Are gamers to blame for the lack of original games?

Alien Breed, one of the most fondly remembered games from the early 1990s is coming back.Team 17, the makers of the game, intend to relaunch the alien

Team 17, the makers of the game, intend to relaunch the alien blasting classic on Xbox Live Arcade this October.

Like many former Amiga owners it's the kind of news that gets me all misty eyed and nostalgic. Yet I'm starting to feel increasingly queasy about the way the industry is increasingly reviving old franchises rather than dreaming up new ideas.

The games industry seems to be following the example of Hollywood and deciding it is better off remaking the classics, and sometimes not so classics, of old. Just look at the recent revivals of Bionic Commando, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing and The Secret of Monkey Island to name but a few.

And a glance at the top 10 selling games in the UK last week suggest it makes business sense given that 8 of the games in the list are sequels.

It can't be good long-term for the industry to invest so little in new ideas. But since, as the charts suggest, us gamers seem to prefer the familiar over the new maybe we've only got ourselves to blame.