Originally Posted by Blze001
My viewpoint on this is it's a lose-lose regardless.
Door #1 is an industry heavily regulated and sanitized for the children
Door #2 is an industry where minimum effort/maximum profit rules.
Neither choice really gives room for good games, imo.
Your second door is a given no matter what; it's been inevitable since gaming went mainstream. Good big-budget games are already as rare as hens teeth for the same reason that most big-budget movies range from terrible to mediocre.
Very little that appeals to as broad an audience as is required to rake in the kinds of money we are talking about can be anything other than a formulaic collection of elements designed to cater to the lowest common denominator.
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