EA CEO: Video games are boring, complicated

“We’re boring people to death and making games that are harder and harder to play”

EA Chief Executive John Riccitiello

Link to article at MSNBC

I certainly agree with Riccitiello that games are much too complicated these days. I was reminded this weekend what a joy many of the older games can provide when I picked up Super Mario 3 to play on the Nintendo DS Lite this weekend.

sm3 I love being able to pickup a game like Super Mario 3 and just play for 20 minutes or so. So many of the games today require a substantial time commitment, memorizing complex moves or turning to the web or books to decipher a map.

Playing a game like Super Mario 3 is like running into an old friend you haven’t seen for years yet within minutes you’ve picked up where you left off. The simple sounds, hidden areas and unique moves give this game so much personality. Highly recommended.

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