Typically, you see the word "pretentious" thrown around a lot on videogame websites, usually by the readers, in response to the words or the works of indie game developers. Watching this presentation by Chris Hecker made me wonder whether mainstream mouthpieces are just as guilty of adopting an unjustified sense of importance or if videogame development has simply become the domain of the delusional.
Aside: Is 8GB of DDR5 really enough memory for developers to finally make characters that people will care about? Is that the final piece of the puzzle? We're all going to feel pretty dumb for criticizing the writing in games when it turns out that all developers needed was more RAM.
How do you react to the incongruity between the lofty ideals put forward by developers talking about their projects and the actual experience of playing their games? The cynic in me suggests that the dissonance can be explained by branding developers as charlatans, incompetents, or lunatics. Surely there is a more logical or sympathetic explanation?