I’m sure that this is something many of you have experienced before: you were playing one of your favorite games, having a grand old time and keeping to yourself, when suddenly, out of nowhere, an update or patch comes along to change an aspect or two of the game that you loved so much. Yeah, it might still be a fun game, but perhaps not quite as fun as before. However, occasionally a patch comes along that changes the mechanics of a game so drastically that the entire playing experience is altered. At this point, I’m wondering, can it still be said that it’s even the same game?
There’s a certain thought experiment known as Theseus’ ship wherein the question is posed as to whether an old ship that has gradually had all of its boards replaced is still the same ship when there are no more original wooden boards remaining. As with any thought experiment, there are no right answers, but my gut inclination is to believe that at a certain point, the ship ceases to be the same ship it was. If this is the case, then it must follow that after a certain number of fairly significant patches, a game leaves behind its old identity and slips into a new one. This is inherently neither a positive nor negative process, but, from personal experience, it can be hard to see a game that was already perfect changed so much.
Anyways, just a quick thought that I had after updating League for the millionth time. As always, I’d love to hear what you guys think. Are the changes oftentimes not as expansive as I potentially make them out to be? Have any of your favorite games changed in this manner? Thanks for reading!