||[Nov. 21st, 2006|01:29 pm]
We all remember the Dot-Com bubble when any stupid idea with a domain name could become a hot business.|
But during the 80's, there was the video game bubble. There were some weird games being made back then.
They just don't make games like that anymore... thank God. (And if they do, I really don't think I want to know about it.)
Ninja Golf is attributed by many historians not to be an artifact of the 80s bubble, but of Atari's desperate attempt to reinvent itself with the launch of the 7800.
And while I agree with you that many ideas of that era were at best questionable (Decap Attack? Food Fight?) I miss the crazy variety and creativity the era spawned. Nowadays there are only the following games:
- the platformer
- the FPS
- the third-person beat em up
- the one-on-one fighter
- the driving game
- the GTA rip-off
- the licensed sports franchise game
- the never-ending RPG saga series
The extent of creativity today is either combining these genres (Sly Cooper, Jax, and Ratchet are all the platformer married to the third person beat em up, albeit occasionally with firearms) or forcing new franchises into one of them (Spider-Man is the third-person beat em up, The Godfather is the GTA rip-off, etc).
Yeah, the bubble gave us Ninja Golf, but it also gave us Archon, Auto Duel, Boulder Dash, Mail Order Monsters, and M.U.L.E. The level of creativity those games represent simply doesn't exist today - and with production budgets being what they are, no publisher is going to take a chance on them unless Will Wright designs it.
Platformer? What platformer?
There hasn't been a good platformer game in years. A new Mario game on a handheld maybe but that doesn't count.
the lack of a *good* platformer doesn't mean there haven't been *any*.
but I agree - the genre's last great title was either Castlevania Symphony of the Night or the last Metroid before Prime, depending on your platform bias.