Do you find video games easier in 2013 than 1993?
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I read an interesting article on VentureBeat the other day, on how video games are now perceived to be easier than 20 years ago.
It’s something I have thought about myself in the past, especially when playing games such as Prince of Persia where the franchise has continued for that long and the differences are quite clear.
The fact gaming has become so mainstream now is partly responsible for games getting easier to play. If you own a Windows Phone you’ll certainly know why – because we have incredibly powerful gaming devices with us 24/7. And while I find the later levels of Angry Birds quite challenging, any die-hard gamer would agree that Donkey Kong was a little tougher.
Of course, gaming on consoles is also now mainstream. With more casual gaming taking place, it’s no surprise features such as in-game tutorials and regenerating health (as Jesse Meixsell points out in VentureBeat) are now becoming standard practice.
But I’d like to know what you think. A lot of the creative folks that walk through the doors at Modern Jago are game creators – so you are well placed to give your opinion on the state of gaming.
Do you think it is easier to complete a game now, rather than 20 years ago? Do you think it is a problem? Have the elements where we find pleasure in a game changed? Let us know in the comments below.