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Game franchises and remakes “at an unnatural level” compared to other media – Sakurai

Thursday, 10th October 2013 04:39 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Kid Icarus and Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai believes the games industry relies on past glories far more than other media.

“Is there any industry that relies so much on reusing and reusing their old titles as much as video games?” Sakurai wrote in a Famitsu column translated by Polygon.

“Compared to other media like movies, dramas, animation, novels and comics, the glut of franchises and remakes is at an unnatural level.”

Sakurai said part of the problem is that games, unlike other forms of media, require the player to learn how to play them; rehashes of existing formulae partially avoid this problem. That’s also why many games use similar control schemes, he added. But although games that reuse existing material can be very good, Sakurai emphasised the need for innovation in balance with recycling.

“Good games attract fans, and if you have fans, you have an advantage. You try to use that to make the title something bigger, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to give up on innovation. Popular, well-made games deserve praise, but titles that have some kind of unique creative spark to them also need to be praised in this way,” he said.

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4 Comments

  1. Telepathic.Geometry

    I feel sorry for this guy. I’m sure like so many dudes inside Ninty, he wants to change things up, but isn’t allowed.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. The_Red

    WOW. Just wow. That coming from someone at Nintendo is like Bruce Willis badmouthing action movies which he did a while ago.

    The timing of releasing Wind Waker HD “REMAKE” doesn’t help either.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. salarta

    Well, it’s accurate. Capcom, Konami, Squeenix and several other companies love to take ideas for brand new IPs and slap them onto existing IPs despite how inappropriate it is, Squeenix and its sub-companies being the worst offenders.

    I also think it has to be said just how horribly video games are being treated that companies actively aspire to emulate how Hollywood takes old great franchises and tries to “modernize” them in “reboots.” Companies in the industry used to actually encourage new material, and respectful faithfulness to the original games. Today it’s just “Hey, this character was popular, let’s rip out everything that made them what they were to turn them into the exact opposite of what they’re supposed to be. Any change is good change!”

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Hirmetrium

    Games have aged faster than movies, whereas a movie on 35mm will look similar to one on DVD (there’s been a lot of improvement, but you know, a movie is a movie), and this is especially true of something like star wars, games made in the 1980′s look terrible. Gaming technology has come too far.

    And then, in the case of Wind Waker, its more of a directors cut than a “remake”. Problems with the original have been edited, clarifications made, pacing improved, etc.

    I don’t see a problem with HD releases when backwards compatibility is such an issue as well. After all, playing a playstation 1 game is pretty hard nowadays without a PS1 – but watching a movie on a blu-ray player, just pop in the DVD!

    #4 11 months ago

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