I was grinding some Mass Effect 3 multiplayer the other day, wondering idly why you can never jump in games anymore, and it hit me…. What happened to all the platform games? I grew up when videos games were pretty much all based on the platform style, and it was almost inconceivable of a future that wouldn’t have many platformer games.
Yet here we are, 2012 and platformers are almost a dead genre, left in the wake of shooters and action games that seem to dominate the majority of our time. Don’t get me wrong, I love series like Battlefield, and I don’t even mind Call of Duty as long as I mute all the children, yet it seems like there is a certain stagnation to the industry.
After lending some thought, you can start to see our fate if you look at the Hollywood movie industry, which is arguable a few years ahead of us in declination. No really unique movies come out, and almost every “blockbuster” seems to be a rehash of something that was already done in the 80′s. This is what happens when an industry makes too much money too quickly, people get complacent and afraid, and let’s be honest, can you blame them? If I was involved in a multimillion dollar franchise I would be hesitant to take risks as well, as it’s far too easy to churn out the status quo for a guaranteed paycheque.
The same applies to the video game industry, especially when looking at a franchise like CoD (sorry for the CoD hate but it’s such a perfect example). Call of Duty releases almost the exact same game every year, and are guaranteed massive profits, so why innovate? When looking for new games to play, it’s almost the same as looking for movies. It’s pretty much guaranteed many of the “blockbuster” games will give you some standard, expected fulfillment, but to find a unique experience you need to look at the secondary titles that don’t get as much attention.
Oh god, maybe I’ve become an old man already.