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Addictive =/= Fun

#1Q_SenseiPosted 9/4/2011 8:45:35 AM
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I think that Egoraptor puts it better than I can. Addictive games are like a snack food, while other games are like a fine dessert.

Snack foods you eat more and more of because of their addictive nature, sometimes even when you don't want any more. Whereas a fine dessert you take your time and enjoy it, and it's satisfying in the end.




It seems like a lot of games are going for the addictive nature though. This was my problem with games like InFAMOUS, and even Nier. They're fun to play, but there were times when it felt like it was dragging on, and that I was doing the same thing over and over.

Then you have a game like Demon's Souls - while it has some of the elements that the recent Castlevania games have - leveling up and so forth - the levels were carefully designed.


I'm sure it's less expensive to have a bunch of mobs with open world AIs randomly thrown into a premade setpiece, but I feel like there needs to be more games that are hand-crafted for challenge and excitement.


We need fewer addictive games, and more satisfying games.
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#2EinherjerShadowPosted 9/4/2011 9:06:25 AM
Whats wrong with people playing what they like?
#3k_adsl123Posted 9/4/2011 9:07:07 AM
I like Castlevania 1, and I like Symphony of the Night.

So what?
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#4Q_Sensei(Topic Creator)Posted 9/4/2011 9:07:15 AM
EinherjerShadow posted...
Whats wrong with people playing what they like?

Did I ever say that there was something wrong with it?


My complaint was more that there aren't enough games that are carefully crafted.
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#5UltimaGabePosted 9/4/2011 9:07:43 AM
EinherjerShadow posted...
Whats wrong with people playing what they like?

QFT.

If addictive games weren't fun, people wouldn't play them. They may not be fun on the level you're looking for, but that doesn't mean nobody finds them fun.
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#6Q_Sensei(Topic Creator)Posted 9/4/2011 9:08:23 AM
k_adsl123 posted...
I like Castlevania 1, and I like Symphony of the Night.

So what?


And I like Symphony of the Night too.


I also like Mega Man 9.




There's quantity, and then there's quality. We need more quality.
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#7almasbabyPosted 9/4/2011 9:08:23 AM
Addictive games are my favorite kind. There's nothing more fun than an addictive game. If I can't put a game down it can only mean one thing - I'm enjoying it IMMENSELY.
#8zooknutPosted 9/4/2011 9:10:01 AM
almasbaby posted...
Addictive games are my favorite kind. There's nothing more fun than an addictive game. If I can't put a game down it can only mean one thing - I'm enjoying it IMMENSELY.

thats what im talking about...
#9VampiricDragon_Posted 9/4/2011 9:10:11 AM
I dont get the point.

Games can be addictive and fun. Some games can be addictive but not fun. Some games can be fun but not addictive.

But thats up to the individual person..............

Some people put 100 hours into a pokemon mystery dungeon game and have a ball. Others put 100 hours into socom or something.
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#10Q_Sensei(Topic Creator)Posted 9/4/2011 9:10:31 AM
UltimaGabe posted...
EinherjerShadow posted...
Whats wrong with people playing what they like?

QFT.

If addictive games weren't fun, people wouldn't play them. They may not be fun on the level you're looking for, but that doesn't mean nobody finds them fun.


The point of my topic title wasn't to suggest that there wasn't fun to be had with addictive games, but rather to put down the interchangeability of the words.


A lot of people use Addictive in place of the word Fun, and I think that's a logical fallacy.


Addictive games may be taking time, and you may be stuck on playing it, but it's not the same thing as the joy of satisfaction.
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