Jason Pargin wrote a great article from E3 this year, in which he laments that the gaming industry has traded real innovation for a flood of gimmicks and sequels. This year, for example, sees the introduction of Microsoft’s Kinect and Sony’s Move, both of which are being launched with a lot of knockoff Wii-shovelware titles.
Wii Sports, meet Kinect Sports. Wii Fit, meet Your Shape. Etcetera, etc.
From my point of view, the biggest woe is that every time a new gaming “advance” is introduced, storytelling tends to take a back seat. The move to HD and “next gen” gaming made graphics the most important part of the game. As Mr. Pargin pointed out, gamers posted more than 2,000 complaints on Remedy’s forum about Alan Wake not running in full 720p.