I used to play a lot of video games. If you knew what I look like, that certainly wouldn't come as a surprise to you. Indeed, my earliest memory is unwrapping a Super Nintendo back in 1992. Since then I've stayed dedicated to the medium. While most teenagers were running around and kissing girls, I was trying to collect all the Wumpa Fruits in Crash Bandicoot 3. I don't regret it...
Anyway, despite my faithful dedication to gaming, it seems I'm fast approaching the end of my usefulness. Japanese gaming giant Capcom has just released a new report which seems to suggest they're no longer interested in the older gamer. Capcom picked out the Resident Evil franchise in particular, claiming: "The longevity of the Resident Evil title also comes with problems."
The report, entitled Promotion Strategies to Promote Longevity, continues:
The main user group is now in their late-30s to 40s, and the average age is also going up as the series goes on with an increasing possibility that some percentage of the existing users will outgrow games altogether. Therefore, there is a constant need to gain new users, and the creation of opportunities for exposure in fashion magazines was carried out as an example.
Of course, they're not oblivious to the major flaw in their strategy, stating:
However, obviously game information is not carried by fashion magazines.
Yeah, we know, that's why they're fashion magazines. It seems Capcom are eager to appropriate the cash of "generation Call of Duty" — y'know, 14 year old American kids with borderline personality disorders and foul mouths...
Anyway, this does not bode well for the Resident Evil series. The draw of the original games wasn't that it was a bombastic action thrill-ride, but because it was a atmospheric, slow-paced and tense journey through a zombie apocalypse. I still remember having to constantly smash the pause button whenever something scared me on screen, which was pretty often.
What do you think? What have you thought of the more recent Resident Evil games? Do you prefer the more action orientated titles? Give us your opinion below.