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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  • Socrates'sMind

    Adam I agree 100% with your assessment. I see us getting lost on the Over violent, foulmouthed, exploding, and testosterone laden run here. There are not many games out there to contrast these kind of games. The only ones that I can think of as fun platformers would be Limbo, (Loved that game because of the the simplicity yet very compelling feel it had to it), Costume Quest, Little Big Planet, maybe Enslaved Odyssey, and a few others. The publishers are too focused on hitting there numbers and making sequels of established franchises instead of working on creative new IP. With the way the economy is they don't want to take the risk. I just see us getting bored of the penis games you call them here in the near future, and want something fresh and there won't be anything out there. I think Platformers need a strong comeback. I mean look at how well Limbo did just from word of mouth. Here is a game that brought something new/fresh to the drab we have.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 10:26 PM
  • Vauldon

    I personaly grew up on Spyro and Crash Bandicoot, I miss the fun I had playing them. I agree with Adam 100% on this. We need games that have more depth and less girth in their storys.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 10:10 PM
  • Ryukot_susei

    Pssh... I don't need creativity in MY black, white and gray post-apocalyptic environments! Screw you Sessler. Man up and get "Dudebro, My Marine Suit is Messed Up So I Got to Shoot/Slice You II: It's Straight-Up Dawg Time!"

    Posted: November 23, 2010 9:20 PM
  • Ryukot_susei

    Ryukot_susei's comment is abusive and has been removed.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 9:18 PM
  • aknaff

    I am seriously wondering how Adam can have a soapbox of this subject and not even mention Ratchet and Clank. He seems to think (in fact he almost says) that they no longer make cartooney games that have mass family appeal. Last time I checked they are still making Ratchet and Clank games, and while the names of each new installment might have hidden meanings, the gameplay and story itself is at least as family friendly as the Sly games. Not to mention how fun and great the game mechanics are.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 9:12 PM
  • Ryukot_susei

    Ryukot_susei's comment is abusive and has been removed.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 9:03 PM
  • Ryukot_susei

    Pssh... I don't need creativity in MY black, white and gray post-apocalyptic environments! Screw you Sessler. Man up and get "Dudebro, My Marine Suit is Messed Up So I Got to Shoot/Slice You II: It's Straight-Up Dawg Time!"

    Posted: November 23, 2010 9:02 PM
  • JDarkley

    Blue guy, huh? Adam, are thinking of Azurik? I remember the Extended Play review for it, a 3 out of 5 I think. Here's the Wikipedia link:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki /Azurik:_Rise_of_Perathia

    Posted: November 23, 2010 8:28 PM
  • topgamer101

    Horses would be nice from time to time. Not sure why everyone always seems to want to make a bull. Must seem safer to them.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 7:38 PM

    Adam, your back light is too hot. Your camera-op needs to double up on the Opal.
    Trust me, you'll still have that angel glow.
    Nice SoapBox. I agree with you 100%. That's why I love my Mario Galaxy and Gears of War. CONTRAST.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 7:37 PM
  • Donkeylips

    Kind of a homoerotic soap box!

    Those games u describe dont sell!

    Posted: November 23, 2010 7:09 PM
  • P1rate

    I loved Conkers Bad Fur Day for N64. I am getting tired of FPS testosterone blowers. The epitome of this genre that stands out in my mind is MW2 campaign which was ridiculous. I wish a new level of creativity will arise and less cookie cutter bull crap will be stamped and sold for top dollar every year.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 6:42 PM
  • hellterskelter89

    I know what Adam is getting at. Its hard to believe that about 5+ years ago I used to play games and really enjoy myself. The only stress incurred was from massive difficulty spikes (dmc3 on hard). Now I play games online and have to deal with competitive stress all the time. Games that have been coming out have been the more realistic/adult themed type and he's right: it does wear us down. Not to say that we don't get good quality games. But its like Halo Reach and Black ops...both games we just run around trying to kill other players for points. Namely I think the shooter market needs to sit on a backburner for awhile. Make a Jak game for the ps3...take a stab at a new IP(yes there are crappy games out there...but as you know its easier for developers to find publishers if the game has the potential to sell well). Unfortunately that's why we get the overabundance of "no story more gory" video games. Just trying to say that just because a game doesn't involve adult themes or swears every 10 minutes doesn't mean its bad. (Ico, shadow of the colossus..etc...)

    Posted: November 23, 2010 6:34 PM
  • cardinalsfan1122

    I agree adam i miss the good old games crash bandicoot, sly is kinda old, ape escape, spyro. I love the new games but also miss the old.
    about the torture IT'S BECAUSE THAT'S HOW WE DID THINGS!!!! I agree with you for the most part i think torture does have it's place for global terrorists if absolutely neccessary but in the cold War and vietnam that's how we did things. Torture was used more back then because people believed it always needed to be done. Most people didn't believe in the lie detector and such so that is how it was done and I don't believe that it's glorified in Black Ops, whatsoever, why do you think it's glorified?

    Posted: November 23, 2010 6:25 PM
  • sewageking

    Couldn't agree more. There is some perception these days that everything must be 'mature.' I often wonder if these people really understand what 'mature' means. This has been said plenty of times already, but it's still worth repeating: sex and violence doesn't necessarily equal maturity. I would argue that Okami (which is one of the best games of the past few years) is far more 'mature' than most of what we see these days -- and it never relies on the shock value associated with adult-oriented content in order to achieve this.

    Why do video games need to be mature all of the sudden? Sly Cooper is a great game - it is fun to play and its story is enjoyable - but it could never be released today. If anything, this mentality should be indicative of how immature the video games industry really is. Like Adam said, the 'mature' content means nothing if there is no contrast.

    Regarding which games I want to have in HD:
    -A Jak and Daxter collection
    -Final Fantasy VI
    -Jet Grind Radio
    -Shenmue and Shenmue II
    -Chrono Trigger
    I'm sure there are several others that I can't think of right now. One problem I have seen with many of the better-looking PS2 games is that there are often frame rate problems. For example, there is one area in Okami that always seemed to cause my PS2 to slow down. I think that games like that were trying to squeeze too much out of the PS2's lacking hardware, so they could really benefit from an upgrade to a more powerful system. There are also a lot of older 2D games (like Chrono Trigger) that, when played on a big TV, look very pixelated and stretched.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 6:00 PM
  • SteveMcQuark

    I definately agree, although one game still satisfys my casual, non violent, gaming needs, Rachet And Clank :D

    Posted: November 23, 2010 5:29 PM
  • WildfireFox

    I don't play FPS besides L4D... and I don't play 3rd Person Shooters. So I don't experience this 'Penis' stuff Sessler is talking about, so I can't really agree with what he is saying because it's not part of my gaming Lexicon.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 5:25 PM
  • Eternal_Nothingness

    I definitely agree.

    I remember Sonic departing from his colorful, cartoony roots for more hyper-realism, with bad results galore. Sonic and realism doesn't mix at all, because the graphics, audio, story, and gameplay tend to be overall horrible. Shadow the Hedgehog was supposed to be all hyper-realistic, and so was Sonic '06, and yet neither was good because, as I said before, mixing a goofy cartoon character in a hyper-realistic world is like mixing coffee with poison: A bad idea.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 4:58 PM
  • Meatball_Mamba

    Never fear! Epic Mickey is out this week!

    Posted: November 23, 2010 4:55 PM
  • HitmanHybrid

    No, we're defining it as a constant stream of FPS sequels with nothing new to add except updated visuals, some new maps, and a haphazard campaign mode with the same old multiplayer.

    It only has to do with penis because developers have a phobia of included strong female character leads in their games because the "testosterone" is completely blocking their artistic visions.

    Nevertheless, I agree. Less penis would be better.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 4:55 PM