IGN: Gamers Are Becoming Less Interested in Games With Deep Strategy, Study Finds

By | May 22, 2024

IGN has today published an article about a recent study, called “Gamers Are Becoming Less Interested in Games With Deep Strategy, Study Finds”.
This study, which was performed by a market research institute, was focused on the motivation of gamers, and has recorded data over the last 9 years. This data is based on a 5 minute survey, which more than 1.5 million gamers have filled in. It contains 12 “motivations”, such as following the story or the joy of destruction. Most of them have stayed stable over the last 9 years, but the strategy part took a big dip. This means that compared to 9 years ago, the average gamer takes now less interest in components of games which require you to think ahead or to tackle difficult challenges. This trend seems to apply to men and women, and is visibile world wide (besides China, which was excluded during the analysis).
The study points out that it’s not possible to determine the cause of this, but that in the meantime the average attention span of people have decreased. They also mention as alternative explanation that the state of the world got worse, and that people rather prefer to relax than to be challenged.

They also ask the audience at the end a few questions, namely:

What Do You Think?​

  • Why do you think gamers have become less interested in strategic thinking and planning? Are there other potential causes that come to mind?
  • Do you feel your attention span and ability to think deeply has changed since the emergence of social media and/or smartphones?
  • Are there other documented changes in our media-consumption habits or cognitive metrics that you think might be related to this?
  • Have you seen similar or related findings specific to gamers and games research?

You can read the article by IGN here, the original study here, and obviously we want to know what you think here.

Play the new Civ4 “Game Of The Month” #273

By | May 20, 2024

The mid-month Civ4 GOTM brings you messages from the far east: You play as Qin Shi Huang of China on a standard size Earth2 map with tropical climate and high sea level on Prince difficulty. The sea levels are rising on this planet, and you have until June 30 to escape it. For more information please check this thread.

Endless Legend free on Steam until May 23

By | May 18, 2024

As various outlets such as Polygon and GamingOnLinux have reported, the title “Endless Legend” is currently free on Steam until May 23. This includes the base game without DLC, which are currently discounted.

Endless Legend is a turn-based 4X game, so definitely something for us, and was released in 2014. The setting is not historical, but in a fantasy world, where you do the usual 4X things such as building cities, infrastructure and armies to conquer the world. The fantasy races have all their own unique play style, so this game definitely offers some variation. Get it now, and conquer a fantastic realm!

Discuss with us here.

Will Civ7 be announced on June 7?

By | May 17, 2024

Our moderator EaglePursuit has closely checked the quarterly report of Take-Two games, and has noticed an interesting detail, which has been further supplemented by social media: On June 7 Take-Two will announce another title from the Take-Two core titles, which belongs to one of its most beloved franchises. While this could mean Civ7, the fan base of the Mafia games is expecting an announcement of Mafia 4 as well. If it is now not Civ7, then the earliest possible release will be in 2025. For the discussion please read here.

Old World update #123

By | May 16, 2024

Mohawk Games, the developers of Old World, have released the latest update for their game. With this update you are allowed to buy water tiles next to land tiles, adjacency restrictions for improvements were removed, and AI improvements were added.

Discuss this update with us here (and read the full list of changes too).

Old World is currently available in the Epic Store, on GOG and Steam.

Play the new Civ5 “Game Of The Month” #245

By | May 15, 2024

For this month’s Civ5 GOTM we sent you into the Barbarian wastelands: You are playing Bismarck of Germany on a large Fractal map with raging barbarians on Emperor level. You need to exterminate the brutes and everything else, since you need to win via a domination victory. You have until June 15 to subjugate this world! For more info please see here.

Civ6 Challenge of the Month May: Reach For The Heavens

By | May 14, 2024

Firaxis has published the next “Challenge Of The Month” for Civ6, this time designed by PotatoMcWhiskey himself!
This time you lead the Khmer on a standard size wetlands map on either Prince or Emperor. You need to win it via a culture victory, and have time until June 18 to do this. Check out the challenge here, and discuss with us here.

EpicStore: Five reasons why Civilization 6 is so enduringly popular

By | May 13, 2024

This article at the EpicGames Store is nearly 1 month old, but only popped up now on social media: “Five reasons why Civilization 6 is so enduringly popular”
While we are pretty sure that the CFC crowd can think of more than only 5 reasons, the article distills down some of the most important aspects, as you can see in the actual 5 points:

  • It’s epic and intense
  • Civ 6 satisfies a powerful emotional need
  • Longevity counts
  • It’s grown over the years
  • Play as you please

The 3rd point is probably the most controversial, as a series does not need longevity to become great, but more experience certainly helps during the development.
An excerpt:

It’s epic and intense

First and most obviously, it’s a seriously good game, presenting a coherent view of world history through complex and interlocking gameplay systems that simulate the fantasy of building an empire. No two play sessions are ever the same. Developer Firaxis Games’ carefully calibrated gameplay loops are designed to hook players and to keep them engaged without resorting to tiresome chores.

Read the full article here, and discuss it with us here.