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Monday, February 12, 2007
 
Jeff Vogel Explains His Hate For RPGs
9:07 AM | Cord Kruse | 14 comments

The seventh View From The Bottom is now available. This time Spiderweb Software's Jeff Vogel turns his thoughts toward role playing games, specifically addressing the reasons for his hatred of the genre. The article, laced with Vogel's usual humor, begins a two part look at RPGs and their failings.

In any other sort of game, I could start out playing someone competent and immediately do stuff. In role-playing games, I have to prove that I deserve to be competent by enduring tedium. Then it lets me do the heroic stuff. And multiplayer games are like that times 10. Anyone who ever spent an hour in World of Warcraft killing 50 goblin chiropractors to collect 10 chiropractor shins knows what I am talking about.

And the games I write are no better. They do exactly the same thing. Sure, it might be cool to make a game where your character starts out a level 50 badass and then just trashes bozos. But it just wouldn't sell as well. The addictive, statistic-increasing, time-eating quality isn't the problem with these games. It's the point.
Check out the link below to read the full article.

RPG Vault: View From The Bottom #7
Spiderweb Software


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