(whatâ€™s up with all the short games?)
I have a theory about all these â€œshortâ€ games. I follow video game stocks quite closely, and they (specifically THQ, Activision, and EA) would like to boost game prices to $60 this generation. This isnâ€™t speculationâ€”Robert Kotick at Activision has actually said this is the plan, and we can see it at the stores. Itâ€™s no secret. But, not all games are $60. My theory is (and this is not rocket science) that, since there are two ways to boost profits (either increase revenue OR decrease expenses), game makers are opting to reduce spending rather than start every game at $60. In other words, less time spent creating a game equates lower expenses. Think how much cheaper it is to create an eight-hour game as opposed to a 20 hours game. Who knows, maybe this â€œshortâ€ game thing isnâ€™t a trend, but Iâ€™m getting a bit frustrated. Quake IV, GUN, PDZ, King Kong, Kameoâ€”the list is growing. Call of Duty 2 is the only next gen title I know of that is long (15+ hours).[/QUOTE]
You have just increased my desire for the next generation. If they kept a large portion of games at current prices while decreasing their length, I'd be very happy indeed. I'd like an occasional long game as much as anyone, but throw in a couple different ways to upgrade weapons and a minigame or something and I'll be happy with one I can finish in 8 hours. Generally a few hours of good action beats incredibly long repeditive action anyday. That's why I actually like on the rails games and dislike sandbox games. Have you taken ay of it online yet, or are you planning to?
I agree that substance is more important than length when it comes to games, but there's just something about being able to finish a game in two days that's just, I don't know, disappointing for me. I guess it's because I'm not much of a "replay" guy. I was absolutely captivated by Resident Evil 4, but after I beat it, I never touched it again. That's just me.
Nope, I haven't taken my games online yet, because our broadband out here isn't fast enough (via satellite). But, in Feb we'll finally be set up with ultra-fast connection speeds. I think Call of Duty 2 would be pretty sweet on XBL. Did you know Microsoft awards you points for finishing games, surpassing score thresholds, etc? It's pretty cool. Apparently, you can accumulate the points and purchase things on XBL like classic arcade games, certain demos, etc. I'm looking forward to seeing what they have available. Apparently you can even buy points (a lady at work bought her boyfriend $20 worth of points as a gift). He's going to play through Kameo again just to get another 1,500 points. Kind of a new spin on games, I guess.