Whatever Happened to Doing Things for Ourselves?


It feels as though games are playing themselves more and more these days. It’s not that they’re literally taking control away from the player or anything. No, it’s more that it feels like modern games, at least those in the AAA space, have been trusting players with less and less as the industry has advanced. Where players once had to find their own way and figure out games organically, now they’re tutorialized until everything is drilled into their heads. Where it was once on the player to figure out where things are and where to go, now they’ve got mini-maps and all-seeing compasses to just tell them. At first glance these sorts of mechanics appear to be nothing more than simple conveniences; advances in game design that make the modern game that easier to play and enjoy. Is that really the case though? Are our mini-maps, objective markers and tutorial…

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