Choice and gaming

Recently, I acquired an R4 for my DS at a computer fair. You would think that with the sheer amount of games that are now at my fingertips I would be gaming far more than I used to, but actually, I’m not.

Instead of 8 games to choose from, I have 30. And the amount of choice is daunting. Instead of playing one games for a few hours then going onto another, I’ve devoted almost no time at all to each individual one. The one I’ve played most over the past week is Animal Crossing, and have only played that one for just long enough to play off the first mortgage. Which is perhaps two or three hours play.

I propose that with the amount of consoles there are, and the sheer volume of games released for each, that gaming is being damaged. And not just quality of games-wise. Because the gamer has so much to choose from, instead they go for something different entirely.

I see this all the time at work. Mr 360 gamer is looking at the new releases section and asks me what I recommend. I say something along the lines ‘most of these games are sweet and you can’t go wrong with them’ and Mr 360 gamer can’t decide which one to pick so he goes to the pre-owned section and gets two decent-looking games for the same price as one of the new ones.

Obviously, gaming is not doing too badly and new games are almost universally selling well. But if there were less consoles, then developers wouldn’t have to stretch themselves to put games on them all and the quality might improve. There’d be fewer people who forgo the new games entirely.

And also there might be room to move on a busy day in the shop.

And I wouldn’t have to go out and buy an expensive PS3 just so I could have the lot.

My DS games want to be completed but because there are so many I just can’t bring myself to do so. Daunting task is daunting.


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