DPrinny wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:12 am
"Video games as an art form"
In that case FIfa/COD are the picture of that tennis player scratching her arse.
Thanks for that. I've lost half my cheese sandwich now!
Lots of good points raised in response to my last post. Sadly, I think there's a great deal of truth in them. I doubt Nintendo, or any other larger entity in the modern industry is going to worry overmuch in the face of thretened boycotts or angry words. Unless that translates into loss of money for them, they'll just do as they will. And, to be blunt, so long as they can claim a legal entitlement to do so, why should we expect them to do anything different?
I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the 'games as art' argument, though. Yes, we have a ton of dross out there (I wouldn't include Call of Duty games in that bracket, mind - their campaigns are usually very well put together.) But we also have a lot of stuff that geninely makes a case for games as an expressive medium. They've developed now to a point where they allow for stylistic execution and genuinely complex narratives. We've come a long way since the days of the Atari VCS and its chunky pixels. Games tell stories now! And you could even say that the development of modern games today actually breathes new life into those older ones, making them stand out as not ncessarily inferior, but different. That's where the appeal lies, surely?
The part that chafes at me in a turn of events like this is that the industry seems to care very little about preserving those. Yeah, we get HD remasters and endlessly regurgitated versions of past hits, but only EVER when it's deemed likely to make bank for the provider. With the games biz being as forward moving and profit focused as any other branch of the entertainment industries, that pattern simply doesn't cater to folks with a specific taste for older, more obscure titles.
The trouble is, this issue is already turning into a many headed beast. Is piracy the answer? No, I don't think so. But neither is IP holders sitting on items they legally own with no intention of ever utilising them. Folks are starting to cotton on to the idea that they're being asked to put their hands in their pockets over and over again to play certain beloved, older games on newer consoles and resenting it. Asking prices are also an issue. Several Youtubers I regularly watch have already stated that 'any more than a single buck for an old NES game in an online store is too much.' Or words to that effect.
Now, I'm not saying that I hold any of these particular positions as my own. But I do find the mix of ideas we've got bubbling in the pot on this one very interesting.