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Top Ten People Most Dangerous To Videogames

7) Brainwashed Consumers

We hate to admit it, but even we've been guilty of this one. We all occasionally fall into the hype machine and get gobbled up and spit out as the fanboys we are, but constantly churned out sequels and -esque games are destroying the creativity of the gaming industry. 

Lining up with everyone else for the release of Grand Theft Auto IV and Halo 3 isn't the problem - these are good games. But our willingness to repurchase one barely-upgraded sequel or licensed crapdisc after another - and in fact, consumers as a whole actually avoid new ideas - is forcing developers and publishers into creative ruts and encouraging them to feed us the same game over and over again.



Above: Which is scarier, the mall full of zombies or the one full of Brainwashed Consumers... or is there not much difference?

What's the problem? Do you really want to be playing Halo 10, God of War 20, and Final Fantasy 100? Ok, maybe we might - those are the exceptions that prove the rule - what about yet another Tony Hawk or Dynasty Warriors game? What about another slight, annual improvement to every EA game? Do you want imperceptibly tweaked sequels to be all you're playing? As we get more and more brainwashed to keep buying the next great sequel, shell out for this year's roster update or try the next bargain-budget  GTA rip off, the really creative developers are going bankrupt because their games are being left on the shelf and ignored.

How do we fight him?
We admit that not every truly original and creative game is great, and not every sequel sucks. But why not take a chance? Instead of buying that generic FPS, try out something like Okami, which is so fresh it should be kept refrigerated? Buy Loco Roco, or Sega's upcoming Culdcept fantasy card battler, or Puzzle Quest or Earth Defense Force 2017 or Shadow of the Colossus... the list is endless. Taking a chance on a creative game encourages game makers to take chances of their own. And in doing so, you are doing your part to fight the man and help save your hobby.

If you don't shake it up now and then, don't blame us if ten years from now, the only games you can find that aren't sequels are the ones based upon licenses, like the latest Disney and Nickelodeon cartoons.

5 comments

  • ShokuaHyuga - October 11, 2010 6:59 a.m.

    I've experienced one of these dangers myself; game store clerk opinion. Once upon a time, I decided to purchase a copy of Poke'mon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Resue Team from a Gamestop store. Upon purchasing, the clerk told me that he had tried the game and had become discouraged with it; as a result, I barely gave the game half a chance, I played for roughly ten minutes, just enough time to finish the first mission, and gave it up, selling it back to Gamestop the very next time I went. I also know the threat of young children playing mature games is happening in my community, and it's time me and friends and aquaintances took action.
  • AwesomeA1010 - October 8, 2010 2:05 a.m.

    this is a great article, it didn't feel anything like 10 pages because I was so into it
  • tuomotaivainen - October 8, 2010 1:06 a.m.

    I'm one of the kids who was allowed to buy Diablo 2 thanks to mommy! Awesome part is.. I'm still a perfectly mature (most of the time), responsible person. Given the right circumstances and proper parenting skills. Kids CAN play M rated games and still turn out ok. Most of these problem people are actually revolved around threat #1. Which is just completely sad.
  • freddyqaqualung - October 8, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    I feel glad that I have those kinds of parents that actually pay attention to things and consider it in a reasonable manner. Also that I'm not that kid who shouts racial slurs at you over the mic in COD.
  • Da-Ku - September 2, 2008 3:10 p.m.

    First! Sorry Anyway... I Have To Admit I Used To Be A Fanboy But then I Bought a PS2 Aswell As A Wii I Need A 360 Now But Im Not Touching The PS3 It Has Good Games And I Dont Hate It I Just Dont Think Its A Good System

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