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The Rise of Costs, the Fall of Gaming

"As I am writing this article, Activision is shutting down Radical Entertainment, Sega is laying off staff from their UK and U.S. offices, Vivendi wants to sell its majority 61% stake in Activision Blizzard worth $8.1bn and THQ is on life support. Over 120 developer studios have been shut down between the beginning of this generation (end of 2005/beginning of 2006) and the end of this generation (currently). If you continue to let budgets and team sizes spiral out of control, the future of gaming will be grim. There is a quote above that says: “ Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.“ I believe this quote sums up why Nintendo’s strategy will prove to be more successful than other companies in the long run. Even with Nintendo’s least successful consoles such as GameCube and Nintendo 64, not only did they earn a profit, but they stuck by those consoles an entire generation to stay loyal to their fanbase.", writes NotEnoughShaders.

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SandWitch1485d ago

That's the cruel truth... But the devs should not chase realism if they can't afford it. They have powerful hardware but they are not forced to use the whole potential.

Though after reading this article I wonder how powerful the next gen Xbox and PlayStation consoles will be... Maybe it's time to put more RAM (for multitasking) and less graphical/processing power?

The whole industry will not fail anytime soon, but I think there might be some heavy changes... And those changes will require victims.

h311rais3r1485d ago

Lol I'd hope there is more ram. I just put 16gb in my pc for 80$. It's dirt cheap. Lol

PoSTedUP1485d ago

only the strong (more powerful) will survive.

SeekDev1485d ago

Not entirely true. Overall form is better, form as in how does the game handle? Is it buggy? Does it have a decent story? Is it fun? If it handles like poop, is buggy, has bad story, is not fun, but has great graphics... let's just say it isn't a redeeming quality.

ApolloTheBoss1485d ago

The future of gaming ain't looking too bright.

chasegarcia1485d ago (Edited 1485d ago )

WHAT??? The future is brighter than ever. So many people game nowadays. Even grandma with brain age. Changes are coming that is all.

jek71485d ago

a very informative article. definitely looking forward to mind blowing graphics. but if it is too risky for them then just focus on the story and the gameplay instead. i will happily buy a game with quality gameplay and story with decent graphics

JBSleek1485d ago

This is so true. The Verge had a great article about the state of gaming.

DivineAssault 1485d ago

interesting.. funny but interesting... wii was freak luck & nintendo thinks that families & senior citizens will go running after wii U like last time.. AAA 3rd party games dont sell squat on nintendo systems.. Only (well mostly) Ninny makes games that sell on anything they put out.. They can move in a different direction but since this cloud gaming thing is obviously going to happen, many costs of development will go down & only need ONE form instead of multiconsole versions of the same game to stream across every smartphone, smart tv, computers, systems, etc.. & it will cut costs on various other things like physical distribution.. This upcoming generation will probably be the last for home consoles.. after that, if u want physical games, u will need handhelds & even thats in danger when cloud gaming takes off.. by 2016 or so the majority of households will have internet connections & a device that can run max spec'd PC quality games & nintendo will just be its own entity for family friendly fun... But most families including the ones shown for wii u ads, have tablets & smartphones so u do the math

Salamander1485d ago

The Wii wasnt a total freak accident, Nintendo took an educated risk by not directly competing with the other 2 bigboyz and creating a new market.. its called the Blue Ocean strategy... and it paid off. Theres a bit more to it, google it if you want. Nintendo knew what they were aiming for.

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