At the end of the day, the video game industry is a business and compared to when I was a kid, the industry has exploded in terms of financial profits and gains. Despite my rose tinted glasses, gaming has become better than ever before and there is a market for just about every game in today’s industry. Love sports games? EA and 2K Sports have you covered. Love single player experiences with rich storylines and characters? Naughty Dog is probably for you. Love the classics such as Mario and Donkey Kong? Say no more; you know what company I’m talking about. In a recent interview, Naughty Dog implied that their recent game, “Uncharted: The Lost Legacy,” is not the end for the Uncharted series. Well, this is not surprising to me at all; case in point with the title I’ve chosen for my most recent blog post.
For Naughty Dog, they literally have no reason to discontinue making Uncharted games minus the whole, “we want to make new stories with new characters” spiel that many companies feed the consumer. But why stop making these games if they print money? Just take a look at Nintendo and how they do business: how many more years of Mario can the average gamer put up with? Well, with Super Mario Odyssey coming soon, gamers can’t get enough of that plumber apparently. I’m not blaming companies like Nintendo or Naughty Dog for cashing-in on these games because that’s what fans love and it benefits both parties. The game studios make the money, the consumer is (usually) happy, and everybody goes about their day with a smile on their face. My main concern, which isn’t really even a big concern right now, is how is this effecting gaming as a whole? Despite this question constantly popping up regarding what we would consider “blockbuster games” such as Mario, new IP’s are constantly being produced despite dealing with the same properties we’re accustomed to seeing. Sony has been pretty good about new IP’s as of late and so has Nintendo surprisingly.
One of my favorite games this generation is pictured above: Horizon Zero Dawn. This game was just a ton of fun to play, the combat was great, and I was immersed within Aloy’s world. The best part about this game was that it was new and it was fresh; it was something I hadn’t seen before. I wasn’t just playing Super Mario 27 or Halo 14, I was playing something brand new; it was not entirely original but it something I really enjoyed playing and it wasn’t just the same old game.
Am I going to buy the new Uncharted featuring Chloe Frazier and the return of Uncharted 4 antagonist, Nadine Ross? Of course because I already have it pre-ordered. My recent blog post is more of a rant/ramble simply because I don’t personally have a disdain for seeing a game series last for twenty or more years such as Mario has. I actually find it very impressive that even after twenty or more years, Mario is still printing money with every new game. It just goes to show how powerful nostalgia is but it also shows how dedicated the fans become when it comes to these franchises.
If you’d like to entertain discussion, drop a comment regarding the state of gaming at this moment in time. Am I reading too much into this? Probably but I’d like to hear some thoughts, if possible. Thanks for reading!