I Wish Developers Would Stop Trying to Make Console Games for Tablets

Posted May 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm in Threads > Opinions

It is just so frustrating. Just because a handheld device is capable of rendering 3D scenes doesn’t mean we should instantly try to make the same games that we use a mouse and keyboard, or a controller, for the tablets. If think about it for more than 3 seconds you would realize how fucking stupid of an idea that is.

Don’t get me wrong, there are fun games on the tablets. Ironically, Chu Chu Rocket (a console game) is one of the best. That just happens to have a great conversion to tablet because the controls are so simple. Wind-Up Knight is also decent among others that I am too lazy to remember or look up right now.

But, most games on the tablet completely suck. Has anybody tried playing anything on OnLive? Dumbest thing I have ever seen. Depending on the game the screen can have anywhere from 8 to over a dozen different soft buttons. That shit just doesn’t work.

Or we can use something like DeadSpace as an example. That game is god-awful. If I am playing on a 10-inch screen, there is no way a developer should ever expect me to reach all the way to the very center of the screen to touch or swype something. I don’t know about you but I don’t have 5-inch thumbs. Or there are the games like NOVA or whatever that 3rd person shooter is that is supposed to be all cool. I’m sorry, these control schemes just don’t work on a tablet.

Why do people thing a game has to conform to a certain formula? Yes, Call of Duty sells very well, but that doesn’t mean we should have that kind of game on a tablet. In fact, BECAUSE games like Call of Duty sell so well on consoles, trying to make those games for a tablet would be the dumbest thing you could do. You may hate games like Farmville on Facebook, but at least they aren’t trying to be something that would never work on a platform like Facebook.

The type of games that belong on tablets are games that require very little accuracy and precision in terms of input. Give me games like turn-based RPGS, turn-based strategy games, simulation, puzzle, etc. And that doesn’t mean you can’t have fast paced games. You can have quick thinking puzzle games or something else, but you shouldn’t have shooters or Sonic.