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FPS vs. RTS
I can already tell this is going to be one hell of a discussion. When Kenn approached me and asked about doing a "genre" Face-Off, I first thought "No way am I gonna open that can of worms!" Then I got around to thinking about some of the topics proposed, and after coming up with a few of my own, I began to think that although it would sure to heat up our servers with flames, but there most definitely valid points on either side. So what the hell. I figure "I'm game."
Well, I figured that you've played enough FPS games to give it a fair argument, and contrary to popular belief, you've actually got enough RTS hours under your belt to keep from seeming like a complete fool. :) I on the other hand will be arguing from the point of a mere "enthusiast" so the repercussions will be slight. Sound good to you?
You're actually a really slimy bastard, you know that?
Thank you, thank you.
Well, let's get on with it. I hereby state that first person games are much better than real-time strategy games yadda yadda yadda.
That was weak, man. Put some heart into it!
Why FPS Rocks
Fine, fine. All right. The First Person Shooter (FPS) and Real-Time Strategy (RTS) genres are both relatively new in the gaming industry. The technology to portray convincing first-person worlds in 3D started with id Software's take on Castle Wolfenstein, appropriately labeled Wolfenstein 3D. The genre really took off with their follow-up game Doom, and now FPS games are what push the limits in computing power, 3d acceleration, and visual splendor.
Real-time strategy games started with Westwood Studios' Dune II, which featured 3 races in mission-based battle over Frank Hurbert's epic world of Dune. This genre ballooned with success, as it was more mass-market than FPS, and today the culmination of RTS development can be seen in games such as Cavedog's Total Annihilation and Blizzard's Starcraft, with sure-fire hits Command and Conquer 2 and TA: Kingdoms just around the corner.
While it'd be hopeless to try and argue about which genre is more fun, I thought we might be able to take a stab at what takes more SKILL. So without further ado, let the flame war begin!