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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  • AngelsandDemons

    Colony Wars for the PS1

    Posted: November 24, 2010 4:34 PM
  • HumanGiant13

    I wish Sly Cooper series and the Jak series were still around. They were my favorite games for the playstation 2.

    Posted: November 24, 2010 4:26 PM
  • 2ply

    Bit of a strange soapbox, but I think I know where he's coming from though, and if you ignore the Wii like he so abruptly said, I can't really think of anything that had that same sense of engagement as newer "realistic" games have, but with a completely non-realistic or outlandish setting.

    Seems the last time i've actually been exposed to that "whimsy"(:P) side of gaming died out with the N64.

    That brings me to another point, what he's talking about is something Nintendo has always done best, maybe it's time for them to take a step backwards with their next console and scrap the motion controls altogether, and release something more along the lines of what most of us have grown up on and still love.

    I still have my NES, SNES, and N64 for a reason, but because of the Wii being.. the wii, i've missed out on so many continued nintendo products, and with the new Donkey Kong Country now, it hurts so much!

    ARGH, but I guess i'll just go play another exciting round of boom-headshot or slash some people in half games, until Nintendo makes a console that atleast tries to appeal to their orignal audience.

    Posted: November 24, 2010 3:41 PM
  • johnsprogram

    One example that I thought of would fit with the topic would be "Bomberman." True, the cartoony graphics would scare a lot of "hardcore" gamers, but what really made the game shine is the multiplayer battle mode; very addicting and fun! Then, because a majority of gamers are male and rather have more "manly" games (e.g. "God of War"), they rather not put up with "Bomberman" mainly, again, because of the "kiddie" graphics.

    What's interesting though is for the release of "Bomberman: Act Zero" as a manly (mature) version of "Bomberman." I find that game to be more of an "experiment" to test the XBOX 360 audience with a traditional style game play with different pictures to be suitable for those kind of audience. Granted, the game sucked completely since it failed to capture the same fun factor from the traditional "Bomberman" games; you know, the one with cutesy graphics!

    My point in short: why not play a game that is fun regardless of what graphics does it show?

    Posted: November 24, 2010 2:33 PM
  • newdarkcloud

    I agree. While the realistic games coming out en masse nowadays, I'd a few more stylized and cartoonish games as well. It is important to note that just because a game is childish or cartoony does not automatically make it a bad game. Such games provide a much needed break from the gritty and realistic shooters. Realism is nice, but I want more than that.

    Also, I'm hoping to get the Sly Collection for Christmas (I love this series.).

    Posted: November 24, 2010 1:53 PM
  • suryu

    did he just say god of war 3 is comming out lol he is stuck in the past or this is an ole video

    Posted: November 24, 2010 1:48 PM
  • RebelRowzer

    I totally agree. I'm a big fan of the CoD series, et al but sometimes you just want to take a break from ultra violent annihilation and have some quirky, humorous, platforming fun.

    Personally, the ones I wish that would make a comeback are ones already mentioned: Beyond Good & Evil, Sly Cooper and Psychonauts -- all of which I still own and still play. And thank goodness the Ratchet & Clank series is still going strong or I might just cry.

    Posted: November 24, 2010 11:41 AM
  • A-Bittersweet-Life

    Yes, I agree. A little sprinkle of vagina games every now and then is a welcome.

    Posted: November 24, 2010 11:33 AM
  • TheOwner01


    Posted: November 24, 2010 9:53 AM
  • Hyatus

    I agree with Mr S.

    I love violent games, too. However, I have a 3 year old(and another kid on the way). I don't have time to spend playing the next kill-all gorefest anymore. I refuse to show my kid any "of War" game until he's quite a bit older. Unfortunately, that leaves me with no time in the week to play those games I want to. And what am I left with? A handful of titles a year that are safe enough to show him.

    My wife and I go out and buy the Ratchet and Clanks and Little Big Planets near release day. I can't go out and purchase the GTAs and CoDs like I used to. Publishers need to realize that some of us gamers grow up and have families. They're used to creating recognizable Conan-esque characters who slaughter hordes by the dozen and hoping for recognizable trademarks. I would prefer to play He-Man battling Skeletor.

    I have to wonder who their demographics cater to anymore(okay, obviously the 16-28 crowd). It could certainly be more wide-reaching. Look at Mario and Link. I grew up with them and still purchase their new games. Kids have few games to grow up with anymore.

    In the end it all inevitably comes down to business over art. The only media anymore that has it made is books. They're cheaper to produce and novelists can do whatever they want without catering to publisher-demand. The gaming industry has become the movie industry. There will always be a few gems coming out when the developers get their way, but focus groups and skewed target demographic data will create clone after clone of what sold last year. And that kind of forced evolution creates stale Call of Duties after stale Gears of War while the Psychonauts and Beyond Good and Evils are shelved after the idea stage.

    Posted: November 24, 2010 9:35 AM
  • 5thGeneral

    o.O what? I like Mr. Sessler and I agree with what he's saying but why no mention of Nintendo? They're still making these games you seem to want more of. Donkey Kong Country Returns just came out and it's an outstanding game, Kirby's Epic Yarn and soon Epic Mickey, Nintendo is your contrast in this penis filled industry. Yes, Sony and MS need these games as well but you're doing your audience a disservice by not acknowledging Nintendo as the contrast.

    Funny thing is you guys are going along with the industry as well, cause pretty much every Feedback is dedicated to highlighting the latest penis on the market. How about putting in a little more time in each Feedback to talk more about these games. If the next Feedback is not about Donkey Kong Country Returns and games similar to it then this soapbox was all just hot air.

    I have a feeling it'll be all about Gran Turismo 5 though and just a squeak about Donkey Kong. Bet!

    Posted: November 24, 2010 9:13 AM
  • TKEmysterio

    Could you please tell the Final Fantasy series to inject more testosterone? Thanks!

    Posted: November 24, 2010 8:30 AM
  • dmacleod66

    I for one Am loving the HD collections, because it's introducing me to games that i missed during the last generation.
    Since I mostly played Survival horror and Rpgs during the last generation, I
    never played the god of war series or the sly series intil the collections came out.
    But now during this generation these are the types of games that I love playing.

    Posted: November 24, 2010 8:10 AM
  • strikerwindz

    sad that these kind of games are getting fewer and fewer, so I'm sticking with Wii for the meanwhile playing Mario and Zelda games but Epic Mickey looks promising.

    Posted: November 24, 2010 5:03 AM
  • LazyAza

    This issue has been bugging me since this generation started. I don't think money and fear of not making said money is the only cause for the never ending surge of realistic, gritty or dark games but rather developers seem utterly convinced that that's all people want now just because a select few titles that fit those descriptions have sold very well.

    I like Gears and Halo as much as anyone else but god what I would give for more Ratchet and Clanks and Jak and Daxters. Meanwhile almost every game journalist under the sun keeps preaching about wanting more maturity, more seriousness, more games that aren't 'gamey' and the further down that path we go the further away we seem to get from what makes gaming awesome to begin with; fun. Pure awesome fun. Why can't we have both these things, mature games and fun games. I don't want just one or the other game devs, give me a wide selection damn it.

    Posted: November 24, 2010 4:11 AM
  • zimmy91

    To me its really sad that i can look back and say... damn do u remember ocarina of time, then play it . Realize that nothing is even comparable, to the legendary status in my mind for that game for anything in this generation of gaming. Not even twilight princess. Not anything is as cool, as going back and using that original targeting system and hearing navi yell "watch-out" just as I use the jump attack and destroy my foe. Well ... thank god im getting a 3ds.

    Posted: November 24, 2010 2:19 AM
  • majorawesome19

    Thank you Adam, a little less penis would be quite enjoyable.

    Posted: November 24, 2010 1:39 AM
  • zmanzach007

    A few months ago, I went into a store to see if I could pick up a light-hearted game for the 360. See, I had just finished playing Ratchet and Clank on my PS3, and I wanted something of the same style and calibur. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything. So I decided to check out the PS3 section. But that had the same result!

    I like my Left 4 Dead, and my Dead Rising, and my Red Dead Redemption. But damn it, is a good, light-hearted game too much to ask for?!

    Posted: November 24, 2010 12:29 AM
  • nikolijobes

    There's still Ratchet and Clank, although I definitely empathize.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 11:24 PM
  • David_C_

    Let me just say, I hate the term "strong female character." It's such a misguided, if well intentioned, thing to say. How about just "Character" that's female? Trust me, if writer's focus on that word, they'll be fine.

    I don't mind having male characters in games. I really wish there was more of a female voice in development. For example, the Uncharted series is written by a female. But there's simply not enough female voices. Or gay voices. Or non-white-male voices in console gaming.

    Props to Tim Schaffer. He has power in the industry. Not a lot, since financial success equals artistic power, and his games don't sell gangbusters. But he does have his own studio, and he decided to give a female developer creative control with Costume Quest. I don't care that there are great male minds succeeding and thriving in gaming. I just hope that the Cliffy B's and Warren Specters take note of Schaffer.

    I consider gaming to be on par with film as an artistic medium, so as a point of comparison, take a look at Martin Scorcese. He's perhaps the most creatively consistent director in Hollywood. A towering figure in the industry. So what does he do? He seeks out talent from across the globe, every country, creed, background and gender, as far off from a white guy from New York as possible. He champions artists who would have gone unnoticed. The Celina Murgas or the "I Am Cuba"s of the world get noticed and the chance at wide distribution.

    Tim Schaffer has been paying attention, and is ensuring the long-term artistic future of his medium. He's protecting it in the way the thinkers and decision makers in the gaming industry should.

    It reminds me of the Chris Rock bit about always having to apologize for rap music. Back in the nineties when the popular stuff was 70 percent gangster rap. Well, I'd say we're at that point. Companies know that Call of Duty: Black Ops isn't a financial risk. But risk reaps rewards, and some of that capital from COD could be used to develop lower budget games taking into account voices from a variety of spectrums. This isn't about Affirmative Action. This is about a wide variety of individual voices representing gaming art, and I think it's important.

    And in case you need a question of the week for feedback, am I just being a blowhard? Or should we be holding games to the same high standard to which we hold literature? And if so, where are the Audre Lordes, the Toni Morrisons, the Jeanette Wintersons of gaming? Also, does this comment count as an independent study credit? (Just kidding. I finished getting my useless English degree/dept-machine a while ago!)

    Posted: November 23, 2010 10:28 PM