The Beans wrote:
RodimusPrime wrote: Sephiroth81 wrote:
I dunno, Westlife and Bay City Rollers were flash in the pans aimed at a very specific teenage girl market which kind of abandoned them when they grew up, Westlife pumped out the same tripe consistently and their popularity waned so they sensibly disbanded and never heard from since. Take That have more widespread and enduring appeal and evolved
Incidentally, I don't scream like a teenage girl when I see Gary Barlow......
Thats it, they hit a certain demographic and hit a peak popularity but only over a limited amount of time.
Will anyone be wistfully putting candy crush saga on best games ever lists in 20 years time. I dont really think so. I dont mind it TBH, my mother enjoys it but only because its free and her sisters play it. Its sort of a little something to do while she chats to them.
Its a really popular game, but is it a great game. there is a difference.
Ok, your first sentence applies to retro games too. However good you think some old game is, it probably hit a certain demographic and peaked in popularity over a limited period of time back in the day.
People will absolutely be putting Candy Crush Saga on best games lists twenty years from now. It will depend on who you ask. You don't think they will because you see yourself as some sort of yardstick for popular taste. You're actually trapped in a little gaming bubble that contains yourself and this forum of backward looking gamers.
Whether a game is "great" or not is entirely subjective.
No I dont think of myself as a yardstick at all, if you read I said I dont mind the game at all and its nice to see my mother enjoying a game. So lets get that little assumption out of the way shall we. When did I ever say I did not actually like the game.
Its not so much the game as the target audience, most people who play it are not really gamers, the reason it will probably not be on lists is because the majority of people who play it now are not likely to be people on retro forums in 20 years time. or on any game forums.
As for retro games, Things like sonic and mario are on lists now because they have endured and have had multoiple sequels and people go back to them still as they are still available.
You also mention retro games also only peak at a certain time and hit a certain demographic, thats fine, except its exactly that demographic that are on sites like this actually choosing the games. As i said To most uf us, candy crush saga is a fun throwaway game that is not held up to the same esteem as classic titles. the ones enjoying it now are enjoying it but will not be joining up retro sites The average game on candy crush saga is 40 year old women. Not a group that is likley to be getting nostalgiac about the game.
Who remembers farmville now, it was just as massive and has dissappeared, noone talks about it now, the whole model of the freemium market is get the game out, make the money before people get bored and move on. Its not a market that is very well suited to inducing bouts of nostalgia 20-30 years on, hell most of the people playing it now will not even be around anymore by then.