Both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim launch this week and you know, a bigger contrast may not exist in gaming.
While one is the epitome of "twitch gaming" and emphasizes fast, ceaseless action without much in the way of patience and strategy, the other is all about taking your time and immersing yourself in a gigantic fantasy world. Of course, from a simplistic viewpoint, one is a straightforward FPS and the other is an in-depth hardcore RPG.
But isn't this exactly the kind of thing that makes video games exciting? Sure, one is gonna be vastly more popular than the other, but it's not really a fair comparison. And besides, Skyrim is bound to sell several million copies; the fans are already clamoring for its release. The bottom line is that both will be popular, both will have an ardent following, and both are satisfying in completely different ways. I also think it'd be interesting to learn that a great many gamers will play both titles; diverse tastes isn't uncommon in this growing industry.
Such a contrast should help to curb the bitterness of those who feel shooters are taking over, or the mainstream is killing hardcore gaming. It doesn't get more hardcore than Skyrim and let's not forget about Dark Souls , which has also proven popular. The bottom line is that on Friday, a title that might be the complete opposite of MW3 launches, and it'll still grab plenty of headlines and generate lots of sales.
Personally, I think that's a win for the industry.