Whenever I think about the rising costs of making so-called ''Triple A'' games, I think of that pituitary gland disorder, forgive my spelling if wrong, acromegaly. The same disorder suffered by Andre The Giant which eventually killed him. A person just continues growing, including their organs, until they simply cannot sustain themselves any longer. Death iss slow and agonisingly painful.
The biggest fear I have is that right at the very top of the food chain in the industry, as in any other industry that's experiennced massive growth, there are a bunch of people who are in it for the money, don't give a damn what happens to gaming once the money stops rolling in, they just mosquito off to the next blood supply. In their wake are a bunch of unemployed people who love the industry, and gamers who love it equally, and between them they are left to pick up the pieces and do their own post-mortem and attempt to fix it and start again on their own, which might not be all that bad of a thing in somes ways, although clearly awful in others.
So there'll come this point of critical-mass, if it hasn't arrived already, when the money will simply not be there anymore.
Will we be in good enough shape to survive a time when there are no Triple A games whatsoever except those who are birthed by houses who have spent their budgets carefully enough, and those lucky enough to have somehow flourished despite themselves? I can't help feeling that the smaller houses are going to become bigger and fill that gap in the short-term, then the cycle will begin again, as in the early 80's, and these small houses will grow, and amalgamate and become international entities and it could all happen over again in another 30 years, they could easily end up with the same problems as now.
On the bright side, gaming is much stronger than it was in the early 80's because personal computers and handheld devices etc are so entrenched in everyday life now that it simply can't be killed unless the world finds itself back in the stone age. But there's no doubt that it HAS to go on a diet, the only question is does it go on a diet under it's own volition or only when it is forced.
Jesus Saves...Before every boss battle.