In the months leading up to the holiday season, video game developers unleash their biggest titles of the year. As game budgets become larger, the trend has increasingly shifted toward producing new titles in proven, pre-existing AAA franchises.
As the end of 2011 approaches, a slew of third entries in landmark series are set to hit shelves, a trend local gamers said they have mixed feelings about.
Danny Barnes, 24, said he worries that by choosing to continue established series instead of creating new franchises, developers are being too cautious.
"It's almost like people are finding things that work and then will stick with them for a couple of years because they don't trust themselves to create new titles," he said. "They decide to stick to what works and will make a lot of money."
Nevertheless, Barnes said that one of the titles he is most excited about in the holiday season is "Battlefield 3." The game is the third numeric entry and ninth title overall in a series that has released a new version on an almost yearly basis since 2002.
"I'm a total hypocrite," he said, laughing.
Jack Reddish, 22, said he has similarly disappointed in the lack of innovation from game developers. He, too, has plans to purchase an established title, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3," the eighth main title in the series, which started in 2003.
Reddish said he is drawn to games he can play with others, even if he feels exploited by the developers.
"I think what drives me, as a gamer, is the community aspect of it," he said. "I'm just a sheep, and I will go to whatever everyone is playing."
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