I work at a school, think I said that a hundred times already. I walked past this essay from some 2nd or 3rd grader girl, she’s clearly gonna grow up to be a man-hating snitch. The essay just went on about how video games are bad for your health and a waste of time. HUH WHAT. Since when do children give a shit about health or wasting time. They’re supposed to be convinced that science will discover something that’ll make everyone live to 1000, and time travel and spaceships and green alien pussy. But instead this hyper-paranoid society hamstrung the ambition and aspirations of somebody born about 6 years ago.
But it really made me wonder about the “Big Three” and the entire ecosystem of console games. PS3 and 360 did okay but it didn’t set the world on fire. Hard core gore in entertainment is an 80s/90s/00s relic-- shit that old people like me relate to. The finger pointing after the recent mass shootings (not just in the US) is aimed at “violent video games.”
Couple that with the rise in throwaway mobile gaming, Sony drastically downsizing, and Microsoft’s half-ass commitment in the industry, and Nintendo using look-at-me gimmicks to stay relevant… I dunno. I seriously doubt video games will ever go away entirely, and at worst, hard core gaming would have to just return to the basement hobby it once was… but the big budget commitment we’re all used to can’t be sustainable if the mainstream starts to frown upon the hobby.
The violent video game controversy in the 90s was different, because it was cool for that generation growing up. If the government wags their finger at gaming again and blames society’s ills on the medium, it might be a different outcome if today’s youth doesn’t care, and are actually drinking the “games are Satan” kool aid.
EDIT: Lemme tldr all that. On top of underwhelming console sales, bloated dev costs, and growing negative stigma towards the hobby, do kids these days even like games anymore? The industry as we’ve known it is in some shit if that’s the case.