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Reddit Asks the Question: 'What Is An Annoying Mechanic That Needs To Be Scrapped From Video Games?'

By Petr Navovy | reddit | May 10, 2022 |

By Petr Navovy | reddit | May 10, 2022 |


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Video games have come a long, long way. From humble beginnings, this plucky little industry has surged to become one of the world’s most profitable, with the 2020 US video games market being valued at around $57 billion—more than film and music combined. Games’ ambition and artistic reach has soared at a commensurate rate. Where once we played Pong and Space Invaders, we now have access to incredible works of interactive storytelling like The Last Of Us Part II, Red Dead Redemption 2, Shadow of the Colossus, and many more. Video games have their fair share of issues too—from the exploitative work practices that drive so much of the AAA-tiers of the industry, to the bigoted culture that exists at many of the biggest corporations in the business, to the predatory business practices like microtransactions that have come to take over much of the industry. Those are all tremendously serious problems. What we’re here to have a look at today, however, is overall something a bit less grave: Annoying video game mechanics. Those holdovers from previous generations of games that should have in many cases arguably been evolved past by now, but which find themselves clinging on through laziness or routine or god-knows-what-other-reasons. It’s in that spirit that Reddit recently asked the question: ‘What is an annoying mechanic that needs to be scrapped from video games?’ You can check out the full thread here, but below are some frustrating, irritating, genital-busting highlights:



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