A few thoughts I had as I browsed the web earlier: (There is a TLDR at the end)
I think that because I come from a time when all we had was Atari and Nintendo to pass the hours, I am a bit more, how do I say, tolerant of games flaws and content. I can remember a time when every time I turned on my console, I started the game from the beginning of the game, never to see the end of a game because I was too young to be "good enough" to get to the end. Even when my friend came over, we usually ended our gaming session in a wrestling session because even when we worked together, we usually just made it more difficult.
As games progressed, each system had its "good games" and "bad games" easily separated in the bin at the store. The games with the most dust on them in the case were the ones you knew not to buy.
Somewhere however I started picking up these games for each console. I played through them as best I could, trying to get to the end of each one. I tried to figure out why they were bad, it helped me pass the time, asking myself "WHY is this game bad" and usually answering myself "poor controls, sloppy mechanics, or lazy programming." Never the less, I played these games for what they were worth, and enjoyed doing it. I found a lot of good behind all the bad. And even sometimes was surprised because a game was given a bad review, but was very enjoyable to me.
But, it seems that these days the tolerance level for a game that isn't A+ quality new is very low. There is just SO much content in the world these days, SO many manufactures and companies that give options to things. Gone is the day of just a few options, and if you made the wrong choice, you were stuck with it. Instead of playing the game for what its worth, many players these days simply drop it, or never buy it in the first place. No longer is the day when you played a game because your mother bought it for you and it was the only new game you were getting for a month.
It surprises me now that the children of this generation have so much wonderful technology and games at their fingertips in Cell phones and devices that I would have DIED for 15 years ago. They simply just don't know how to appreciate it. Its normal for them, and I don't blame them. But because they don't know any better, they expect things to be of a certain "quality" otherwise they just turn a cold shoulder. Minor flaws, even as silly as color or shape will lose their interest and they would rather take whats "cool" I only wish they had seen and used an Atari or a Nintendo back in the day... lol
I was browsing Youtube and came across this:
It made me think of FFXIV, and that in turn lead to "Why?" "Why is the mentality of MMo's this way?"
(It also made me feel good that WoW was having the same issue with its playerbase, not just FFXIV)
My answer comes in 2 parts:
#1, The age we live in is a very ADD age. If a product doesn't perform A+ from day 1, it might as well be a failure. There is no more "take it for what it is worth" or "look at the good in things" The mentality of the world is now "what can you do for me NOW?" And I am somewhat ashamed of where we have gone. I want my children someday to enjoy the classics for what they are worth, and to see the good in them, not just the bad. To pick something up and enjoy it, even if it isn't the greatest, and understand why it was good.
#2, It is very difficult to manufacture for such a broad audience. Casuals, Hardcore players, adults, children, boys, girls... The list is huge. I can sympathize with companies that take on such a feat, it is very hard to do. Game companies included. In order to make money in this economy, products need to be generalized, and doing so usually diminishes quality. The same can be said for MMO's.
Well, anyway, thanks for listening, and I hope sometime while playing FFXIV, you take a step back and look at what you do enjoy, instead of what you don't. I don't expect anyone to change their opinions, but I would like everyone to try and enjoy things while the new Devs are working on making things better ^.^
Edited, Jan 3rd 2011 1:47am by DoctorMog