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Monday, 29 November 2010 09:47

Too many good computer games out there

Written by Nick Farell

Bioware moans
BioWare's co-founder Ray Muzyka has been moaning that there are too many games on the market these days.

Muzyka said that the worst part about growing up is that you inevitably will have less time to play videogames. He said that he had to play everything just to stay current with what the videogame industry is producing.

He said that it was bad that the industry is so good. "There's too many games released today," Muzyka replied. "It's very, very busy, it makes it very hard as a player to keep up."

He has to play Bioware games, competitor's games, play other relevant games, and play the handful of games we just really want to play more of and finish," he continued. "I try and play two-or three hours a night, but that's hard and it's not enough."

It was not as if they were being flooded with mediocre games either. Most of them are really good and that is even before you start looking at them on their online versions.

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+25 #1 BorgOvermind 2010-11-29 10:40
"Too many games on the market these days" is not the same as "Too many good computer games".
Yes, there are a lot of games, but 95% of them actually are at most average or su*k or they're spam games (a 'new' one each year nearly identical to the previous ones). Unique high-quality games are at an average of 10 /year, and this # tends to decrease.
Most of them are not really good, but struggle to keep it above average with inflated and payed ratings.
+4 #2 thetruth 2010-11-29 10:55
I agree with what he's saying. Standards have definitely increased. (Either that or their availability via the internet has...). I used to sit down and play Tomb Raider or the same level of Crash Team Racing for hours... now, I have so many good games I don't know what to do with them. I've dabbled with the Witcher, completed about 10 races on Dirt 2, got past the tutorial level of Dragon Age, but with so many other games I could play, I drop the one I'm playing the moment I lose interest and pick up something else.
+6 #3 Jaberwocky 2010-11-29 12:07
I spend a few hours when i feel like it.Currently on the Witcher.I have logged about 30hrs so far.When i'm finished.I'm so far behind the next latest and greatest that A) it has come down in price and B) the bugs have been fixed and C) The Reviews are in to see if it's good or Crap.So being behind the cutting edge is in someways a bit of a result.
0 #4 BorgOvermind 2010-11-29 12:09
Can you name more then 5 very innovative games in the last 3 years ? And I mean innovative, not copy-paste variations .
I can name 3...but that's that (tip: Cryostasis is one). And I've completed most of the average and above games that saw daylight.
So gamers should start to use spam filters regarding games and skip all the junk. Then it will be noticed that there are quite a very few games that are really worth completing. The rest are good for some spare time killing but they will never be top games.
+1 #5 ReasonMan 2010-11-29 12:13
There is a lot of `good enough` games, which by all means doesn't mean they are good.

By good game :

- Cutting edge GFX (by that mean pushing latest hardware to its limits, but not due to poor optimizations)
- Great MP
- Bugfree
- Great game-play

- require some brain cells
- is somewhat consistent (aka SC2 units not being able to fire upon movement is just against common sense, and the creators actually made it core competency to uber micro to exploit that senseless limitation)
+2 #6 Tr0y 2010-11-29 12:23
Man! This guy has problems! Shitty Black Ops sold 4 million copies in ONE WEEK.

4.000.000 x $60 per copy = 240 million dollars! IN ONE WEEK.

This Muzyka guy suffers on a very high level :-x
+6 #7 Dracusis 2010-11-29 14:24
Quoting BorgOvermind:
Can you name more then 5 very innovative games in the last 3 years ?


Psychonauts, Oblivion, Defcon, Bioshock, COD4, The Witcher, Mass Effect, Sins of a Solar Empire, Portal, Left 4 Dead... That's ten yet still so many more I could list.

And that's only for the PC, there are heaps of fantastic and innovative console games around too like Little Big Planet, Mod Nation Racers, Fat Princess, Mario Galaxy, Braid, God of War, Shadow of the Colossus (released mid-late 2005), Pixel Junk Garden & Shooter ect ect ect - just far too many to list.

If you honestly think there haven't been 5 "good and truly innovative" games in the past 5 years you're either a) Not a real gamer or b) Clueless.
+2 #8 DaRAGE 2010-11-29 14:28
I totally agree with him. There are waay too many good games out there and there's not enough time to play and actually have a little tiny bit of a life. I probably have about 100 games sitting on my shelf, and another 200 sitting on steam, and who a few from impulse.
And thats JUST pc games. I have a playstation 3 also. I must have about 30 PS3 games. It's just bloody ridiculous the amount of good quality games i have, and some of them I havn't even finished the singleplayer because another game i've been waiting for is just released and has great awesome reviews raving about it saying "you definately need this game it pwns..." Arrrrghghhh
+3 #9 jklauderdale 2010-11-29 14:30
Sorry but a "Good Game" doesn't require cutting edge graphics. A game is there to entertain the player, if it accomplishes this then it is, by definition, a good game. Fallout 3 was a good game, Bioshock would have been a good game for the PC if not for the DRM debacle so I got it for the PS3. Sins of a Solar Empire is an EXCELLENT game, but then I still consider Thief and Homeworld to be good games and they're from 10-12 years ago.

None of these were released bug free, nor are they recent but, like Jaberwocky above, my time (and funding) is limited. The games I listed entertained me, in fact I can pop any one of them in and STILL be entertained by them. That by DEFINITION is a "Good Game" /imo
0 #10 DaRAGE 2010-11-29 14:33
Quoting ReasonMan:
- is somewhat consistent (aka SC2 units not being able to fire upon movement is just against common sense, and the creators actually made it core competency to uber micro to exploit that senseless limitation)

What do you mean? The move function is specifically there to actually move your units away in a direct function. If you want them to attack anything while moving towards an area, you select attack move. Most units in the game stop moving whilst attacking.... (the pheonix doesn't need to though)

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