What Are Some Fatal Design Flaws In Modern Video Games?

There are some glaring design flaws that we’ve seen in modern video games, and it’s been going on for some time now. David Fried, a game designer, has made a list of the most prominent weaknesses and why they happen.

May 28, 2018

The fatal design flaws in modern video games, as Fried explains, are basically, two:

  • Excessive delay until first being allowed to play the game.

Games have long been striving to break the stranglehold of Hollywood by pushing ever more epic stories to the front of games. As a result, there was a long period where you couldn’t start playing a game until you’d sat through an introductory cinematic.

  • Loot boxes, egregious DLC, and season passes.

There was a time, believe it or not, where a game was released as a complete entity. It had a whole story, sometimes multiplayer, or was otherwise something you could repeatedly play without having to download anything. At some point, Day 0 patches became commonplace for fixing last minute bugs, and it wasn’t long after that when DLC became an obvious thing to add to get extra money from players.

However, there is some other ‘minor’ flaws and design glitches that need to be included such as:

  • Quicktime Events
  • Pre-packaged DLC
  • The death of expansions
  • Sequel-itis



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