Wow, there are a lot of different video games out there in the world.  From fighting to mazes, driving and shooting, there has been a great amount of games to choose from.  In addition to that, you are also choosing which “company” to support.  Sega, Namco, Midway and even Atari just to name a few.  But one of the strong front runners in the arcade industry has been Capcom.

But there has been a major problem with me and Capcom.  I will first and foremost say, that I love a lot of their games.  The Street Fighter series is something that I have always loved.  And games such as Strider, Ghouls and Ghosts and also Black Tiger have always been personal favorites.  But when I think back about all of the games they have created, I realized that they have lacked something that is important to people who love to play games, Originality.

Now you may hate this article and think that I am wrong, but this is just the opinion of one person.  And the views and opinions of Keep Calm and Insert Coin are not those of Old School Gamer Magazine.  Now that I have gotten that out of the way, I am going to explain.  This is not saying that Capcom sucks and so does their games.  I love their games!!  But I was going through a small list of games on my emulator and noticed that basically they are all the same.  How many Street Fighters do we really need?  Again, I want to point out that I do like them.  But there are so many versions that I just wished that they went a different direction and tried something new.  Sure there are new characters that show up in every new game.  But in the end, it just turns into a “don’t know the moves to the characters so I will just start button mashing again.”  And even then it doesn’t matter because I always use Chun Li or Ken.

So yeah, I may be a hypocrite by saying that the most favorite game in my arsenal is Mortal Kombat.  But the fact is, the characters in that series evolved and created a whole new level of playing.  And they may have had a little problem with Mortal Combat 4, but I was and still love the Kombat series.  But the issue with the games doesn’t end with the fighting games.  The other problem with Capcom was with with the side scrolling fighting games.

Again, there are a lot of great games out there, but toward the middle of the 80’s they lacked that newness.  After the success of Double Dragon from Taito, Final Fight entered the arena with a very similar presence, save the girl and don’t get killed.  Oh, and spend a crap load of quarters to get to the end of the mission.  It was pretty cool and fun.  And of course I finished it.  So on to the next game.  But then other games came out.  Now unfortunately, there are too many to name.  But just to give an example, Knights of the Round, Aliens Vs. Predator, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Dungeons and Dragons Tower of Doom, and even Battle Circuit, which was the end of “beat-em-up” side-scroller games.

And that’s where I found the problem with the games… They were all the same.  Show a map, start walking and push your button and pick up food, pick up weapons, die and then put in another quarter.  But granted, I did like the Aliens vs. Predator, because, well, come on… It’s THAT franchise.  It’s just that it’s all the same.  It keeps going back to the starting format of Final Fight.  And they all almost looks the same.

Yeah, maybe I’m spoiled. Maybe I’m stubborn.  Maybe I’m just tired and cranky and it made me think of things like this. But, I guess how that’s how these companies survived.  Putting a very colorful carrot in front of us and saying that it’s a new carrot every time.   Did this blog make sense?  Probably not.  But once in a while that will happen.  So for now, keep looking for that new game and…


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Brad Feingold Brad Feingold (48 Posts)

Brad has been a die hard arcade fan ever since he can remember. From the first time he played Space Invaders, to the first time he played Pacman, Brad has always had a love for video games. Hanging out at either the Great American Fun Factory in the mall, or spending the night in front of the glowing games at the local roller rink, he was always thinking about when he can spend the next quarter. He also worked at Babbages, which is now GameStop, for over six years. Mostly because they had a really sweet checkout policy on new products and great discounts. But since he had the Atari 2600, he has never looked back and owned some of the greatest home machines, NES, SNES, GENESIS, Turbo Graphix 16, GameBoy, Game Gear, Lynx, Playsation 1,2,3,4 and Vita, XBOX, Gamecube, and N64...just to name a few. Brad is also a reviewer for Mobile Beat Magazine as well as a freelance videographer, part time disc jockey, performing artist and photographer. But has a true love is for video games and Star Wars, as he is a member of the 501st Central Garrison. His ultimate dream is to own a fully working pinball machine and arcade machine. Difficult to say which one, but a Star Wars one would be nice start.