July 16th, 2012
Unless changes are made, video games will eventually become niche like comic books have. Or so says nascent developer Chris Hecker.
"Some of us think that games can be the preeminent art and entertainment form of the 21st century, if we don't screw them up like comic books got screwed up with too many superheroes," Hecker recently told Wired by way of PC Gamer. "There are still great comic books," he says, "but they are kind of in a cultural ghetto."
Similarly, Hecker adds, "Go into a game store and you have a choice about killing orcs or guys in armour. It's clear we have to make games about different stuff."
Obviously Hecker is generalizing to prove a piont. But I think he might have one. What do you think: Are game environments and storylines too predictable, staid, and nerdy for their own good?
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