Among gamers as with everybody else there are many wishes floating around for the future. Now when 2012 is coming to an end I take the chance to pin down some wishes I have for the immediate future of video games.
Many game designers’ highest wishes have been to mirror reality, with some twist, in their games. This has become more apparent recently with all the technological advances. This is great, to some extent, but I don’t want to look at a shelf in the game store and only see realistic, almost movie-like covers.
Same as with books and movies it is necessary with games that deal with hard topics and current day affairs and problems, but let’s not underestimate the human being’s need for fantasy, dreams and actual fiction. Please give me more games like Super Mario Galaxy, Bastion, Zelda, Journey, Limbo and Dark Souls where you have to think a lot and face tough challenges, but without that immediate reality-touch.
Sequels are and will always be a double-edged sword. When you have just finished a great game usually the first thought is “I hope I can play more of this game soon!”, and that is of course a very basic, natural thought, to want more of something great, but for the sake of progress and evolution sticking to sequels is not a good thing.
Follow-ups or continuations is much better than straight sequels, since that give the designers more freedom to discard things that didn’t work in the old game, even the game world, and just focus on improving and adding new stuff. I was a bit stunned to hear that the next game in the Souls-games will be called Dark Souls II; I had hoped for something like Dead Souls, Dangerous Souls, Death Souls, Dragons’ Souls or something like that. Even if they add a “2” after the game I still hope they will change the game as much as they did between Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls. I am hoping for a great new dark and deadly challenging game! When we are talking about sequels I have to put in my wishes for new installations for Zelda, Super Mario Galaxy and Mirror’s Edge also; that would make my year!
What I hope for most in the future is new ideas and new ways to play games. I still think that 95 % of all games are about the same things: kill those bad guys (without caring that they die), fetch that key to open the door, or reach the goal in the best time. I am hoping for new ideas about how to play a game, the content of the game and even what a game is. Give us more games like Journey, Dear Esther, Minecraft and Trauma.
Happy new year to all gamers out there!