Saturday, 6 August 2011

The " Ice Breaker "

Hello Everyone, and welcome to the shadows verdict. I am your host, and my name is the Shadow Master. This blog will be focusing on the " The Fading Genres " in the video game industry and will be looking at games under those genres that seem to have problems finding popularity and/or a huge fan base in the midst of the ever growing popularity of First Person Shooters, casual games, and new gaming trends e.t.c. Unique story driven action adventure games are becoming extinct (except the likes of Heavy Rain and L.A. Noire that received critical acclaim and performed quite well commercially). Even fighting games (except the few popular franchises),  struggle to create the same impact in today's video game console market. 

The present generation of home consoles consist of the PlayStation 3 (PS3), XBOX 360, and Nintendo Wii. In my most honest opinion, this generation pales in comparison to the PS2, XBOX and Nintendo GameCube days software wise. Yes, the technology of the present generation of  home consoles is far more advanced than the previous and it does allow developers to exercise more creative freedom, and yes the advancements in technology have opened new gateways that were almost technically impossible in the previous generation. However something is missing . . . And the missing element to all this is the ' substance ' and unique immersive experiences video games were and are capable of offering. Only few titles this generation can boast of such.  

What could possibly be wrong ? Why are the story driven immersive experiences from the previous generation of consoles fading into obscurity ? And What could this mean in the long term for fans and followers of the 'Forgotten genres' ?  . . . .

Stay tuned to find out. 

In the meantime, feel free to drop your comments and opinions.

Many thanks

Shadow Master

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