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July 28, 2009 / Joe Osborne

Coffee Talk: Have Games Lost Originality?


Terribly sorry for the tardiness, guys and gals. Now, on with this week’s topic. USA Today’s Game Hunters recently spoke with Tomohiro Nishikado, creator of the Space Invaders series, about the newly released Space Invaders Extreme for Xbox Live Arcade, what inspired his original creation and (most importantly) the current state of video games.

Mr. Nishikado thinks, “the focus on unique concepts and gameplay has waned with the evolution of technology.” “It seems there is an increase of replicated gameplay formats and concepts, and people are growing tired of playing the same thing,” Nishikado elaborates. Let’s finish our discussion after the break.


Purely speaking for myself, games that truly bring something new to the art form seem hard to come by these days. Though, developers on the indie scene have made some critically acclaimed progress with titles like Johnathan Blow’s Braid, 2D Boy’s World of Goo and Polytron’s Fez, which is scheduled to release this year.

Now, this isn’t to say that the majors haven’t created some intriguing titles recently. Some that come to mind include Media Molecule’s LittleBIGPlanet and Valve’s Portal of 2007 and its expansion, Portal: Still Alive, of last year.

How do Nishikdao-san’s words make you feel, Geekadelphians? Are games really losing their originality? Are developers hard pressed for ideas these days? Let us know what recent titles you think have brought something new to the table. As always, give us a piece of your mind in the comment box.

(Images Via Joystiq and Pixel Nation)


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