After watching E3 this week, I think I've realised how down the crapper the (console) game industry is actually becoming. A few games stood out to me, however I was honestly really irked and a bit sad to see nearly every game being totally realistic (and shooters).
Now, realism isn't bad, but if you take into account the fact that nearly every game that's on the PS3 and Xbox is realistic (and a shooter LOL), it's not impressive anymore and I was definitely not inspired by most of the games at E3. The worst by far was EA. I am extremely disappointed with EA, it's like their creative team has had their imagination and soul sucked out of them.
I was pretty sad at how Naughty Dog has just completely lost their roots now too. They used to be the pioneers of the gaming industry (they created the first ever game on the PS2 to use an open world game engine for example) and their animation used to be so fluid and a total pleasure to watch, and now what do they do? Conform to the shitty standards of the rest of the gaming industry nowadays. Basically.... realistic shooter or GTFO.
I think I can safely say that as the industry stands right now, the only company I would consider dedicating my life to is Insomniac. Either that, or I will make my own company. Something, or someone, needs to get out there and save this steaming pile of rubbish that we call the console gaming industry. Technology has replaced imagination.
A few years back, when consoles were limited in what they could do, game companies were forced to get creative and those were the days that we saw many of the greatest games ever released. Just think- most of the great games today are remakes or sequels of older games, riding on their successes.
This is why I'm dreading the release of the PS4, and the next Xbox. I know for a fact that this will probably mark the ultimate turning of the game industry- when technology is finally powerful enough to emulate real life, and game companies will not want to go back to the "childish" and colourful graphics of the old gaming era.
The problem isn't only with the game companies though- it's also with the consumers of these games. The industry tried to cater to people who aren't gamers, and then we got games like Call of Duty. Now all these people expect are super realistic shooters, and these are the people the industry considers "core gamers". We are stuck in this nasty little rut where any game that's not a realistic shooter won't be successful, and so the industry is pretty stale.What to do?
So... what if an up and coming game company doesn't want to make games like this? What do they do?
Well... don't make games for consoles of course! Now, we have things such as the iPhone and Android phones, and Steam, where we can reach out to people who don't like things such a realistic shooters. Now is the BEST TIME to make new and innovative games on the phone platform and on things such as Steam because alot of people are sick of the staleness of console games and are always on the lookout for something new.
At this rate, the console industry is eventually going to ruin itself. Something needs to change.