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Complacent Gaming Syndrome strikes again!
Date: 4/3/13 2:39 pm
In Response To: stasis gun dropped to make the game less sci-fi (gamerguy2002)

So basically, because a bunch of complacent gamers who couldn't bother themselves to learn anything other than "boring but practical" weapons, which in Halo is mainly UNSC weapons, especially whatever the mid-range headshot weapon is. Even though Halo 4 allows anyone to spawn with anything that isn't a power weapon, most everyone prefers using the DMR above all else. If you took a look at everyone's service record, 95% of them would have the DMR as the weapon they are most killed by, and the rest of the top 5 causes of death will likely be the BR, melees, plasma 'nades, and the AR. The DMR and BR alone are the cause of over a third of all my deaths (that number is slightly inflated because I've played a few matches of SWAT, but since out of the 540 Slayer matches I've played, at most only about a dozen or so were SWAT matches it shouldn't be too inflated). That's two weapons. Meanwhile, aside from the Boltshot and plasma pistol, how often do you see anyone use anything other than UNSC weapons in their loadouts? Of the 3830 times I've died in matchmade Slayer gametypes, I've only been killed 43 times by the lightrifle, 38 times by the Carbine, 22 times by the Suppressor, and paltry 7 times by the Storm Rifle. That's a total of 110 deaths, less than 3% of my total. Obviously, having nearly full parity between the UNSC, Covenant, and Promethean arsenals didn't encourage people to use those weapons more often.

RC Master is right. Focus groups shouldn't dictate what the rest of us end up getting. Most players aren't going to bother to learn to use anything more than the bare minimum they need to succeed in the game anyway, which means they'll be using what's familiar for the most part (mainly the DMR and BR against guys on foot, and plasma pistols and stickies again vehicles), and few will take that limited time to go through the learning curve for something new and different. Plus a lot of people are uncreative morons who refuse to use anything other than so-called "first-order optimal strategies" (or player-preferred patterns or whatever you want to call them) and therefore at least some of the people that make up these focus groups must fit that description (I'd also like to know under what circumstances they were playing in, and if they were "hardcore" Halo fans or simply random people). So, why not take a chance and make some really new and interesting weapons instead of making and entirely "new" batch of weapons that for the most part only have trivial differences with the other weapons? Some people will use them, love them, and make frequent use of them. There are lots of games that have weapons that deviate from the "Standard FPS Guns" trope. Resistance and Unreal are notable examples. Even Halo's Needler and plasma pistol deviated from the norm, yet they have remained popular. Just because some idiots in a focus group didn't "get it" doesn't mean that those weird Promethean weapons they conceived wouldn't catch on and never get used out in the wild. I could see myself making frequent use of the Stasis Rifle both offensively (slow the enemy down and start chucking 'nades) and defensively (lay down a field to slow the guy chasing you and run away to let your shields come back). If there are any Forerunner guns in Halo 5 and 6, they need to be something other than "Forerunner shotgun," "Forerunner AR," etc.

Messages In This Thread

stasis gun dropped to make the game less sci-figamerguy20024/2/13 12:04 pm
     Re: stasis gun dropped to make the game less sci-fPriorMarcus4/2/13 12:14 pm
     Re: stasis gun dropped to make the game less sci-fiForge4/2/13 12:41 pm
     It all sounds so doomedscarab4/2/13 12:51 pm
     Re: stasis gun dropped to make the game less sci-fSonGoharotto4/2/13 12:53 pm
     interesting!Revenant19884/2/13 12:54 pm
           Thank you! Loved reading this and echo it myself! *NM*MacGyver104/2/13 1:05 pm
           ^ This ^iForge4/2/13 10:02 pm
           Re: interesting!serpx4/3/13 12:07 am
           Beautiful *NM*thebruce04/3/13 2:05 pm
     this line really sticks with meRevenant19884/2/13 1:53 pm
           Sounds like a blast! *NM*CHa0s4/3/13 2:51 am
     Approval testing ruined itRC Master4/2/13 6:18 pm
           Re: Approval testing ruined itCody Miller4/3/13 5:36 am
                 Re: Approval testing ruined itRC Master4/3/13 9:08 am
     Re: stasis gun dropped to make the game less sci-fGuttsu4/2/13 6:22 pm
     Is this an April Fool's joke?Avateur4/2/13 8:50 pm
     Re: stasis gun dropped to make the game less sci-fgamerguy20024/3/13 1:03 am
     Re: stasis gun dropped to make the game less sci-fQuirel4/3/13 3:51 am
     Complacent Gaming Syndrome strikes again!Gravemind4/3/13 2:39 pm
           Re: Complacent Gaming Syndrome strikes again!Metalingus6274/3/13 5:30 pm
                 Re: Complacent Gaming Syndrome strikes again!RC Master4/3/13 6:00 pm
                       Re: Complacent Gaming Syndrome strikes again!Guttsu4/3/13 6:27 pm
     Re: stasis gun dropped to make the game less sci-fWaferMouse4/3/13 5:15 pm
     To be fair...uberfoop4/3/13 6:50 pm
           To also be fairAvateur4/3/13 7:00 pm
                 Re: To also be fairuberfoop4/3/13 7:09 pm
                       Update...I think?gamerguy20024/4/13 3:04 am
                 Re: To also be fairMonochron4/5/13 11:37 am
           Re: To be fair...General Vagueness4/19/13 8:35 pm
     Re: stasis gun dropped to make the game less sci-fGeneral Vagueness4/19/13 8:02 pm

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