A lot of gamers cry for innovation in games, saying that entire genres and franchises have stagnated. I feel there are two attitudes toward innovation that should be avoided at all costs if we want gaming to remain an enjoyable experience. The first one is taking the simplistic approach of "if it ain't broke don't fix it". This just doesn't cut it because then any endeavor truly stagnates, not just gaming. But the second one is just as bad and it's the people that want the wheel reinvented every single time, just for the sake of it.
Many times I hear people clamoring: "It's the same mechanic from twenty year ago" or "there are just two types of settings: medieval fantasy and futuristic science fiction."
While I agree that it's nice to have things that push gaming forward such as an ingenious mechanic or a very original setting, we shouldn't be expecting them every time a new RPG or game from any other genre comes out.
Sure, it's nice to have something different than orcs and elves and more variety than a space opera, but if there are games that use any common ground but do it very well, why should we criticize them for it?
Likewise if a game comes up with a meaningful gameplay mechanic that is new or an original setting, why not embrace that?
This is just my thoughts on a forum trend that I've been noticing in forums since this generation started. There doesn't need to be an "end of the world as we know it" for gaming to be rejuvenated again. There are and must be a way of keeping core elements of tried and true gameplay and setting while bringing something new to the table.
Ideally, developers should be preoccupied with filling their games with well-written dialogue, cohesive setting and narrative and just plain fun and rock-solid gameplay, not worrying about introducing gimmicks for people who get bored of everything quickly.
I want to hera the opinions of people on this subject because it touches on something that impacts how the industry evolves and therefore how much we enjoy our games. Veteran RPg gamers may have a different take on this, because they've been gaming for so long. I must admit that, even though with 29 titles under my belt, I still consider myself a neophyte when it comes to RPGs.