|Big companies like to do the same thing over and over again.|
The Madden NFL series is nearing its 25th year, and despite the lack of changes in recent entries, it is still wildly successful. This goes for most sports games. This brings up the question: is innovation and change the key to a successful franchise? Looking at Madden it seems like that question is a no. My real question is is the gaming industry afraid of change. The answer is yes.
Many gamers bemoan the series, but Call of Duty is another example of a game series that even with few major changes continues to be financially and critically successful Though sales numbers for Black Ops 2 may have been down compared to previous titles, it can not be argued that sales still warrant more entries which are coming.
So after looking at just two franchises it seems clear that change is not necessarily needed in order to continue a series, and other there are other franchise which would agree. Sonic the Hedgehog has tried doing different things from 3D platformers to RPGs. A quick glance at reviews for titles that did something different like Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) reveal that the spiky blue dude is best at doing the same old thing.
|Is Link running from change?|
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and the Zelda series as a whole, has been accused of lack of innovation. While I would disagree, many gamers will tell you that Skyward Sword is just another Zelda game, sticking to the tried and true formula that has worked for over 25 years.
Let's go back to my question: is the game industry afraid of change? Looking at some franchises it would seem like the answer is still yes. What is the reason for this? There maybe a couple factors in play.
Many gaming industry professionals strive to make gaming more like Hollywood, but for all the wrong reasons. Instead of focusing on making gaming unique, they try to make gaming like Hollywood, by making tent-pole franchises and doing what is successful until the consumer won't take any more.
Gamers are also a factor in the industry's fear of change. Gamers complain about stupid thing. They complained about the new look of Dante in DmC: Devil May Cry and complained about the ending to Mass Effect 3. Not to open an old wound, but that is absolutely ridiculous. What if readers complained about the ending of a book? Would they release a 10 page short story in order to better explain it? Hell no! So why do gamers pull this crap? They do this because us as gamers are just as afraid of change as the so called "professionals."
So what can we do to stop this? All I know is that signing an online petition won't help. Does this industry need change to survive? Leave a comment and tell me what you think.