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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  • DrNo0

    I have always thought the same we need more games that are more cartoony at least wii has mario and kirby and some other games

    Posted: November 23, 2010 4:45 PM
  • Wozman23

    This is my favorite Soapbox thus far and I agree completely with every point.

    I appreciate the level of realism this generation has offered, but my favorite games will always be the ones that deviate from the norm and offer a rich color palette. Ratchet and Clank, LittleBigPlanet, and most of the 1st party Nintendo games have thankfully maintained that old school charm. There are even some shooters, like Borderlands, Uncharted, and Enslaved that offer an alternative to the bleak gray environments that so many other games have.

    I absolutely cannot stand when someone refused to play a game because it is too 'kiddie' looking. Fifteen to twenty years ago, if people had that opinion gaming would have died; that's pretty much all there was. I think there's a deeper psychological issue with the people who have this opinion, but that's something they have to sort out. As a 28 year old man, I'm happy to say I played Kirby's Epic Yarn, and anyone who wrote it off because it was too cute is missing out.

    We can really only blame the consumers and their narrow-mindedness for the lack of original, beautiful games. A game like Sly 4 is destined for mediocre sales no matter how good the quality, while the once-a-year, cookie-cutter shooters like Call of Duty shatter records time and time again. The current state of gaming favors the safe, generic sequel, and hinders the truly unique games. With that type of business, what do you expect developers and producers to do?

    Posted: November 23, 2010 4:41 PM
  • RbEeAtDwLeIeNnE


    Part 1 of the reason why I bought Kinect is because I am HOPING that they do something with it that is creative and fun. I love me my FPS, RPGs, etc, BUT IT DOES GET OLD.

    I realized this one day when I was watching saw the commercial on TV for Bad Company 2 for the first time, and surprisingly to me (a person who loves FPS), I said, "Oh no, not another war game". The game is REALLY fun, but I wish people would get more into their shindigs.

    I would love to see them bring games like Quest for Glory (PC), Monkey Island, Oddworld, Flashback, 7th Guest (PC), or any of the old school Lucas Arts puzzle solving games into this generation! I loved all of those games, but can't play them anymore because either I lost the software, or my PC/Console is TOO good to handle it.

    I agree, sometime the penis gets a little old to look at. If I wanted to continuously look and play with penis, I would go to Chat Roulette. Come on Gaming industry! Don't get super fru-fru, but get more gosh darn creative. Not everything has to be war and sex to sell video games!

    Posted: November 23, 2010 4:23 PM
  • filchingfeline

    For me, I love creativity that's tempered with plausibility. I don't honestly like cartoon like graphics but I do like stylized graphics. For instance, the difference between Animaniacs and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. In fact GitS really nailed the happy bullseye in my opinion when it comes to an entertainment media presentation. Shadow of the Colossus, while I haven't played it my exposure to it has been similar.

    The new DX game seems to be flying close to being a bullseye but even it is marred by implausible game play (there's no way optical camo could allow you to walk through a laser tripwire) as well as a distinct overly robotic portrayal of the main character. Conveniently going back to GitS, they really did an amazing job of making Motoko feel like a human that just so happens to be stuck in a robot. DX3 makes your character feel like a robot that's really good at pretending to be a human only, without all that subtle charm. I'd totally go on a date with the Major, I doubt I'd be friends with or even want to share a bar with Adam Jensen (Adam Sessler might be okay if he didn't break down crying).

    I can't say I flat out dislike games like Sly, since Mario64 was one of the most amazing games ever it would be silly to knock Sly which is in the same family. The thing is, as you have observed, the game industry seems to be consumed with making money over making good games when, if they want to remain a viable industry, they should aim for making good games that make money.

    I called it the happy bullseye, that spot where a game really becomes memorable for me. I find so many games seem to presume we the consumers are more like a dart board than an archery target. And, just for the sake of the rare "woah, I can't believe this not only works but it's fun and I like it games," I wouldn't suggest a total change over. However, it would be nice if more companies approached making games as an archery competition instead of a drunken darts game in the back of O'Mally's pub.

    To get long winded... I totally agree that more creativity is good and less caveman penis flapping in the wind school of design would be nice. However, if it plays well for a particular character to be a bit more bravado, regardless of gender, then that's quite alright. The problem is when you have a game where every character, enemy, weapon, and stage is basically "Ode to Phallus*."

    (*which, if it was a game, would probably sell 1M copies on opening day.)

    Posted: November 23, 2010 4:21 PM
  • kujel

    I got agree with you Adam about the need for more creativity in gaming these days, Kinect will help with that but it's really up to the publishers to pull their heads out of their arses and take a risk.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 4:06 PM
  • djboogymonster78

    I thought Adam liked penis...kidding.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 4:04 PM
  • Akarlm

    I would love a Jak and Daxter collection!!! that is my favorite ps2 series.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 3:53 PM
  • tutelsongo

    Yeah I agree with Adam. After playing a LOT of shooters it's definetly a palete cleanser to play a game whitout all the now common violence, sex and swearing. And it's nice to see critically acclaimed games that didn't do well commercially given a second chance like BG&E and Oddworld: Strangers Wrath.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 3:12 PM
  • Moltisanti

    Has anyone mentioned Gungrave yet? God damn that game brings back good memories...

    Posted: November 23, 2010 3:02 PM
  • Doctor_SyN

    Bring back Battletoads, Earthworm Jim, Ecco, Out Of This World, etc. I don't mean remakes either or updating some graphics. Bring back these franchises with a complete overhaul. These days, I'm seeing more and more developers taking the easy way out by just making a game with some "wow" graphics but the story, level design, and mechanics REEK. Sadly the industry places much, much more emphasis on profit generation than creativity. Game franchises like God of War, Call of Duty, Halo, etc have proven to be highly successful franchises and every other company figures that they must create (inferior) clone after clone after clone of those games.

    Game companies rely on gaming magazine to hype up buzz about their products. Instead of wasting money, resources, and time hyping up "the next so & so" or "the (insert game name) killer", these studios need to focus on making games that are diverse and enjoyable.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 3:01 PM
  • Lutenant_Dan

    i really wish they would make a new sly, i would pay serious money for it

    Posted: November 23, 2010 2:55 PM
  • Lutenant_Dan

    I am 16 now, and games like Sly Cooper, Jak and Daxter, Ratchet and Clank and Kindgom Hearts raised me for the past 9 years. I have a love for both new games and especailly old games, because the new ones really are looking quite similar.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 2:52 PM
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    Posted: November 23, 2010 2:48 PM
  • Fudder25

    LittleBigPlanet has no penis! It is always fun to say such things and have it stand as a viable point.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 2:42 PM
  • Krypton

    I wish Rare would make a new Banjo game. And none of that Nuts and Bolts stuff. Just and old-school platformer. That would be amazing!!!

    Posted: November 23, 2010 2:36 PM
  • Bowmanganie

    I'd be happy if they stopped making rpg's that had something to do with really, really big deserts.....Tired of rocks and sand myself.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 2:21 PM
  • adamant5

    I am amazed! Someone finally shares my feeling about the current generation! I was so awe stricken by this Soap-Box I created an account here on G4tv.com just to comment on it.

    But yes, I agree with you wholeheartedly Adam. This is the very reason that I have so far skipped this generation of consoles altogether. It's frustrating to feel that (in the majority of instances) if I don't want to shoot something in the near future/distant future/Afghanistan I'm S.O.L when it comes to games. Now before people start reaming this comment about the last statement I will admit that, yes, that was indeed an exaggerated claim but I'm trying to make a point (And like Adam, I do indeed enjoy shooting crap and the lot, but just not exclusively).

    Thank you Adam. It's nice to feel that I am not alone in this feeling of exhaustion and that someone else feels the same as I do.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 2:13 PM
  • NocturnalX

    I highly believe that Epic Mickey may end up being the Beyond Good and Evil of this generation. It will be highly praised but it won't sell enough.

    Just to add to the Heather Chaplain point -> Not only did Heather Chaplain say that games are made too much by boys. She also said that the industry and the people in it are usually very immature. I think that is very relevant as well. Just look at Cliffy B

    Posted: November 23, 2010 2:13 PM
  • Paladin06

    That is something I miss. The original Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Rachet and Clank, Croc, Jak and Daxter, Sly cooper, all amazing games back in the day (when made by their original companies), but you really don't see anything like them anymore and it's really sad. Those were the games where you cared less about the graphics and more about the actual gameplay and how fun it actually was to play the games. Sadly though, the closest we're getting nowadays are a bunch of God of War-esque hack and slashers that call themselves platformers. I mean, not that i'm really complaining, cuz I love God of War, but I would gladly trade it anyday to play another game like Jak and Daxter.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 2:02 PM
  • Korzo

    First off, I believe the Xbox game Adam refers too is Azurk, I know this cause it was my first rented Xbox game...But on to the important things. I've found that during my entire life in gaming most of my favorite titles tend to be the abstract under appreciated titles (Tomba, Jet Set Radio Future etc.)that while although were very good games, no one seemed to really take notice to.

    Posted: November 23, 2010 1:59 PM