It’s hard to go a day without hearing someone lamenting how much better video games used to be. But what is behind this constant backslapping of the past? Is it a form of gaming hipsters lamenting their youth, or is there something more at play here?
Those of us who are fans of video games have come to know that they’re more than just entertainment. Studies have shown that playing games can help with concentration, problem-solving, memory, languages and even teamwork. They can also inspire creativity and help children to develop a love for learning. But that’s not to say video games don’t have their issues. The industry is working to improve representation and fight sexist cliches, but it’s still a long way from where it should be.
One of the biggest problems is that video game makers are too afraid to take risks. This is a result of the market becoming increasingly saturated with triple A games. This has caused them to focus on graphics and hype rather than creating a great experience for their customers. This is why so many of them end up sucking (look at Fallout 76 and Anthem).
There are some indie developers who are making some awesome games, but they’re having a hard time competing with the big money games. It’s up to the gaming community to demand that these companies take more chances and create games with great content. Otherwise, the future of gaming looks pretty bleak.