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RE: Remember Nintendo's WII? That's PC gaming now

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I tend to agree with this. I think it's a good sign for the industry but it looks like a bad sign for the games I actually like. In the long term, the money spent on making single player games will continue to plummet.

While I don't care about "production values" that much, but in the future we might never see something like Persona 5 from a studio that isn't already famous.

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Sega is still as amazing as ever, though! They even got us Two Point Hospital! https://peakd.com/hive-140217/@felipejoys/sega-is-60-years-old

Smaller studios are pretty much our only source of real gaming nowadays. Companies like Devolver Digital. Too bad guys like them don't have the money to back AAA production values, which is the area where we notice the lack of quality the most.

Actually, it's good thing that they don't have the money... The more money you risk, the more you'll be restricted. For each ambitious AAA that title flops, some people will lose their job.

You'll need a crazy person to risk the company/investors funds doing something totally new. It might succeed and be a huge hit, but if it fails, say goodbye to investors for the next few years.

Well, a good type of crazy, but still crazy...

I don't think most of these true gamedev companies work with investors. Like Steam. There aren't any stock shares to buy.

Steam still develops games?

Anyway, you might be right, I saw "financial year" reports for some publishers (like Square Enix) and assumed it was the norm to have investors.

They've released Half-Life: Alyx, but there is no stock for Valve.