Asked whether the constant push to use new technology is holding back games developers, Treyarch's Josh Olin told bit-tech
that games shouldn't just use technology for the sake of it.
"The technology has to make sense,
" said Josh, in a Q&A about Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops
. "Games have to use technology for a purpose.
The comments arose after Josh boasted about how Treyarch is using The House of Moves for Call of Duty: Black Ops
; the same motion capture and special effects studio which worked on Avatar – could the constant pursuit of new gimmicks be holding back progression?
"Technology shouldn't be used just to be used,
" said Josh. "[i]Like Kinect or Move; developers shouldn't put that stuff in for the sake of it. It should make sense and create compelling gameplay.[i]"
Obviously, that's what Treyarch think they are doing – but without any hands-on time with the game, who are we to judge?
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