With the leap from generation to generation comes new technology, which we usually see as a good thing. However after the introduction of battery-backed RAM in early cartridge-based consoles we've lost that which was once one of the most attractive parts of gaming; game over. Going back to my early gaming years I recall my Alex Kidd experience, the endless line of frustration losing to that stupid volcano boss over and over again. It's rock, paper, scissors dammit! How hard can it be?
Regardless, I kept going over and over, and over and over; until I was eventually able to defeat the strange, fist-headed boss that populated the level that was the bane of my existence. But we've lost that now, no longer do we have to worry about returning to the start of the game, or facing that same boss over and over again.
So what's left for those of us that actually enjoy punishments and consequences in games? Well, not all that much really. A few titles attempt to bridge the gap with challenging mechanics and perma-death, but these can sometimes be villainized by mainstream gamers.
A recent example of this is Dark Souls. A game that touched the heart of thousands of gamers that enjoy "hardcore" mechanics. A level of difficulty almost unheard of in this generation has been ruined by the votes of the masses. I use ruined lightly as everyone wants something a little different in gaming, so you can't blame those for wanting to change a game they enjoy to fit their tastes a little better.
A petition was created by developers, with thousands voting to make Dark Souls II a more casual experience. This will most likely benefit the developers as appealing to mainstream usually means more revenue, which is the goal at the end of the day. But at the same time they may alienate the players that made the original popular enough to warrant a sequel.
So what do you think? Is there space for games that severely punish mistakes and poor choices? Or does the continued growth in the popularity of gaming mean aiming for mainstream is going to be the only choice for future developers? Leave your thoughts below.
Eight of The Most Memorable MMO Dungeons Ever Designed
Dungeons are a staple of the MMO genre; large-scale challenges requiring co-operation and co-ordination between anywhere from five to a few hundred players to adequately complete. Of course, not all are created equal, and some stand head and shoulders above their peers. Today, I'd like to tip my hat to those few legends, those instances that'll stick with us for years to come as shining examples of how to do dungeons right.
Ten Of The Best MMORPG Songs Ever Heard
In many ways, an MMO is only as good as its music. Many of the best and most memorable moments in an MMO invariably have a song associated with them; a piece of music which brings the memories flooding back the moment it reaches one's ears. Today, I'd like to pay homage to some of those songs - and some of those moments. Here, for your listening pleasure (and in no particular order, I assure you) is a list of some of the best songs ever heard in an MMO.
Facebook's Purchase Of Oculus VR Isn't The End Of The World
For those of you who've been living under a rock, Facebook recently purchased Oculus VR to the tune of $2 billion. Understandably, backers and developers alike were rather unimpressed, calling it a betrayal. As for me? I've never been more excited.
Seven Of The Worst Things You Can Say In League
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Six Reasons You Should Be Playing Dark Souls II
I've been playing a lot of Dark Souls II lately - and you should be too. Say what you will about the game's flaws, it's still arguably one of the best action RPGs released in the past several years. If you're up for a bit of a challenge, it's well worth the buy. Don't believe me? Let's talk, then.
Eight Reasons The Elder Scrolls Online Will Be Awesome
As you're all no doubt aware, The Elder Scrolls Online - currently in open beta - will be launching in a few months or so. In light of both the new release date and all the hype surfacing around it, I've decided that, over the next two weeks, I'll be looking at all the reasons to look forward to it...and all the reasons we shouldn't.
League of Legends or DOTA 2?
The debate between Dota 2 and League of Legends has been raging almost since the two games were first released. But which game is REALLY the superior of the two?
Ten Fictional Settings That'd Make For Awesome MMOs
Let's look at a few settings, worlds, and stories I'd love to see made into MMOs. I'm sure you'll agree, all the entries on this list have the potential to be downright awesome.
MMO Year In Review: 5 of 2013's Biggest Dick Moves
People are dicks - particularly on the Internet. While that shouldn't come as any great surprise, occasionally we come across someone whose level of sheer dickery reaches legendary proportions. As we move into 2014, let's take a look at a few such individuals from the previous year.
Five Things Riot Needs To Do With League of Legends
The folks at Riot already have their work cut out for them moving into Season 4, and they?re doing a damned find job of weathering the transition so far. That said, here?s a few changes we?d like to see as the new season draws near.