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Spy Party creator and indie game advocate Chris Hecker was given five minutes at this year's GDC 2013's Indie Soapbox panel to discuss the current state of the video game industry. Hecker let the industry speak for itself with a four-and-a-half minute video entitled Fair Use.
The video contains clips of developers discussing their own work, and includes Sledgehammer Games co-founder Glen Schofield's speech at DICE 2013, Bungie's reveal trailer for Destiny, Guerrilla Games' live demo of Killzone: Shadow Fall on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Sony's PlayStation 4 press conference.
Chris Hecker states on his website that he was careful to include enough of each clip to portray what was being said accurately. You can draw your own conclusions about the current state of triple-A game development by watching Fair Use below.
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I'll have to think about that for a while...
Is he saying that most games today are focusing on superficial details instead of including depth and thought provocation as a main feature?
Maybe that more and more games are becoming "Hollywood" instead of something "completely new"?
What I'm getting for this is that the triple-A game development attaches the ideas of "innovation" and "new" to old concepts and ideas and situations, uses specific language that laypeople won't understand to embellish their products, dances around comments and questions to focus on the specific PR-charged things they want to say, and don't understand that character development and story do not come from tech and set pieces. That's what I see anyway.
What we're shown is what we're not getting.
Am I the only one getting the vibe that the point of all these messages is that AAA games are all feeding on our fears rather than the simple joys of gaming we had in years past? The Capcom tag line, the COD terrorism, the Big Brother angle? Maybe he's just saying that big games have lost a lot of the simple joys of previous generations? Of course, the ending loop kind of puts the theory to test, but maybe he's getting at the fact that there isn't ingenuity or wonder or joy here. It's just repetition of fear mongering. Not to sound like an old hippie here or anything. :)