I spent so much time failing and achieving nothing on this level that I almost gave up on a game about Uncle Scrooge. Uncle Scrooge!
Don’t Waste My Time
As my gaming time becomes increasingly precious, nothing drives me closer to the brink of f–king insanity than putting an hour or two into a game and achieving nothing. Either I don’t make it to the checkpoint, or I don’t beat the boss or I spend an hour wandering around trying to find where I need to be in vain.
I’m not saying games should be made easier or all setbacks for failure should be removed, far from it, but I want everything I do to at least count in some small way. I want all those enemies I killed while exploring to give me experience or loot or something, I want some reward for getting the boss down to a sliver of health before being squashed and for God’s sake, let me save anywhere. In the year 2013 save spots, checkpoints or only being able to record your progress at the end of a level is just straight up bad design. Sorry, it is.
I…could have done without any of this guy.
Assume I Know How To Play Games
Speaking of wasting my time, I’ve been at this gaming thing for a while — I know how to play most types of games, and if I don’t, I have a solid foundation to work from and can figure things out pretty quickly. I should be able to choose “Yes, I’ve played a Zelda game before” and skip the now-standard beginning tutorial village or choose “Yeah, this isn’t my first Assassin’s Creed” and skip, well, the first third of the game. Tutorials aren’t just boring, they’re a slap to the face that screams, “This isn’t for you — this is for young, hip, new gamers. Time to hang it up!”
Do Something New
I hope I haven’t come off as a cynical old crank in this article, because the fact is, all I need is a game that’s genuinely new and innovative and I’m back to being as enthusiastic as a kid on Christmas morning. If you want to keep gamers who have seen and played it all, nostalgia can work to a degree, but surprising them with something they haven’t yet seen is even more powerful.
How ’bout you other, uh, vintage gamers? What does the video game industry have to do to keep you interested?
I want more like this!
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