Halo, Call Of Duty, Medal of Honour, DOOM, Battlefield and Star Wars Battlefront are all in the firing line with our look back at retro-games across the past 3 decades of gaming. Whether on PC or console FPS games have become a mainstay of modern gaming.
FPS games are big business, from the humble beginnings of DOOM and Wolfenstein, through to their new iterations and beyond to Call of Duty and Medal of Honour, FPS games pull in gamers like a black hole.
Many FPS games can be traced back to relatively humble beginnings, except Halo which was launched as a console seller for the new Xbox (original) from Microsoft. Bungie was tasked with creating the ultimate FPS, and for a while, Halo did hold the crown.
Nowadays, FPS games are moving away from single player campaigns towards multiplayer online arenas. These arenas see people from all over the world fight it out to the death to level up and earn achievements.
Competitive gaming has exploded, and Call of Duty has joined the likes of League of Legends and Dota2 at the eSports table. With access to eSports and potential Olympic status, FPS games face a controversial future.
eSports is primarily dominated by games with violent gameplay. While League of Legends can hide behind fantasy and magic spells. Call of Duty is upfront about the fact that gamers use realistic weapons and kill each other. This has little effect on gamers, but non-gamers are making noises that violent games should not be included in eSports at future Olympic events.
The path to this point has not been clear, controversy has followed games such as Battlefield, Medal of Honour and, in particular, Call of Duty. Call of Duty Modern Warfare incorporated an airport attack that sparked outrage across Europe and North America.
In the end, these controversies died down, and sales didn’t appear to suffer. But it is extremely unlikely the Olympics would let these issues slide.
Join Neil and Filip as they discuss the history and controversies of FPS games.