Monday, November 19, 2007

"Rip Off", is a "Rip Off," of "Ripping off"

First off, sorry for not posting for the last few days, I've had thing after thing come up. Be it, little sleep, friends being around, or just plain fixing a deck. Hopefully I will be back at it again regularly.

Rip Off. Rip Off!

Dude that's totally ripping off this.

Rip Off!

We hear this all the time in the gaming industry. The question is: "Why?"

People keep saying that one game is "Ripping Off" another, when the game they are talking about is in fact "Ripping Off" another game, which in all odds is, probably "Ripping Off" same game before it., but why is the phrased used so much?

People often refer to this as a bad thing....

And yet, we would not have "Halo", "Splinter Cell", "Gran Turismo", "Zelda", and many other series, if they were not ripping off another game or series. People continue to say that it's a bad thing, and continue to site games that have ripped off others.

So then, what if it IS a bad thing? Let's just think about this.

The first video game was called "Tennis for Two", which means there would not be any other Tennis games suck, because they are 'Ripping Off Tennis for Two".

Pole Position was the first Racing game, which means that "Gran Turismo", "Burnout", "Project Gotham Racing", "Forza Motersport" and "MotorStorm" all suck because they are "Ripping this game Off".

"Super Mario Bros" Is the first Adventure game, which means that "Zelda", "Kingdom Hearts", "Jak and Daxter", and countless other Adventure games suck.

"Doom" was the first, First Person Shooter, thus, "Half-Life", "Halo", "Resistance: Fall of Man", "Metroid Prime", "Goldeneye", "Perfect Dark", all must suck.

"Driver" was the first true 3D Free roaming game, so "Grand Theft Auto", "The Getaway", "Spider-Man 2", "Mercenaries" and "Jak II" must suck.

I could go on, but that would probably bore you.

People will go on to say that "Game X Rips Off game Z." But this is not necessarily a bad thing, as most of the most loved game franchises "Ripped Off" another game or franchise, and look where it got them.

People often cite "Ripping Off" being bad because it's not original. This is really stupid. How many games could be made before there isn't anymore concepts to be had. I will agree games like "Katamari", are "original", but even games like "LocoRoco", and "Gitaroo-Man" are STILL ripping off other games.

I will agree there are too many similar games these days, but putting a label like "Rip Off" on them is ridiculous, "Ripping Off" is necessary to the gaming industry, and is not a negative thing.


Mr.Underhill said...

One of the things that came to my mind when I was reading this is "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". I agree, the term "rip-off" is being WAY overused by fanboys who want their game to be the "first and only" in something, for whatever reason.

Jon God said...

I agree, which is why I wrote this in the first place.