Sessler's Soapbox: More Creativity, Less Penis!

Posted: November 23, 2010
Sessler's Soapbox: More Creativity, Less Penis!
Adam expresses his affection for the Sly Cooper Collection and how it represents a time in gaming where testosterone didn't reign supreme.

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  • AngelCam7

    And while we're at it, they should make a Marvel vs Capcom collection. Since MvC2 is already a downloadable game, they should have X-Men vs Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter, and the first Marvel vs Capcom game in that collection. Something for the fans of this prestegious fighting series to enjoy, because you don't see these as arcades out in the streets anymore.

    Posted: December 11, 2010 9:23 AM
  • AngelCam7

    Well, I'd like to a Sonic collection... Not another "let's-put-out-the-Sonic-games -for-the-SEGA-Genesis-for-the- umpteenth-time" collection, but a collection of Sonic games that were available for the Sega Saturn and Dreamcast. I was unfortunate to miss those games back then.

    Plus they could also hook up a Sonic collection of PS2 games for PS3 gamers, because with the XBOX 360 having all their Sonic games backwards compatible and the Wii able to play all GameCube games, the only way for a PS3 gamer to go old school with the PS2 is to find a 60 or 80 gig backwards compatible system. I think to save the trouble for the PlayStation gamers, they should do the Sonic fans some amount of justice and release a Sonic PS2 collection for the PS3.

    Posted: December 11, 2010 9:03 AM
  • jgibson75

    I so agree with Ses here... it just makes me sad. It seems more times than not, the types of games he (and I) long to see more of just don't do well in the sales department. Some of my favorite games of all time I think fit in the category he is talking about. Psychonauts. Okami. Beyond Good and Evil. Little King Story. Shadow of Destiny. Okage The Shadow King. A Boy and His Blob (the new Wii version). Folklore. These are games that I adore... most of which were not successful financially for the publishers. So I am so glad to see some of these classics from last gen being brought back this gen to be given a second chance at life (Okami on the Wii and the sequel on DS, Beyond Good and Evil getting an HD remake, and these PS2 BluRay Collections are all great!)... I just hope enough people pick them up to so that publishers realize there is an appetite out there for these types of games that think outside the typical box. Yeah, I love Call of Duty Black Ops, Halo Reach, Red Dead Redemption and the like as well as the next guy. But I enjoy them more when I get to play a game like Pikmin or Boom Blox or even Viva Pinata every once and awhile. If nothing else, as sort of a pallet cleanser between deathmatch sets.

    Posted: December 6, 2010 8:24 AM
  • citymars

    PS: "Epic Mickey" alone makes me consider buying a Wii!

    Posted: December 6, 2010 7:18 AM
  • citymars

    Thanks, Adam. I like the violent, realistic muscle-bound world savers, too, but not as much as I like Jak and Daxter, Ratchet and Clank, and even Sly Cooper (though I got suddenly bored with it by Sly 3). Don't forget Rayman and Dr. Muto!

    Posted: December 6, 2010 7:14 AM
  • Luke_nx01

    I Cannot agree with this more, infact I've been saying this for the better part of a year.

    Posted: December 5, 2010 7:35 AM
  • atom_smash

    I Remember Co-Op rpgs. Where's the Secret of Mana Remake? When will I be able to play as Ness, from Earthbound, on PS3 ?! No one even mentions Illusion of Gaia when comapring GOAT status on a game... Still waiting on my FF13 version of FF7! ... Why do we have to be WoW'ed or MMo'ed just to slay with friends? Also, what the hell is with current Gen games with multiplayer online only? Now, it's always the games you would "assume" to be for 2 players. 2nd player was always a given when it came to ANY system.

    Posted: November 30, 2010 7:44 PM
  • ChrisMatthews

    I wish the tomba series would come back. Those were some fun games (those as in the only two made).

    Posted: November 30, 2010 3:41 PM
  • Saiyiansreign

    Looking forward to another StarFox!

    Posted: November 30, 2010 8:30 AM
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    Posted: November 29, 2010 8:47 PM
  • ArtemisFowl64

    I think honestly game publishers are more timid to take risk b/c it cost more to produce a video game in general. Like back in the last generation there was a lot more experimentation. Some things stuck, some was shovelware.....but there was always something new. Especially the system mascot thing. We Ty the Tasmanian Tiger hit back then....nowadays companies are looknig for the dependable franchise that they can milk to death....so far we've seen Call of Duty, guitar hero, tony hawk..and a few others. Ubi Soft wants to start that w/ Assassin's Creed. They're all following Koei & Namco Bandai's lead......except on a bigger scale.

    Posted: November 29, 2010 7:53 PM
  • LegacyGamer

    Action Platformers are my FAVORITE gaming genre and sadly its dying DX Ppl are just so OBSESSED WITH FPS! Seriously ENOUGH already!

    Im GLAD Insomniac Games is still making Ratchet & Clank games!! Its a breath of fresh air in this industry cluttered with 90% of shooting games. Sucker Punch is making Sly come back wit Sly 4 & sadly Naughty Dog is being ignorant and not giving the fans any more Jak & Daxter games. I would be grateful with a collection of that series! Jak X was incredible too.

    Btw, Adam is 100...no...INFINITE percent correct! The way the gaming industry is defining themselves is a "really big penis". Sure, ok - I also love the violence [Im a girl gamer who plays Gears of War, Uncharted, God of War and all that violent stuff...] but have some variety in the industry. the ONLY platformers alive making money are Ratchet&Clank and Mario. And Mario is overrated now. Ratchet&Clank need some backup! Like Adam said - we're not asking for "ponies", and I dont want rainbows and flowers....Give us gamers some quality platforming with unique imaginative environments, great adventures, and unforgettable characters that leave us wanting more.

    Sly, Ratchet and Jak ftw! [~PS2 Trio]

    Posted: November 29, 2010 5:12 PM
  • Fatty_Matty

    I was very young, but I still remember the days of Ape Escape and Crash Bandicoot. Oh nostalgia.

    Posted: November 29, 2010 4:44 PM
  • NCase

    I see a lot of the obsession with "penis games." I have a friend who endlessly bashes Epic Mickey whenever I say how good it looks just because it's not the typical testosterone packed game that are doing so well these days. Unfortunately, this is what many of the current gamers have devolved to...

    Posted: November 29, 2010 12:51 PM
  • silentshadow867

    I love these soap boxes, I always agree with what Adam is saying. He is obviously very frustrated about the lack of creativity in the video game industry right now, because he has brought this up before a few times. I am glad I am not the only one who misses the last generation of gaming for this reason, I also played and loved all the Sly games, the Jak and Daxter series, Katamari Damaci, etc... I think the keyword brought up in this soapbox to describe today's games is exhausting. Its like they are constantly trying to cram in as much as possible, pushing everything to the limits. Don't get me wrong, in one sense this does help create a great game, yet in another, you have all of this stuff to look at, or do, and basically have a hard time processing it all. What we need are games that focus on fun gameplay and simplified graphics to take a break from the hectic worlds that other games throw us in. Not to say you throw graphics completely out the window, but you approach it differently so that there is still an aesthetic appreciation for the world, but you don't have to scan every square inch of it to get all the details. We need more games that focus on "fun". I am also not saying that I want all Nintendo games... I just want more games with simple, yet still artistic worlds, and a character that doesn't hold a gun.

    Posted: November 29, 2010 11:34 AM
  • robinhawk

    I remember the Sly Cooper series. I miss games like that.

    The sly cooper series really built upon the adventure/objective level games that were so popular back in PS and PS2 dominated era. I was not a fan for the Spyro franchise, nor was I a big fan of Ape Escape, but I really enjoyed how sly cooper built upon this genre. Great gameplay, beautiful artwork, and amazing story.

    Posted: November 28, 2010 2:05 PM
  • Teh_Sonic_Masta

    The colorful, cartoony action-platformers of yesteryear are indeed becoming a lost art. It's sad if you ask me. Developers don't seem to think they can sel a game if they don't include guns, vulgarity and enough explosions to put Micheal Bay to shame. It's nice to have some adult games, but we don't need to flood the markets with them!

    Wait, what if we combined the two genres?
    *Shadow the Hedgehog flashback*

    Posted: November 28, 2010 12:34 PM
  • TheMilkMonster

    yep. If I wanted to shoot at people all day, I'd join the marines.

    Posted: November 27, 2010 9:07 PM
  • vampireslayer83

    Ok I don't usually agree with most of what this website says, but I will give it up to Adam. I 100% agree with everything that you stated in your Soapbox. The gaming community as a whole just tends to go the M rated way because they know it sells and because of this fact the companies tend to throw creativity out the window and replace it with what will sell like COD, God of War, Gears of war, or Halo...etc. Don't get me wrong I like those games and own all of them, but there isn't any creativity from one to the next. Also I'm kind of saddened that you didn't mention the Wii at all. Maybe its because you're having a nostalgia moment about Sly and his games coming out for PS3 and that's fine. However, a rehashed game in HD only looks as good as what it was originally built for. Just because you put it in HD for the PS3 doesn't mean its going too look better. It will play the exact same as it did on the previous console and therefore I kind of view it as pointless. If I want to play Sly Cooper I'll hook up my PS2 and play it. Now for anyone who hasn't played them I encourage you to pick up copies of the collection they are worth playing. Anyway, off topic as always, the only creative thing I can think of coming out in the next few months is Epic Mickey. I also think a lot of the "creativity" is going towards the new Kinect and Move products. Developers are trying to work on games that will work with those peripherals. As a whole though the game industry is quiet reliant on shooters and frankly I'm bored of it. So switch it up game industry because if you don't, how am I going to know what not to buy.

    Posted: November 27, 2010 8:45 PM
  • sephiroth_gatsu

    Besides Ninstendo it seems like most developers are growing up with gamers. I use to play games like Spyro and Crash but after i was introduced to my first T rated title, tekken i believe, i never went back to those E rated cutsey titles. Now i generally just stick with the more Mature genre since its just more fun to me. Games like Epic Mickey never look appealing to me since they dont have a dark element to them and there never seems to be a sense of dying when your playing with cartoon style characters. i like my penis games and as an adult gamer I hope they are here to stay. And its not like we dont have some choices there is a whole system dedicated to kids, the Wii.

    Posted: November 27, 2010 6:31 PM