The Game is not Over. Undesirable. In a context where the entertainment value of a game based on the immediate gratification of the player-client, where the cult of playfulness without frustration takes over the determination, we see that the black screen of Game is Over increasingly rare. Considered an obstacle to the welfare of the player, he walked out the back door, taking with him a game-design of another time. The games today with no real effort curls, sometimes without a single failure. Taken masochistic nostalgia, the abrupt black screen with the message we need. Game Over, please?
It becomes difficult to definitely die in the video game. Gauges regenerating life, levels of scattered objects of care, go on forever. To believe that designers have a phobia of Game Over.
This quasi-extinction based on a factor that had been almost forgotten since the 90s: The game console is no longer a rival of domesticated arcade. Just look at the number of arcade games console adapted today to see that the arcade is dying, but also the technology of living machines is now up over their cousins, the accessorisation games has nothing to envy to the terminals expensive. The Wiimote and the plastic guitar completed the transhumance of the material fun to Home Entertainment.
Formerly, the term Home Entertainment, involved the implementation of this entertainment in the living room coffee, saving us the chore of going out and empty his pockets into the terminal. The consoles were intended to play the alternative to the arcade, and offered to do as many adjustments they could. Game Over is primarily a concept of the arcade, you mean the end of your party, your stock funds, your pile of pieces of 5 francs. The Game Over was a continuation of a game-design designed to make you lose and you do spend. These games called food-financed market chips with your failures, you punish the slightest deviation. This was the trend of the time.
The consoles of 80-90 years have based their game-design of this concept, together with three data: the life of software purchased, its replayability, the reproduction of the arcade sensation. Continues the system of home consoles, with a limited number of lives, is opposed to continuous unlimited bounds, infinite as you can spit out of money. The cost of replacing the cartridge the budget parts, it was necessary to redefine the challenge by adjusting the number of lives devoted to an average player, and offer different difficulty settings.
By this logic, the user would begin in the requirements of the game, not the reverse. In breaking away from the arch gradually becoming an entertainment in itself and not a substitute for, the Home Entertainment has also changed its approach to the challenge and playfulness. Direct consequence of this shift, the “Game Over” appears more than half-words, he was replaced by other more appropriate phrases like “You are dead” or “You failed.” Sometimes the message is gone and it only remains to choose between stopping the game and continue.
While the games lasted only until two hours at most, artificially lengthened by their difficulty, they now can not really be completed in one sitting. Or accepting a degree of physical fatigue. Game Over screens now give the option of continuing the game without constraints of credits, or quit the game. Not because of obstacles ingame, but conjunctivitis, from one night to complete, friends arriving. It exceeded the difference between life and death to reach that of social life or death of boredom. Turn off the console is not the final death of the game.
External elements have therefore influenced the progression to the purpose of sessions without penalty, drawing for this kind of antisocial as the RPG. It is the archetype of the long game sessions, ending in an afternoon, that one is forced to stop to catch the ordinary course of its existence. Genre exclusive home entertainment, it introduced the backup to allow a break from the game without losing progress. The natural choice for game-specific design and type can be found on any game today.
It has even become retro-active, since the Sega Genesis Ultimate Collection release recently on Xbox 360 and PS3 added the ability to save at any time from the menu specific to the console. Save, load, save time, frustration household. The system is an alternative to 90 years by heart, where we kept the timing of any flashing ball after dozens of attempts. And Game Over. The news is collected by the fli
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Marketing is also an important role in this change. If she wanted to diversify and expand its audience, the industry should give priority to eliminate the frustration, the primary reason why a user places the joystick. In the spreading of the equation, the developers make their games more friendly, but also more attractive to a population that plays a fingertip.
Concrete expression of frustration with the challenge, the Game Over screen had to give way to let the game grow its friendly image to attract the customer out of the niche gamer.
Since the 90s, the gaming world has become a world network, and game-design has evolved in this direction. The deathmatch, cooperative modes, Versus online world rankings, are challenges that go beyond the interface of the game. We no longer lose front of a computer abusive techniques, but against a human being more experienced, more confident. By linking these players, the game gradually detached from its function as a simple organizer to become an actor.
Solo experiences are felt as well. When considering a part as a melody, Game Over is a quack dissonant which ruins the quality of the concert. The designers started from this premise to circumvent the failure to stop cutting awkward pace of play, keep a copy in its smooth running.
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