Rockstar responds to Red Dead Redemption 2 criticisms: “It’s not supposed to be fun.”

After years of waiting, the game of the generation has finally released. All around the world millions of people are playing their brand new copies of Red Dead Redemption 2 on their Playstation 4 Pros and getting lost in that wide open, immersive world. There is no doubt among those of us who truly love video games that Rockstar has created the greatest open world game of all time. At least until they release the next one.

However, some fringe demographics on online message boards are not entirely happy about RDR2’s success and popularity. Fans of Mario and Zelda are not happy that Rockstar has almost singlehandedly killed what little momentum the Nintendo Switch had left this year. Rockstar’s Dan Houser had this to say about the situation.

“Red Dead Redemption 2 is not supposed to be fun.” He clarified. “This may come as a shock to those of you who have never lived a full life, but not everything in lie is fun and games. Sometimes you lose those you care about. Sometimes you fall share of your goals. Sometimes you fall on hard times. Sometimes you have to be a grown-up. Our games are made with grown-ups in mind.”

The statement reminds us strongly of a similar one that Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann made some time ago. Perhaps it is this design philosophy that has led western game developers to dominate the industry this generation.

As long as Zelda is fun, it can not possibly compete.

 

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