Shroud claims new titles lack passion, noting that developers had more passion behind older games like S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
Michael ‘shroud’ Grzeciek believe developers do not make games like they used to. The 26-year-old Canadian streamer said older games like S.T.A.L.K.E.R had more “passion” behind them.
Generating over $100 billion each year, the video game industry has come a long way since its commencement. Although the industry is showing no sign of slowing down, and games are more accessible than ever before, critics feel like developers give more priority to profit, while paying less attention to creativity.
Shroud is one of those critics. While responding to a viewer’s question on Stream, he shared his opinion. “Are there any good games coming out soon that have you excited?” he read out the viewer’s question.
“No, not really. I don’t know. I’m trying to think.” rather than thinking about new games, Shroud’s mind dove into the past. “I want older games to get updated correctly. I want The Last Of Us II to get correctly updated for the PS5 so that it actually runs how it’s supposed to,” he said.
“I want modding games to be done. Like, different mod projects that I want to finish. I actually do want to play S.T.A.L.K.E.R. That looks kind of fun,” he added.
He goes on to say that newer titles do not live up to their expectations, and explained the reason behind his claims. “A lot of the stuff that I’m interested in is just older stuff. Everything that’s new that’s coming out has been pretty lackluster.”
“New games don’t hit like old games because old games… there was a lot of passion behind them, right? The people running the games, the people at the top, were also the people making the games.”
“So, there was a lot of passion behind their work because they were a part of the team. Side by side coding away. Now, not so much. Now, it’s more so, all the insanely really good coders and designers… they’re just getting f**king c**ked. Because the people at the top are like, no, don’t do that, do this.”
“Pretty sure it’s just nostalgia talking there?” he added, reciting a fan’s reply. “No, it’s not. You can just tell by game design and choices. You could literally just look at game design and then break it all down.”
It is worth noting that Shroud did not say he will never play new games, however, the trend of remasters of old games is unlikely to tire out of the sensational streamer.