State of the gaming industry

My passion for video games has been insatiable since as long as I can remember. I went through 3 original Nintendo’s by middle school just from use, and had a small collection of 5 1/4 floppy disk Dungeons and Dragons games for DOS that I knew by heart. I was that kid. I can’t remember a time where I’ve been more bored with games then now and it’s not from a lack of interest, maybe time.

The current release cycle for games is incredibly long, particularly for my engine of choice the PC. Most games are cookie cutter models of previous successful games and the cost of these iterations is not getting cheaper. Mobile device games are becoming profitable for developers with a fraction of the development cycle/costs, although they are a niche market they are alluring for an up and coming developer since the big game market is flooded with terrible releases. I have seen countless titles be in development limbo for years only to see their budget get cut and never release.

Game giants such as Blizzard and Electronic Arts are still milking their flagship titles with their newest releases of Diablo 3 and Sims 3, but what direction are we headed in this day when seemingly every scenario for a successful game has been thrown out there. How many Calls to Duty will there be before your 1 millionth headshot is no longer fun.

With the social nature of gamers within games the massively multiplayer online genre is thriving, there is hope. Dating sites for online worlds have been created, Twitter incorporation within game chat has been done, and being able to “/orderPapaJohns” is a thing of the past. I’m very much looking forward to what the next decade of gaming has to offer and can only hope that our children can enjoy another golden age of gaming as I saw it.

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