Video Games make sale history in 2007 - but is it a good thing?

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Video Games make record sales, gaming suffers?
 
2007 seems to have been the year of the gamer. With sales topping £1.52billion and some games (Microsoft and Bungie's Halo 3), taking £84million in the first 24 hours, there hasn't been a better year for developers to make a lot of money.
 
The question on my mind though, are we selling out by buying the big franchise games?
 
halo 3
 
I mean let's look at the example given: Halo 3. I'm about to have a lot of fanboys arguing with me now when I say: it's simply not good enough to be billed as one of the best games ever. Sure the multiplayer is decent but in all honesty the buck stops there. Single player was utterly disappointing and it's just more of the same which is hugely sad from such a talented developer as Bungie.
 
assasins creed
 
Now let's pick up on Assassins Creed, one of the titles that promised so much in 2007. It is a "good" game...but not a "great" game. Some promise was shown in the actual assassinations, but there was mind-numbing boring gameplay stuck in the middle of these missions that made it very hard to play. I think Zero Punctuation's Yahtzee summed it up best.
 
I'm going to save my views on gaming for the moment and spare you my rants now, but the question I'm trying to pose to you is this: do we as consumers want to see watered down sequels and rushed out games in 2008? Do we really want Metal Gear Solid v105 and Gran Turismo 33.3? Hell I'm sure some of us do...but why can't we have more innovative games?
 
Because if not, I suggest we make sure that we look, listen and look again before buying a game that sells out to the hype.
 
spore
Spore looks fresh and new, but will you vote with your wallets?
 
There are a few games that really got our forum members going this year and a lot of good titles. We'll be showing you just which game our members tipped as the best in 2007 soon.
 
Angry at a lazy game industry, or simply at me for slagging off your favourite game? Have your say here
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16-12-2007, 12:28:30

nathan

Disco :)



hmmmm, i see! :p

16-12-2007, 13:50:39

BloomerzUK
I use Vista 64 on my Games Machine. I think I will go back to XP Pro though soon, so I can play games more smoothly, and not worrying about everything being capable with Vista and/or 64 bit.

16-12-2007, 14:04:11

ionicle
had vista, hated it, went to linux, love it...that is all :D

am on xp on my spare pc now though

16-12-2007, 15:46:26

Bungral
Been running Vista since about May and its never caused me any problems.

16-12-2007, 16:42:32

Rastalovich
We all do different things and have different demands and tasks, probably standards too to an extent.

I don`t like not having an "UP" arrow on my explorer, but Directory Opus is about to solve that.

I`ve disabled the annoyances.

I don`t like using the "move file" command and having it either move 1 file in the list at a time @ below 7mbs, leaving the rest behind. Or asking me if I want to copy into a folder and leave the "move" requested files behind.

It does seem to get a better experience the more u remove and replace. Think this next week might be trouble free, bsides trying to sort out a non hogging security package.

640 out of 2048 meg used after booting has settled down. Gotta look into that somewhat too. Run a few things and I`m 50/50 memory.

16-12-2007, 16:52:53

Kempez
I never understand why people worry about how much RAM is being used in the OS. As soon as you start gaming Vista dynamically assigns the RAM to whatever the game needs *sigh*

I have high standards and tbh Vista has some niggles, but I'm yet to find an oS that doesn't

16-12-2007, 16:56:07

Rastalovich
Yeah, I won`t play games on the web accessing Vista. The gaming one boots to about 18% of 3.xxG which I`m pretty happy with atm.

16-12-2007, 18:05:46

Nagaru
I am no fan of Vista but really this was supposed to be funny not overly serious. >_<

16-12-2007, 18:12:04

Kempez

I am no fan of Vista but really this was supposed to be funny not overly serious. >_<



Aye twas indeed funny :D

17-12-2007, 06:37:45

Rastalovich

I am no fan of Vista but really this was supposed to be funny not overly serious. >_<



Whole situation`s a joke imo.
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