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Old 02-05-2009, 10:37 AM   #1
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Developers Were Lost, and Now Are Found?

At the end of the last generation of consoles, there was a lot of excitement about what developers would be able to achieve on next-gen consoles. Developers had gotten a lot of mileage out of the Xbox and Playstation 2, and consumers were eagerly awaiting to hear about what developers were planning for the next generation of game consoles.

Until very recently, though, developers have been focusing their attention on the wrong aspects of their games. At the beginning of the current generation of consoles, developers appeared to be more focused on adding unnecessary features and updating graphics, rather than attempting to make the best gameplay experiences on the market.

There were a few mistakes that developers made when creating games for the current generation of consoles. These mistakes included removing features from the Xbox 360/PS3 versions of various games -- features that were still implemented on the last-gen versions -- and added unnecessary features and gimmicks, hoping to appeal to a broader audience. They did all this while still leaving the core gameplay virtually unchanged.

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Old 02-05-2009, 10:47 AM   #2
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Talk about hitting the nail on the head. Although NHL still has some work to do with their gamplay issues (glitch goals, horrible online A.I., and crappy puck physics) they are still light years ahead of most.
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:05 PM   #3
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Great Article..Very good read.
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:09 PM   #4
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That madden with the vision cone as default is probably the last time I enjoyed a Madden game. It was pretty damn good!
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:24 PM   #5
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The whole reason features get cut and re-added when going to next-gen is because they have to re-write all the damn code. Since everything needs a re-write, they don't have time to re-do everything for the first year. That's why now people think they're "found" now, we finally got back to the base point and anything new is actually new.
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i liked the "flashlight" in madden.
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:51 PM   #7
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Again, another great atricle with valid points. Hope any and all devs read these. There is positively something to take away from reading these....
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Old 02-05-2009, 02:43 PM   #8
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good story and you certainly hit the nail on the head.

the problem with EA IMO is they really seem to spend too much time developing a game with the back of the box in mind. "Hey what cool things can we put on the back of the box to get people to buy it?!?"

aka "Marketing Dictating Content"
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