Keyboard Geniuses: Have video games always been packed with this much filler?

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All Padded Out

My harrowing journey through Mass Effect: Andromeda continued this week. This is something I’ve suspected from the beginning of the game, but getting to its more tightly constructed missions has only confirmed it: Andromeda contains plenty of good stuff, but man, is that good stuff surrounded by a ton of tedium. Clearly, Mass Effect isn’t the only game to be suffering this rampant padding problem, and Merve had to wonder when this scourge began:

Has there always been this much filler in video games? It’s even starting to infect indie games; the recent Night In The Woods dulled its momentum with …

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