The mood is unmistakable.
The current generation isn’t quite over, and the next one hasn’t gotten started yet. Unlike recent years, everyone has both eyes looking into the future even as both feet remain firmly planted in the present.
It is a period of transition for the modern gaming scene. Even as Epic Games unveils the new Unreal Engine 4, thousands of indie videogame developers are working in the software junkyards trying to cobble together simple but innovative new gaming experiences. So which way will things go?
Recent inventions like Facebook and the App Store have already disrupted the gaming industry and threaten to upend it entirely unless the publishing behemoths shape up and adapt to a rapidly changing media landscape.
Indeed, the threat of online piracy, used game sales, and the recent success of freemium payment models have been pressuring the conventional gaming scene more and more with each passing quarter. Budgets balloon and risk is minimized, and pretty soon the field of annual videogame releases looks as homogenous as the characters they showcase.
And as a thriving indie scene and the rise of the new Zinesters leads to games on an ever more diverse range of topics, many of us are ...... Read More»