Would you willingly put out 50 bucks for a computer game you KNEW was based off a program that was on sale 10 years ago, if the software was more or less just re tooled slightly to work in new Windows, and had a new graphics set?
Most would get miffed at being asked for 50 bucks for an old program.
LOL Les that's happening quite often anyways. Sid Meier is actually redoing omg "PIRATES" with NEW GRAPHICS, oh boy I can't wait! NOT! lol Then of course Halflife 2 and Doom III are on the way also. Same game, just better GRAPHICS. A new story but the concept is the same, FPS, kill floozie.
The problem I see with games today is they are building the game around the GRAPHICS instead of the other way around. Build the game, actually build the game AI first and then build the game around it and then build the graphics around the first two. It's just backwards nowadays and has been for a long time.
The AI I have been told by some developers is the LAST thing they program into the game other than polish and tweaks and by the time they get to the AI, then they are under "time to release it" pushes from the publishers, so one ends up getting a "beautiful" sorry crappy AI game, but, if it has multiplayer then you are in luck to a degree, except for time contraints.
Personally I got into computer gaming not for "multiplayer" purposes, I got into computer gaming because I couldn't always get my friends over to play or go over to play with them with RL time contraints becoming more of a reality as we grew into adulthood. Sure, was easy when we were teenagers, gamed every weekend, but, that's not possible now with all of us with families and jobs and other wonderful stressful things in life. lol A computer game gave me an opponent on my time, could play when I wanted to play or had time to play, but, what saddens me is the computer opponent hasn't improved in 24 years. Well a few have, but, I can count them all on one hand that present a decent challenge to me.
I'm not just an individual standing on a soap box here, just read your editors comments in various gaming magazines nowadays, read some of the reviewers comments, I'm not the only one seeing that "graphics" have been pushed into our faces out the ying yang with hardly any improvements to the other parts of the game, and of course the AI is the worst for still most all of them. What's next after 3D? 4D? lol
I'm just hoping somewhere somehow someone reads this or gets the idea from the magazines and other players that this "graphics trend market" is "boringggggggggggggg" to many of us, since we aren't really getting anything NEW NEW NEW, except title and graphics and some new user interfaces, heck I'm just as happy using the keyboard as I was back in my commodore 64 or Amiga 500 days.
Heaven forbid in the next 10 to 15 years when these 13 year olds of today hit the development market, omg, I don't even really want to think about it. The 13 year olds of the 80's certainly drove with the "cheat codes" being included in just about every game, and I blame that all on GAME GENIE, something that never should have ever been put on the market. It's ruined a lot of players of today, who think if they can't use a cheat code then the game is crap! lol
Has anyone else noticed in online games this trend for "cheating and hacking" the games?
I think Counter Strike got hit the hardest next to Diablo 2 maybe. Why did "we" or whoever allow "cheating" to be taught to our youth? ;) Cheating in computer games is just about as normal in life as sueing someone has become nowadays. LOL Whatever happened to baseball, apple pie and mom as the National Pastime?
Perhaps I'm just an ole fuddy duddy, but, my money is the same as the next persons. I spend it wiser though today than I did in my youth and maybe perhaps that is why our generation has been put aside for the frivilous spending of the youth of today that don't really know what they want in a game, as long as it has pretty graphics and cheat codes and they can frag someone online, or piss them off one or the two. lol