Tales of the Rampant Coyote

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Midnight Plane to Georgia

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 25, 2014

Caught the Red-Eye and a connecting flight to Savannah, Georgia again. By the time you read this, I should already be there.

Please pardon me if I’m not too responsive. I’ve got a very, very long day in front of me at a customer site (going straight to the site from the airport), and so when I finally get in I’ll have only however long it takes for my latest caffeine dose to wear off before I crash. But I (hopefully) have some content scheduled to go, so, enjoy!

In the meantime, consider this rant from Greg Costikyan.

Here’s an excerpt:

“We’re now witnessing the last death throes of the AAA system, the viper that sucked game innovation dry. And my sincere regrets to every developer who has suffered in that transition, inevitable though it is.

“I called for a revolution; and to my astonishment, we’ve witnessed one, over the last ten years. Online distribution and developers ready to defy the system produced the indie revolution, a Cambrian explosion of creativity not seen since the early days of computer gaming. New platforms – social and mobile games – have opened up entirely new channels, and enabled entirely new game styles. The last 10 years have been the most exciting and most promising time to be a game developer in history, and I include the birth of the industry, and the rise of tabletop hobby games, both exciting times, in that judgment.

“But all good things come to an end. And so it is today. The walls are closing in once more. The coming years are going to be harsh. There will be a winnowing of developers unseen since the Atari crash. There will be less and less innovation. Ten years from now, we’re going to need another revolution. And as usual, greed and lack of taste will be to blame.”

Whatcha think?

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  • Cuthalion said,

    Well, that’s a shame. He’s probably right, but it is sad to be getting into it right at the end of the bubble.