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Why you shouldn’t let bad gaming news get you down – Reader’s Feature

Why you shouldn’t let bad gaming news get you down – Reader’s Feature
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth – one of many great games at the moment (Picture: Square Enix

A reader tries to be optimistic about the future of the games industry, given the quality of new releases and burgeoning revenues.

There’s been a lot of doom-mongering recently in these pages – every week seems to bring a new feature spelling the end of gaming, or a gaming crash . So, I thought I’d present an alternative view.

A recent letter made several points, including that new console sales haven’t exceeded the PlayStation 2. And while this is true, to assume anything that doesn’t exceed the best-selling console of all time is a failure is a little disingenuous.

Undoubtedly, the diminishing returns in terms of power has meant more people continue to use their older consoles over adopting a new one, but both Sony and Microsoft consoles sold exceptionally well in their first year (exceeding PlayStation 4 and all previous Xbox models) and are working their way up the rankings with the PlayStation 5 selling over 50 million units now.

Let’s also not forget that the Switch has sold absolute gangbusters, now making it the second most popular home console of all time, pushing last gen’s PlayStation 4 down a place. These huge Switch sales will have eaten into Sony and Microsoft’s, but from an overall view of console success this gen, you can’t just look at Sony and Microsoft. Nintendo are a big part of that.

Several letters have made the same point. That Sony and Microsoft can’t just make cheaper games with worse graphics because that ‘won’t go down well with existing gamers’ and paradoxically that ’Nintendo were right to get out of the graphic rat race’, and that this is part of the reason for their success. This doesn’t make much sense. While there is room for AAA, AA, and indie, there is clearly an appetite from many gamers for games that don’t offer cutting edge graphics.

The failure to adapt to the economics of the rising price of games has been laid at the feet of publishers, with plenty of accusations that they’ve done nothing and have no answers. It’s clear though, that they’ve been rooting around for a while to figure out a good way around games taking longer to produce and at a higher cost.

Episodic content, focusing on established franchises, increasing the cost of games, producing AA games (such as Helldivers), remakes and remasters, cross platform, digital-only and, yes, even live service games. All of these have been tried, but the reality is that there is no one solution.





It will be a combination of all of these that will mitigate the cost increases and provide a solution going forward. To some extent it’s not modern gaming that is the dinosaur, but some gamers who want to play only AAA games, at 8K resolution, 120fps, and at £35 a time. But time has moved on.

So, what’s there to look forward to? Last year produced an excellent crop of games, and while this year doesn’t look quite as good, even less than two months in it’s already seen some corking games in a variety of genres. Tekken 8, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth, Prince Of Persia: The Lost Crown, Helldivers 2, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy, The Last Of Us Part 2 Remastered, Ultrawings 2, Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered, and more.

And how’s the gaming industry looking? While games industry revenue shrank slightly in 2022, by 4%, it had a 1% increase in 2023. The 1983 crash saw dips of 12%, 30%, and 46% in successive years. Today, the gaming industry revenue is expected to increase by 9% a year over the next three years.

The industry is slowly changing and just because it’s not conforming to our established expectations, doesn’t mean a crash is imminent. (What do people think that would look like? A magical rebirth where games don’t cost as much to produce?)

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So, while Sony and Microsoft are doing less well than they were, overall, consoles are looking healthy.

While Sony might be uncommunicative, Nintendo idiosyncratic, and Microsoft still a third wheel despite their purchases, none of this really matters.

Because while there are fewer AAA games now, there are still loads of excellent new and old games available, even setting aside the burgeoning new VR formats.

Ultimately that’s what gaming is about, and why I continue to look forward to this coming year of games, and the future beyond that, and why you should too.

By reader Matt (he_who_runs_away – PSN ID)

PLEASE NOTE: This Reader’s Feature was submitted before the 900 job losses at PlayStation and 670 layoffs at EA were announced.





The reader’s features do not necessarily represent the views of GameCentral or Metro.

You can submit your own 500 to 600-word reader feature at any time, which if used will be published in the next appropriate weekend slot. Just contact us at [email protected] or use our Submit Stuff page and you won’t need to send an email.



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