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Comic 425 - Most Influential Game

Posted on Wednesday, the 2nd of September at 12:00 AM, 2020 in 2020

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DanVzare Wed, 2. Sep 12:00 AM, 2020 edit delete
Steve's just sitting there, deliberating how to respond to such stupidity.

Now you might be thinking "Ah, but Half Life influenced First Person Shooters to be more narrative focused!" in which case I ask if you've ever played a modern first person shooter.
Quake influenced the FPS genre more, so much so in fact, that the FPS genre was for a short period of time referred to as "Quake Clones". Half Life has more of a focus on narrative than any modern FPS.
I wouldn't even say it influenced the Action Adventure genre to be more narrative focused. That was just a natural progression that happened a decade after Half Life was released.
But while the original Half Life hasn't had a lasting impact on games, Half Life 2 did popularize physics (even though it wasn't the first to do them). This whole "Half Life was so influential" bullcrap, spawned from Half Life 2 and the meme that is Half Life 3.
Don't get me wrong, the original Half Life is a great game that was very popular in its time, but it wasn't an influential masterpiece anymore than Deus Ex was (which is a real shame, because while Deus Ex is an incredible game, no one seems to have copied its gameplay concepts). The importance of the original Half Life within video games is a new narrative that people have spun. I should know, I was not only there, but I'm quite the expert on video game history.

This reminds me of when someone said that Skyrim started of this whole open world sandbox craze. While in actual fact, it was GTA III that started that off. Skyrim simply became a point of comparison when the craze really started to take off, due to it's popularity. It wasn't what everyone was copying at the time (regardless of what they might have been saying).

And to add credence to my words, does anyone remember the hudless fad started by Dead Space? Something that actually influenced Skyrim (it was a selling point that it had less interface elements than Oblivion) as well as a bunch of other games released around that time? I suspect not. Because the majority of people don't actually know much about video game history.

By the way, in other news, I made a point and click adventure game as part of my degree.
It can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/y707vzin5hplo1d/The%20Mansion.zip?dl=0
I need people to play it and then answer a survey, which can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XXRPB9C
If you could do that, it would be a tremendous help. It's a short game, and the survey itself is tiny. So it shouldn't take too much time. And you'd be helping me get a good grade as well.
Thank you to anyone who has read this far, and an even bigger thank you to anyone who decides to play the game and fill out the survey.
I'll be closing the survey next week, so this will be the last time I'll bug you with this. Thanks again.


Geeky Meerkat Wed, 2. Sep 7:48 AM, 2020 edit delete reply
I'm fairly sure if everyone checks their facts that Half-Life is just another Minecraft Clone... just without the mining... or the crafting. Also, ignore that Half-Life came out first. Other than those little things it's basically a carbon copy of Minecraft.
DanVzare Wed, 2. Sep 6:44 PM, 2020 edit delete reply
Funniest thing I've heard all day. :)