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January 2nd, 2008, 17:51
Originally Posted by Prime Junta View Post
After what feels like several years of stagnation, the cRPG genre suddenly seems a lot fresher and more promising. My theory is that the gamer population is growing up -- making "just another great shooter" is no longer the huge bit of news that it used to be. Crysis, as good as it is, didn't get anywhere near the attention of Half-Life 2 or even DOOM 3, for example.
I hope that RPGs will do well out of the maturing of the games market in general. If you want to make a shooter that really stands out you have to have a major innovation in AI or graphics, both hugely expensive and becoming ever harder as people have already seen it all. If you want an rpg that stands out you only have to get someone to come up with a good plot and interesting setting, which must be cheaper and easier to do.
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