This month’s question is a follow up to last’s month’s “What is your favorite game mechanism?”. This question has been floating around the gamerverse for a couple of years. You heard a lot of people saying that there are no new mechanisms, that all the new games are just retreading of old ones. The underbuzz is that designers are not giving us anything new.
We are seeing a lot of new games being released (or not) thanks to Kickstarter and an increase in the general awareness of games. But there has been talk in the gaming community that there really isn’t anything NEW. Many games are old games with a new theme. Or that have been updated to fix known issues. New games are just mixing old mechanisms together to make a new game. The feeling is that there are no truly new, innovative games/mechanisms being made.
What do you think? Is this true? Or is it just morning mist? Or are we just seeing the same old tricks in new skins? Is there anything new under the sun?