going to tell you to leave your comfort zone, I'm more guilty than most for staying in there. The main reason I'm a crappy cook is because I never try anything new, and I never experiment. I can come up with excuse after excuse, but eventually they are just all excuses, no matter how good they are. These include; No cooking accessories or supplies, too poor really for ingredients, I have a very old crappy cooker where if you put something in the oven you have to put it on higher than needed so it will cook right, and I think that might be about it really. I have no kitchen scales, no real cooking equipment, I have a baking tray that's about it. I have a cooker, a grill, a fryer, and a toaster. This should really be enough for me to cook some cool things, but I also don't want to risk buying something and then it going to waste.

Just by living I stick to my comfort zone, though I must stress I hate that phrase as I don't feel very comfortable, and it doesn't feel very nice here. I'm a loner, and a shut in, and I make myself one by not going out, not putting myself out there. It's not too bad I guess, but sometimes it really can be. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm not living, I'm existing. I'll also say this again, stop existing, start living, and once in a while, try something different, no matter what it is.

Last note, don't forget to check Wednesdays post entitled "Something Kinda New". Yes I'm going to add this to every post until Monday as I want as many people as possible to be able to ask me questions. Real last note, in case you didn't notice the change in the blog description up there ^ I have been given another blogger award, a versatile blogger award from Caroline. I don't mind giving her a link back, she's good fun and more involved with her followers than even me, but I've had a versatile award before, and I don't really like doing them again.

35 comments:

  1. I'm guilty of this, sticking to the same stuff a lot (just ordered my MW3 for the PS3 because I like it and know what I'm getting, sometimes it's too expensive to try new things and be disappointed especially in these interesting times.

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  2. I couldn't think of anything to comment with the rest since it's out of my range-the games and all.

    On the other note, I check your description and I was like WOW! what an achievements! but you deserves all those anyway..CONGRATS!

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  3. Congrats on the award. But, seriously, I agree with you on the gaming thing. There haven't been any new and exciting ideas coming out recently that have made me want to rush out to the store so that I could by it. It's not worth it when I can sit at home and play my old favorites.

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  4. @The Angry Lurker Indeed, it is that mindset that we all have actually. Even though we get pissed off there's a new sports game every year with no big changes, we buy it anyway. I can understand the consumer not wanting to make risks, but the gaming industry itself should be to try and get more people and sales.

    @Mai Yang I was hoping that by including life and such I could branch out to everyone, oh well. Thank you for the congratulations ^^ It's also nice to see somebody reads that stuff :P

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  5. @Kathy S There have been a few for me, but these are just sequels in already existing series', I want to see a new series, I want to feel what I felt when I played something like...I actually can't think of a recent example of a new series that didn't come from an existing franchise. Oh wait, games like Lost Odyssey or The Last Remnant.

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  6. I hear ya with the movies...all sequels and remakes! Where's the original shit man?!

    I don't have much time for games, especially rpg types. When and if I have time, I will go shoot some people on C.O.D.

    I also live within my comfort zone. The only thing I ever try to mix up and do differently is cooking, and that isn't very often!

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  7. @Danjor21 There are some good movies outside Hollywood really, but I'm not sure how those industries are doing these days. I don't mess around much in the kitchen myself. Mostly due to a lack of ingredients and equipment. I have like an 80% success rate when it comes to cooking omelets, but that 20% will stop me from trying, because I don't want to waste the food.

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  8. I think I will disagree with you on this post. The game developers and movie producers after all are businessmen so they have to think for profit first. You perhaps dont like the mainstream games and movies but many other people still love it. Moreover, I do believe the game and movie studios have to do research and survey first before creating new games and movies.

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  9. @Linux and Life I will agree with you on that really, but by not taking the chance they miss out on the oppurtunity to perhaps make the next really big game, like Molyneux did when he came up with Fable, or the guy behind Gears of War. By experimenting they have the chance to reach a much wider audience than the current mainstream games. However, I can appreciate that they need to think about money more.

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  10. I totally agree with you on the game industry thing. They'll have to learn to deal with piracy, 'cause it's here to stay.

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  11. When it comes to games, the inovative stuff actually doesn't sell as much as the more "safe" games.
    For example Planescape: Torment, Psychonauts or Sacrifice did not supposedly sell too well, even though they were all excellent, (or at least) original games. I'm sure, there's a lot more cases like these.
    On the other hand.. for example AE's yearly rehashed sports games (Fifa, NBA ...) earn regularly enough to be profitable.
    Or that generic CoD series and it's clones are usually highly profitable as well.

    I think it's similar case with movies.

    People don't like strange, unfamiliar things, so they just play it safe... and so do the developers, because it's all about those stupid useless papers.

    There's also that "hype" thing. The game/movie/whatever that has most hype before it's release usually sells better, even if it's in reality shitty or mediocre.. like most newer Molyneux games for example.
    So maybe people just weren't brainwashed enough by the hype machine, so they didn't feel like buying those games I listed.. not sure.

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  12. Heh, I see you already mentioned the sports games.
    You also mentioned Molyneux but in a different way, than I did. I know you like Fable, but for me (from what I saw/played) it's the epitome of mediocre series kept alive mainly thanks to the hype.

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  13. I usually read the comments before posting mine, but I'm pretty tired right now, so I've just kinda spead read it this time.. :/

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  14. @Pieter DRM just pisses people off more and makes games not sell, or just increases piracy as people don't want to deal with it.

    @Bob, ahhhh 3 comments. I will agree that Fable is way overhyped, even though I do enjoy it, it isn't going that well for me as it used to be. Fable 3 was good, but there's just something about it. Well, a few things I guess. I don't know. I really enjoyed Psychonauts, that was some good stuff. It's a shame it didn't do well sales wise. Halo for me is the epitome of mediocre kept alive by hype. I mean, at least Molyneux TRIES with Fable. There's always something new. Whereas the only thing you get with Halo is a new, faster completion time, and possibly a new multiplayer mode. People need to take a lesson from the Final Fantasy creator, not in how to make games but in how to, well, actually make games. Final Fantasy was called that because he thought it would be his last game ever, he gave it everything he had, and it turned into what it is today. If he didn't take that shot, he would have ended up quite possibly nothing. But his non-FF games like Lost Odyssey are awesome. FF itself has gone quite downhill sadly.

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  15. They don't care about original movies, only about money. :'(

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  16. I fucking HATE hollywood remakes of Jap horror. I think I might've said that before...
    Kitchen experimenting is easy - start with some different herbs and spices, if you want I'll suggest some, start by just jazzing up the things you usually cook. Some of the best things I make are when I just throw a load of stuff in a pan.

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  17. ps what are these 'infolinks' things I see when I hover on your links ?

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  18. At least when big companys do lame games it gives independent companys a chance to corner the market on something different!

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  19. It seems sadly that the same is true with politicians these days as well..... mix it up America!!!

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  20. I hear ya man, pretty soon there will be a Call of Duty Modern Warefare Black Ops 17. Is this really necessary to rehash the same shit over and over? Also agreed on the RPGs, it would be nice to have a hack and smash EXP game without having to plan out a skillset. Just make my warrior more of a bad ass by default!

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  21. Mark: Oh yeah, Halo.. how could I forget. :)

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  22. I know why! Because it's ....... forgettable. :)

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  23. I've tried to get back into the habit of buying things in physical copies to support the companies. But I do like to see people give stuff away for free, and get donations out of it.

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  24. I think it shows the true value of your work

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  25. Ahhhh I didn't check my blog for ages, lots of comments to get through.

    @My 2 Pesos This is true, plus they just also seem to be totally out of ideas.

    @Dirtycowgirl Hehe I think you have said that before, and I'll agree, the same can be said when Hollywood touches ANYTHING Japanese, look at that God awful Dragonball movie. As for kitchen experimentation, I'll save experimenting and spicing up what I can already make for when I'm able to make things comfortably :) Cheers for the tip though. The infolinks are ads but that's all I can say or they might ban me. o_o

    @Bersercules Haha that is already happening really. Look at how much Minecraft was dominating, and built up it's cult following. This is a nice piece of serendipity in the situation.

    @Steve Bailey ahh don't get me started on the Saviour that is Ron Paul. I'm not even American but I'd vote for that guy.

    @Heaven Some aren't so bad, but some are patently unnecessary.

    @Blunders Ahhh gone are those good old days. Though I will admit I do like the character customization in games these days. It's necessary to rehash the same old shit because it equals profits. lol.

    @Bob I'm amazed I was able to remember it too. It really does rely on those people that just think "OHMIGAWD ITS THE BEST GAME EVER FUKKIN NEWB U JUST DONT LIKE IT COS U SUCK AT IT".

    @Kid Shuffle I are confus.

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  26. Mark: I think KS is saying, that it shows true value of your work, when people actually want to give you money for it even though they don't have to.

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  27. @Bob Ahhhhhh that makes sense. And it's true.

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  28. as far as games go, its all about genres, thing is we already seen thousand of games so most concept will never seem original or new anymore, because its part of the same genre this happen a lot with FPS and RPGs, but i dont really mind that tbh

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  29. @Tony Storm this is true, but it would be nice to see some innovation for once. Halo called itself "Combat Evolved" and as far as most people are aware it did indeed evolve the genre. I'd like to see some new things, good gameplay mechanics and stories. I would argue I want something fun but I guess someone finds this stuff fun if it's selling.

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  30. Whoa, man. What was that you said about Halo? I'll have you know that game (and franchise) has worked hard to earn its place in video gaming history with its excellent gameplay and most of all its well-developed writing. The wave of substandard clones and knock-offs that followed are not to be blamed on the series itself.
    [DISENGAGE RANT MODE]
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  31. @Henry I'm glad you haven't read my post dedicated entirely to Halo. I like the Halo games, but my problem is that they started to do what every other FPS game does, they relied on multiplayer. I'll admit I've only played the first two, and I liked them, but two was a lot shorter than one, and I've heard that 3 is doable in six hours. Call of Duty Black Ops is literally completable in 8, I saw my brother do it without a break. What kind of story can you fit into such a short amount of time? Halo did work hard to get where it was, but when it got there, for me, it got lazy.

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  32. Everything changes overtime, well..apart from sharks and crocodiles I guess. Nature seems to think they're perfect >_>

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  33. Stay in the confort zone is what makes you cannot grow as a person, it happens to me constantly but I also guess if we are always worrying about the confort znee is because we are inconformists, we are not ok with our situation, then the problem is not this, the real problem is that we are afraid of leaving it, but we have to understand that we need to leave it in the order to gain experience, and with that I'm linking the "confort zone stuff" with the videogame stuff xD

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  34. @JDC There are a lot of kinds of sharks, with a lot of variation, but when it comes to gators I think there are a fair few of them, but they all seem the same. I guess they must be some of the fittest if it's survival of the fittest.

    @Orang3 haha well that is true, we need to leave our comfort zones to get the experience we need to grow.

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