Cinemablend writes: "It's often said that gaming journalist and analyst seem to predict doom and gloom for the industry at every turn. In some cases, that is true. However, here at Blend Games we like to keep an open mind about all possibilities within the gaming industry -- not to purport doom and gloom but to imbue awareness. Unfortunately that awareness does involve a little gloom, but not because we want it to be gloomy, but because the industry is rapidly responding to the declining status of the economy.
So when you see long-standing publishers take a hit and respond by laying people off, canceling projects and delaying triple-A games, you know something is very wrong. And even though 2009 has a nice line-up of hardcore games that are easily classifiable as big-budget, they could be the last for a long time to come."