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Are PC games being 'dumbed down' ?
#1
The Elder Scrolls : The Dumbing Down
by samyoulonline



Published on Dec 12, 2012

Table of Contents for this video:
00:10 Introduction
01:21 The Premise
02:17 Multi-platform Problems
04:20 The Casual Gamer - Introduction
05:49 What Bethesda Did Wrong
06:51 The Casual Gamer - Main Arguments

*** The Casual Gamer ***
07:48 1) You Can't Fail - Introduction
08:09 1a) Important People Can't Die
09:46 1b) NPCs Can't Be Offended
10:14 1c) You Can't Fail Quests
10:53 1) You Can't Fail - Conclusion
11:13 2) Faction Memberships Have No Consequences
14:20 3) Choices Have Little Impact on The World
15:41 4) Quest and Journal Systems
20:32 5) Reduced NPC Conversations
23:13 6) Oversimplified Puzzles
26:53 7) Reduced Item Values

30:55 The Conclusion
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#2
I have noticed that the penalty for mistakes in games has been changing over the last 20 years . . . in Super Mario there wasn't even a fucking save option and so it was 3 ups and your out-- still somehow we all managed to make it to 8-4 and save our princess Togachu Toadstool.

Now most games are set up to be constantly playable with minimal interruption-- this means that when you 'die' they want to get you back into game as quickly as possible. And God forbid some n00b gamer have to learn the valuable lesson of saving often-- instead games have autosave and (in games like The Elder Scrolls series) death is only a minor inconvenience to the gamer.

I'm old so I have seen the progression of games from clever tests of skill to mindless time killers.

To be honest, I prefer the old shit.
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#3
i'm mostly a PES player. no one dies. ever. not even the referee. Sad
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