Monday, May 07, 2012

May = Another Slow Game Month

We have another slow news month, ladies and gentlemen. Today’s top stories: Be like Steve Jobs and play video games to go after the career you want in Asia, and why don’t we have an Avengers video game.

That’s it. Pick your poison.

I can kind of see where they’re going for the Avengers topic. It’s a big, blockbuster movie. It should, with ease, have a game tie-in. I mean…the other super hero movies do. Except Batman. Arkham Asylum is not a direct link to the movie. Captain America and a couple iterations of The Hulk have had their games. It seems like a win-win. Issue? Those games suck. People don’t play them. I remember when they were really trying to push the Captain America game last year at WonderCon. It looked nice, but the game was lifeless. It’s the same shtick over and over again. What else can you give me in a super hero game that we haven’t already seen? And of course, can’t do a point by point copy/paste from a movie. No one wants to pay $59.99 for a 2 hour and 30 minute video game.

Honestly, I think it’s a licensing and content issue. While all of the characters are owned by Marvel, and now Disney, they all have their own separate “deals”. They can’t easily be transported from one genre to another without negotiating rights. It sounds silly, I know, but its business. Business has a funny way of working.

If we do get an Avengers game, don’t expect the magic of the movie. If anything I hope it’s one of those “before they all gathered” or “after the movie” type of tie-ins. A different perspective and more content then would could be generated in the film itself.

Ok. So I chose which one to talk about. Go forth and be bored online today. Maybe Kotaku will have something interesting appear soon.


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