Proof of a Differnt Way of Thinking

So, I was flipping through my Steam featured games page and found 7 Days To Die which is currently on sale. I watched the video I’ve linked below and it made me so super happy that I barely have words. Have a look.

Now, the game itself doesn’t really interest me, but what it represents gets me all kinds of excited. The game itself is the amalgamation of Minecraft, Walking Dead and Skyrim basically and that is great. What has me excited though is that this clearly shows that game designers are thinking in different directions and gamers are clearly showing that this new way of thinking is what they want to play. The game was heavily funded on Kickstarter and was also part of Steam’s Greenlight games.

This is only 1 example, but it’s a good example of what can happen when designers don’t decide to just make a clone of a successful game. I can’t even count the number of Minecraft clones out there all trying to capitalise on its success. The age of Indie games has come back again and as they begin to make more games that are outside the set genre and confines, the more likely the big boys will begin to notice. It won’t be an overnight change, but I think it can happen. The last year has seen some very interesting games get published. With the new generation of consoles and increased indie support by the console makers; I think we can see some more mainstream companies begin to broaden their thinking.

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3 responses

  1. I really liked 7d2d… I liked the improved dynamic over DayZ.. But I found the minecraft-like landscape a bit immersion-breaking, limiting what was otherwise a very creepy premise.

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    January 4, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    • It looks pretty good, but not really interested in it. I’m kinda tired of zombies. But I do like that it is designers thinking differently instead of making anothre clone.

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      January 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm

  2. Looks pretty good, lots of clever ideas from different games combined into one. Though the game I have my eye on at the moment is a real blast from the past: Elite Dangerous.

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    January 5, 2014 at 11:55 pm

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