With the latest games releasing all over the world, you’re bound to have a dirty game sitting around your desk.
And you’re not alone.
The industry is already feeling the pinch, with a slew of titles hitting the market that have been deemed too difficult for some players.
And it’s a sentiment echoed by a new report out from the International Federation of Board Games (IFBB), which found that only a third of players said they had ever played a game they couldn’t finish.
And while the games themselves aren’t inherently bad, they’re certainly not easy to enjoy.
So what’s the solution?
And what can we learn from the dirty game boom?
It’s a dirty business, says John Fetterjohn, president of the IFBB.
“You’re in this business because you’re a fan,” he says.
“That’s all you’re trying to do is enjoy what you like.”
Fetterbrans solution to the dirty gaming problem is to start giving players more control over their experience.
“We’ve had this whole thing of, you know, we can’t be in control of our games,” he explains.
“I mean, I’ve tried to do that.
The report also revealed that, of the respondents who had played a dirty Game, half said they would recommend the game to their friends. “
The IBF report, which is due to be released later this week, shows that over half of the games surveyed have been rated as being difficult or “unplayable” by at least one player, meaning that they either weren’t enjoyable to play at all or made the players’ enjoyment feel lessened by the challenge.
“It’s the new thing. “
There’s a lot of pressure,” says Fetter.
“It’s the new thing.
You know, it’s an industry that’s in a bit of a crisis.”
But the IBF isn’t the only one who sees the dirty games boom coming.
GamesBeat, a gaming site, recently reported that a “large number” of gamers are getting their games into stores, thanks in part to a new generation of digital distribution platforms.
So while the industry is in crisis mode, it could all be about to change.
“If we can make games easy to get, people will play them,” Fetter says.
As Fetter puts it, “it’s the internet.”
The dirty game revolution The dirty games revolution is a growing trend that’s taking place across the gaming industry, from the PC to mobile to mobile gaming to console games.
There are three main things that make a game dirty: difficulty, the game’s genre, and the number of players that are playing it.
“What’s so interesting about the dirty revolution is the way it’s happening,” says John Jorgensen, president and CEO of the Interactive Entertainment Association (IEA), which represents games publishers.
“The more people play games, the more people get to experience games in a different way, and in a way that’s better for them.”
Fitterbrans’ solutions include: changing the genre of the game: the IEFB found that more than half of respondents had never played a video game that didn’t fall into the category of “dirtier” or “shitty” and only a quarter had played games with a genre that falls in between “diamonds and stars” and “snowboarding.”
So what can games makers do to create games that appeal to a wider audience?
“The most important thing is that we have to make the games for the players, and not for the developers,” Fitterbrets says.
And, Fetterbrets notes, “We have to be creative in the way we do things, so that we don’t get trapped into a genre and then find ourselves stuck with it.”
That means making games that are not just for hardcore gamers, but for all types of gamers.
“This is the generation where people like to play video games,” Fitcher says.
He adds that the IEA is working to help make games that people can play with friends, so if they want to play with someone else, “they don’t have to worry about whether they’re playing with their brother or their girlfriend.”
Making games for everyone means having “fun with the audience” and making the games easier to play, too.
“Games are great, but they’re also the most important form of entertainment that people will ever have,” says Jorgensson.
“And they’re the only form of interactive entertainment that’s really safe for young kids, so we have a lot to learn from this.”
The IBF is pushing back against the trend, arguing that there’s still room for a few more games that cater to the older generation.
For example, the IFFB recently held its first ever conference on dirty games.