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Aren't you tired with that the most of games take place in US? I'm asking because recently I found out that people on SD forums ask for next Sleeping Dogs being placed in US. For me the best thing about Sleeping Dogs was that it wasn't in freaking America. It was so freaking refreshing and because of that I felt this constant "awe" when I was exploring Hong Kong. Now people wants it to take a place in US. It would feel like every freaking GTA, Saint Row and other games like that.
Post edited March 24, 2013 by Aver
Ummmm, I uhhhhh, what games are you talking about? I'm not trying to be pissy but for every game you can name set in the U.S. I can name 5 NOT in the U.S.
I don't think there are that many set in the US. And even the ones that are, make such liberal use of artistic license that they could have been set anywhere. Then there's games like the Fallout series which take place in a post apocalyptic future which bears little resemblance to any current location.
I don't care.
Yeah, it'd be great to see other locations. I and a buddy of mine were contemplating making a sandbox horror game set in the mountainous Norway (, which is where we're from). The only times I see Norway in games is when the southernmost tip is included in European TBS's such as Total War: Medieval and similar games. :)
The project never amounted to anything because we'd have to learn everything from scratch, and we just don't have that kind of time on our hands.

In general, I think game developers could get better at coming up with new ideas for everything. The Knights Templar and Romans and the mafia is only so interesting. And even I, who love zombies, am getting a bit tired of all the zombie games.
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tinyE: Ummmm, I uhhhhh, what games are you talking about? I'm not trying to be pissy but for every game you can name set in the U.S. I can name 5 NOT in the U.S.
Of course if we will count fantasy/S-F setting then ratio won't be that bad. But look at games that are placed in real, modern world or in near future. Look at biggest releases this year - GTA V, Saints Row 4, Watch Dogs... And what games that are set in Asia/Europe/South America we will have this year? "Remember Me"?
Post edited March 24, 2013 by Aver
Are you talking about Sleeping Dogs in particular or other games as well? Personally I only play fantasy games so I don't really remember any that took place in the US...
Nope. I'm tired of the GOG forum being set in the US, however.

THERE, I SAID IT!
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tinyE: Ummmm, I uhhhhh, what games are you talking about? I'm not trying to be pissy but for every game you can name set in the U.S. I can name 5 NOT in the U.S.
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Aver: Of course if we will count fantasy/S-F setting then ratio won't be that bad. But look at games that are placed in real, modern world or in near future. Look at biggest releases this year - GTA V, Saints Row 4, Watch Dogs... And what games in Asia/Europe/South America we will have this year? "Remember Me"?
I'm not sure I get your problem here.

The US is pretty much never portrayed accurately in any of these games and usually it's not even a particularly positive image either. If we're going to care about such things, we in the US probably ought to be pissed about having our country denigrated the way that the video game industry does.

Or, more likely, because the US film industry is so huge, it's easier to set things in the US as people are more likely to have familiarity with it.
It's a sad fact (for non-Americans, at least) that because America is where the money, and therefore the development of games is, then it's inevitable that American ideals will be prevelent in (Western) games. If Poland was where the money and development was, then... well, you work out the rest.

And I promise not to mention the bastardised English language. Oops!
Personally, a US setting only bothers me when the setting was somewhere else, but the localization team decides to change the setting to the US, even when it makes little to no sense (like in the clearly-Japanese Ace Attorney and Jaek Hunter series).
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Elaria: Are you talking about Sleeping Dogs in particular or other games as well? Personally I only play fantasy games so I don't really remember any that took place in the US...
I have a hard time thinking about any of them that are except for the sci-fi and fantasy series..
I agree with tinyE. I can name quite a few that weren't in the US. Is this really an epidemic and I'm just too oblivious to see it?
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hedwards: The US is pretty much never portrayed accurately in any of these games and usually it's not even a particularly positive image either.
Ok, so games are loosely based on the US. Can't they be loosely based on Paris? How about Singapore or Sidney?
Nobody's requesting accurate depictions of locations outside the US, just that game developers could get a little better at using other locations as backdrops for their games. :)

That's one of my favorite things about Hitman or Splinter Cell, for example. I get to visit all these awesome locations that aren't either New York ripoffs or small American towns with pine trees, diners and run-down gas stations everywhere. Not that there's anything wrong with either of these - but other places are equally awesome. I would love, absolutely love, to explore a small Chinese town, or get to run around in North Korea.
I must admit I don't play really anything new so I am helpless there, but I just looked through my catalogue of stuff from 2007 and back and I'm having a hard time finding many U.S.

I'll give you GTA, half of Midtown Madness, Freedom Fighters, Freedom Force, and one part of TR 3. Oh, and one mission from NOLF 2 takes place in Ohio.