I just heard a new Tony hawk game is coming out and I love Tony Hawk, at least I did four years ago. There have been so many that I have lost count and I’m still in my living room listening to real skateboarders ride by. I think I’ll go play Guitar Hero now, how about I don’t. But seriously let’s talk about evolution. Because as a society, we are headed somewhere, and I would like to have a say in where we go. And personally, if I am still playing Tony Hawk in ten years, I’m going to blame YOU.
I think that at its root, unoriginal gaming is to be blamed on fear. Fear that a new direction won’t be fun. Fear that it will be “too” original and it will marginalize the fans. Fear that nobody will buy it because they don’t like risk. Fear that we will miss the deadline while making it because it is too experimental. Fear that well…. you fill in the blank. What we need is a new standard because even if there is a diamond in the rough out there somewhere, I will have still had to go through sequel after unoriginal sequel to get to it. But alas, its taste will be bittersweet because of the 50 hours of game time I get out of it will not be worth the year I had to wait for it.
We are talking about quality over quantity. Is that too much to ask for?