Gaming Trends That Need to Stop – Moods
With video games becoming more and more main-stream, is it possible that the creative output of the gaming industry will suffer? That’s a debate that requires some serious contemplation. The sort of debate held by business analysts that bore you with bar graphs showing genre trends across multiple platforms, or statistical analysis of financial successes of proven formulas. Screw that, let’s just be super critical and make fun of the developers. Off we go:
Are you happy? Plus 5 to luck! Are you sad? Minus 5 to dexterity! Mood, a game mechanic that used to be applied in clever ways, has become annoying in recent games. You can be sure that if the game has the word “Sim” in the title, you are going to be tasked with making sure none of your characters go emo. Oh, you gave your character a red balloon? No dice! He wanted a blue one! Now he’s going to be sad, and make things more difficult for you.
Worst Offenders: The Sims, Pirates!, Roller Coaster Tycoon