Rampant Games - More on Simplifying
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January 15th, 2011, 17:28
I think that depth can be more satisfying that breadth as stated in the article but is also more difficult to sell. Blizzard is the master of this balance and they make sure the fundamentals are there first and foremost but know that they do have to have a little flash as well but never at the expense of fundamentals. But its still easier to throw in the kitchen sink and it will still sell reasonably well as Bethesda can attest.
Can a game like EOB come out today? Yes but only for mobile devices or consoles. Braid was fairly simple but the mechanics were very well balanced so it was able do very well.
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