Games have come a long way since joystick jockeys first spent hours dropping quarters into Space Invaders
. Now on the heels of Space Invaders Extreme
's XBLA debut
, series' creator Tomohiro Nishikado has spoken out on the state of games today, observing that originality has suffered despite advances in technology.
"I think the focus on unique concepts and gameplay has waned with the evolution of technology," commented Nishikado in a recent interview
. While the iconic game designer praised new tech for allowing developers to create most anything they can imagine, he called out the industry for churning out "replicated gameplay formats and concepts," adding that "people are growing tired of playing the same thing." We'd be hard pressed to argue the point, though with games like Noby Noby Boy
and Rhythm Heaven
(a game Nishikado calls "excellent"), we still think there is a spark of originality out there. What about you?