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Games borrow from one other as much as any other medium of entertainment, but for some reason, video games seem to fall under much more scrutiny.
Darksiders II released last week, and it’s a game that wears its influences proudly on its sleeve. It’s a mixture of God of War, with a dash of Diablo, a sprinkling of Prince of Persia, and it’s all baked inside a delicious Zelda pie crust. Some consider Darksiders’ pie to taste too similar to the pies it’s made of, accusing it of not attempting to develop its own flavor.
What do you think? Is Darksiders paying homage to the video games that influenced its creators (the camp I tend hang to out it in), or is it a collection of stolen ideas mashed together to create something familiar?
Of course, this doesn’t apply just to Darksiders. It’s more of a general question of paying homage. In movies, a filmmaker calling out their influences is seen as smart film making that recognizes the movies that came before their own, but in video games, the word homage is rarely used. When people recognize a mechanic or idea that originated elsewhere, they tend to cry foul and words like “rip-off” get thrown around.
What do you think? Should developers be allowed to pay homage to their favorite games? Or are they just ripping something off? While you guys discuss this, I am going to go play some more Darksiders II.
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game making is taking things that worked from other games and incorporating new ideas with it
I think it's paying homage. It's ripping off when you basically take all of the game mechanics from one game and give it a new name, new characters, and leave it at that. Darksiders takes things the creators love and put it into a package that while failiar, still is a different game.
Some of the things I consider ripping off... for example some aspects in the temples like they key system is literally a carbon copy of zelda key system with some fresh paint. But I felt like Darksiders 2 was pretty original
atleast the devs are acknowledging it, plus its a great game, so it does those other games justice
Darksiders is paying homage to great games, its using great ideas from games to make its gameplay fun and exciting, while still keeping it unique. Plus the story is completly unique.
these days everyone is ripping off everyone, some in a good way and some in a bad way. as long as it is good, i guess it doesnt matter.
How many truly original ideas are out there nowadays?
The way I see it, as long as it's not so unoriginal that I grow tired of it, I will thoroughly enjoy playing it, homage or ripoff.
homeage , and theres nothing wrong with that cause its saying they ( the devs) liked said games enough to wanna make similar things.if it were a rip-off then it would have the same mechanics ,and storylines with just different names and what not .