Technology vs. Turn-Based RPGs
Ah, the modern age. Technology battles with itself to constantly one up itself from the day before. Each new gaming system tries to enhance the graphics of the platform before it—Wii excluded. How many times have you upgraded your RAM or video card on your computer JUST to play the newest game? How many Crysis advocates cried when they first saw the requirements? Was there a boom in computer upgrades that month?
Does technology breed new demands for classic gameplay, though? Just because we have the ability to make explosions look beyond realistic (and even in space?), blood flow like geysers, and give the heroine larger than life… skills; does not mean gameplay has to be entirely altered? What I am getting to here is the impending death of the turn-based role-playing game.
Is it a question of market? Do gamers no longer have the desire to enjoy something that is not fast paced or action driven? Has the craving for strategy and an immense story line been thrown to the curb for pretty backgrounds and dry dialogue? Do not get me wrong, I very much enjoy elegant graphics. My question is, why can't new technology be applied to old school gameplay—especially RPGs?
Whoa, whoa, whoa, I realize both of those games have been remastered with new graphics and a few dozen new videos to watch. Did I enjoy that? Yes—I recently played though the original Final Fantasy, remastered for the iPhone. They did an amazing job with it. How many times did one of your characters attack the air where a monster once stood, only to find that was ‘ineffective'? NOT anymore. One can only recreate the same game so many times, though. While playing better versions of the classics are fun and takes me back, give us a new RPG that emulates the classics.
My suspicion is that the desire for this genre of game is not obsolete. The hypothesis, which has come to my understanding, is that RPGs are just not as profitable as other types of games, thus companies are less willing to create them. I would love to see a modern RPG which uses today’s graphics, an involved plot, and with profound character development. That does not seem like too much to ask.
My final statement is quiet simple, but requires some contemplation. “When was the last time you played a game as good as Chrono Trigger?”