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By Steven L. KentPosted 04.10.2002 at 12:36 pm 0 Comments
One of the reasons I thought my parents might want to take a fresh look at video gaming is that many of the newer games are far easier to play than the ones they remember me banging away at as a kid. Granted, the controls for hard-core fighting games remain as esoteric as ever, with players having to hit long chains of button commands that casual users would never attempt to memorize. But in wooing a mainstream audience, some companies have cultivated simplicity. Maximo, from Capcom, for example, is a one-button game, and players don't need to push any buttons at all to control Sega's Super Monkey Ball; they simply move a thumbpad.
So, though I'm disappointed at my parents' transformation into American Gothic the other day, I'm not giving up. With so many changes taking place in gaming, the perfect entertainment for them must be right around the corner. Anybody up for a game about woodworking?