Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New X-COM Game a shooter because of people like Christoph Harmann

Read this article at Kotaku: Why Is The New XCOM A Shooter? Because ‘Strategy Games Are Just Not Contemporary’

I bet the fans (and creators) of all the contemporary strategy games like Dawn of War 2, Shogun 2, Civilization and so forth are just overjoyed to hear the president of 2k Games (Christoph Harmann) say something like this. I had no idea that we were all so misguided in enjoying these wonderful recently-released games, because apparently strategy games are just not contemporary.

Time for some fun with words.

  1. existing, occurring, or living at the same time; belonging to the same time
  2. of about the same age or date
  3. of the present time; modern
  4. belonging to the same age; living or occurring in the same period of time 
  5. existing or occurring at the present time
  6. conforming to modern or current ideas
I don't think Contemporary means what Mr. Harmann seems to think it means.

As a longtime fan of the X-Com series of games, as well as of good strategy games, I am right pissed.