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Spooniest

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The Birth of the Video Game Author?
« on: May 19, 2015, 08:30:07 am »
I've noticed a trend in gaming that is interesting to me.

More and more, giant megaconglomerate game companies are giving way to the voice of sole creators of video games. Iga has broken off from Konami, Mighty No. 9 is a thing, and of course Hironobu Sakaguchi left SE a long time ago.

We're starting to see games directly from the creators, rather than through the intermediary of a game label. What are your thoughts on this shift? Do you agree? Do you think it's not prevalent enough to be considered a trend? Do you think we'll see a lot more "direct to market" game creators in the future?

Isn't what we do here just that, on a small scale? (Spock eyebrow) Fascinating.
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Re: The Birth of the Video Game Author?
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2015, 08:56:58 am »
Indie games have always been that. Now its just a matter that big names are turning indies. It has happened to a few western studios already  - double fine, obsidian, larian, etc.
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Re: The Birth of the Video Game Author?
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2015, 06:46:19 am »
You know stuff like that already existed.
Touhou Project, Cave Story, FTL, The Binding of Isaac...

What is different (maybe?) now is that game creators are leaving or getting kicked out of companies and then keep going their stuff on their on.
(Is it what you just said? XD )
Maybe it's a symptom that something is wrong with those companies.
For contrast purposes, it's worth nothing that Miyamoto is still working for Nintendo.

As for whether this continue or not will be up to the game companies themselves giving their creators the conditions they need to make good games.
If they don't, well thanks to various factors now like Steam and Kickstarter, they can go elsewhere.
Hey they could even go on their own if they're willing to. ZUN among a fews other have shown that this possibility is real (although maybe not for everyone).

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Re: The Birth of the Video Game Author?
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2015, 04:07:26 pm »
Maybe it's a symptom that something is wrong with those companies.

Nowadays, it seems to have become more and more difficult to have budget for creativity, when so much money and effort are needed to make the game look & sound good by nowadays standards.
To that regards, I could understand why better creators rally the flag of independence.