Alan Smithee

The Dumbening Continues

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I don’t hate casual gamers, I think that bringing them into the fold is something that happens with every generation. What I DO hate is when we take an already successful game with very approachable gameplay and dumb it down for the rest of the world to enjoy.

Lego Rock Band…I just don’t understand the appeal, I mean I loved Lego Batman and Lego Star Wars, but those were already beloved universes complete with backstory, characters, and inside jokes. Rock Band is still a very new pop culture event…I doubt it’ll have the same gravity as the other Lego game.


Traveller’s Tales has talked about making it more ‘kid friendly’ which isn’t so much a bad thing, but the lyrics in Rock Band songs are already scrubbed to remove ‘naughty’ words…how much more kid friendly do songs need to get?

In an interview with VG247, Jonathan Smith (one of TT Games Bosses) stated that:

“That essential Rock Band gameplay is still there; but now it’s also accessible to a broader audience, with new easy-play options, songs which everyone knows, and lyrics which are appropriate for all ages.”

I just can’t fathom why all-of-a-sudden, we have to pander to the least common denominator when it comes to games. I know, if I don’t like it, don’t buy it yadda yadda yadda. Big news, I’m not going to buy it but there are thousands of other gamers out there that have blind loyalty to certain brands who WILL buy this game and only encourage a sequel.

Is it going to be as bad as I think? Probably not, I mean it is a game and is meant for playing and having fun, so I’m sure Traveller’s Tales has got that locked down just fine. I just disagree with making the genre any easier and dumbing down games for other people to enjoy. Nintendo you’re the most guilty party here, making a system in games that lets you skip difficult parts. FOR SHAME!!!

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