Forget the Fluff.

July 8, 2006

I just couldn’t help not acting my age today, bouncing around like a school
girl sporting her new wonder bra. Time came to order new laptops, I choose
a Dell M90 , since I only have one PC which is my laptop, everywhere
I go it goes, so it has to be durable and have the power of a good workstation.

I told my son about the model I choose and he said “Cool, we can play Medal
Of Honor now
“… With that in mind look at the two screen shots below…

Notice a difference? I will ignore anyone that says “Duuuuhhh graphics!” 🙂
If that was your answer well done, your obviously younger than 20 years
old and didn’t live through this period…:) Seriously, they are the same, the
key here is playability..

I had a great opportunity to be involved in producing games, old ones for
the SEGA console and PC, games like Rise of the Robots, Mikey Mania
and Waterworld. At that point in time 3D cards where a twinkle in an
engineers eye, so the only attribute was playability.

I would say that 80% of the games released now are just more graphical
bling and thats all you are going to get, eye candy. Then again, games like
the Medal Of Honor series and World of Warcraft have done a wonderful
job of incorporating both attributes, a rare occurrence.

The industry now is so cookie cut that no original work really is ever created,
its all about just getting out any old game on the shelves,

I was lucky enough to have a conversation with Peter Molynuex, in 1993
that he kind of predicted this would happen, yet the games he now produces
carry both the graphics and the playability attributes, seems to me that he hasn’t
sold out, good show!:) still producing first class games.

So technically, if it wasn’t for work and say MS Office, my game playing wouldn’t
really need more than a Pentium 2, since more and more games coming
out require higher system specs for just more graphical fluff, after a while
though its going to implode, people will be sick of the empty souless games which
are published, at that point big publishers will just have to get back to the roots.

Ok..back to pong…. . ..:P


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