The publishers who make these bloated AAA BLOCKBUSTER games that get booted down our throats at every fake awards show argue that they need to charge a premium price to keep delivering a premium product. But who says we need a “premium product”, whatever that is? Did we even ask for that? Is that what we want from games? Massive marketing spend and homogenisation?
“But these giant companies would have to close down. People will lose their jobs!” And yes, that’s horrible. No one ever wants to see people lose their jobs. But if these companies can only stay in existence by charging their customers extortionate prices for bland, safe product, should they even be there in the first place? Are they not living on a lie? And the creative people at these companies, people who currently spend every day texturing guns and other guns and extra downloadable guns, might they not do greater work on their own? In small groups? Forming daring little companies? Working to progress gaming and earning goodwill from people who will pay and pay again to see their work?
If acceptance of reality means that the games industry loses its giant studios, and it all shrinks back to small teams making smaller games and charging less, then so be it.
From an article on Eurogamer.
I totally agree. But I don’t think it need only apply to games. I think it should apply to movies, to music — to all sorts of things.
Anything a triple-A artist can do now a hobbyist will be able to do in ten years. That is the power of technology and the internet. It’s true for many things: including games, music and (perhaps to a lesser extent) movies and television.
Sure, it might be a painful ten years waiting for that gap to close, for the vacuum to fill. But when it does, think of the wonders — in the carcass of every old-world big fish will be a thriving ecosystem of smaller creatures.
So, what’s the moral of the story? Don’t be afraid to let the big corporations fail. Don’t be afraid to take away their DRM, their inflated copyright laws, their online passes. We’ll be better off without them in the long term.