Submitted by jjdoyle 1123d ago | article

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. (3DS, Android, Dev, Industry, iPad, iPhone, Next-Gen, Nintendo DS, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PSP, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360)

SandWitch  +   1123d 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.
h311rais3r  +   1123d ago
Lol I'd hope there is more ram. I just put 16gb in my pc for 80$. It's dirt cheap. Lol
PoSTedUP  +   1123d ago
only the strong (more powerful) will survive.
SeekDev  +   1123d 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.
ApolloTheBoss  +   1123d ago
The future of gaming ain't looking too bright.
chasegarcia  +   1123d ago
WHAT??? The future is brighter than ever. So many people game nowadays. Even grandma with brain age. Changes are coming that is all.
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jek7  +   1123d 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
JBSleek  +   1123d ago
This is so true. The Verge had a great article about the state of gaming.
DivineAssault  +   1123d 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
Salamander  +   1123d 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.
jessupj  +   1123d ago
Sure does paint a depressing picture.

Developers are going to need to restructure their work processes if they want to remain profitable, but it's easier said then done.
Garrison  +   1123d ago
That's why I laugh a lot just thinking about what us "Gamers" are doing to gaming these days. Yes you!! Don't think the gamers don't have to do anything with this. People want to play a game that looks like a pixar movie @ home and pay 20 bucks for it.

It's crazy funny that the best gaming experiences that I had in the last 10 years all came FROM the last gen of consoles not this one. Back when graphics looked like shit, there was a ton of devs doing a lot of original games.

A lot of the stuff that happens thou is devs fault mostly. Why are devs releasing unwanted 60 dollar games so much when NO ONE is putting a gun to their head and obligating them to do so? PSN and Live marketplace these days is where some of the most creative and fun gaming is happening right now.
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StraightedgeSES  +   1123d ago
90s mascots: Mario, Sonic, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, banjo kazooie

Today's Kids Mascots: Captain price, Master Chief, Nathan Drake.

its really sad games like Mario, Sonic and Crash Bandicoot are frowned upon by today's gamers just because they don't have any guns.
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cleft5  +   1123d ago
This is easily one of the best articles written about the gaming industry. If you truly care about gaming, do yourself a favor and read this article.
Zeppelino  +   1123d ago
"Fantastic article. Knowledgeable, well written, well researched and most of all an extremely important subject that the main gaming sites seem to be either clueless or ignorant about. Bookmarked!" by "Tater" from " http://www.notenoughshaders...

My exact same thoughts on this article.
gk07  +   1123d ago
good article and i was wondering what happened to factor 5
josep1001  +   1122d ago
I cant wait for ps4/xbox720 owners to pay 80+ dollars for their games... Steam is the future pc's will never die, Gabe is god !!!!

-PC Master Race
specs. i7 4.8oc, sli 690gtx, 16 gigs of ram,ps 1500w, three 21 inch mon,
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ShaunCameron  +   1122d ago
Great read.

SMH @ the wide disparity between 360/PS3 game-development costs and Wii game-development costs. I got this eerie suspicion that the real reason for Japan's decline has little to do with the quality and content of their games and a lot to do with it being priced out of the console market leaving only the handheld market for it to thrive in.

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