Video Game Industry Musings
Full Disclosure: I am only a denizen of the gaming community, I am not in any way involved with the community other than the fact that I play games and go to websites to get news about the industry.
Our Prospects: Video Gaming, as some may lead you believe, has already started the exodus of its golden age. A lot of us oppose this "fact" and bring counterpoints that we see more innovation now than we did ten years ago. What are our prospects though? In the midst of a recession we see Publishers milking the cow more than once a year and developers being tipped over on a regular day. (Do you appreciate the picture I've just painted?) Anyways, to the naysayers, those that say the video game industry is a huge behemoth currently in the process of digging a grave of redundancy, i say it's not innovation, but refinement. Our industry, like the industrial revolution, is coming up with idea after idea after idea. Sure, sometimes the product is mediocre at best, and other times it's a wonderful romp through something we already love. My point is, our prospects involve refinement rather than innovation. Sure Natal is coming out, Wii is a big deal, and the PS3 has some motion-waggle-thing-a-ma-bob coming out, but those are mere novelties. The industry is refining how games are made, what works, and how to deliver those games. That is our prospect, refinement.
Why can't it be like the good ol' Days: Do you remember when we were nomads? Neither do I, so why go back to that era anyways. Right now, we are the industrial revolution, sure some people will be maimed or mortally wounded in the process, but what will emerge is hopefully some European model. Wouldn't it be great if we became like the surviving English? You know, their country (other than the Asian countries) is one of the longest surviving empires. Think of it this way, the movie industry is like America...The music industry is like France...the book industry is like Russia, my point is let's be the longest surviving empire. Let's not be corrupt, whiny bitches, or backwards in our ways, let's not be like the good ol' days where we were nomads....eating insects just to get by. Let the video game industry keep moving forward, let it kill "the weakest" and then let it emerge better than before.
Recession and Why I Wrote This: We currently live in a recession and no industry is safe, as we have seen over the past year or so, the video game industry suffers as well. Let publishers try DLC, it may never catch on. Let Activision keep reiterating the same games, eventually even they will get bored of Call of Duty. My point is, this is cyclical. The video game industry isn't dying, nor is the pc gaming industry. It's all evolving, but more specifically refining itself into an efficient beast. We will no longer be the cow, tipped over by the farmer that milks us to much, we will be an emerging industry after this recession, and personally, as a psychology major, I think i could take Robert Bowling's job after the recession. So why did I write this? I was taking a break from studying the Russian language, I have an exam tonight. Also for enjoyment, I hope you all appreciate it and take this as a serious work of satire, as in I have some points to make, but cow tipping and insulting countries is something no American passes up on.