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Opinion: A Thousand Games, Each With The Same Face

Console Monster writes: "Homogenisation of product is a quandary facing the games industry more and more as time passes and as the industry swells in its reach, influence and capital worth. As the value of the market, and therefore the scale of investment increases, the creative controls of the developers and creators are shrinking, their authority being cowed and manipulated by the devious men in suits, eyes shot with Dollar, Pound and Yen signs.

Of course, the drive to chase success is nothing new, and it’s absolutely nothing specific to the games industry. The critical acclaim and popular appreciation of a film, book or even a toy has always spawned a swathe of copycat clones, manufactured rapidly without the same attention to detail or loving effort that gave the original so much success to milk the cash cow dry and run off with a fast buck or two."

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