The Round Table: 07/11/2010

Anybody there?

We have a new holder of the World Cup. Some country called Spain? I dunno, I wanted Ireland to win it. Do I live in Ireland? No. Why do I want them to win? Because they’re not in it. Soccer, football, kicky the ball; tis all over now. No more small talk before the big play off.

Let’s cut straight to the chase.

Are modern games missing ‘originality’?

With the rise of the first-person shooter, ever damn game being either a shooter or beat-em-up, it’s pretty hard to say what is original in this day and age. I’m currently working on a few essays, which is why I won’t even try and bother with an opinion. But I certainly think we’re headed down a route that is devoid of new material.

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  • I don’t think there is a lack of originality out there. I think you might be hard pressed to find it in the big AAA like MW2 or even Halo, but turning your eye towards stuff on the PSN or XBLA to see some pretty original stuff. Splosion Man comes to mind as an example, as does Flower.

    When it comes to actual gameplay mechanics, I think we’re pretty much at the point where everything is set and nobody is going to rock the boat with new and strange button combos or layouts. Nintendo is the only company that can do that and get away with it.

    Story-wise, I think there are original ideas out there. Portal 2 will prove that, I think. Just don’t expect CoD:BO to break new storytelling ground.

    I think it’s akin to the movies. There are movies that just give us the big explosions and set piece action that we want, then there are more independent films that bring us the story and emotion.