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Old 04-25-2012, 05:21 PM   #1
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Adventure games are going anywhere anytime soon and here is why...

If you want to make a really good action game that tells a good story, you are going to need a big company with lots of money to develop a fancy engine. Adventure games, on the other hand, are the easiest, most affordable way to make a game that tells a story without needing millions of dollars to do it. This is why adventure games still have a lot of life to live.

So what's all this talk I see about adventure games dying? There are probably more adventure games being produced today than ever before! Now you got all these affordable engines coming out, all you need is a handful of talented people and a small amount of money to make a decent adventure game.

Sure, they probably won't make it to your PS3 but who cares? Most console games are over-rated anyway.

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Old 04-25-2012, 06:02 PM   #2
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I read an article published in 1992 that said Adventure games were dying. Well, that didn't happen.

Fact: When the 3DS was released in Japan - the best selling title was an adventure game.

And what handheld game won every award in 2011 and was voted best game to play on a handheld? An adventure game.

I walked into a Gamestop and all the employees were wearing T-shirts advertising a huge game release for the Xbox 360 and Ps3 - and it was? An adventure game.
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:45 PM   #3
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Its not that adventures games are dying...its the adventure game players that are dying, literally, with no next generation filling in the gaps like in the 90's and early 00's.
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You can thank publications like Gamespot and IGN for gleefully and prematurely declaring adventure games dead. This obviously had nothing to do with those publications being paid to promote other games.
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When? Where? By who(m)?

Oh, it looks it's time for this thread again...
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Mainstream adventure games died because too many bastard VCs and brokers gained control of the gaming industry and the majority of the gaming press is a joke.

I bet the majority of young gamers would lump adventure games with casual slosh like Angry Birds or whatever anthropomorphic arcade knock off is currently climbing up the top ten in the iStore.

And yet, many of the people who contributed to Tim Schafer's Kickstarter happily did so because of Psychonauts so maybe the answer lies in diversifying what you make.
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Adventure games are doing great. I can't remember a time I had this many good adventure games to display at work; and this is just what I have in at the moment. We've been getting quite a few lines.
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Adventure games are doing great. I can't remember a time I had this many good adventure games to display at work; and this is just what I have in at the moment. We've been getting quite a few lines.
that shelf is awesome and amazing. Unfortunately i dont think such a shelf exists anywhere near here. Id be hard pressed to find a single adventure game in gamestops around here.
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Toefur, that's in Oz? Point me in the right direction, I can't find a shelf like that anywhere near me!
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I can't find a shelf like that anywhere near me!
Me neither.
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Why so funny?
Apparently, zobraks didn't realize "Oz" is commonly used as a reference to Australia and was thinking the shelf was in the imaginary "Land of Oz".
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You got it, PD. I heard of Ozzies, but it never occured to me that the "land down under" ( where women glow and men plunder ) was Oz. For me Oz is where the Wizard of Oz lives.
Therefore the ROTFL when Skeeter mentioned it.
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Ahah... I should have said Aus... I do spell Ozzies Aussies...
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that shelf is awesome and amazing. Unfortunately i dont think such a shelf exists anywhere near here. Id be hard pressed to find a single adventure game in gamestops around here.
That's an interesting point. I was in the US back in January/February and we stock a *lot* of PC games here, so I kind of assumed that there would be a large selection in the US. I went to a few Gamestops, and couldn't believe the lack of selection in titles - especially PC.

I went to one Gamestop and all it had were a handful of old PC games, I'd say no more than 10 total. I thought that was strange.

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Toefur, that's in Oz? Point me in the right direction, I can't find a shelf like that anywhere near me!
There is probably no other store that merchandises all their adventure games together in a prominent position like this; but all of these titles should be stocked at all EB Games stores throughout Australia.
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That's an interesting point. I was in the US back in January/February and we stock a *lot* of PC games here, so I kind of assumed that there would be a large selection in the US. I went to a few Gamestops, and couldn't believe the lack of selection in titles - especially PC.

I went to one Gamestop and all it had were a handful of old PC games, I'd say no more than 10 total. I thought that was strange.
I thought the same thing when I went to the UK. With a lot of adventures made in Europe, I expected the shelves to be full of games... but I didn't find much.


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There is probably no other store that merchandises all their adventure games together in a prominent position like this; but all of these titles should be stocked at all EB Games stores throughout Australia.
My EB's are sad places... I go in to my local once in a couple of months, but have given up looking in game shops for the most part. A quick Q, does yours stock Nancy Drew? I always used to get them from there, but i haven't seen them in a couple of years.
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Not consistently. At the moment, no. And I wouldn't expect to again. Over the past seven years we have stocked a total of 10 different Nancy Drew titles accross three different occasions, the most recently being 2 titles about 1 year ago. They always sell pretty well, too, so I don't know why we don't get them more consistently.
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Ah, thanks Toefur!
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