I'm a gamer, so I have strong opinions on certain games and developers. Bathesda Softworks and Valve, in my opinion, are the two developers left that actually give a shit about making quality games that make no sacrifices on quality or complexity. Games like The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Fallout 3 were big hits in terms of both sales and critic acclaim. For Valve, Half Life 2 has the all time highest metacritic score, and Team Fortress 2 is a masterpiece.
Bathesda is dedicated to making games that are all around awesome. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is set to release November 11, 2011, and from everything I've seen the game is going to be absolutely amazing. Bathesda has been developing a whole new engine in house that makes the game look visually stunning, and they are changing some of the mechanics of the game without sacrificing complexity. ESV will likely be a masterpiece that will make them a pretty penny.
Valve has Steam, and because of Steam, Valve never has to make another game again. For those who don't know what Steam is, it's a cloud-type service that allows you to purchase games online; just about any game that has existed within the last 10 years or so. So they don't really seem to care all that much if their games make a ton of money. They have been constantly adding content to Team Fortress 2 over the last 3 years or so, and they've not asked for a dime in return.
|Fallout 3 by Bathesda. This is an amazing fucking game.|
EA got it into their minds that it's more important to appeal to the "casual gamer," than the "hardcore gamer," because there are more casual gamers than hardcore. So instead of following the Bathesda model, they rush their games. ESIV: Oblivion was released in 2006, and they're just now releasing ESV, 5 years later. EA got their hands on Bioware's Dragon Age: Origins. That game took Bioware about 4 years to make and it did really well in terms of sales. When EA saw how popular sales were, they forced Bioware to shit out a sequel only a year and a half later. Believe me when I say that the sequel isn't even on par with the original.
And EA is fucking blatant about it, too. Everyone that has played Mass Effect 1 and 2 knows that ME2 was severely dumbed down to appeal to more people. And the silly thing is that it wasn't even that complicated to begin with. Will Wright, the creator of the Sims, was asked if he would rather make games that sell a lot or make games that have a high focus on quality. He said that he'd rather make games that sell a lot, not because he's a sell-out douche, but because publishers like EA fucking demand it. Wright said that he would be out of a job otherwise.
|Team Fortress 2 by Valve. Also an amazing fucking game.|
So here's to EA for making games that suck ass, and for making games so easy that even the biggest moron can play it. Thank you for trying to make video games little more than hollow, visual eye candy.