You know, there are times when I feel deeply ashamed of being a gamer. It's stupid, I know, but I can't help it. Since the public percieves gaming as something for children and social misfits living in their parents cellar (and quite possibly living there to spare their parents the shame of their offspring being seen in public), being a gamer feels like being part of a small, intimate group, and thus anything horrendous done by other members of the group sullies me that much more. When I see The Real Cancun in the boxoffice charts, I feel like bemoaning the all-consuming greed and blatant disregard for such things as artistic merit (as well as bashing the cynical corporate scumf*cks responsible over the head repeatedly with a shovel); when I see Dave Mirra BMX XXX I retreat to my greasy little corner, grab the comfy blanket and cry my heart out as some bastard just stained my soul enough to ensure my reincarnation as an insect.
It all comes down to mainstream acceptance. I want to see games enter the public concience as something worthwhile; I want to games like Torment, System Shock and Thief get the recognition they deserve. I want the alarmist cries about the evil games to stop. I want gaming to be accepted as something anyone can do regardless of age and gender, so I'll be able to see something juvenile or horrible, like the E3 booth babes or Acclaim, and not feel raped.
Which is why those high scool dropouts, big-business rejects and all-round incompetents in charge at publishers' must die. Take a good, long look at the average gaming ad. Count the number of breassts rubbed in your face. Compute the leather to sensible clothing ratio. Look at the second rate artwork, coming off as a two minute photoshop job. This is what they think will make us buy their product. How can we ever be taken seriously by anyone else when even the industry believes us to be dribbling imbeciles?
Admittedly, they can't be blamed completely for the gratious nudity and leather, as every other developer seems to be living out his S&M fantasies through his games, but look at it this: someone, somewhere thought this abomination was a good idea.
Weep with me brothers and sisters.
(But It'll all be ok, won't it? Because Infogrames is innovation. Infogrames rocks, rocks, rocks our world! Christ. :lol:)
[size=9]I intended to write a brief something instad of just posting the link with the prerequisite 'lol'. It got a little bit out of hand.[/size]