Gears' Bleszinski Not Intimidated by Casual Gaming Trend
Cliff Bleszinski and his team don’t feel threatened by casual gamers. The Gears of War creator is confident in the success of Gears of War 2 despite Microsoft courting casual gamers and pushing family-oriented games.
Bleszinski told GamesIndustry.biz in a recent interview that Gears of War 2 has appeal for casual gamers as well as hardcore fans.
“Microsoft currently has to walk that line right now where they’re selling a game that’s a bit more hardcore like a Gears while trying to expand the installed base in regards to casual gamers,” he said.
“Thankfully I’m in a position where I’m just trying to make the best game possible, but at the same time make sure that Casual [difficulty] is truly, truly easy, as well as having a little bit of heart in the story with a game that, yes, it’s about monsters, yes, it’s about chainsaws and blood, but it’s also about a guy who’s looking for his wife.
“There’s still a fair amount of jock, fratboy, macho bullshit in the game – I’m not going to lie. But at the same time, there’s a little bit more personal elements in there, and some of the themes in the game with loss, retribution and the sadness of war, I think they’re coming through a lot more in this game.”
Blezinski goes to say that although many developers specializing in hardcore games are uncomfortable or even feel threatened by the rising numbers of casual gamers, Epic isn’t one of them. He adds,”We say anybody playing videogames in our opinion is a very, very good thing.”
I’ve got to say I feel the same way. The more people exposed to gaming, the less alien and misunderstood gamers and videogames become. If you introduce people new to gaming gradually they may eventually work up the courage to try more hardcore games as they gain confidence in their skills.